Which Should You Buy: Kia Carens, Maruti Suzuki XL6, or Ertiga?

Maruti’s Ertiga and XL6 MPVs have both received a makeover and have improved engines, automatic transmissions, and a number of other upgrades.

As a result of these updates, they are now more competitive against cars like the Kia Carens. Here’s a comparison of the two models for 2022, pointing out features that are impressive and those that aren’t.

Suzuki XL6.

Positives:

For less than the price of a small SUV or a C-segment car, you can have a 6-seat MPV.

Outstanding fuel economy with BS6 gasoline.

Several options are available for automatic convenience.

With 4 airbags, ESP and Hill Hold Assist, an integrated TPMS, as well as a 360-degree camera, the safety kit has been significantly improved.

DualJet engine, paddle-shifted AT six-speed, ventilated interior, UV cut glass windows, and ventilated controls are a few notable upgrades.

Maruti Suzuki offers a very good aftersales service.

The bad:

Only available in petrol. There is no diesel option.

Fuel-efficient and ideal for leisurely cruising.

The cost of the car is high when compared with its quality and build.

Compared to the previous model, the cabin updates haven’t added substantially to the premium factor.

There are only two captain’s chairs in the center row.

Kia Carens.

The Good:

Family car with a third row that can be occupied by adults that is well-built, practical, and sensible.

It is available with either a MT or AT diesel engine.

It is easily maneuverable.

It has more power than you could ever want from a turbo-petrol engine with a DCT transmission.

The Carens features six airbags, ESP, all-wheel disc brakes, TPMS, and other safety features as standard.

The Bad:

Despite the first-row seats being restricted, there is only average legroom in the second row.

In larger vehicles, the 7-speed DCT’s reliability can be an issue.

Safety rating unknown. The Seltos just barely made a 3-star Global NCAP rating.

Several features such as a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera, and virtual dials are missing.

Competitors offer more spacious cabins.

One example is the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

The Good:

The cost of a C-segment sedan is equivalent to that of a seven-seat MPV.

Petrol variants are reasonably priced under Rs 10 lakh.

There is a useful third row in the cabin, as well as a larger trunk.

There is now a choice between diesel and petrol, as well as the convenience of an automatic transmission.

A number of standard features are included, such as dual airbags, ABS and EBD, and Isofix anchors.

There is also an automatic transmission.

Maruti Suzuki offers an excellent aftersales service.

The bad:

Considering the price of the car, the build quality, refinement, and reliability are all rather average.

Diesel engines are no longer offered.

Its low operating costs will be missed by heavy users.

At this price, the vehicle should be equipped with auto headlamps, auto wipers, and auto-dimming IRVMs.

It is also not available in the top variant with the 4-speed automatic.

There is a five to nine month waiting period for certain variants.