Maruti XL6 Expert Review

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Introduction

Pros
  • The redesigned front face packs more attitude and offers better road presence.
  • All-black leather interiors improve the ambience of the cabin.
  • Captain seats are large and comfortable, and offer a more upmarket experience.
  • Gets a very refined engine that loves to cruise.
Cons
  • At the higher price, some premium features like automatic day/night IRVM, rear window blinds and cup holders are missing.
  • Side and curtain airbags should have been part of the safety features.
  • Missing bits like the blank window switches and USB socket for second row hold back the premium experience.
  • The engine feels laidback and doesn't respond well to quick speed changes.
  • No diesel engine option. Ertiga diesel is far better to drive with passengers on board.

Stand Out Features

  • Captain seats in the second row.

    Captain seats in the second row.

  • Eco drive indicator light over instrument cluster.

    Eco drive indicator light over instrument cluster.

  • Large colour MID with graphics.

    Large colour MID with graphics.

  • 550-litres is a lot of boot space with third row down.

    550-litres is a lot of boot space with third row down.

  • Auto folding ORVMs. 

    Auto folding ORVMs. 

CarDekho Verdict

So is the XL6 more premium than the Ertiga? Yes, it is. The revised looks, updated black leather-wrapped cabin and the captain seats enhance the cabin experience by a big margin. Plus, as an advantage, you also get to pick a fully loaded automatic variant, though only with a petrol heart. 

But is the extra cost justified? Well, not entirely. For the extra Rs 70,000, you get automatic LED headlamps, cruise control, captain seats, blacked out elements and auto folding wing mirrors. But with prices starting at Rs 9.80 lakh for the Zeta MT and going all the way upto Rs 11.46 lakh (both, ex-showroom India) for the Alpha AT, we can't help but miss essentials like side and curtain airbags, or even small experience enhancers like an auto dimming IRVM, rain-sensing wipers, rear window blinds or one-touch window operation for all windows. 

If you are looking for a family car with a touch of premiumness, and you don't mind paying more for the feel good factor - we'd recommend the XL6 over the good-old Ertiga.

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