Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Features. Performance & Test Drive


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 is the second generation model of the seven-seater MUV. Boasting larger dimensions, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants can be had in diesel and petrol options. While the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre oil burner has been retained, it gets the new 1.5-litre petrol engine that also does duty on the Maruti Ciaz facelift. With changes made to its aesthetics and the new SHVS system powering the MPV, the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga price in India sees a considerable change over its predecessor. Check for SBI car loan.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Design & Style

The previous generation Ertiga, launched in 2012, looked a little ungainly, but its design was saved by the obvious carry-overs from the Swift. But, that still left it looking disproportionate and too focussed on practicality. The new gen Ertiga corrects that by adopting a completely fresh design language. Maruti’s vehicles have hardly been known to follow a family lineage design philosophy and the new gen Ertiga is one more example. An aggressive, youthful front profile has been attempted with the new sleeker, sedan-like headlamps that seem connected to the bonnet grille and the dual-tone, oversized fender with integrated airdam.

The new Ertiga has been built on the fifth generation Heartect platform just like the Swift. The new platform is lighter but more rigid and helps the Ertiga meet stricter crash safety norms for frontal offset and side impact, as also pedestrian protection regulations. The 2019 Ertiga has also grown in proportions; it is longer, taller and wider. But the new design manages to hide its larger size, especially at the rear, where the Volvo-like new vertical combination for the tail-lamps makes the Ertiga look more like a crossover than an MPV. Also abetting the deception is the floating roof concept created by a part of the C-pillar being covered by the large rear quarter glass merging into the tailgate just above the tail lamps (very much like in the Swift). Despite a fairly compact rear glass, the Ertiga still gets a big greenhouse thanks to large windows, which contribute to an airy cabin. The new Ertiga’s design has also led to the A-pillar becoming more angled with a mild reduction in the front blind-spot. Another highlight are the new 15-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels (top-trim).

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cabin & Comfort

The new Ertiga’s cabin is a refreshing change compared to the outgoing model. It just feels so much cleaner, brighter and better finished than the previous generation. Again the finish quality and features of the cabin are a mix of sedan-like feel and practicality. The extra length for the new gen Ertiga, from the longer rear overhang, delivers more space in the cabin. This finally feels like a seven-seater, with the two reclining seats of the third row now being very usable even by small-made adults. The other seats are also better cushioned and bolstered, with the second row 60:40 seats also offering a 15-degree recline and fore and aft adjustments. The cabin sports a dual tone theme with a mushroom grey and beige colour combination.

There is an air of Suzuki about it, but that is still now a big plus. The cabin may not be luxurious, but it is still plush. The faux maple wood inserts, for example, are fake alright, but not obviously so. The leather-wrapped, flat bottomed steering wheel with wood insert is a bit much in an MPV, but it is so well finished and integrated that it fits. There are a number of small storage spaces in addition to the usual bottle holders and door pockets; of note is the duo of cooled cup holders in the centre console. The dashboard layout itself sports a simple, layered orientation with a very sedan-like position of controls and the 17.8-cm touchscreen infotainment system (in the top ZD+ trim). The instrument cluster is also an LCD multi-information screen that displays key info in a format very similar to other Nexa models like the S-Cross and Ciaz. For more info on Maruti Ertiga visit Primovox

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine & Gearbox

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 powertrain choices include the 1.5-litre K15 petrol engine in the same state of tune as in the Ciaz. The 1,462 cc engine produces 77 kW of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. It is offered with the option of a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic (we have seen both these gearboxes in other Maruti cars). The four-Speed auto is a torque converter transmission, which has probably been picked up from the Japanese parent’s portfolio and it includes a low ‘L’ gear slot and a ‘2’ in second gear slot for high load conditions. The manual gearbox is a crisp, clean-shifting transmission that has a different set of ratios compared to the Ciaz, with taller lower gears. The engine itself is a good fit given the attempt at raising the bar for the Ertiga. It is refined, and even though it is not really a rev-happy unit, delivers a fairly healthy performance mid-range, which should suit most user profiles.For more information on Maruti Ertiga check AutoZhop.

The other engine option is the tried and trusted DDiS 200 diesel engine. What is essentially the Fiat MultiJet engine, this 1,248 cc unit is still surprisingly sprightly for a vehicle that is as heavy as the Ertiga. Thankfully, the new generation despite its larger size is not heavier than the outgoing model and so the carried-over engine still feels torquey and quick off the block. The oil burner develops a peak power of 66 kW and a peak torque of 200 Nm starting from a low 1,750 rpm. This engine only gets the five-speed manual transmission, which seems adequate except when one is cruising at three-digit speeds and that makes you wonder if it should have had a sixth slot. It also gets the Smart Hybrid system.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ride & Handling

As far as ride quality is concerned, the new Ertiga feels sorted thanks to the well-tuned suspension. At lower speeds, one can feel its firmness, especially when the car isn’t loaded. Over rippled surfaces or larger potholes, you do hear the suspension working but body movements are kept in check. At high speeds the Ertiga remains unfazed and the suspension works much better here. What’s also special is the flat and consistent manner in which the suspension works which makes for a comfortable long distance companion. What could have been better though is sound insulation as a fair bit of road and wind noise is audible in the cabin at higher speeds.

Like the old car the new Ertiga shows good poise with well-contained body roll. It always feels surefooted and is easily the most maneuverable MPV you can buy in the country. The steering though, could have been better as there is lot of play around the centre ahead position and it feels over assisted too.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety & Security

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 in Pune

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 8,49,791 to 13,05,474 for variants Ertiga LXI and Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is available in 11 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants price in Pune. Check for Ertiga price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Final Word

There are very few reasons not to. The new Ertiga is a huge step ahead of its predecessor in almost every department. That is a huge compliment for a car that was already selling in big numbers. It gets a more premium cabin, elegant exteriors, good interior space, loads of equipment, is very practical and more importantly, it has become much more desirable than before. What makes the deal even sweeter is the price which is in the same ballpark as the old car. So like before, the new Ertiga remains an MPV that is great value for money but unlike the old car, it is less compromised and has improved in almost every department.

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