Suzuki’s XL6 Redefines SUVs: Practicality Meets Luxury

  • Suzuki Unveils XL6: A game-changing SUV, combining Ertiga's practicality with Grand Vitara's premium feel, offering GL and GLX trims.
  • Interior Elegance and Tech: Blend of materials creates modern cabin, GLX boasts leather seats. 7-inch touchscreen, user-friendly tech.
  • XL6's Road Performance: Smooth ride, McPherson struts, versatile engine, manual outperforms automatic. Suzuki challenges rivals with XL6's unique appeal.

In a significant stride towards expanding its SUV portfolio, Suzuki has unleashed its latest creation, the XL6. Positioned to bridge the gap between the Ertiga’s practicality and the Grand Vitara’s premium allure, the XL6 has set the stage for a new era of versatile and stylish SUVs in South Africa.

A New Paradigm in SUVs

Suzuki’s bold proclamation, “Think Big,” isn’t just a tagline; it’s a rallying call to embrace a new kind of SUV experience. The XL6, the embodiment of this philosophy, enters the scene with an audacious design that commands attention. This SUV doesn’t just blend in; it stands out.

Available in two well-defined trim levels, the “GL” and the range-topping “GLX,” the XL6 offers consumers a choice that suits their preferences. The option of manual and automatic transmissions further enhances the driving experience by allowing each driver to connect with the XL6 in their own unique way.

An Interior That Pleases

Step inside the XL6, and you’re met with a symphony of materials that form a contemporary and inviting interior. Hard plastics dominate the lower portions, while the upper half is swathed in an elegant off-white fabric in the GLX variant. This contrasting blend of elements creates an atmosphere that’s both modern and comfortable, a testament to Suzuki’s dedication to aesthetics and functionality.

The GLX model elevates the XL6’s interior to new heights by offering six leather-upholstered seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. This infusion of luxury enhances the driving experience, making every journey a pleasurable one.

Tech at Your Fingertips

The XL6 doesn’t just impress with its design and comfort; it’s also equipped with a host of technology that makes every drive a connected and convenient affair. The dashboard features a 7-inch touchscreen complemented by a 4.2-inch digital display cluster. While not overly complex, the infotainment system’s simplicity shines as it effortlessly guides you through its menus and features.

Rear air-conditioning, three 12V accessory sockets, keyless entry, cruise control, and a standard reverse camera make the XL6 a technologically advanced companion on the road. It’s more than just a vehicle; it’s a technological ally.

On the Road: The XL6 Experience

Recently, we had the opportunity to put the XL6 through its paces on a journey from Lanseria airport to the La Joya wellness centre in Gauteng, followed by a day at the Kyalami Grand Prix circuit. This excursion unveiled both the strengths and areas for improvement in Suzuki’s latest creation.

Navigating roads that often masquerade as gravel paths rather than tarred highways, the XL6 showcased its smooth and soft ride, a result of its McPherson front struts paired with coil springs on the front axle and torsion beam and coil spring configuration on the rear axle. Despite the challenging terrain, passengers in the second and third rows experienced minimal discomfort, thanks to the thoughtful suspension setup.

Although the third-row seating might not be the most spacious for adults, it’s more than adequate for accommodating children, underscoring the XL6’s family-friendly credentials.

Unveiling the Power Within

Powering the XL6 is Suzuki’s renowned K15B petrol four-cylinder engine, which also finds its home in the Fronx model. The engine’s output of 77 kW at 6,000 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm ensures competent performance on the road. However, our test drive in Gauteng’s high altitudes revealed that the engine struggled to perform optimally, highlighting the impact of altitude on engine power.

The automatic transmission, while efficient in relaxed conditions, displayed some indecisiveness during more challenging scenarios like steep inclines and overtaking maneuvers. On the other hand, the five-speed manual transmission emerged as the more engaging option, with well-weighted throws and a responsive gearbox that adapts seamlessly to diverse driving environments.

In a League of Its Own

Comparing the XL6 to rivals such as the Mitsubishi Xpander and Toyota Rumion, Suzuki’s offering stands out on multiple fronts. Not only does it undercut its competitors in price, but the XL6 also boasts a broader range of specifications and pricing options, giving consumers a wider spectrum of choices to suit their preferences.

This unique blend of attributes positions the XL6 as a standout in its segment, setting new standards for what an SUV can be.

The Verdict

Suzuki’s XL6 has made a resounding entry into the SUV landscape, redefining the expectations of what a practical and stylish SUV should be. With its attention-grabbing design, comfortable interior, and competitive pricing, the XL6 emerges as a compelling option for those seeking a well-rounded SUV experience.

Starting at an attractive price of R326,900 for the entry-level model and R360,900 for the range-topping variant, the XL6 demonstrates that exceptional quality and style need not come at an exorbitant cost.

Suzuki XL6 Fast Facts:

SpecificationValue
Engine1.5-liter naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder
Power77 kW @ 6,000 rpm
Torque138 Nm @ 4,400 rpm
Fuel consumption6.0 L/100 km (MT) and 6.1 L/100 km (AT)
Seat capacitySix seats with a 50/50 split third row
Luggage spaceAll rows up: 209L; 3rd row folded: 550L; 3rd and 2nd row folded: 692L
Service plan/warranty4-year / 60,000 km service plan, 5-year / 200,000 km promotional mechanical warranty with roadside assistance. A 6-year anti-corrosion warranty.
PriceEntry-level is R326,900 and range-topper is R360,900

In an automotive landscape dominated by conformity, the Suzuki XL6 dares to be different. With its unique blend of style, comfort, and versatility, the XL6 paves the way for a new era of SUVs that prioritize both functionality and aesthetics. As South Africans seek vehicles that resonate with their lifestyles, the XL6 emerges as a compelling choice that challenges conventions and brings a breath of fresh air to the SUV market.

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