Is the Suzuki XL7 Hybrid a Good Purchase?

Suzuki’s latest release, the 2024 XL7 Mild Hybrid, blends SUV ruggedness with MPV practicality, catering to families in search of a versatile vehicle. With updates both inside and out, the XL7 aims to carve a niche in the competitive family-oriented vehicle market. Our test drive from Kawit, Cavite to Nasugbu, Batangas—a 72-kilometer journey through provincial roads and mountain passes—provided an excellent opportunity to evaluate this vehicle.

The XL7’s exterior radiates a confident SUV-like presence, highlighted by black claddings and functional roof rails. This year’s model features chrome garnishing on the grille and automatic LED headlights, adding sophistication to its appearance. Although the chrome accents might not appeal to everyone, they undoubtedly enhance the vehicle’s overall aesthetic appeal.

Inside, the XL7 offers a functional and uncluttered center console designed for ease of use. Storage space is abundant, though the refrigerated cupholders could be larger to accommodate wider-base cups. The seats provide comfort for long drives, though they lack sufficient bolstering for spirited driving on twisty roads. Nevertheless, the spacious cabin, especially for the driver, ensures comfort even on extended journeys. The D-shaped steering wheel adds a sporty touch and is particularly suitable for drivers with larger thighs.

Interior enhancements this year include blue accents on the analog gauges, a digital display for vital information, and silver trim that highlights the faux marble dashboard design. The addition of auto start/stop engine technology and standard cruise control further enhances the driving experience.

The XL7 Mild Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-liter K15B gasoline engine paired with a mild-hybrid system (not exempted to Number Coding Scheme), delivering 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque. The powertrain is tuned for efficiency, resulting in occasionally sluggish acceleration with only intermittent surges of torque. The 4-speed automatic transmission, while smooth, can lag in responsiveness when switching between D, 2, and L.

On the road, the XL7 offers a soft ride with great NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) insulation, making it an ideal family trip companion. However, the presence of body roll might deter enthusiasts seeking a more dynamic driving experience. Despite this, the XL7 proves capable on mountain roads, offering adequate handling and stability.

During our test drive, aggressive driving resulted in a fuel consumption of 3.5 liters over a 72-kilometer distance, translating to around 20 km/L. However, this figure may not accurately reflect real-world efficiency, as the fuel tank was filled to the brim before the drive, leading to discrepancies when measuring fuel consumption at the destination.

Suzuki claims a fuel efficiency of 22.03 km/L on the highway, certified by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP). This suggests that under less aggressive driving conditions, the XL7 could deliver impressive fuel economy.

Priced at P1,262,000 for the two-tone version, the 2024 Suzuki XL7 Mild Hybrid may not excel in performance, but performance isn’t its primary focus. As a family vehicle, it offers ample space, comfort, and practicality for everyday use.

The XL7’s updated exterior styling, enhanced interior features, and efficient hybrid powertrain make it a compelling option for families seeking a versatile and reliable vehicle. While it may not stand out in every aspect among its competitors, it delivers a well-rounded driving experience tailored to modern families’ needs.

The Suzuki XL7 Hybrid is a good buy for families prioritizing comfort, space, and fuel efficiency. Its stylish updates and practical features ensure it remains a strong contender in the family-oriented vehicle market. While performance enthusiasts might look elsewhere, for everyday family use, the XL7 Hybrid ticks all the right boxes.

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