Cross-segment comparo: Suzuki XL7 vs. Suzuki Ertiga

Which of these two seven-seat Suzukis do you think is the better deal?
by Leandre Grecia | 5 days ago
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It’s time for yet another comparo, people. Today, we’ve handpicked two seven-seaters to go against each other, but this time around, we stray from the usual spec-sheet brawl to go back to our cross-segment comparo.

With this format, we choose two vehicles from the same brand and stack them up against one another to see which one is the better deal on paper. For this episode, we’ve chosen the ever-reliable Suzuki Ertiga to go up against its newer stablemate, the XL7.

Mechanically, the two Suzukis are virtually identical. They both come with a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated in-line-four gasoline mill that generates 103hp and 138Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox.

The suspension setup and the brake system are also similar, and both also get 45-liter fuel tanks. The two sport different wheels, though, as the Ertiga gets 15-inch alloys shod in 185/65 R15 tires while the XL7 gets 16-inch alloys with 195/60 R16 rubber.

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Inside, the two are also very much alike. No paddle shifters, no power-adjustable leather seats, and no automatic climate controls on either vehicle. Both get a reversing camera with two rear sensors that’s displayed through a massive 10-inch touchscreen display, but there is no Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available.

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As for the price tags, the top-spec Ertiga stickers for P998,000, which is P75,000 less than the XL7’s P1,073,000 SRP. Which do you think is the better deal, then? You can check out more details below and tell us what you think by answering the poll afterwards.

Suzuki Ertiga 1.5 GLX AT

Suzuki XL7 1.5 GLX

Price (Philippine peso) 998,000 1,073,000
Engine 1.5-liter gasoline I4 1.5-liter gasoline I4
Power (hp @ rpm) 103 @ 6,000 103 @ 6,000
Torque (Nm @ rpm) 138 @ 4,400 138 @ 4,400
Transmission 4-speed automatic 4-speed automatic
Drive layout front-wheel drive front-wheel drive
Seating capacity 7 7
Fuel-tank capacity (liters) 45 45
Front suspension MacPherson strut with coil springs MacPherson strut with coil springs
Rear suspension torsion beam with coil springs torsion beam with coil springs
Wheels 15-inch alloys 16-inch alloys
Tires 185/65 R15 195/60 R16
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated disc/drum ventilated disc/drum
Smart keyless entry no no
Push-start ignition yes yes
Steering-wheel adjustment tilt tilt
Paddle shifters no no
Seat adjustment manual manual
Seat material fabric fabric
Infotainment system 10-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, USB connectivity and offline navigation 10-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and USB connectivity
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto no no
Automatic climate control yes (front) yes (front)
Parking brake mechanical mechanical
ABS with EBD yes yes
Hill-start assist no yes
Vehicle stability assist no electronic stability program
Cruise control no no
Parking assist rear camera, two rear sensors rear camera, two rear sensors
Airbags 2 2
Dimensions (LxWxH in mm) 4,395 x 1,735 x 1,690 4,450 x 1,775 x 1,710
Wheelbase (mm) 2,740 2,740
Ground clearance (mm) 180 200
Cargo capacity (liters) 153 (all seats up) to 803 (second and third rows folded) 153 (all seats up) to 803 (second and third rows folded)

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