The new Maruti Suzuki XL6 could have strong competition from Toyota Rush, if the latter were sold in India. Check out the comparison of exteriors, interiors, safety, performance, and price between the two.
Toyota Rush is a premium MPV sold in foreign markets like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines. With the increasing popularity of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga/XL6 and Honda BR-V, not to forget the Toyota Innova, there could very well be a place in the Indian market for the Toyota Rush as well. Speculations have been happening for over a year, but there has been no official word on the topic yet.
Nevertheless, while we still wait for the company to make an official announcement, here is a brief Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Toyota Rush comparison to tell you how these two models stack up against each other.
Exterior and Design
Maruti Suzuki XL6
Let’s begin with the exterior dimensions. The XL6 is the larger of the two, although not excessively so. It is 10 mm longer, 80 mm wider, but 5 mm shorter than the Toyota Rush. Also, the XL6 has a 55 mm longer wheelbase. That said, the Toyota actually has a much higher ground clearance, giving it an SUV-ish character.
Both these cars ace the design game with their handsome looks and imposing stances. The XL6 looks like an Ertiga in a business suit, which it actually is! The changes, however, are significant. The bonnet line is higher, and it has a flatter face, resembling an SUV more than an MPV. In that regard though, the XL6 should take a seat and learn from the Rush.
This Toyota looks striking from the front, sleek from the rear, and sharp from the side. The roof is high, as is the floorboard, the front grill is quite big, and the alloy wheel design is premium. It is known as the baby Fortuner in the South-East Asian markets, which you can tell from these images, is an appropriate nickname. In terms of design, let’s call the results of this part of our Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Toyota Rush section a tie!
Interior and Comfort
Space and Seating
While the XL6 is only available as a 6-seater, the Rush can be customised as a 5-seater or a 7-seater. This is an interesting difference between the two. The XL6 thus gets three rows of seating, but instead of bench seating in the middle row, like usual cars, it gets captain seats, like in the front row. As for the Rush, it gets traditional seating on the inside.
The captain seats in the XL6 ensure better ergonomics, something you’d appreciate a lot more if you were chauffer driven. The middle row seats are also very easy to fold and slide, easing ingress-egress into the third row. In the Rush, you get bench seats in the middle row, which aren’t as comfy as on the XL6. You can, however, choose between 5- and 7-seats on the Rush, which is quite practical. Still, our choice in this category of our Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Toyota Rush comparison would be the Maruti offering.
Features and Infotainment
The XL6 features Maruti Suzuki's SmartPlay Studio infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen display. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with real-time traffic updates, which is a boon. The interiors are all-black, with black wooden inserts, silver accents, black leather seats, a silver-trimmed steering wheel with audio controls.
The Rush gets a 6.8-inch infotainment screen with AUX and USB connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and USB mirror feature, but no touchscreen. Other goodies include push-button start, 8-speaker sound system. It also gets reverse cameras, Steering Mounted Controls, and a smart key. Please note that these specifications are not available in every market. We’d say the XL6 has this round.
The XL6 is built on Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform, which Suzuki claims is very efficient at dispersing collision force due to the lack of joints in the chassis. It also features dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, front seat belt Pre-tensioners and Force Limiters, ISOFIX child seat mounts, high-speed warning alert, and reverse parking sensors as a standard. You also get a Hill-hold function with the Automatic gearbox.
The Rush is built on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, which is also extremely light and sturdy. It also offers plenty of safety features like six airbags, ESP, traction control, blind-spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, ABS, EBD, brake assist, Pre-Collision warning and emergency braking, and Hill-start assist as well. The abundance of safety features, primarily airbags, make the Rush a better car in this part of our Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Toyota Rush comaprison.
Engine and Performance
The Maruti Suzuki XL6 utilizes the K15 1.5-liter engine with a smart-hybrid system. The combined max output is 104.7 PS at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission, or a 4-speed automatic.
The Toyota Rush uses a similar powertrain, albeit without the smart-hybrid system. It gets a 1.5-liter Dual VVTi engine that produces a peak power of 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm. The engine is paired to a 5-speed manual gearbox, with a 4-speed automatic available as an option.
The difference between the two is in the steering though. Where the XL6 features an electronic unit that is devoid of feel, like other current Maruti cars, Toyota offers an old-school hydraulic power-steering in the Rush. While it is less efficient than electronic steering, the benefit in terms of better steering feel and feedback is evident every time you drive. Overall, the Toyota is the more spirited car to drive.
The Maruti Suzuki XL6 is available in three trims:
While prices for the Toyota Rush can only be revealed after the vehicle is launched in India, we speculate the base price to be around 12.26 Lakh (ex-showroom). At this price, it would be a direct competitor to the XL6! That, however, is pure speculation, with the primary assumption being that Toyota will locally manufacture the Rush. That could be a little far-fetched, and real-world analysis says that CKD would be a more practical option for Toyota Kirloskar. That could easily bring the prices closer to the 15-17 Lakh mark, and at that price, it will be decimated by the Maruti MPV.
Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Toyota Rush Comparison Verdict
A bird in hand is worth two in the bush. Theoretically, that means the Maruti Suzuki XL6, which is already available in Nexa dealerships, is better than the Toyota Rush and the winner of our Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Toyota Rush comparison. The Toyota Rush isn't available yet and doesn't look India-bound anytime soon. However, after a complete spec-sheet analysis, we see that the Rush gives a good chase to the XL6. It is only the pricing which conclusively shifts the balance towards the XL6, otherwise it was a close fight. Still, the winner is Maruti Suzuki XL6. For now.