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Maruti Suzuki XL6: Which variant to buy?

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Retailed via Maruti’s premium Nexa dealership network, the XL6 is available in a total of four variants

Maruti Suzuki’s XL6 is an interesting proposition — the 6-seater features an SUV-inspired design that seems to attract the Indian car buyer, provides nearly all the practicality of the MPV it is based on — the Ertiga — and adds a few more features to justify its higher price point.

Retailed via Maruti’s premium Nexa dealership network, the XL6 is available in a total of four variants. We tell you which version suits your needs best.

What are the engines on offer?

The XL6 shares its petrol engine with the Ertiga — the 105hp/138Nm, 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine comes with Maruti’s mild-hybrid system (called Smart Hybrid) that assists the motor under heavy acceleration. While there isn’t a diesel engine on offer — Maruti’s 1.5-litre DDiS 225 motor that is an option on the Ertiga will not be upgraded to BS-VI norms for now — the XL6’s petrol mill gets a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox options. Of the two options, the automatic makes sense for urban buyers, but its higher price point and lower-than-expected mileage (ARAI rated 17.99kpl) are deterrents. The petrol-manual, which has a fuel-efficiency figure of 19.01kpl, is sufficient for most users.

Maruti Suzuki XL6: Which variant to buy?

What are the variants on offer?

Based on the variant nomenclature Maruti’s Nexa cars typically get, the XL6 is offered in two higher-spec trims — Zeta and Alpha — with both getting the option of the automatic gearbox.

The lower-spec XL6 Zeta (₹9.80-10.89 lakh) is quite well-kitted. Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, a speed warning system, height-adjustable front seatbelts, Isofix child seat mounts and seat-belt reminders for the front passengers. A rear parking camera, however, isn’t available. Along with the automatic gearbox, buyers also get Electronic Stability Program and hill-start assist. In terms of creature comforts and convenience features, the Zeta is equipped with LED headlights, keyless entry and go, automatic climate control, cruise control, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. For a premium of ₹56,000, the XL6 Alpha (₹10.36-11.46 lakh) adds features such as leatherette upholstery, a reverse camera and automatic headlamps with a follow-me-home function.

Which is the variant to buy?

Considering the ₹1.1 lakh price difference between the manual and automatic versions of the XL6, the latter doesn’t seem worth the premium. But the ₹56,000 extra that you would pay for the Alpha variants over the Zeta is more or less justified with the corresponding increase in equipment. And for that reason, we recommend the XL6 Alpha in petrol-manual form.

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