Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The first generation Maruti Ertiga tasted huge success, thanks to its sheer practicality, fuel efficient engines and a compact silhouette that could seated 7 passengers. The pricing too was quite attractive and competitive. Since its six years of existence, Ertiga has managed to create a success story of its own, making it one of the popular MPVs among others. So, to continue with the same spree, Maruti Suzuki introduced the second-gen model of Ertiga with the competitive pricing, more comfort features and fresh set of engine options.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price In New Delhi

The new Ertiga comes with the all-new design along with an all-new Heartect platform. Just by looking at the new MPV one can say that it’s a better car as compared to its older model. The second-gen Ertiga do offers extra to the buyers with new design and advanced features while retaining its value proposition by competitive pricing.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Style

From the outside, the new Ertiga makes a mark in terms of styling and overall road presence. However, there are few parts where the carmaker has left some job undone for future. The front look is bold and aggressive because of its flat bonnet, new projector headlamps, and new bumper design. The chromed grill seems to be borrowed from the sibling older generation Ciaz.

From the side-profile, the MPV is muscular and aggressive with chrome handles and blacked-out D Pillar.The rear of the MPV is the area where carmaker has spent some time and gave it a new and premium look. The L-shaped taillamps connected with a chrome line with a chiselled-out bottom gives it a meaner lookIn terms of dimensions, new generation Ertiga is 40 mm wider, 5 mm taller and 99 mm longer.

Dimensions

Length – 4395 mm

Height – 1690 mm

Width – 1735 Mm

Wheelbase – 2740 mm

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Space

The cabin is the place where there are more chances of sealing the deal. And since Ertiga is known for its sheer practicality, it would be better to start with the practical aspects of the car. The interior beige interiors lends a sense of roominess inside augmented by massive glass area so much so that one would find it difficult to differentiate between a windshield and the second row door window. All the three rows can be reclined along with adjustable headrests functionality, and this comes as standard. Pretty cool!

Egress especially for the elderly would be more convenient as the floorpan is quite low and the middle door looks like a gate. Coming to the cabin space, each row can absorb adults, even 6-footers but the second row is little constricted but still usable, however. While comparing to the older Ertiga, there is not much difference in terms of space in the first and second row, but the third row does have improved shoulder, head and kneeroom. This also makes the second generation Ertiga more of a true 7-seater MPV. Even the third rowers will get some benefit from the ergonomically placed rear AC blower at the second row. Check for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga  in aryavarta

This brings us to the quality of the auto AC unit which is fortunately doesn’t look like an aftermarket fitment while the AC vents are styled like those we have seen in Audi cars. The SmartPlay infotainment unit is the same unit working in other Maruti cars and it works pretty well. Then there is solid looking flat-bottomed steering wheel with smoothly finished wooden inserts reflects the effort of the carmaker towards making a special car. The dashboard is fresh unlike the earlier one which was a straight lift from Swift. Though, the interiors of the car are upmarket, the plastic quality is average and it’s nothing great when it comes to fit and finish.

The ‘second generation’ tag comes with some speciality and it can be seen in first in class ventilated cupholders, colour multi-information display and 12V charging sockets for all the three rows. The new MID with coloured TFT which is also working in the new Ciaz features tachometer and gives relevant vehicle information including gear shift indicator, digital clock, outside temperature, distance to empty and fuel consumption. The car also get a big boot space of 209L with all the seats occupied while folding third and second row can expand the boot space to 550L and 803L respectively. The third row also has reclining feature that allows you to adjust between the passenger comfort and luggage space. For extra space, the carmaker has given two cubbies underneath the boot floor, enough for a backpack of a toddler.

Though the car is feature loaded with aspects such as push engine start/stop switch, electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM and automatic climate control, there are some misses. The car does not have auto headlamps, no steering reach adjustment while the cruise control is also missing, may be the company wanted to keep the price tag within the reach of the middle income families. Overall, the carmaker has done a pretty decent job in enhancing the cabin comfort and space in the new Ertiga.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine

There are no changes under the hood as well, the petrol variant of the Ertiga remains to be powered by the 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine which is capable of producing about 68 KW of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. The diesel engine, on the other hand, is powered by 1.3 Litre DDiS 200 diesel unit which also gets mild hybrid technology, this engine is capable of producing about 66 KW of peak power at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Both the engines are paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. While the petrol variant claims to return 17.5 kmpl, the diesel variant claims 24.52 kmpl of fuel efficiency respectively.

The car retains the diesel engine while the petrol engine is brand new. But irrespective of the old and new engines, the claimed fuel efficiency has gone up in the new Ertiga due to variety of factors including 20kgs less weight and mild-hybrid technology. So, the diesel variant returns ARAI certified mileage of 25.47kmpl as opposed to 24.52kmpl earlier. The petrol powered Ertiga, on the other hand, delivers 19.34kmpl with the manual transmission and 18.69kmpl with the automatic one, up from 17.50kmpl and 17.03kmpl in the earlier manual and automatic version of Ertiga, respectively.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving

The second-generation Ertiga is crafted on Suzuki’s heartect platform which according to company is more firm and lightweight than the earlier one. The siblings including current Swift and Dzire are based on the same platform. There has been slight improvement in the way the car manages straight line on the freeways at high speeds and it could be due to new chassis. There is noticeable amount of body roll even when you change lane at the speed of 60kmph, resulting in some shaky dance inside. However, the good thing is that the car quickly settles down so body roll doesn’t keep the passengers waving with the car regains composure quiet swiftly.

The other nice improvement in the car is its ability to lay off road undulations. As the platform is new, the suspension is firm enough to avert bumpy ride quality. The bad patches are negotiated brilliantly keeping the passengers, especially those occupying the third row. The steering wheel is sufficiently weighted and remains predictable at most of the times. Book A Test Drive For Maruti Suzuki Ertiga In Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

On the safety side, the carmaker has not left any stone unturned with standard ABS with EBD and front airbags across variants. Moreover, it also offers ISOFIX child seat anchorages, reverse parking sensor, and brake assist which further adds to the safety quotient.Apart from this, the MPV is complaint to frontal offset impact, side impact, and pedestrian protection regulations, the company claimed.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cost in New Delhi

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On-Road Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,88,543 to 9,82,715 for variants Ertiga LXI and Ertiga ZXI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants price in New Delhi.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Conclusion

New Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a progressive step towards new generation cars which carmaker have introduced in the recent past. At a price of Rs 7.44 lakhs – Rs 10.90 lakhs, the MPV offers value, space, practicality and driving comfort.The increased dimension is certainly visible in the cabin space. While the carmaker has put best of the effort to make it modern and premium but the use of plastic like wood finish and the idea of not putting touch-screen infotainment in petrol automatic brings the overall score down for the seven seater MPV.

On one hand, the carmaker has given SHVS in both fuel options and automatic transmission to petrol variant. But lack of AMT in diesel and CNG variant will put a lot of buyers at bay.However, without much options in the segment at this price point and the value the new Ertiga offers. It will surely attract large family buyers and fleet operators.

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