Maruti XL6 Review
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Maruti XL6 Review

Car Tested: Maruti XL6; Road Test No. 1126; Test Location: Jaipur

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 11.44 – 13.58 lakhs

With the XL6, Maruti is offering Ertiga buyers a more premium and sporty looking MPV with great space and comfort

Everybody wants to go premium these days. If you want to buy a smartphone, you will have the option of a regular version and a pro version. Same is the case with Maruti who has rather successfully been able to go premium via its Nexa channel. In fact, if Nexa was a car manufacturer, it would be the third-largest in India after Maruti and Hyundai, which is only testimony to its success. Now, the Ertiga has become upmarket and it’s called the XL6. We are here in Jaipur to find out how different is the XL6 from the Ertiga.

Motor Quest: Maruti launched the Ertiga in the Indian market in 2012. As an affordable MPV based on a monocoque chassis, the Ertiga made a strong case for itself as a value-for-money and easy-to-drive vehicle. Priced significantly lower than the segment’s chief player, the Ertiga went on to become one of the best selling people movers in India. The second-generation model was launched towards the end of 2018 and it has continued reflecting the success of its predecessor. It is amongst the top 10 best selling cars in India. To further enhance Ertiga’s appeal, Maruti has launched a more premium version of the car in the form of the XL6. With sporty looks, more equipment and captain seats, the XL6 aims to attract a more youthful crowd.

The XL6 adopts a rugged and elegant design language

Exteriors – Maruti seems to have delivered on the style front. The XL6 looks rugged and macho from the front. The gaping grille, restyled bumpers and black cladding make give it some presence. We think the headlights are smartly done and we like the chrome strip that seems to intrude into the DRL. Look closely at the elements and you may find some resemblance with the Toyota Land Cruiser 200.

The XL6 looks better than the Ertiga which is quite simple-looking

The XL6 gets a lot of differentiating styling elements and looks good

The side also benefits from more cladding. However, the thick cladding makes the wheels look a bit small. Other highlights are the black wing mirrors and solid-looking roof rails. Don’t miss the Ignis-esque plastic add-on meant to look like a vent on the bonnet. At the rear, you again have a restyled bumper with added cladding. The black element on the tail is an unnecessary design touch in our opinion. It looks rather aftermarket. To conclude, Maruti has done a good job of giving you an MPV-crossover look.