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The New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid: Seven Advantages Over Other Compact Crossovers | Monchster Chronicles

New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid at the iconic structure of Pico De Loro in Nasugbu, Batangas on May 7, 2024. 

Words and Photos by Monch Henares

Suzuki Philippines invited select members of the Philippine motoring media to a scenic test drive of the New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid last May 6 and 7, 2024. We drove the 80-kilometer stretch from Suzuki Auto Kawit in Cavite to Pico De Loro Beach Resort in Nasugbu, Batangas. We also experienced the stop-and-go traffic of Naic and Kawit all the way to the hill-climbing twisties in Ternate. A perfect scenario for a comprehensive enough test drive.

The Traveling Couple is all set for another adventure.  
Arabelle Jimenez, EIC and myself before our "eXciting eXcapade" to Batangas onboard the New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid.

We realized how the New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid sets itself apart from other crossovers in its class with several key features and advantages.

Our Top 7:

1. Efficient Performance 

The New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid delivers efficient performance without compromising on power or agility. Its fuel-efficient 1.5-liter gasoline engine provides 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque. Suzuki's 12V Hybrid Technology seamlessly combines petrol power with electric assistance for enhanced efficiency and performance. Mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission, it's the perfect pair for highway driving and city commutes, while also keeping running costs low. Further improving its fuel efficiency while in traffic is its Auto Engine Start Stop System. Additionally, its responsive handling and smooth ride contribute to an enjoyable driving experience.

2. Versatility 

The New Suzuki XL7 offers seating for up to seven passengers, making it ideal for families or those who frequently travel with larger groups. Its flexible seating configurations and ample cargo space provide versatility for various lifestyle needs, whether it's carpooling, road trips, or hauling cargo.

This is me, taking a break from driving and enjoying the comforts of the rear reclining seats of the Suzuki XL7.

3. Premium Features

Despite its affordable price point, the New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid comes equipped with a range of premium features typically found in higher-end vehicles. These include a modern 10-inch infotainment system with a touchscreen display, Android Auto & Apple Carplay, smartphone integration, automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, and more, enhancing comfort and convenience for occupants.

The large 10-in Infotainment screen didn't obstruct the view of the beautiful countryside, but instead, it became an efficient tool for navigation along the twisties of Ternate, Cavite.

4. Advanced Safety 

Suzuki prioritizes safety in the XL7, equipping it with advanced safety features to protect passengers on the road. These include a robust  Suzuki HEARTECT frame architecture,  dual airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, hill hold control, rear parking sensors, auto dip headlights, and a reverse camera among others, ensuring peace of mind for drivers and passengers.

One great safety and convenient feature is the Auto Headlight system wherein when switched on, the headlights will automatically turn on as it gets dark outside, like when going through the Kaibingan Tunnel in Nasugbu, Batangas for example. Magically, the high beams also automatically dip when the car senses oncoming traffic at night.

5. Built to Last

Suzuki is renowned for its durability and reliability, and the XL7 is no exception. Built with high-quality materials and backed by Suzuki's reputation for longevity, the XL7 offers peace of mind for owners knowing they have a dependable vehicle that will stand the test of time.

6. Affordability

The Suzuki XL7 Hybrid is an appealing option for budget-conscious consumers looking for a versatile and eco-friendly vehicle. Known for its competitive pricing in the hybrid crossover market, the XL7 Hybrid offers a compelling blend of fuel efficiency, spacious interiors, and modern features without breaking the bank. Its affordability is further enhanced by Suzuki's reputation for producing reliable and low-maintenance vehicles, making the XL7 Hybrid a cost-effective choice for families and individuals seeking both economy and practicality in their transportation.

The Suzuki XL7 Hybrid's natural flowing lines and simplicity make it blend in any outdoor scene. 

7. Complete Package

The New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid stands ahead of its class with its combination of versatility, premium features, advanced safety, efficient performance, and durability. It's a compelling choice for those seeking a practical and reliable crossover that delivers value and peace of mind.

We ended the 2-day test drive with a tree planting event at Casitas de Victoria, in Nasugbu, Batangas. Like the New Suzuki XL7 Hybrid, we planted more than 40 solid and resilient fruit trees on a dedicated part of the property. This project is one of the many ways Suzuki Philippines gives back to the environment.

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