Maruti XL6 facelift vs Ertiga vs Carens vs Alcazar vs Innova Crysta specifications compared


Maruti has launched the XL6 in three trim levels and has priced it from Rs 11.29 lakh to Rs 14.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Compared to its rivals, the XL6 is significantly more affordable than the Alcazar and Innova Crysta as both their starting prices are higher than even the XL6’s top-spec version. However, the Ertiga and Carens both have a lower starting price than the XL6. The Ertiga is comfortably the most affordable option here and, interestingly, the XL6’s range starts where the Ertiga’s ends. Though the Carens is cheaper at the lower end, it is much more expensive than the XL6 at the top-end. This is down to the Carens having a turbo-petrol engine option and a sophisticated dual-clutch auto gearbox option, both of which aren’t offered on any of the others. Overall, the XL6’s  prices come across as being quite competitive. 

XL6 facelift vs rivals: dimensions
Maruti Suzuki XL6 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Kia Carens Hyundai Alcazar Toyota Innova Crysta
Length 4445mm 4395mm 4540mm 4500mm 4735mm
Width 1775mm 1735mm 1800mm 1790mm 1830mm
Height 1700mm 1690mm 1700mm 1675mm 1795mm
Wheelbase 2740mm 2740mm 2780mm 2760mm 2750mm
Ground clearance 180mm 180mm 195mm 200mm 167mm
Tyre size 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 205/65 R16 215/55 R18 215/55 R17

In terms of dimensions, the XL6 facelift remains identical to its predecessor. It measures 4,445mm in length, 1,775mm in width, 1,700mm in height, with a 2,740mm long wheelbase and 180mm of ground clearance. When compared to the Ertiga, the XL6 is longer, wider and taller, but the two models have the same wheelbase, ground clearance and tyre size (15 inches). 

As for the rivals, the Kia Carens has the longest wheelbase in this comparison, and the Hyundai Alcazar has the highest ground clearance and the largest tyres here. Meanwhile, the Innova Crysta is comfortably the largest overall here. The Toyota is the longest, tallest and widest of the lot, but it has the least amount of ground clearance. 

Maruti Suzuki XL6 facelift vs rivals: petrol powertrains

XL6 vs rivals: engine and gearbox
Maruti Suzuki XL6 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Kia Carens Hyundai Alcazar Toyota Innova Crysta
Type 4 cyls, Naturally aspirated 4 cyls, Naturally aspirated 4 cyls, Naturally aspirated/4 cyls, Turbo 4 cyls, Naturally aspirated 4 cyls, Naturally aspirated
Displacement 1462cc 1462cc 1497cc/1353cc 1999cc 2694cc
Power 103hp 103hp 115hp/140hp 159hp 166hp
Torque 136.8Nm 136.8Nm 144Nm/242Nm 191Nm 245Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT/6-speed AT 5-speed MT/6-speed AT 6-speed MT/7-speed DCT (Turbo only) 6-speed MT/6-speed AT 5-speed MT/6-speed AT

Perhaps the biggest change on the XL6 is the inclusion of a new 1.5-litre DualJet petrol engine with start-stop technology, which made its debut on the refreshed Ertiga earlier this month. This engine uses two injectors per cylinder, giving it greater control over fuel injection, and, as a result, greater efficiency. It puts out 103hp at 6,000rpm and 136.8Nm at 4,400rpm, which is 2hp and 1.2Nm down on the outgoing 1.5 engine. 

Gearbox options for the updated XL6 include a 5-speed manual and a new 6-speed torque-converter automatic with paddle shifters, which replaces the ageing 4-speed unit of the outgoing model. The XL6 facelift is claimed to do XXkpl with the manual gearbox and XXkpl with the auto. 

The Carens comes with two petrol options, both of which have been borrowed from the Seltos SUV. First is the 115hp, 144Nm, 1.5-litre naturally aspirated unit that’s paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox only. The Carens has the distinction of being the only one to offer a turbo-petrol option here – the 140hp, 1.4-litre direct-injection unit. The Carens’ turbo-petrol can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. 

As for the rivals, the Innova Crysta has the largest displacement engine, which is also the most powerful and torquey (166hp, 245Nm). The Toyota’s petrol engine can be had with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The Alcazar is not far behind the Innova Crysta, with its 159hp, 191Nm, 2.0-litre petrol unit. Gearbox options for the Alcazar petrol include a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed torque converter AT.

It’s also worth noting that the Carens, Alcazar and Innova Crysta come with diesel engine options, while the Ertiga gets a CNG option. 

So that’s how the updated Maruti XL6 stacks up against its rivals on the spec sheet. But should it be the MPV you opt for? We can only answer that once we’ve compared them in the real world, so stay tuned. 

All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi



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