- Maruti Suzuki XL6 has a higher price but also offer more features.
- Styling includes LED lamps, extra cladding.
- Interior has leather and captain seats in the second row.
- The 7-inch infotainment system on XL6.
- The XL6 petrol engine is BS Vl compliant.
Maruti Suzuki’s XL6 has just been launched, and it has been positioned as the brand’s premium MPV. As such, it costs a pretty penny over the Ertiga but seems to be quite similar to it as well. What does it offer that the Ertiga doesn’t?
Let’s start with happens before you see the car – if you want to see an Ertiga, you’ll have to walk into one of Maruti’s ‘Arena’ dealerships. For the XL6, you’ll have to visit Nexa. This is the first MPV to make it to Suzuki’s premium sales network, and from what we hear, the Nexa experience really makes customers feel very good compared to an ordinary dealership.
Next, let’s have a look at their, well, looks. The XL6 is available in a premium blue that the Ertiga doesn’t get. It also gets matt black plastic side cladding, the way crossovers often do – like the Toyota Etios Cross, Hyundai i20 Active, or their very own S-Cross. There’s all-LED lighting, and while the Ertiga’s taillamps also get light guides, there are a lot more interesting elements in the XL6’s headlamps. Worthy of mention is the chrome bar across the front grille that runs into an LED element on the inside of the headlamp, much like the red strip of VW’s GTi models currently, run into the headlamps. There are also the roof rails and skid plates that lend more visual credibility to its rugged look.
The interior also has a fair number of differences – the biggest, most obvious difference is the second row. The XL6 only offers captain seats in the second row, while the Ertiga offers a bench that can seat three people. The upholstery of choice for top-spec variants is also as different as possible: while the XL6 opts for black leather with gloss black and silver accents, the Ertiga goes for a more airy beige colour scheme with fabric upholstery. You’ll also notice the flat-bottomed steering wheel in the XL6, the cruise control button, and the integrated touchscreen infotainment system. Pick the automatic, and you’ll also notice buttons for the ESP.
The Ertiga offers a diesel engine – something that the XL6 doesn’t offer. If reports are to be believed, even the Ertiga will jettison the oil burner, come April. On paper, the petrol engine seems identical, with the exact same horsepower and torque figures, but the XL6 motor is already BS Vl compliant and has a start/stop system as standard. The driveline seems more refined in the Nexa product, no doubt thanks to superior sound deadening.
Finally, the XL6 is priced a fair bit higher than the Ertiga – the base prices differ by almost Rs 1.5 lakh. However, that is partly due to the fact that the XL6’s base variants do not align exactly with the Ertiga. They’re more evenly matched at the mid-spec, and that brings the price difference down to approximately Rs 80,000 (Ertiga ZXI vs XL6 Zeta). This price difference dips slightly to Rs 70,000 when you compare the Ertiga ZXI+ to the XL6 Alpha. The Ertiga does not have an equivalent variant to go up against the XL6’s Alpha AT.