2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Dec 20, 2022

The tough-looking Toyota entry-level SUV vs the Ertiga-based Suzuki crossover – which is better?

In this article...

  1. 1. 2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Specsheet comparison
  2. 2. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Dimensions
  3. 3. 2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Interior
  4. 4. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Engine and Performance
  5. 5. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Safety
  6. 6. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Price and Variants
  7. 7. 2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Conclusion

1. 2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Specsheet comparison

With the introduction of the Suzuki XL7 to the SUV-esque MPV game, the local market for that type of vehicle has gotten tighter.

This, of course, is great for consumers who have more choices on hand. But yes, it can also be said that the MPV market has gotten saturated. 

To claim a better position in the market, many car companies have introduced more aggressive versions of their MPVs, just like the XL7.

Now, we’ve already compared the XL7 with the likes of the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross, the Honda BR-V, and even the Suzuki Ertiga, the model it’s based on. This time, we’ll be pitching the XL7 against one of the most popular models in its category: the Toyota Rush.

2. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Dimensions

When it comes to dimensions, the Suzuki XL7 is a bit longer at 4,445mm compared to the Rush’s length of 4,435mm.

The Suzuki-made MPV is also 80mm wider than the Rush with a width of 1,775mm. The Suzuki XL7’s height measures at 1,710mm, which also makes it taller than the Toyota Rush’s 1,705mm.

A picture of a white Toyota Rush

The Rush looks like a smaller version of the Fortuner doesn't it?

The Toyota Rush also has more in the way of ground clearance at 220mm. The XL7 has 40mm less at 180mm. This means that the Rush might be better at taking on-road obstacles like potholes as well as rough, uneven roads.

A picture of the Suzuki XL7 in a dry and arid place

The XL7 is a beefier looking Ertiga with more ground clearance

In terms of styling, the Toyota Rush is quite a departure from the Avanza that it’s based on to the point that they’re marketing it as a separate model.

Regardless, the Rush is a very attractive looking vehicle with a lot of SUV styling cues. If we have to summarize its looks, then it's practically a “mini Fortuner.” 

A picture of the rear of the XL7 as it drives on a road in the countryside

Even from the rear, we can see that the XL7 is a well proportioned and handsome MPV

For the XL7, it largely shares the same roofline and general shape than the Ertiga. It does have some differences like its more aggressive fender flares, the blacked-out grille, and the faux skid plates for the front and rear.

A picture of the rear of the Toyota Rush

Check out the macho, angular rear of the Toyota Rush

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3. 2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Interior

Inside, both the top of the line Toyota Rush and the Suzuki XL7 have the space to seat seven people. Both of these vehicles also have automatic front A/Cs and rear A/C vents, split type seats, multi-information LCD gauge clusters, and a push-to-start button.

Both of these models also have a good number of cup holders and cubby holes distributed within their interiors.

A picture of the interior of the Suzuki XL7

The dashboard of the XL7 looks sleek and is very well arranged

The touchscreen aboard the 2020 Suzuki XL7, however, is much larger at 10 inches and it’s capable of Bluetooth. The seven inch unit on the Toyota Rush does have Weblink for iOS/Android on top of its Bluetooth connectivity.

One large caveat for the Toyota Rush though is that only the top of the line Rush 1.5 G can fit in seven. Other variants are only five seaters. 

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4. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Engine and Performance

When it comes to engines, both the Rush and the XL7 have 1.5 liter, inline-4 gasoline engines.

The one aboard the Suzuki-made MPV is the K15B, which makes 103 horsepower and 138 Nm of torque coupled with a 4-speed automatic.

Toyota Rush 2020, on the other hand, comes standard with the 2NR-VE, which makes 102 horsepower and 134 Nm of torque, also paired with a 4-speed automatic. Both engines even reach maximum horsepower output around the same 6,000 RPM range. The torque for the Rush comes a bit earlier at 4,200 rpm, while the XL7’s at 4,400 rpm, which isn’t that much of a difference.

The key difference between these two is that while the XL7 is front-wheel drive, the Toyota Rush is rear-wheel drive. Does this provide the Toyota MPV with better handling characteristics? Maybe.

The Rush also has a different suspension system with a MacPherson Strut with stabilizer for the front and an axle type, 5-link suspension at the rear. The XL7 meanwhile also has a MacPherson strut for the front but with a simpler torsion beam type for its rear.

Other similar mechanical parts between the two are their front disc and rear drum brakes, rack and pinion steering, and their 45-liter fuel tanks.

Engine and performance summary


Suzuki XL7 GLX AT

Toyota Rush 1.5 G AT





1,462 cc

1,496 cc

Number of Cylinders



Number of Valves



Transmission Type

4-speed automatic

4-speed automatic

Power Train

Front-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Max Output (HP)

103 Hp @ 6,000rpm

102 Hp @ 6,000rpm

Max Torque (Nm)

138 Nm @ 4,400rpm

134 Nm @ 4,200rpm

Fuel Type



Fuel Capacity

45 liters

45 liters

Suspension Front

MacPherson strut w/ Coil Spring

MacPherson Strut w/ Stabilizer

Suspension Rear

Torsion beam w/ coil spring

Axle Type w/ 5-link

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5. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Safety

When it comes to safety equipment, the Rush obviously has the XL7 beat. This is because the Toyota comes with dual front, front side, and curtain airbags, whereas the XL7 only has dual front airbags. The Rush even has traction control and hill start assist, two features that the XL7 doesn’t come with.

Both models do come with anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, rear parking sensors, and an emergency stop signal.

What the XL7 has that the Rush doesn’t are stability control and hill hold control.

6. Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Price and Variants

As of 2020, the Suzuki XL7 GLX AT, which is the model’s only variant, is priced at Php 1,068,000. The Toyota Rush, on the other hand, has three variants; the Rush 1.5 E MT priced at Php 968,000, the Rush 1.5 E AT at Php 1,008,000, and the Rush 1.5 G AT at Php 1,100,000.

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7. 2020 Suzuki XL7 vs Toyota Rush: Conclusion

The Suzuki XL7 is great. There’s no doubt about that. The Toyota Rush, however, not only has more variants but the top of the line Rush 1.5 G is also better equipped in terms of safety.

Added to that is the fact that the Rush is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, which depending on the buyer, might be more fun to drive. There’s even a five-speed manual variant of the Rush, so there’s that.

A picture of the Toyota Rush

One cannot deny that there's something different (and fun) when it comes to driving an RWD vehicle

Now, the Rush 1.5 G is priced only Php 32,000 more than the XL7. So if what you’re after is more car for your money, then the Rush might be a better choice.

Note, however, that the Suzuki Ertiga, the model that the XL7 was based on, already has a rock-solid reputation both in India and here in the Philippines. It’s reliable, it’s cheaper than the Rush, and the third row seating is much roomier.

So, which do you think is the better MPV? For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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