Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Comparison: What Are The Similarities And Differences?

by Harish Kumar | 29/08/2019
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Our Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga comparison review highlights the differences and similarities between the two models in terms of their prices, specs, design, dimensions.

1. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga: An Introduction

After months of testing and teasing, Maruti Suzuki finally introduced its new six-seater MPV, the XL6 to the Indian car market at the starting price of Rs 9.8 Lakh to Rs 11.46 Lakh (ex-showroom). The new Maruti XL6 commands an approximate premium of Rs 70,000 over its donor car, the Maruti Ertiga, then it is positioned as a more premium offering than the model which it is based on. To differentiate its two MPVs, Maruti Suzuki sells the standard Ertiga via its Arena dealerships while the new XL6 is retailed through the NEXA outlets.

maruti xl6 maruti ertiga front angle

As far as we know, the Maruti Ertiga is currently the most sought-after MPV in its segment. So a question is, whether the new Maruti XL6 is able to follow the success of the Ertiga in the space? If you are planning to buy a Maruti’s MPV, will you go straight to Arena showrooms or head to NEXA dealerships? IndianAuto now gives you a detailed Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga comparison to help you find out which of the two would make sense for you.

2. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Dimensions: Which Is Bigger?

Being a premium version of the Ertiga, the new Maruti XL6 is bigger than the Ertiga MPV by quite a margin. Check out the dimensions of the Ertiga vs XL6 in the table below:

  Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga - Dimensions
 Dimensions  Maruti XL6  Maruti Ertiga
 Length  4445 mm  4395 mm
 Width  1775 mm  1735 mm
 Height  1700 mm  1690 mm
 Wheelbase  2740 mm  2740 mm
 Ground Clearance  180 mm  180 mm
 Kerb Weight  1180-1190 kg  1135-1235 kg
 Boot Space  209 - 692 litres  209 - 803 litres
 Tyre Size  185/65 R15  185/65 R15

While both MPVs measure around 4.5-metre length mark, the new XL6 is still marginally larger than the Ertiga, on which it is based. Measuring 4,445 mm long, 1,775 mm wide and 1,700 mm high, the Maruti XL6 is longer, wider and taller than the Ertiga by 50 mm, 40 mm and 10 mm, respectively. Or in other words, the Ertiga MPV measures the length of 4,395 mm, the width of 1,690 mm and the height of 1,735 mm. Note that both MPVs share the same wheelbase of 2,740 mm and the same ground clearance of 180 mm.

maruti xl6 front angle

The XL6 gets a boot capacity of 209 litres which can be expanded up to 692 litres with the second row and third row folded. Whereas, the boot space of the Ertiga also stands at 209 litres with all rows up. However, it can be increased up to 803 litres when the second and third-row folded down. Basically, there is no clear winner of this part of our Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga comparison. On paper, the XL6 is bigger but that is only because of the cosmetic updates carry and the slightly higher dimensions hardly make a difference in any form. 

3. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Design: Which Is Better Looking?

Exterior Comparison

The all-new Maruti Suzuki XL6 boasts a batch of cosmetic changes as compared to the Maruti Ertiga. In a bid to garner a set of higher-budget buyers in the Indian auto space, Maruti Suzuki gives the XL6 a more premium appeal as compared to the Ertiga sibling. At the front, the hexagonal upper grille with two chrome slats that connect two sharper headlamps looks completely unique. The bumper is chunkier, the front fog lamps are repositioned while the faux skid plate is added to enhance the aggression and sportiness of the vehicle.

maruti xl6 ertiga front three quarters

Unlike the Maruti Ertiga which uses the halogen headlamps, the XL6 gets multi-reflector LED headlights with LED daytime running lights instead. The side profile of the Maruti XL6 is kitted out with all-black alloys, silver roof rails and blacked-out ORVMs, black cladding on the lower body. The rear end of the new MPV turns out to be identical to the Ertiga at first glance. However, it receives a refreshed bumper, faux skid plates along with a vertical reflector. Above all, the Maruti XL6 looks more rugged and aggressive than the Ertiga which looks rather basic and utilitarian. Maruti Suzuki has given the XL6 a handful of eye-catching features on the outside that redefine the premium of the car over its donor car. Design is a matter of personal choice but if you ask us, it's the new model that wins this part of our Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga comparison review.

Interior Comparison

maruti xl6 maruti ertiga dashboard

In comparison with the dual-tone dashboard of the Maruti Ertiga, the XL6 gets all-black dashboard design, which, once again, adds to the premium quotient of the new model. The dashboard layout of the MPVs is the same, though. That said, both cars are available with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (SmartPlay Studio unit on the XL6) with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and smartphone connectivity. Some other shared features of the two models include steering mounted audio controls, auto temperature control, rear defogger and power-adjustable ORVMs. Note that the latest feature in the XL6 gets auto fold/ unfold functions upon lock/unlock.

maruti xl6 ertiga cabin layout

Though the cars are equally equipped with some basic features, the Maruti XL6 is given a host of more modern bits such as cruise control, captain seats on the middle row as against Ertiga’s bench seats, reclining function for the third rows, black leather upholstery as compared to Ertiga’s lighter beige fabric seats. While the Maruti Ertiga is offered with a seven-seater setup, the Maruti XL6 comes with 6-seater configuration.

On the safety front, both the Ertiga and the XL6 are equipped with enough essential features such as anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, ESP, rear parking sensors, rear parking camera and more.

Also Read - Renault Triber Vs Maruti Ertiga Comparison of Specs, Mileage, Features, Interior

5. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Engine Specifications: Which Is Better In Terms Of Performance?

maruti xl6 blue front three quarters right side

While the Maruti Ertiga is currently available with both petrol and diesel engine options, the XL6 gets the power from only one petrol mill in its heart. Powering the seven-seater Ertiga MPV is a BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre K15B gasoline engine which works in tandem with a Smart Hybrid tech and churns out 105 HP/ 138 Nm. There’s another 1.5-litre E15A turbocharged diesel mill that produces 95 HP/ 225 Nm on offer. While the former comes mated to either a 5-speed manual gearbox or the 4-speed torque converter, the diesel engine comes coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission only.

  Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga - Engines and Gearboxes
 Petrol Engines  Maruti XL6  Maruti Ertiga
 Engine Type  4-cyl, naturally-aspirated  4-cyl, naturally-aspirated
 Displacement  1462 cc  1462 cc
 Max Power  105 HP @ 6,000 rpm  105 HP @ 6,000 rpm
 Max Torque  138 Nm @ 4,400 rpm  138 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
 Gearbox  5-speed MT/ 4-speed torque converter  5-speed MT/ 4-speed torque converter
 Fuel Mileage  19.01 kmpl/ 17.99 kmpl  19.01 kmpl/ 17.99 kmpl
 Diesel Engines  Maruti XL6  Maruti Ertiga
 Engine Type  -  4-cyl, turbocharged
 Displacement  -  1498 cc
 Max Power  -  95 HP @ 4,000 rpm
 Max Torque  -  225 Nm @ 1,500 - 2,500 rpm
 Gearbox  -  6-speed MT
 Fuel Mileage  -  24.2 kmpl

The Maruti XL6 borrows the same 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Ertiga to use under the bonnet. This engine also does the same duty on the Maruti Ciaz. It should be noted that the top-spec Maruti Ertiga is not equipped with an automatic transmission while both variants of the XL6 already has this option. Due to Maruti Suzuki’s plan to discontinue all diesel cars post BSVI deadline, the new XL6 is the only MPV that enters the market sans an oil burner under the bonnet. That’s would be a bit letdown for some who aspire to buy a diesel-powered MPV model. In terms of fuel efficiency, the XL6 and Ertiga share the same figures of 19.01 kmpl (for the manual version) and a 17.99 kmpl (for the automatic counterpart). While the XL6 and the Ertiga share the petrol engine, it's only the latter that is available with a diesel engine option. Hence, it's the older car here that wins this part of our Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga comparison. 

6. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Top Speed: Which Is Faster?

Maruti XL6 is truly a punchy car as it is capable of rocketing from 0 -100 kmph in around 12 seconds and achieving the top speed of 160- 170 km per hour. The Ertiga is a bit slower with the top speed of 155-165 kmph and the acceleration of 15-17 seconds from 0 - 100 kmph.

Specs   Maruti XL6 Maruti Ertiga
 Top Speed  160-170 kmph  155-165 kmph
 Accelerations (0-100 kmph)  12 seconds  15-17 seconds

7. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Mileage: Which Is More Fuel Efficient?

 Specs  Maruti XL6  Maruti Ertiga
 Fuel Type  Petrol  Petrol | Diesel
 Fuel Tank  45 litres  45-litres
 Fuel Mileage

 19.01 kmpl (MT)

 17.99 kmpl (AT)

 24.2 kmpl (Diesel MT)

 19.34 kmpl (Petrol MT)

 18.69 kmpl (Petrol AT)

 26.2 km/kg (CNG)


8. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Prices & Variants: Which Is Cheaper?

Due to the absence of a diesel engine, the Maruti XL6 is available with only four trims as compared to 10 variants of the Maruti Ertiga. The newer MPV is available in four petrol variants including Zeta MT, Zeta AT, Alpha MT and Alpha AT. Whereas, the Ertiga comes with a total of 10 variants, comprising of six petrol, three diesel and one CNG variants.

  Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga Prices (ex-showroom)
   Maruti XL6  Maruti Ertiga
 Petrol  Rs 9.8 - 11.46 Lakh  Rs 7.55 - 10.06 Lakh
 Diesel  -  Rs 9.87 - 11.21 Lakh

In terms of pricing, the Maruti XL6 is positioned at the price ranging from Rs 9.80 Lakh to Rs 11.46 Lakh (ex-showroom, India), which boasts a premium of around Rs 70,000 over the Maruti Ertiga. Prices of Maruti Ertiga sit in-between Rs 7.55 Lakh to Rs 11.21 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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9. Maruti XL6: Other Competitors

Maruti XL6 rivals the likes of Honda BR-V, Toyota Innova Crysta and possibly the Toyota Rush (if it's launched in India)

Other Competitors  Compare with Maruti XL6
 Honda BR-V  Maruti XL6 vs Honda BR-V
 Toyota Innova Crysta  Maruti XL6 vs Toyota Innova Crysta
 Toyota Rush  Maruti XL6 vs Toyota Rush

10. Maruti Ertiga: Other Competitors

Maruti Ertiga is competing with some models like Renault Triber, Mahindra Marazzo, Renault Lodgy, Toyota Innova Crysta among others.

Other Competitors  Compare with Maruti Ertiga
 Renault Triber  Maruti Ertiga vs Renault Triber
 Mahindra Marazzo, Renault Lodgy  Maruti Ertiga vs Mahindra Marazzo vs Renault Lodgy
 Toyota Innova Crysta  Maruti Ertiga vs Toyota Innova Crysta

11. Maruti XL6 vs Maruti Ertiga Verdict: Which Model Is Worth Buying?

Having said, with the XL6, Maruti Suzuki is aiming to attract more premium customers in India while the Ertiga would perfectly fit the bills for those who can’t stretch their budget for the latest MPV. Therefore, if you are demanding more premium while money is no object, the new sportier Maruti XL6 is the best option for you. On the contrary, the Ertiga is a perfect budget-friendly multi-purpose vehicle that becomes a good family mover for a long and nice weekend getaway. Overall, it depends on your conditions and the purpose of your purchase. 

As for its adversaries, the XL6 is set to compete against some other models like Mahindra Marazzo and even faces rivalries from some SUVs like the Hyundai Creta and the updated Renault Duster. Coming to the winner of our Maruti XL6 Vs Maruti Ertiga comparison review, it's the new arrival that triumphs over its donor model.

Here is our intensive comparison between the Maruti Ertiga vs Maruti XL6. Hopefully, the article could be informative and of help for you in order to make your smart purchase. If you are looking for more car comparisons on other vehicles or to compare Maruti Suzuki cars with its rivals, stay updated with - where we provide you with the latest car news and interesting car stories, tips, compare as well as a plethora of used cars for sale by owners from across the nation.

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