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Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Rivals: Spec Comparo


Is the XL6’s premium tag enough to take on its well established rivals? We pit its specifications against that of its rivals to have a better idea

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The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the go-to MPV for those who want a no-nonsense people mover. But it lacked the the premium quotient which the recently launched XL6 claims to deliver. Based on the Ertiga, the XL6 has upmarket looks, features and only a six-seat layout to differentiate it. But have Maruti done enough to take on the new and yet unproven Mahindra Marazzo and the rugged and practical Renault Lodgy. And how much of a step up is it from the Ertiga it’s so closely based on. Let's find out.  

Dimensions:

 

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Mahindra Marazzo

Renault Lodgy Stepway

Length (mm)

4445

4395

4585

4522

Width (mm)

1775

1735

1866

1767

Height (mm)

1700

1690

1774

1709

Wheelbase (mm)

2740

2740

2760

2810

Boot Space (With all three rows up)

209

209

190

207

Longest: Mahindra Marazzo

Widest: Mahindra Marazzo

Tallest: Mahindra Marazzo

Wheelbase: Renault Lodgy

Boot Space: Maruti Suzuki XL6/Ertiga

Sizewise, the new bumpers, body cladding and roof rails of the XL6 have made it bigger than the Ertiga. But the XL6 is not the biggest MPV in this test. Credits for being the largest must be given to the Marazzo as it is bigger than the XL6 and Ertiga by a considerable margin. But the Marazzo trails behind the Lodgy in terms of wheelbase even though the Marazzo trumps it in terms of length, width and height. 

Incidentally, the smallest Marutis have the largest boot while the biggest Mahindra has the smallest boot in this test. 

Features:

 

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Mahindra Marazzo

Renault Lodgy Stepway

Headlamps 

LED headlamps with DRLs

Halogen Projectors

Halogen Projectors with DRLs

Halogen 

Infotainment

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Steering Mounted Controls

Yes

Yes

Yes

Stalk mounted

Keyless Entry

Yes

Yes

Via Remote

Via Remote

Push Button Start

Yes

Yes

No

No

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable And Foldable ORVMs 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Adjustable Only

Tilt Steering

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Upholstery

Leather

Fabric

Leatherette

Fabric

Auto headlamp function

Yes

No

No

No

From the above table is clearly evident that the XL6 is the most feature-loaded of this lot. Like all the other MPVs here, it comes with features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, steering-mounted controls, keyless entry, multi-info display, electric adjustable ORVMs and tilt-adjustable steering.

But Maruti has gone one step ahead and loaded the XL6 with premium features like LED headlamps with DRLs, LED fog lamps, leather upholstery and auto headlamp function. The XL6 and Marazzo are also the only ones to come with cruise control. Surprisingly, like the Lodgy, the Marazzo misses out a push button start.

The Renault Lodgy is the least equipped here and also misses out on electric folding mirrors, automatic climate control and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the last two which are very important in this connected world. 

Safety Features:

 

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Mahindra Marazzo

Renault Lodgy Stepway

Airbags

2

2

2

2

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear view camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Electronic Stability Program

Yes*

Yes*

No

No

Hill Hold Control

Yes*

Yes*

No

No

All-wheel disc brakes

No

No

Yes

No

*only in Automatic variants

All four models come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors and camera. Special credits must be given to the XL6, Ertiga and Marazzo as they come with ISOFIX child seat mounts in the middle row. And if you pick up the automatic variants of the XL6 and Ertiga, ESP and hill hold control are added to the kit. On the other hand, the Marazzo comes with all-wheel disc brakes as standard on all variants. 

Engine Options:

 

Maruti Suzuki XL6/Ertiga

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga DDiS 225

Mahindra Marazzo D15

Renault Lodgy 

dCi 85PS

Renault Lodgy 

dCi 110PS

Fuel Type

Petrol

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Displacement 

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

1.5-litre

Cylinders

4

4

4

4

4

Peak Power

(PS@Max rpm)

105PS@6000rpm

95PS@4000rpm

123PS@3500rpm

85PS@3850rpm

110PS@4000rpm

Peak Torque

(Nm@rpm)

138Nm@4400rpm

225Nm@1500-2500rpm

300Nm@1750-2500rpm

200Nm@1900rpm

240Nm@1750rpm

Transmission

5-speed MT/4-speed AT

6-speed MT

6-speed MT

5-speed MT

6-speed MT

Fuel Efficiency

19.01kmpl (MT) / 17.99 (AT)

24.20kmpl

17.6kmpl

21.04kmpl

19.98kmpl

BS6 Compliancy

Yes

No

No

No

No

The Maruti Suzuki XL6 comes with the same BS6-compliant 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine as the Ertiga. It develops 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque. While both models come with a 5-speed manual, the Maruti twins are your only choice if you want an automatic. There is no diesel engine offered with the XL6.

The Ertiga comes with one: the 1.5-litre DDIS 225 unit that develops 95PS of power and 225Nm of torque. Unfortunately, these aren’t class leading figures as the Marazzo’s 1.5-litre unit develops the most power and torque. 

The Lodgy diesel can be had in two states of tune. While the motor in its 85PS guise qualifies it as the least powerful diesel here, the 110PS variant takes second position. 

Special credits must be given to the XL6 and Ertiga petrol as they’re the only BS6-compliant models in this bunch. 

Prices And Verdict:

 

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Mahindra Marazzo

Renault Lodgy Stepway

Prices (ex-showroom Delhi)

Rs 9.80 lakh to Rs 11.46 lakh

Rs 7.55 lakh to Rs 11.20 lakh

Rs 10.35 lakh to Rs 14.78 lakh

Rs 8.63 lakh to Rs 12.12 lakh

The XL6 makes for a strong case if you need a well equipped petrol MPV. Considering  that the Alpha MT and ZXI+ MT variant are Rs 76,000 apart, we feel the XL6 offers you the most bang for the buck as it comes with a host of premium features and the comfort of a six seater. But if you’re looking for a diesel people mover, you might have to look elsewhere as the XL6 doesn’t come with one.

 

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