2022 Maruti XL6 AT: Impressions after test drive on a variety of roads

On my test drive route, there were a couple of occasions (on the quicker sections) when the lethargic engine caught me pretty much by surprise.

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Test drove an immaculate XL6 AT yesterday over 10 km of backroads, a fast single carriageway and a congested dual carriageway. My quick take:

Engine tuning:

Can totally identify with the lackluster engine and the dead mid/top-range.

Maruti have really messed up the XL6 engine tuning – unlike an Ertiga, this one is likely to be driven by an owner-driver as a primary or occasional secondary car. However, the engine tune is abysmal for such a use case.

On my test drive route, there were a couple of occasions (on the quicker sections) when the lethargic engine caught me pretty much by surprise. Even with the pedal pushed uncomfortably down, there was a lot of engine revs but no real acceleration. And this was with only me and a SA!

One of my use cases is ~90% chauffeured usage + 3 rows (3 pax + luggage + 2 dogs) + a reasonably ‘drivable’ vehicle that we could take to the hills or mild off-road places. BUT, given the engine tune, I seriously doubt how it will fare (with a full load) on say the Kalhatty Ghat 36 hairpin section. The torque number is also 137 Nm which is worrying to say the least. Expect a lot of screaming engines on the way up.]

I am really hoping Maruti will retune the K15C in a later avatar. Nothing to say about the Aisin 6AT torque converter. It just did it’s job as intended.

Interiors:

  • The Alpha+ AT I drove was spacious, good seats, chiller of an AC, well laid out overall and with a good infotainment unit.
  • Ventilated seats were excellent.
  • Rear seat view was like a LHB AC coach; amazing window – was very impressed.
  • Downside in my opinion was the iffy leatherette quality of the seats. It just does not match the ~14-19L OTR price in Bangalore. Maruti should definitely improve the quality here.
  • Adequate boot space with 3 rows and excellent with 2.
  • Superb UV glass, and urgently needed for that huge glasshouse area.

Exteriors:

  • I like the looks. Very mature without weird Carens type bling.
  • Alloys look commensurate for the height.
  • Blue is our preferred colour and I think it really suits the XL6.
  • Modern and imposing front end, well integrated 4 chamber LED headlights & neat DRLs.
  • Side view is mature as well, like the integrated foot steps.
  • Rear very Volvo-ish, nothing to dislike really. Integrated hatch back spoiler is a requirement. 11K accessory in the lower variants.

Summary:

Modern VFM MUV let down by that dead engine. No offense meant to prospective or existing owners. This is my personal view only.

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