Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Hatchback First Look Review


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

Making its debut in India in 2012, the original Ertiga is one of the most popular cars from the Maruti Suzuki stables. With almost 65000 sold every year since, the seven seater Maruti Suzuki was popular with private car buyers but even more popular with the fleet market. And now there is a new one, a second generation, and it is quite the looker! So what does the all-new next generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga bring to the table and what are all the changes that Maruti Suzuki has brought in? Well, read on to fine out all you need to know about the new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Look

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Exteriors have been completely changed. The car looks like a miniature version of the MPV-king, Toyota Innova. The front end is now chiseled compared to the round styling on the older car. You get swept back projector headlamps next to the tastefully done chrome grille. The flattish bonnet design also helps give it an athletic stance. Buyers will also appreciate the increase in overall dimensions. The new Ertiga is 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller to generate better interior space. This increase in dimensions also give it a better stance than the earlier car and the Ertiga looks well proportioned.

The rear end of the car looks stylish too with the L-shaped tail lamps which make the car look more expensive that it is. In fact buyers will rush to showrooms to buy this new car because of its charming silhouette, something which couldn’t be said about the earlier model.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Comfort

The cabin of the new Ertiga is, like you would expect it – all new. The dashboard has a beige lower part and a darker top, intersected by a good-looking wood finish. AC vents too have been given an effect of running across the dashboard, creating visual differences from other Maruti vehicles. The fact that the material quality and fitment quality is good speaks a lot about the manufacturing progress made by the company in recent years.

The Smartplay infotainment system is the same as we’ve seen in other Maruti cars and the touchscreen is easy to use and responsive. The bezel or the border around the screen though is quite thick and having a slimmer profile would have added more elegance and premium appeal. The flat-bottom steering wheel is also a first for the Ertiga and comes with audio and phone controls. It would’ve been nice to have had cruise control on the top variants considering many buyers of the Ertiga will use it frequently on the highway.

Storage space has been integrated smartly throughout the cabin, adding to convenience of front and rear passengers. Seats too are quite good for its segment upfront and even tall occupants will find themselves to be comfortable on longer drives.

In the middle-row, the legroom is the same as the older model but what has changed is the width of the bench. Hence, the occupants will now have more shoulder space and the low transmission tunnel hump means that three people can actually sit in decent comfort. Headroom too is generous and adding further to the comfort and convenience at the rear is the overhead air conditioning vent with a regulator. Even in the rear door pockets, you can place one-litre water bottle and there’s an armrest also for added convenience. An almost flat floor means that a third occupant can sit with decent comfort in the new Ertiga.

Now if you are buying a seven-seater the third-row could mean a lot to you but for most of the MPV’s this is a weak point but things are somewhat better in the Ertiga. The best thing here is that folding the middle row and pushing it forward just takes the flip of one lever. With relatively easy ingress I had my knees pressing against the front seat so this is not a place to be in for a long time. However, because middle-row seat travel is adjustable you can push it forward to liberate more space. Under thigh support is not adequate but it’s better than some other MPVs in the market.

Overall, a decent job with the third row but best-suited for a brief period and not long drives. Also, please do not seat your children in the last row. It’s wrong, unsafe and children below 12 years should only sit in the middle row in a child car seat. Unlike the front, the rear doesn’t have enough crumple zones, translating into greater risk for children.Another benefit you get from the extra length of new Ertiga is increased boot space and with the third row up the boot volume has gone up by about 50 per cent so what you get is about 209 litres with all seats up but if you fold both rows completely down what you get is 803 litres of boot space.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Transmission

The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a brand new petrol engine. It is the same 1.5-litre motor that debuted a few months ago on the Ciaz facelift and makes the same 103 bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic, which is a torque convertor or traditional automatic and not an AMT like on some other Maruti cars. The diesel on the other hand is a 1.3-litre DDIS 200 spec motor making 89 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque.For more information on Maruti Suzuki Ertiga on Maruti Suzuki Ertiga check Mpculture

We drove the petrol Ertiga in both the manual and automatic avatar and considering the fact that a good 60-70 percent of all bookings on the new Ertiga are for the petrol engine, it was only apt. The new Ertiga petrol drives well. The 1.5-litre engine works well and although it might be a little rougher than the 1.4-litre K14 that it replaces, overall, it does offer a very good package in terms of both overall drivability and performance and of course, fuel economy. You don’t struggle to get the Ertiga going even if you are in a slightly higher gear at a slightly lower speed as there is enough torque and at higher revs, the Ertiga’s petrol engine does not feel stressed either.

We also got a chance to drive the 4-speed automatic and it is rather impressive too. Now while this is an older gearbox in general and yes, it does have an actual overdrive selector button, the gearbox actually seems to go really well with the Ertiga. It does what it is meant to do – shift gears smoothly and without any jerks while still managing to put down the power from the engine without the need for a kickdown all the time. And that means fuel economy figures are quite good too. While the diesel offers a totally bonkers fuel economy of 25.47 kmpl, the petrol manual gets 19.34 kmpl and the petrol automatic gets 18.69 kmpl.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Riding

Maruti Suzuki are the masters in suspension tuning and it’s no different with the Ertiga new model. The ride at slow city speeds is comfortable and the suspension soaks up most bumps with complete aplomb. As speeds rise, the suspension manages to feel planted and reassuring. The steering has decent feedback too. This car errs on the side of comfort so don’t expect it to be an adroit handler. But also remember that MPVs are meant for comfort and so the steering feedback is in line with that. There is generous body roll around corners but it is always under control.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

We generally get a lot of queries and comments – and also the repeated spam – on how Maruti Suzuki cars are unsafe. And while there are some cars that have scored higher or lower in NCAP tests, India’s largest automaker has put in a ton of effort into making its cars safer. The new Ertiga’s platform uses a high percentage of tensile steel and that, combined with the standard airbags on all models means that the car will meet the upcoming crash regulations, according to the automaker. Apart from the two airbags as standard, the new Ertiga also gets ABS as standard on all models and the automatic even gets ESC or Electronic Stability Control as standard.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On Road Price is 8,64,618/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,44,000/- in Mumbai. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with FWD with 1373 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 91 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 130 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Final Word

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes out as a winner when looked at from an overall perspective and has a lot of good things going for it. It’s got a good looking design, spacious cabin, good features, a smart infotainment system and it drives and rides well too. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is priced between Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh and is nicely feature packed across the variant range. Right now the vehicle has no direct competition although it is being compared to the Mahindra Marazzo. However, keep in mind Marazzo is not a direct rival to Ertiga. It is a vehicle from different segment a slightly more premium vehicle and till the time the new Ertiga has no direct rival it is going to enjoy good sales and will build further on the success of the older model.

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