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2022 Maruti Suzuki XL6 Review: Smart, Sharp and Practical

The Premium MVP now comes with latest generation tech, new engine and finally a new automatic gear box. We drove around the car for a day to find out more and experience the real change ourselves.

MARUTI Suzuki XL6 was a hit when first launched in India in 2019. It was a practical MVP with ample space and mileage to offer. We are in 2022 and many carmakers are offering much more than just that in the same segment. How could Maruti Suzuki not stay at power, so they updated the XL6 in 2022 with lot more to offer.

The Premium MVP now comes with latest generation tech, new engine and finally a new automatic gear box. We drove around the car for a day to find out more and experience the real change ourselves.

The MVP now looks more aggressive with bolder stance, the change in evident on the face which now gets a bold front grille with sweeping X-Bar element and chrome in the middle for a slightly premium look. At the rear the XL6 is upgraded with smoke grey LED tail lamps with light guide.

The skid plates all around the car, roof rails with shark fin antenna and the dual tone machined finish 16-inch alloy wheels makes it look sharper and premium for sure. Although, I still would have preferred 17-inch alloys for a more proportionate structure.

The interiors of the car are premium than before, the dashboard now comes with premium stone finish. The all-black interiors, leatherette upholstery, perforated and ventilated seats provide comfort and luxury to a certain extent. Soft touches on the steering wheel and arm rest makes you feel nice but that doesn’t stay long enough as everything else from dashboard to door is all hard plastic.

The real hero inside the car is the most comfortable and adjustable captain seats with ample leg and head room to spare. Even the third row is spacious and comfortable for two adults. The boot space is 209* L (All 3 Rows Up), for more space you can obviously pull the third row down.

The new XL6 designed under the NEXA umbrella raised my expectations and I was eager to indulge with the car. However, that feeling too passed quickly. Having said that, the seats provide a commanding stance and position, there is ample space in the car to keep your Knick knacks, Auto AC, 4 speakers and steering mounted audio and calling controls soon made me realise that this is Maruti, I will have everything I need and will use, nothing extra, nothing short.

Tech gets a major upgrade in the new XL6, it is now equipped with the new SmartPlay Pro (17.78cm) with an Advanced Voice Assistant which lets you call, text, play music and navigate using your Smartphone via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The display also allows you to access important vehicle information and control features like Auto Door Lock/Unlock, Front Footwell Light, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and more with just a touch. The built in Alexa and the 360 View Camera definitely makes life easier inside the car.

The 2022 XL6 is much safer than before. The 4 Airbags (Dual Front & Dual Front Seat Side) enhance protection and with ESP and Hill Hold Assist. In addition, ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts, Speed Alert System, Driver and Co-driver Seat Belt Reminder, Rear Parking Sensors and many more features dedicated to your safety and comfort when on the move.

Moreover, it is built on Suzuki’s renowned HEARTECT platform with extensive usage of high tensile Steel for effective absorption and dispersion of crash energy. For me, the platform is the greatest safety feature of any car and Maruti XL6 has done a great job at it.

The heart is where Maruti has tried to do better with the Next Generation K-Series 1.5L Dual Jet Dual VVT Engine with Progressive Smart Hybrid Technology that should deliver a refined driving experience and it does till the time you are driving between the range of 60-80km/h. I drove the 5-Speed Manual Transmission which churns a Maximum Power of 101 BHP @ 6000 RPM and Maximum Torque of 136.8NM @ 4400 RPM.

The pickup is decent and so is the drive, in city speeds, the steering wheel feels connected, the suspension performs well on the small potholes and speed breakers but on the twists and turns I did feel some body roll. In city, the mileage is good and gave me approximately 17km/l, Maruti claims 20km/l which can be easily achieved if I am not reviewing the car.

The change of gear is smooth, no lag there. Enough torque and power through all gears till I reached the speed of 90km/h after which I really had to push the peddle hard in case I needed to overtake or to even enjoy the illegal speed limit on the beautiful Bangalore – Hyderabad highway.

The New XL6 is available in six single tone colours and three dual-tone options for those who like to make a bold statement.

The lowest price model is XL6 Zeta at Rs.11.29 Lakh and the most priced model of Maruti XL6 is Alpha Plus AT Dual Tone priced at Rs. 14.55 Lakh. We reviewed the top model of Manual Transmission which is priced at Rs. 12.89 Lakh.

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