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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Vs Nexa XL6 | Arena vs NEXA

Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA arm has been prominent in bringing the premium cars that otherwise would have failed through the Arena channel. One such is the premium MPV, XL6. But Maruti Suzuki has the MPV king selling through its Arena channel, and we all know the name, its Ertiga. So is it okay to spend extra on the NEXA offering or should you go for the Arena one? Let’s find out!

Which of the two MPVs is powerful?

K15B Petrol Engine with Smart Hybrid Tech
K15B Petrol Engine with Smart Hybrid Tech

Maruti Suzuki seems to have not many options left in the engine arena after BS6 norms kicked in. That’s why cars, let it be an Arena offering or a NEXA one, share engines. These right here, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and XL6 also share the same engine. Let’s take a look at the engine specs.

Engine Specification

Engine K15B Petrol
Capacity 1,462
Power 103ps@6,000rpm
Torque 138Nm@4,400rpm
Fuel Efficiency 19.01kmpl

Both the cars are offered with the 5-speed Manual transmission as standard. The engine can also be paired with a 4-speed AT. So, why to spend more, right? It’s too early to arrive on a verdict.

What about looks? Which of the two MPVs looks better?

Being from NEXA, XL6 does have a premium hand over the Ertiga. Be it the front profile or the rear, the few touches of luxury here and there are clearly visible on the XL6. Let’s start at the front.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs XL6 Front View
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs XL6 Front View

The Ertiga gets projector LED headlamps while the XL6 has the signature Quad-LED Headlamps setup. Both of the MPVs have LED DRLs but the ones on XL6 look more premium for sure. The bold front fascia does add to the premium feels of the XL6.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs XL6 Rear View
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs XL6 Rear View

At the rear, you’ll see the same L-shaped 3D LED taillamps but the black insert at the boot lid does add does make the XL6 stand apart from the Ertiga. The skid plate also helps the XL6 have the bolder stance.

Cabin Comparison
Cabin Comparison

Getting inside is where you will witness some major differences. Although the layout of both the MPVs is the same, the XL6 gets plush all-black interiors with stone-finish garnish inserts. The best part is that the second row in the XL6 gets ‘Captain Seats’, a feature that the Ertiga misses on.

Interior Comparison
Interior Comparison

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga or XL6, which has more space to offer?

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dimensions
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dimensions

Dimension Comparison

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Maruti Suzuki XL6
Length (mm) 4,395 4,445
Breadth (mm) 1,735 1,775
Height (mm) 1,690 1,700
Wheelbase (mm) 2,740 2,740
Boot space (litres) 209 209
Turning Radius (m) 5.2 5.2
  • The XL6 is lengthier, wider and taller than the Ertiga.
  • The wheelbase, turning radius and the boot space is the same though.
  • XL6 feels roomier inside, thanks to the captain seats at the second row.

Let’s compare the comfort inside the two MPVs

Comfort and Convenience Features

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Maruti Suzuki XL6
17.8-inch Touchscreen Smartplay Studio
Voice Command System
Navigation with live updates
Cruise Control
Auto AC
2nd Row Manually Adjustable AC
Power and Tilt Steering
2nd Row Captain Seats

Maruti Suzuki has surely added premium features at the XL6 to make it worthy of the NEXA channel. It would have been great if there was a panoramic sunroof or even the electric one would do. It’s time we compare the safety features too.

Safety Features

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Maruti Suzuki XL6
Dual Airbags
ABS with EBD with Brake Assist
ISOFIX Child Seat Anchorages (2nd Row)
High-Speed Alert System
ESP with Hill-hold
Rear Defogger
Rear wiper and washer
*Features for the Base Variants*

Maruti Suzuki XL6 being from the NEXA channel is expected to offer more safety and it surely does. But everything at the end comes to the price.

It’s time for the final showdown!

Variant-Wise Price

Models Variants Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Smart Hybrid LXI ₹7,59,000
Smart Hybrid VXI ₹8,34,000
VXI CNG ₹8,95,000
Smart Hybrid ZXI ₹9,17,000
Smart Hybrid VXI AT ₹9,36,000
Smart Hybrid ZXI+ ₹9,71,000
Smart Hybrid ZXI AT ₹10,13,000
Maruti Suzuki XL6 Zeta Petrol ₹9,84,689
Alpha Petrol ₹10,41,189
Zeta Automatic Petrol ₹10,94,689
Alpha Automatic Petrol ₹11,51,189

Now, it’s time to hear the truth!

Should you go for the Ertiga or the XL6? If you are not looking for premium feels and buying MPV just for more seating options, there is no need to spend extra money on XL6. But if you seek premium feels with bolder looks and are ready to spend more, NEXA’s XL6 is a great MPV for sure. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

Another in-house comparison: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs S-Cross Petrol | Which makes the most sense?

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Ritvik Gupta
Ritvik Gupta
Ex-Technical Content Developer at GoMechanic | Automobile enthusiast with a knack to decode it for everyone | Automobile Engineer by passion


  1. I am gonna book an XL 6,
    I had a test drive of Ertiga and XL6. I like both. But checking out with your comparison, I am damn sure to book an XL6.
    Also, I need to know the Comparison of variants of XL6. (ALPHA, ZETA) and choose among them. Will you xplain us?


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