tall and rides on huge tyres. The suspension is tuned for ride quality, which means bumps are easily absorbed at slow city speeds. But it feels a little too soft for higher speeds. The Xylo has a tendency to bob up and down through dips and doesn’t feel as stable as a Toyota Innova at high speeds. At city speeds, however, you’ll be impressed by its bump-smothering ability. The steering feels light at low speeds but doesn’t weigh up as you go faster. The soft suspension makes it feel top-heavy and ponderous through turns.
Maruti Ertiga ZDi HHHH
The Ertiga has a good compromise between low- and high-speed ride. It feels rock-solid at high speed too.
Mahindra Xylo E9 HHH
The Xylo offers a plush ride in the city, but as speeds increase, the ride becomes somewhat unsettling.
WHAT ARE THEY LIKE INSIDE?
The brilliance of the Ertiga lies in its packaging. Maruti has strived hard to squeeze out every millimetre of space in the Ertiga and it shows as soon as you enter the cabin. The long wheelbase and the Ertiga’s cab-forward design contribute to make one very spacious interior. The front seats are from the Swift and are very supportive, and though you sit much lower compared to the Xylo, visibility is good; although the thick A-pillar can block your view when entering junctions. The low, car-like driving position is really nice and, thanks to the seat-height and steering adjustment, finding an ideal driving position is a cinch. The low seating also means you slide into the Ertiga’s seats rather than climb into them.
The flexible second row, which can be slid back and forth by a whopping 240mm, gives it loads of knee-room. Even after adjusting these seats for the third-row passengers, you have more than sufficient legroom. The seats themselves are comfortable, with good back and thigh support. The armrest too is placed at a good height and is comfortable to use. The flat seat and a near-flat floor bode well for centre passenger comfort, but the car’s narrow dimensions mean the seat itself is not that wide and seating three abreast is a bit