Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Performance & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The all-new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 has been launched in India with prices starting at Rs. 7.44 lakh. The new Ertiga will be available with a petrol and a diesel engine and while the petrol will get both an automatic and a manual gearbox, the diesel will only get a 5-speed manual option. The all-new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a seven seat MPV or multi-purpose vehicle and is now in its second generation in India. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets an all new design language and is based on the all-new Heartect platform. The new Ertiga now gets headlamps with projector lens along with a set of boomerang shaped LED tail lamps that look very Volvo inspired. The new Ertiga continues to get 15-inch alloy wheels on the top spec models while 15-inch steel wheels with or without wheelcaps will continue on the lower VXI and LXI trims respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga  price range in India is between 6,26,062/- to 9,42,325/, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in Carzprice

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Design

At first glance, the new Ertiga looks stylish and premium. The sleek projector headlamps, for instance, merge with the thick chrome grille to lend an appearance of a wide car. Then there’s the raised bonnet that has well-defined crease lines and the body coloured fangs above the fog lamps lend an SUVish flavour to the design.Move to the side, however, and the MPV silhouette is evident, but that’s not to say that it’s boring. The prominent crease line that begins from the front fender, extends all the way to the wrap around tail lamps. It adds some flair to what would’ve otherwise been a slab sided profile. The blacked out C-pillar also gives an impression of a floating roof, a design idea that’s beginning to appear on cars with thick D-pillars.

The tail section is tastefully executed as well. A pair of Volvo V90 Cross Country style LED tail lamps are connected by a fat slab of chrome. In all, the new Ertiga looks upmarket and that drives up its aspirational quotient. The only gripe I’ve got with the design is the undertyred look. The multi-spoke 15- inch alloy wheels shod with 185 section tyres don’t fill up the wheel arches enough. A set of 16 or 17 inch rims would’ve looked much nicer.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cabin

The interior is where the deal will be sealed for a family car like this. Since we are talking about the Ertiga, a name known for its straightforward functionality, we’ll keep it simple. Here’s what we like:Every row is reclinable and they all get adjustable headrests, save for the second row’s middle passenger. And this is standard kit.Sense of space: Beige interior aside, the glass area is massive. It’s hard to tell if the second row door has a window or the Alto’s windshield attached to it!Also, the middle door is more like a gate because of how big it is and how wide it opens. That, combined with the low floorpan makes this a breeze to use for the elderly.The cabin space is usable for seven adults, even with 6-footers in each row. The middle occupant will face a little squeeze, but it’s usable nonetheless. While the first two rows don’t feel much different in terms of space, the 3rd row sees improvements in shoulder (15mm*), head (20mm*) and knee room (minimum knee room up by 60mm*). There’s oodles of footroom here too.This makes the new Ertiga less of a 5+2 and more of a true 7 seater. Even the rear AC blower has vents that have been well placed to be usable for the last row. The vent console looks like it juts into the first row headroom, but even for yours truly’s 6’5” frame, it wasn’t a hindrance.

Auto AC (in the top two grades) and the thankfully non-aftermarket looking head unit. It’s the same smartplay infotainment system we’ve seen in other Marutis and experience tells us that this works perfectly well. Why the aforementioned “ thankfully”? These are two things we didn’t see in the Indonesian-spec Ertiga.The Audi-esque fake AC vents, flat-bottomed steering wheel, chunky, smooth finish wooden insert reflect more effort put in to make the new car feel special. This dashboard is unique to the Ertiga, unlike the old one that was a drag and drop from the Swift. Cool features: The Ertiga gets segment-first ventilated cupholders (useful for phones with a tendency to heat up too), a new colour MID in the petrol (same as the new Ciaz) and 12V sockets for all three rows.It gets a big boot with all the seats occupied too (209L-550L-803L). The third row’s recline adjustment lets you strike a balance between luggage space and passenger comfort. For more space, there are two storage cubbies under the boot floor too. They’re deep enough for a toddler’s backpack each.Safety basics: Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX, high speed alert, front seatbelt reminders and seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, all come as standard. The AT grades also get ESP and hill hold.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine

The 1.3-litre DDIS 200 engine makes 89 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine on the new Ertiga is all new, a 1.5-litre K15 motor that is also available on the Ciaz. The engine makes 103 bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Both the petrol and the diesel Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also get the SHVS mild hybrid systems. Fuel Economy for the new Ertiga Petrol is 19.34 kmpl on the petrol manual and 18.69 kmpl on the petrol automatic, and on the diesel is 25.47 kmpl.

This also improves driveability in the city, and you can comfortably potter around 30-40kmph in fourth. A quick overtake in such a scenario only requires a little flex of the accelerator pedal for the Ertiga to surge ahead. Without the system, you’d have to downshift and raise the revs beyond 3-4,000rpm to gain momentum, a typical shortcoming of naturally aspirated petrols. This kind of driveability as well as idle stop/start and low rolling resistance Bridgestone Ecopia tyres is what contributes to improved fuel economy, something that we’ll verify once we road test the car.As far as refinement levels are concerned, the petrol motor is smooth at low revs but it does get a bit vocal past 4,500rpm. The NVH also wasn’t great as there’s plenty of road and wind noise beyond 80kmph.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Rideing

The benefits of the new Heartect platform shine in this department as well. There’s a lovely suppleness to the ride and the Ertiga remained composed through undulations and the couple of potholes that we could find on our test route. Handling too is predictable and confidence inspiring. The Ertiga remained planted through a few set of corners we encountered with only a hint of body roll. The steering, though a tad vague at low speeds, weighs up beautifully as the pace rises, again encouraging you to chuck the MPV in a corner. The brakes offer strong bite and the standard ABS helps you rely on them. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

The standard safety kit on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comprises dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, speed-sensitive door locks, rear parking sensors and central locking. Other tech such as ESP and hill hold function, front fog lamps, rear defogger, and rear parking camera are offered with higher trims depending on the variants.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,26,062/- (Ertiga LXI) to 9,42,325/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Verdict

The new Ertiga looks better and packs in new features that give an edge over the rivals in the segment. With prominent changes in almost all sections, Ertiga seems to continue its successful run in the segment. The new Ertiga has a new platform, a new look, some new features and even more polished powertrains. And all of this does make it appeal to the heart a lot more. Is it a major upgrade from the old one? More specifically, if you own an Ertiga now, does this feel like something from a segment above? Not really.The experience here isn’t tremendously different from the old one. But what Maruti has done is make it more practical – a better people lugger – a little more appealing on the inside and out, and, indeed, an even better family car. At Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom), it is more expensive than before, but still undercuts its main rival, the Mahindra Marazzo significantly, while offering an improved value proposition that we’d say justifies the premium.

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