2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review


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The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is a new concept from the market leader. While others have tried to take on the MPV space at two ends – value or sheer size, this is the first compact yet premium offering in the segment. And it targets individual or family buyers who want something within their budget that is functional, plush and also has the tech and connectivity they seek. I have to say that I was relieved that there was no attempt from Maruti – as some manufacturers have done in the past – to try and call this an SUV. Sure the management has used SUV-like appeal or design in their product brief about the XL6, but the tagline very firmly calls it a premium MPV. That’s great, because that is what this car is all about. I reckon the name comes from it being extra large and a 6-seater – yup those captain seats are standard! And it also references the XL7 – a name Suzuki used in global markets for the long wheelbase version of the Grand Vitara SUV in the past.

So what was the motivation behind the XL6 in the first place, especially given the Ertiga already exists? For starters this could very well have been the ZXI++ variant of the Ertiga, if you will. But styling wise this car looks very different, and it isn’t like the Ertiga. I know I will probably get into trouble for saying this, but think of it as an ‘Ertiga Crysta’ then! I also say that because that is the car being targeted – especially the Innova Crysta’s V variant – though at a much lower price tag.


Highlights of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Brand Name — Maruti Suzuki
• Model Name — XL6
• Vehicle Type — MUV
• Body Type — Sedan
• Segment — Hybrid
• Colours Option — Nexa Blue (Celestial), Brave Khaki, Opulent Red, Grandeur Gray, Splendid Silver, Arctic White
• Engine Type — 1462cc, 1.5L K15C SMART HYBRID, 4-Cylinder Petrol Engine
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1462 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 101.6 HP @ 6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 136.8 Nm @ 4400 rpm
• Top Speed — 170 km/h
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 20.97 km/l
• Number of Gears — 6-Speed Automatic
• Ground Clearance — 180 mm
• Kerb Weight — 1200 kg
• Boot Space — 209 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 45 litres
• Seating Capacity — 6
• Doors — 5
• Price — ₹ 11.29 – 14.55 Lakh* (Ex-Showroom Price Delhi)
• Vehicle warranty — 2 Year / 40,000 km as Standard Benefits
• Extended Warranty — Upto 5 Years / 1,00,000 km
• Official Tagline — Time to Indulge


2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review : Specification

The Maruti XL6 is a premium derivative of the Ertiga MPV. The ‘6’ in the name is there to emphasise that this is a pure six-seater with captain’s chairs taking the place of the Ertiga’s middle row bench. Revised styling and added features also make the XL6 a very different proposition to the Ertiga. The XL6 is only available with a petrol-electric hybrid engine that can be had with manual and automatic gearbox options. In line with its premium positioning, the XL6 retails from Maruti’s Nexa showroom network.

The XL6 has always been a comfy and spacious car, and it has certainly gotten more appealing with 2022’s new features and updates. The 16-inch wheels make a big difference and subtle updates to the look inside and out make it feel like more than just a 6-seat version of the Ertiga. The more efficient engine and the 6-speed auto will also no doubt add to its appeal, but the XL6 has also gotten expensive, especially at the top.There’s also no diesel, unlike the Kia Carens, but a CNG is on its way. But with the new features, connected tech and the refined powertrain on top of what is already a very spacious and comfortable car, the XL6 does plenty to make sure it’s a strong contender.

Key Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• ABS with EBD and Brake Assist,
• Reverse Parking Sensors,
• Quad Airbags (Dual Front + Dual Front Seat Side),
• ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages,
• Central Locking,
• Rear Defogger,
• All Black Sporty Interiors,
• MID with Coloured TFT,
• Outside Temperature Gauge,
• Headlamp On Warning,
• Engine Push Start/Stop with Smart Key,
• Auto AC,
• Cruise Control,
• Front/Rear Power Windows with Auto-up/down & Anti-Pinch (Driver Side),
• Steering Mounted Audio and Calling Control,
• Smart Key,
• ESP with Hill Hold,
• Premium Leatherette Seats,
• Auto Headlamps with Follow Me Home and Lead Me to Vehicle,
• 17.78cm SmartPlay Pro Touchscreen Infotainment System,
• 360 View Camera,
• Sculpted Dashboard with Premium Stone Finish and Rich Silver Accents,
• 25+ Suzuki Connect Features.


Engine & Transmission Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Engine Details — 1462cc, 1.5L K15C SMART HYBRID, 4-Cylinder Petrol Engine
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 1462 cc
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Maximum Power — 101.6 HP @ 6000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 136.8 Nm @ 4400 rpm
• Gearbox Type — Automatic
• Number of Gears — 6-Speed
• Compression Ratio — 12.0±0.3
• Bore x Stroke — 74.0 x 85.0 mm
• No of Cylinder — 4
• Valve per Cylinder — 4
• Drivetrain — 2WD, FF
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Top Speed — 170 km/h
• ARAI Mileage (Certified) — 20.97 km/l
• Automatic Start/Stop Function — Idle Start-Stop
• Eco Drive Indication System
• Torque Assist
• Mild Hybrid

Steering, Suspension & Breaking Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Steering Type — Telescopic Steering Wheel
• Front Suspension — Mac Pherson Strut & Coil Spring
• Rear Suspension — Torsion Beam & Coil Spring
• Breaking System — Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
• Front Brakes — Disc
• Rear Brakes — Drum
• Brake Energy Regeneration
• Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
• Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
• Brake Assist

Wheels & Tyres Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Wheel Type — R-16 Dual-Tone Machined-Finish Alloy Wheels
• Wheel Size — R16 Alloy Wheels
• Tyres Type — Tubeless, Radial
• Front Tyres Size — 195/60-R16
• Rear Tyres Size — 195/60-R16


Physical Measurement Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Overall Length — 4445 mm
• Overall Width — 1775 mm
• Overall Height — 1755 mm
• Wheelbase — 2740 mm
• Ground Clearance — 180 mm
• Kerb Weight — 1200 kg
• Gross Vehicle Weight 1740 kg
• Turning Radius — 5.2 metres

Space & Capacity Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Doors — 5 Doors
• Seating Capacity — 6 Person
• No of Seating Rows — 3 Rows
• Boot space — 209 Litters
• Boot Space (Folded Rear Seats) — 692 litres
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 45 Litters

Interior Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Tachometer
• Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
• Leather Seats
• Leather Steering Wheel
• Glove Compartment
• Digital Clock
• Outside Temperature Display
• Driving Experience Control Eco
• Height Adjustable Driver Seat
• Ventilated Seats
• Sun Visor Vanity Mirror Illumination,
• All-Black Sporty Interiors,
• Sculpted Dashboard with Premium Stone Finish and Rich Silver Accents,
• 2nd Row Plush Captain Seats with One-Touch Recline and Slide,
• 3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split and Recline,
• Flexible Space with 3rd Row Flat Fold,
• 2nd Row Individual Armrests,
• Adjustable Headrests in Front Row,
• 2nd Row and 3rd Row,
• Chrome Finish Inside Door Handles,
• Split Type Luggage Board,
• Front Overhead Console with Map Lamp and Sunglass Holder,
• Premium Soft Touch Roof Lining,
• Soft Touch Door Trim Armrest,
• MID with Coloured TFT,
• Eco Drive Illumination,
• Fuel Consumption (Instantaneous and Avg),
• Distance to Empty,
• Trip Summary,
• Driving Behaviour,
• Share Trip History,
• Area Guidance Around Destination,
• Vehicle Location Sharing,
• ALERTS AND NOTIFICATIONS Overspeed, Seatbelt, AC Idling, Trip (Start & End), Low Fuel & Low Range, Dashboard View

Exterior Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Adjustable Headlights
• Fog Lights – Front
• Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
• Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
• Rear Window Wiper
• Rear Window Washer
• Rear Window Defogger
• Alloy Wheels
• Rear Spoiler
• Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
• Intergrated Antenna
• Chrome Grille
• Chrome Garnish
• Dual Tone Body Colour
• LED Headlights
• LED Taillights
• LED Fog Lamps
• Bold Front Grille with Sweeping X-Bar Element,
• Front and Rear Skid Plates with Side Claddings,
• New Back Door Garnish with Chrome Insert,
• Dual-Tone Machined-Finish R-16 Alloy Wheels,
• Quad Chamber LED Reflector Headlamps,
• Smoke Grey LED Tail Lamps with Light Guide,
• Chrome Plated Door Handles,
• Glossy Black Outside Mirrors with Integrated Turn Signal Lamp,
• Chrome Element on Fender Side Garnish,
• B & C-Pillar Gloss Black Finish,
• LED High Mount Stop Lamp

Electrical Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Head Light — Automatic, Quad Chamber LED Reflector Headlamps
• Front Fog Lights — LED Front Fog Lamps
• DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) — Integrated LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs)
• LED Tail light — Smoke Grey LED Tail Lamps with Light Guide
• Lead Me To Vehicle Headlamps
• Follow Me Home Headlamps
• Interior Room Lamp
• ORVM Turn Indicators

Safety Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Anti-Lock Braking System
• Brake Assist
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm
• No of Airbags — 4
• Driver Airbag
• Passenger Airbag
• Side Airbag-Front
• Day & Night Rear View Mirror
• Passenger Side Rear View Mirror
• Rear Seat Belts
• Seat Belt Warning
• Door Ajar Warning
• Adjustable Seats
• Tyre Pressure Monitor
• Engine Immobilizer
• Crash Sensor
• Engine Check Warning
• Automatic Headlamps
• Electronic Stability Control
• Headlamp On Warning,
• Tyre Pressure Display,
• Dual Horn,
• Heartect platform,
• Idle Start Stop,
• Brake Energy Regeneration,
• Torque Assist During Acceleration,
• Follow Me Home Headlamps
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Driver’s Window
• Speed Alert
• Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock
• ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts
• Pretensioners & Force Limiter Seatbelts
• Geo-fence Alert
• Hill Assist
• 360 View Camera

Entertainment, Communication & Instrumentation Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Music System — 17.78cm SmartPlay Pro Touchscreen Infotainment System
• Internet Connectivity Features — Smartwatch Connectivity, Suzuki Connect Skill for Amazon Alexa
• Radio
• Audio System Remote Control
• Speakers Front
• Speakers Rear
• Integrated 2DIN Audio
• USB & Auxiliary input
• Bluetooth Connectivity
• Touch Screen
• Touch Screen size — 7 Inch
• Connectivity — Android Auto,Apple CarPlay
• No of Speakers — 4
• 17.78 cm SmartPlay Pro Touchscreen Infotainment System,
• Onboard Voice Assistant (Wake-up through “”Hi Suzuki”” with Barge-in Feature),
• 2 Tweeters,
• Smartwatch Connectivity,
• Suzuki Connect Skill for Amazon Alexa

Comfort & Convenience features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Steering Mounted Controls — Steering Mounted Audio and Calling Controls
• Centre Console With Cup Holder — Air-Cooled Twin Cup Holder (Console)
• Vanity mirror — Sunvisor Vanity Mirror Illumination
• Air Conditioner — Automatic
• Rear Seat (Split) — 3rd Row Seats with 50:50 Split and Recline
• Captain Seats — 2nd Row Plush Captain Seats with One-touch Recline and Slide
• Solar Glass — UV Cut Side Glasses and Quarter Glass
• Heat-reflecting windscreen — IR Cut Front Windshield
• Anti-Pinch Smart Window — Pinch Guard Power Window (Driver)
• Power Windows — All Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver Side
• Accessory Socket — Accessory Socket (12V) with Smartphone Storage Space (Front Row and 2nd Row)
• MID (Multi Information Display) — MID with Coloured TFT
• Sliding Front Armrest — Sliding Armrest with Utility Box (Front Row)
• Telescopic Steering Wheel
• Bottle Holder
• Tilt Steering Wheel
• Power Steering
• Rear Defogger
• Engine Start/Stop Button
• Rear Washer & Wiper
• Cruise Control

Locks & Security Features of 2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review

• Smart Access Card Entry
• KeyLess Entry
• Engine Immobilizer — Vehicle Immobilizer with Security System Alarm
• Anti-Theft Device
• Anti-Pinch Power Windows
• Central Locking
• Power Door Locks
• Child Safety Locks
• Anti-Theft Alarm

2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review : Impressive Looks

The overall silhouette of the XL6 remains largely the same. Since this is a facelift and not a generation change, the company has not gone for drastic visual changes. At the front, you will find that the chrome slat and the black grille underneath it has a slightly different design compared to the previous model. You now get 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels instead of the 15-inch units of the previous car. Not only this, but the tyres are 10mm wider as well. This has resulted in a slightly higher ground clearance too. The bigger wheels do a better job of filling the wheel arches and giving the XL6 a bolder stance.

The B and C pillars get a glossy black finish and there is a shark fin antenna up top. Over at the back, one can see the same tail lamp design but these are smoked ones. Another subtle change comes in the form of the chrome bar on the boot lid being moved up and having a longer profile. Overall, I feel that the XL6 is still one of the best-looking vehicles in its segment and the new additions give it a sporty touch.

The cabin of the XL6 retains its design and still looks premium thanks to the great build and the wood inlays. While the 7-inch touchscreen unit has not grown in size, it does come with Maruti’s Smartplay Pro system. It also supports voice commands and has a host of connected car features. You can say “Hi Suzuki” and make the car perform some basic tasks. This can include things like displaying the range of the car, remotely switching off the headlamps or even starting the air conditioner (only in automatic variants). You do need to be in an area with good connectivity for the voice command to work promptly.

However, the feature that I appreciated the most was the ventilated seats for the front occupants. There are three levels of ventilation and they can quickly cool your back when entering the cabin or driving the car on a hot day.

2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review : Performance

The 2022 XL6 is powered by a 1,462 cc, naturally aspirated K15C DualJet petrol engine that puts out 102 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 137 Nm @ 4,400 rpm. These figures are slightly lower than the outgoing K15B unit (103 BHP & 138 Nm). The K15C Dualjet has a new head, dual injection ports, dual VVT, and revised internals. The Smart Hybrid system also receives an upgrade, with a higher capacity secondary Li-ion battery providing longer assist during acceleration (more on this later) and improved regeneration off-throttle. The revisions and hardware upgrades seem focused on fuel efficiency and emission management, rather than extracting outright performance. Maruti expect this engine to help it to meet CAFE norms under BS6.2 and future flex fuel requirements. The XL6 also gets an Aisin-sourced 6-speed AT in place of the 4-speed unit of the outgoing car. The 6-speed AT has two modes – Drive (D) & Manual (M). There is no L mode like the old 4-speed AT. Paddle shifters have been provided as well.

The engine is refined at idle, and crawls off from a standstill without throttle input in D. Throttle response is muted, and the engine, surprisingly, doesn’t feel as free-revving as motors of yore. Sedate throttle inputs see the Smart Hybrid’s ISG motor kick in with an assist around 1,400 rpm, which continues up to 2,000 rpm before disengaging and letting the engine take over fully. Notably, battery assist only works in D mode, not in M. The engine feels reasonably quick off the line getting up to ~20 km/h, no doubt aided by a little battery boost, but acceleration tapers off noticeably post the initial eagerness. Both Vid6639 & I noticed that while driving.

In D mode, the engine seems to drop to idle revs as soon as one gets off the gas pedal, essentially freewheeling while the ISG switches to regeneration mode to charge the secondary battery. This disengaging and re-engaging of the drive off & on throttle is perceptible. In practice, D mode is equivalent to a conservative Eco mode.

On the open road, the XL6 is more of a sedate cruiser than an outright performer. Flooring the A-pedal gets it to 6,200 rpm redline, but it’s more noise than progress. Gear ratios 5 and 6 are too tall. The latter, especially, is muted – so much so, that flooring the throttle in 6th gear essentially does nothing. On the highway, especially an undivided one, overtaking will necessitate dropping down a couple of gears. What the gearbox is great for though, is relaxed cruising. Cruising at 80 km/h in 6th gear sees the engine spinning at ~1,750 rpm.

Engage M mode and the only noticeable change is the motor holding the revs at the redline without upshifting. Progress is still sedate, and this car is obviously not getting anywhere in a hurry. M mode is best used for the occasional undivided highway jaunt, or driving up/down a hill where holding a lower gear is necessary for control & safety. Don’t expect peppy throttle response, whichever mode you’re in.

As mentioned earlier, the updates are more FE-focussed. The 1.5L petrol with the 6-speed AT has an ARAI rating of 20.27 km/l, which is a significant improvement over the outgoing car’s 17.99 km/l.

2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review : Riding & Comfort

Driving in D mode at a decent pace is a breeze. The gearshifts are barely felt and the gearbox does all the work in absolute silence. That being said, we should also mention the slight jerks that were felt while shifting through reverse, neutral, drive, manual and back at standstill. These jerks however, are not felt while shifting between drive and manual while in motion.

Then of course it was time to use the paddle shifters and that meant slotting it into the manual mode. In ‘M’ mode, the gearbox holds onto each gear until the redline, unless the driver uses the paddle to shift up. The gearbox reacts brilliantly to each shift request and there’s barely any lag, bearing in mind that this is a torque converter.

The K15C Smart Hybrid engine features an ISG that allows it to have a couple of extremely useful features. The first of which is Idle Start/Stop. This feature cuts the engine off at red lights, therebys aving a bit of fuel. The MID in the instrument cluster even has a readout of just how much fuel has been saved and this is displayed in millilitres.

Given the skyrocketing fuel prices, every millilitre is important. And the next feature enabled by the ISG saves some more millilitres of precious petrol. At lower RPMs, the ISG assists the engine by providing additional torque as and when needed. This is the reason for the MPV to have a better low end than the outgoing model despite having a lower peak power figure.

However, if you are a little too enthusiastic, the engine does feel a little underpowered and it becomes quite evident at full throttle. The new Maruti Suzuki XL6 is an MPV that is comfortable at decent speeds and when the driver is not throttling the life out of the engine. Make no mistake, the XL6 can still do triple-digit speeds on the highway, but it is no speed runner.

The XL6 is a tall vehicle and this is felt in the corners. It isn’t a corner carver in any sense and it would be wrong of us to expect it to handle brilliantly in tight corners. It can however, take longer, flowing curves at ease, once again at a decent pace and not on the edge. There is some body roll, but this is not a deal breaker.

The steering is light, which is a boon at low speeds and it still remains light at higher speeds too. This might take away a small chunk of the driver’s confidence. On the whole, the new Maruti Suzuki XL6 is a nice MPV to drive. It is easy-going and relaxing, especially with the ventilated seat feature turned on.

Our Opinion

The ex-showroom price of the new XL6 starts from ₹11.29 and goes up to ₹14.39 lakhs for the top variant. The updated XL6 and Ertiga are the result of Kia introducing Carens in the MPV segment. Yes, Maruti Suzuki has upped its game by adding new features and tech in the New XL6. Apart from a couple of things that I believe still need to be improved, the 2022 Maruti Suzuki still has that brand value and practicality quotient which will work in its favour and keep this brand alive in the race of premium budget MPVs.

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