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Maruti Suzuki XL6 vs Competitors: Premium MUVs Compared

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The MUV segment is one of the hottest segments in India with capable competitors from leading manufacturers. As India’s largest automobile manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki has brought in another promising offering in the ever growing MUV segment, with the Maruti Suzuki XL6. The Maruti Suzuki XL6 brings a premium experience above the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

But even with a promising package of engine, features, built and designing, the Maruti XL6 faces intense competition from key rivals. Amongst them is the Mahindra Marazzo that is Mahindra’s premium MUV which is practical, powerful, efficient and stylish. The Mahindra is not the only competitor in this space. The segment stalwart, Toyota Innova (2012-2015), is still a worthy competitor for a capable 7-seater MUV. With hot competition from both the Marazzo and the pre-owned Toyota Innova, in this article we’ll be pitching the XL6 head on with the two vehicles to see which vehicle truly shines in the sizable MUV game.

Dimensions, Boot and Seating

Dimensions are one of the most important factors to pay attention to in an MUV. Size is everything when you want to transport seven people in comfort. In the same vein, boot space and seating capacity is one area that can actually make or break a deal, if you are in the market to buy a vehicle that is practical and capable. Here’s how the Maruti Suzuki XL6 compares against the Mahindra Marazzo and the pre-owned Toyota Innova in terms of dimensions and boot space.

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Mahindra Marazzo

Toyota Innova

Length (mm)

4445mm

4585mm

4585mm

Width (mm)

1775mm

1866mm

1760mm

Height (mm)

1600mm

1774mm

1760mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2740mm

2760mm

2750mm

Boot Space (with all seats)

209-litres

190-litres

300-litres

Seating Capacity

6 Seater

7 Seater

7 Seater

As evident from the comparison above, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 is the most compact offering when it comes to vehicle length as well as height, which directly translates to better parking, easy manoeuvrability and effortless ingress and egress, which in the long run can be a boon for the city commuters. Talking about the boot space, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 manages to beat the Mahindra Marazzo, but is beaten by the veteran Toyota Innova by a huge margin. In terms of seating capacity, the XL6 brings in captain seats in a 2+2+2 layout while the Mahindra Marazzo and the veteran Innova comes in a conventional 7 seater layout. with a special 8 seater also up for grabs. 

So if you are someone who is in for maximum practicality, a used Toyota Innova is the clear winner. However, for those looking for an MUV that is compact while still seating six people comfortably, then the Maruti Suzuki XL6 takes the crown.

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Winner: Used Toyota Innova

Engine and Performance

No car is complete without an engine that is not only adequately powerful but also comparatively efficient. And when it comes to multi-seater MUVs, the engine surely takes the centre stage. Only a correct balance of power, efficiency and torque can actually make an MUV shine amidst the competition. Another key aspect that largely affects the performance is the transmission a vehicle offers on board. This is why we have pitched the Maruti Suzuki XL6 head to head against the Mahindra Marazzo and the used Toyota Innova in terms of engine figures, transmission options and mileage, so that you can pick the vehicle that suits you the best.

Petrol Engine

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Mahindra Marazzo

Toyota Innova

Engine

1.5-litre

N/A

2.0-litre

Power (PS)

105 PS

N/A

130 PS

Torque (Nm)

138 Nm

N/A

181 Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed Manual

4-speed AGS Automatic

N/A

5-speed Manual

Mileage

19.01 kmpl (manual)

17.99 kmpl (automatic)

N/A

Up to 13 kmpl

As evident from the comparison above, the Mahindra Marazzo doesn’t feature in the petrol competition due to a lack of a petrol engine. However, talking about petrol engine, the XL6 brings a 1.5 litre unit while the veteran Toyota Innova comes with a massive 2.0 litre unit, which is obviously more powerful at 130 PS. But for those who prioritise efficiency, the XL6’s smaller and newer engine returns an impressive 19.01 kmpl for the manual and 17.99 kmpl for the automatic variants which is far ahead of what the Innova’s larger unit returns.

In terms of transmission, the XL6 offers a 4-speed AGS automatic in addition to the conventional 5-speed manual, while the pre-owned Toyota Innova comes with only a 5-speed manual transmission set up. Thus, based on the above comparison, you can easily choose which vehicle will do justice to your engine expectations. On one hand is a new-generation vehicle that brings in better fuel efficiency and emission norms, while on the other is a power packed veteran.

Diesel Engine

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Mahindra Marazzo

Toyota Innova

Engine

N/A

1.5-litre Turbo

2.0-litre Turbo

Power (PS)

N/A

122 PS

101 PS

Torque (Nm)

N/A

300 Nm

200 Nm

Transmission Options

N/A

6-speed Manual

5-speed Manual

Mileage

N/A

17.3 kmpl

13.5 kmpl

As seen above, things are quite different in the diesel game, where the Maruti Suzuki XL6 doesn’t compete here due to a lack of diesel engine. However, both the Mahindra Marazzo and the Toyota Innova continue to come with a diesel engine with the Marazzo featuring a 1.5 litre diesel engine while the pre-owned Innova gets a larger 2.4 litre diesel engine set up. The Marazzo’s smaller 1.5 litre burner outperforms the Innova’s larger burner in terms of both torque as well as mileage. 

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Comparing transmission, both vehicles offer a manual transmission but with the Marazzo having an edge of 6 gears instead of the 5 that are offered on the Innova. Thus, based on the above comparison, you can easily choose which vehicle will do justice to your engine expectations.

On-board Features

MUVs have become the hottest trend on Indian roads. But for any car to woo the masses, a feature-rich cabin is a must. From infotainment systems to sunroofs, each consumer has their preference. This is why we have pitched the Maruti Suzuki XL6 against the Mahindra Marazzo and the pre-owned Toyota Innova to compare key comfort and features offered.

Features

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Mahindra Marazzo

Toyota Innova

Headlamps

LED headlamps with DRLs

Halogen Projectors with DRLs

Conventional H-type Bulbs

Infotainment System

7-inch touchscreen

7-inch touchscreen

4-inch touchscreen

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic Climate Control

Yes

Yes

Yes

Steering Mounted Controls

Yes

Yes

Yes

Keyless Entry

Yes

Via Remote

No 

Push Button Start

Yes

No 

No 

Multi-info display

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tilt Steering

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

No 

Upholstery

Leatherette

Leatherette

Leatherette

Auto Headlamp Function

Yes

No 

No 

Evident from the head to head comparison above, all vehicles are equipped with a host of comfort and convenience features that can surely make your driving experience worthwhile. Talking about the Maruti Suzuki XL6, it outruns its competitors in terms of features like keyless entry, push button start, auto headlamps etc.  In terms of the misses, the Maruti Suzuki XL6 doesn’t miss on any key feature when compared to the new Mahindra Marazzo. As a total package, the XL6 does exceptionally well in terms of features and can be easily crowned as the most feature rich package from amongst the three competitors.

With that said, the Toyota Innova does exceptionally well considering the fact that the vehicle is at least a 5 year old pre-owned car. As a pre-owned MUV, the Toyota Innova manages to not only face competition from new-gen vehicles but also prove to be quite economical when it comes to the price to feature ratio.

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Safety Features

Every driving experience is elevated when the vehicle you are driving guarantees maximum safety during accidents and other miss happenings. Perhaps this is the reason why safety norms across the globe are becoming more and more stringent. This is why we have pitched the Maruti Suzuki XL6 against key rivals to know how safe the XL6 actually is.

Features

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Mahindra Marazzo

Toyota Innova

Airbags

Dual Front

Dual Front

Dual Front

ABS with EBD

Yes

Yes

Yes without EBD

Rear Parking Sensors

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear view camera

Yes

Yes

Yes

ISOFIX

Yes

Yes

No

Electronic Stability Program

Yes

No

No 

Hill Hold Control

Yes

No 

No 

All-wheel disc brakes

No

Yes

No

As seen above, safety is one department where all the leading manufacturers have placed their special attention. As a result, the Maruti XL6, Mahindra Marazzo and even the veteran Toyota Innova, all are equipped with essential safety equipment and features.

Talking about standard safety kits, all cars come with dual airbags, ABS, and rear parking sensors. However, being new-gen vehicles the Marazzo and XL6 beat the veteran Innova with XL6 shining with Hill Hold Control, and the Marazzo with its all-wheel disc brakes. And while the XL6 and Marazzo bring in new and modern safety tech, the durability and build quality of the Toyota Innova is evident from its huge sales figures and an everlasting legacy.

Pricing

Pricing is an aspect that can never be ignored when choosing the perfect car. And even though the Maruti Suzuki XL6’s and Mahindra Marazzo are brand new vehicles, their showroom price is a figure that matches the pre-owned pricing of the veteran Toyota Innova. Thus, comparing the brand new vehicles with the pre-own rival, here’s what you’ll have to pay.

Maruti Suzuki XL6

Mahindra Marazzo

Toyota Innova

Price

₹9.84 - ₹11.51 lakh 

₹11.25 - ₹13.59 lakh

₹6.4 - ₹9.0 lakh 


So this was the Maruti Suzuki XL6 up against the Mahindra Marazzo and the veteran pre-owned Toyota Innova. We hope that the head to head comparison will help you choose the perfect MUV for all your needs.

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