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The all-black theme gives the cabin a premium and sporty feel

Interiors – The XL6 employs an all-black theme on the inside which looks not only sporty but also is more practical (less prone to dirt) compared to the standard beige seen on the Ertiga. As dimensions haven’t changed, space is really not an issue. There is plenty up front and the ergonomic layout of the cabin makes it easy to get comfortable. The big highlight here is Maruti’s new SmartPlay studio infotainment system. It is fairly responsive and feels like an upgrade over the Ertiga’s infotainment system. As with the Ertiga, you get a smartly styled instrument cluster with great graphics for the MID.

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The XL6 has very wide doors and even the windows are large

The XL6 gets Maruti’s new responsive SmartPlay infotainment system

This MPV gets captain seats which as you would expect are pretty comfortable. The wide rear doors offer effortless access to the second row. Add in the relatively low ride height, it is a breeze even for senior citizens. The captain seats can be slid backwards and forward with an ability to recline. This flexibility really makes it comfortable for long drives. The captain seats also feature a one-touch forward mechanism for easy access into the third row. The third row feels less cramped now as there is no bench in front and the ability to recline the captain seats opens more legroom. Sure, the XL6 misses one seat, but this layout seems to be more flexible.

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Accessing the third row isn’t difficult

Maruti has loaded the MPV with enough features. Available in two variants, Zeta and Alpha, standard equipment includes climate control, cooled cupholders, cruise control, remote keyless entry amongst others. The top-spec Alpha trim also adds leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and auto headlamps. We wish Maruti had added sunshades at the back as a part of the standard equipment to enhance the premium feel.

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Quality of materials used is similar to the Ertiga

The sliding rear captain seats are extremely comfortable and practical

Quality does not see a big leap forward. It will suffice for most buyers but you can’t escape the panel gaps and lack of soft-touch materials. A few misses aside, the interior does live up to its sporty credentials offering comfortable seating for 6 adults and all the necessary equipment.