XL6 was launched in India around August 2019 and more than 2 years from now it is providing a variety of features, technology along aggressive styling. XL6 is pretty much known for its design language, especially in a budget MUV segment. And before continuing welcome to this next blog of the Let’s Talk Series.
On the Point
Maruti Suzuki XL6 is powered by a K15B Smart hybrid petrol engine same as one seen on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The engine is capable to produce a power of 77kW@6000rpm with a torque of 138Nm@4400rpm. The engine is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission system as well as with a 4-speed automatic transmission system.
Along with this, the Hybrid system aids the engine in brake energy restoration and also aids in torque during acceleration. The engine is also well-mated with the idle-start-stop (ISS) system.
For detailed specs catch up the quick specs sheet as under:
On to the front, the vehicle is quite bold with the four columned LED headlamps with halogen indicators and fog lamps. Moreover, the central chrome strip also extends to the headlamps in the form of LED DRLs explaining its great design language. The bumper is also bolder along with the skid plate.
The sides are pretty decent and will remind you of the Ertiga, some major upgrades include more body cladding, roof rails chrome door handles, etc. Moreover, the alloy wheel is all black simply following the design language of the vehicle.
The rear profile is also good with the bigger taillamps which are again all LED units with halogen indicators and reverse parking lights. Moreover, it also features a spoiler, and also some special aesthetics are also included including the black finish on the boot lid, skid plate on the bumper, etc.
The interiors on this vehicle are purely finished in black with a massive dashboard containing a 7-inch instrument cluster which Maruti calls the ‘Smart Play Studio system’ the unit is the same across all the Maruti vehicles present in India including their hatchback WagonR. The system contains supports all the common connectivities such as the Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
Under the infotainment system, there is AC control which is an automatic unit. The central console features decent space to store your stuff and also includes USB charging ports along with a standard 12V charging socket. On to the driver’s side, the steering wheel is nice to hold and contains a lot of controls for the Audion system as well as for the cruise control system. The instrument cluster is an all-analog unit except for a mini information display which also shows the information regarding the vehicle’s hybrid powertrain.
On to the rear seats, the second row seats are really nice and comfortable and really feel like what Maruti calls them the Captain leather seats same as the Kia Carnival. The rear compartment also gets roof mounted air vents (which is actually a blower), along with a standard 12V charging socket in the central area.
Moving on to the third-row seats, they are literally meant for kids with just average headroom and airy feel with all black compartment along with some little storage space on offer.
The boot is on the practical side even when the third row seats are up, the boot capacity happens to be 209L which is great especially in the MUV segments when all the seats are up.
While XL6 can be the most styled and attractive MUV from Maruti Suzuki but it still lacks behind in many ways which are as under:
- Auto-Dimming: Considering the price point and the class of this vehicle Auto-dimming is a must feature and Maruti should have given this because the competition is very much far when compared in these matters.
- No Sunroof: Well, this problem is across all the Maruti vehicles across India. The Ciaz, S-Cross, and all the other premium vehicles offered in Nexa do not have a sunroof at all.
- Airbags: Although the vehicle is running on the side and front impact compliance but Maruti has not given the option of 6 airbags in it which the competition has been providing for years ago.
- Third Row seats: As expected the third-row seats are not meant for humans are is even lacking than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. With poor under-thigh support, poor knee room the seats are not meant for an adult at all. Renault Triber which happens to be very cheaper than the XL6 interestingly provides great comfort in the third-row seat as well which is again very disappointing regarding the XL6.
Well, Maruti Suzuki XL6 is an overall decent package across the Nexa line up from Maruti Suzuki, and also to maintain the portfolio of its vehicles in Nexa a MUV was required and so XL6 was chosen to get the job done.
But to be honest it is not matching up with the standards of Nexa line up with a lower rating of safety, less premium cabin, less on comfort XL6 is not a good pick considering the price bracket. However, if you are still going for it congrats on that!
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Credits: All the images have been taken from the official website of Maruti Suzuki.