The XL6, to place it merely, is a extra premium iteration of the Ertiga, and Maruti has finished fairly a bit to offer the automobile its personal identification. It’s extra rugged in appears to be like, so to talk, with beneficiant quantities of cladding to go round. What additionally provides some distinction to the XL6 is its redone entrance finish, with a raised bonnet line, bigger grille and unique-to-the-model full-LED headlamps, giving it a extra of a crossover look.
The cladding provides mass to the design, however there’s a transparent visible mismatch with the wheels. The 15-inch rims, completed in black, simply look puny underneath the exaggerated wheel arches; 16-inchers with chunkier rubber would have finished wonders for the XL6’s stance. Roof rails, a rear scuff plate and the dual-tone tail gate are components unique to the XL6, however to the untrained eye, it’ll be arduous to inform one from an Ertiga, no less than from the edges and rear.
On the within, the XL6 feels just like the premium Ertiga it’s. Positive, the dashboard and even the dials are carried over from the Ertiga, however the XL6’s all-black inside theme does give it a extra upmarket look. The fake black ash wooden end, leatherette upholstered seats, and even the knitted roof lining are different components that uplift the expertise. Entrance seat consolation is sweet even when the leatherette seats are barely firmer than the Ertiga’s material seats.
In fact, among the many principal speaking factors within the XL6 is its center row. Out goes the Ertiga’s bench and in come a pair of particular person captain’s chairs. The center-row seats are straightforward to get into and you’ve got the choice to slip them additional again to make ingress-egress even simpler. Seat consolation is basically good too, although taller occupants will discover thigh help a bit missing. The seats recline to a good diploma as effectively, however you possibly can’t alter the place of the armrest, which is a little bit of an irritant while you need to sit again and loosen up. What are additionally missed are sunblinds for the huge rear home windows. Nonetheless, it’s a pleasant place to return to after a protracted day on the workplace.
As on the Ertiga, the XL6’s middle-row seats don’t tumble ahead, so that you’ll need to duck-walk your manner onto the third row. Once more, like on the Ertiga, you’ll be stunned by the area on supply on the very again. It’s straightforward to achieve a knee-room compromise with middle-seat passengers, headroom is ample for an average-sized grownup and the seating place can also be fairly good, as third rows go. Adjustable backrests additionally make lots of distinction within the again. What’s additionally useful is that the rearmost seats break up and fold to sit down flush with the boot ground, to take baggage capability from 209 litres to a helpful 550 litres. Nonetheless, the XL6’s center seats don’t fold flat because the Ertiga’s.
On the gear entrance, the XL6 does get some additions over the Ertiga, such because the LED headlights, cruise management, leatherette seats and Maruti’s new SmartPlay Studio infotainment system, replete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You may also add in Suzuki Join as an possibility, which brings in e-SIM-based linked tech with options corresponding to geofencing and real-time driving alerts. The XL6 could be had in two trim choices — Zeta and Alpha — with the leatherette seats and a reverse digital camera unique to the latter.
If you happen to’ve pushed a petrol-powered Ertiga, you’ve pushed the XL6. Maruti hasn’t tinkered with the BS-VI-compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine, which continues to characteristic mild-hybrid tech, with an built-in starter generator and a secondary lithium-ion battery pack offering some help underneath heavy acceleration.
Preliminary responses are good, and in the event you maintain gear, you’ll additionally recognize the borderline sporty top-end. What’s extra, the engine additionally sounds fairly throaty above 3,000rpm. Nonetheless, the mid-range is flat, so that you’ll need to shift down a gear if you would like a fast overtake. There’s honest energy for driving with a full load, and cruise management helps keep a gradual clip, too, however drivers used to torquier turbo-diesels will discover pulling energy just a little missing.
The 5-speed handbook gearbox is simple to make use of and the clutch is well-weighted too. Additionally on supply is a 4-speed torque converter automated. The unit is likeable, shifting easily in common city driving. Urgent down tougher on the accelerator has the gearbox drop down a ratio or two, and it will get the engine all riled up, typically while you don’t need it to. The automated’s common gas economic system can also be a little bit of a downer.
The XL6’s low-speed trip consolation is sweet, with the suspension rounding off the bumps with ease. Giant potholes do thud by way of into the cabin at excessive speeds however, just like the Ertiga, the XL6 feels surprisingly effectively planted out on the freeway. The steering can also be one among Maruti’s finer efforts of current occasions, with a great deal of weight to it. Nonetheless, there’s various street noise at 80kph and upwards within the cabin, and this detracts from the premium really feel the XL6 is attempting to determine.
Priced from ₹9.8-11.46 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the XL6 vary begins the place the Ertiga vary tops off. The petrol-manual XL6 Zeta prices about ₹20,000 greater than the comparable top-spec Ertiga ZXi+, which makes it a reasonably whole lot. The petrol-manual Alpha trim (₹10.9 lakh) is a contact dear, and there’s a big premium to pay for the autos (₹10.36-11.46 lakh) too. That stated, with nearly all of Ertiga gross sales concentrated on the top-end, Maruti shouldn’t discover it too arduous to persuade consumers to improve to the XL6.
The XL6 builds on the Ertiga’s robust fundamentals and provides in a good dose of premium-ness to the package deal. Sensible and fairly upmarket too, the XL6 certain has its charms. It’s a pity Maruti’s sensible in-house 1.5 diesel just isn’t an possibility. That will have solely added to this very succesful and competent MPV’s attraction.