Maruti Suzuki launched the XL6 as a premium option for the Ertiga MPV. As the name suggests XL it is surely bigger in size when compared to the Ertiga but it actually stands for ‘exclusive’ whereas the number ‘6’ is denoted as it is a six seater model. In addition to this, Maruti has loaded the XL6 with premium features inside out and it surely is distinctive to the Ertiga. The XL6 retails from Marut Suzuki;s premium Nexa network and this MPV only comes with an option of a petrol engine but it does get the SHVS mild hybrid tech.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 EXTERIOR
In terms of dimensions the XL6 is slightly larger than the Ertiga on which it is based on. It is 50mm longer, 40mm wider and taller by 10mm. But the wheelbase is similar. Coming towards the looks and aesthetics, the XL6 is very much similar to the Ertiga but it does come with many tweaks to distinguish it. Maruti Suzuki has offered it with a more rugged and tuff look all over. The bonner line is raised, it gets a bolder front grille and it also gets a scuff plate ahead to give that SUV fit and finish. In addition to this, the front headlamp units get all LED treatment and the design of it is also pretty unique.
As we mentioned that the XL6 is offered with a much more tuff look, to which it has been complimented with body cladding all over. Although this feature does mismatch with the 15 inch rims that are finished in black and doesnt compliment well to the overall stance. Maruti has equipped the XL6 with roof rails, dual tone tailgate section and a scuff plate at the rear.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 INTERIOR
Moving inside the cabin, is what distinguishes the XL6 in comparison with the Ertiga. As soon as you enter, you will feel that the fit and finish is on the premium side while comparing it with its counterpart. But it does carry many features from the Ertiga like the dashboard and the dials. The cabin is offered with an all blac theme thus uplifting the look, it also gets faux black ash wood finish, leatherette upholstery and a knitted roof lining to compliment the overall premium look.
The main element comes at the second row, Maruti has equipped the XL6 with captain seats here. Thus the access to the middle row does get easy. To access the last row, the captain seat has to be dropped, but with the elimination of the bench seat it now is much easier to get in and out. Talking about the features, the top of the line variant comes loaded with automatic climate control, cruise control, keyless entry and go and electrically folding wing mirrors. Common features across the variants include a reverse camera, auto-dimming mirrors and the new gen SmartPlay Studio infotainment unit that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Maruti also offers Suzuki Connect and option which is an e-SIM based connected technology with features such as geogencing and real-time driving alerts.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 DRIVING
The initial response while driving the XL6 is pretty good and it offers a decent amount of power. Overall the engine sounds very grunt but the midrange is flat, thus you will end up shifting to the lower gears quickly. The power produced by the engine carries the vehicle on full load decently and the cruise control also steadily maintains it. But a diesel unit with much more torque could have made the ride smoother. On the highway the XL6 feels well planted on the tarmac as compared to the Ertga, but when riding on large potholes you will hear loud thuds in the cabin. Once you cross the 80kmph speed range the road noise in the cabin tends to increase which takes away that premium touch Maruti was tending to offer.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 ENGINE
Under the hood of the XL6 is the BS6 compliant 1.5 litre petrol engine from Maruti Suzuki. It also comes with mild-hybrid technology. This is the same 1.5 litre petrol engine which powers the Ciaz and the ertiga. The engine comes mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox and an optional 4 speed torque converter automatic transmission and this petrol engine is capable of churning out 105 bhp of power and 138Nm of twist.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 SAFETY
Coming towards the safety package, Maruti Suzuki has equipped the XL6 with front dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Pretensioners and force limiters for the front seat belts, high speed warning system, reverse parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard. In addition to this, the automatic variants get additional ESP and Hill hold functions.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 MAINTENANCE
Let us say that the car is driven for 1000km a month i.e. 12,000km yearly. So, the cost of ownership for Maruti Suzuki XL6 can come up to Rs. 95,153 for one year, which includes Rs.46,300 of insurance cost, Rs. 1,600 of maintenance cost and Rs. 47,253 of fuel cost. Here the loan interest is not factored in as it depends on person to person and the percentage of amount taken in loan.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 RIVALS
In the Indian market the Maruti Suzuki XL6 competes with the Mahindra Marazzo, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Mahindra TUV 300 Plus.
MARUTI-SUZUKI XL6 VALUE
Maruti Suzuki offers the XL6 with a price tag ranging from Rs 9.85 lakh to Rs 11.52 lakh (Ex-Showroom, India). On the other hand the Ertiga starts from Rs 7.59 lakh (Ex-Showroom, India). Comparing both the price tags, the XL6 surely is offered with a bump, but if we look at the overall package Maruti Suzuki has done a fair job in providing premium feel and finish in an economical way.