It’s easy to see why the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) segment is one of
the most successful here in India. With large families predominant
here, the average sedan is just not enough. The MPV, however, not only
seats 5 or 7 in comfort but also carries everyone’s luggage with room
to spare. And to top it all, it drives just as well as your everyday
sedan. The Toyota Innova has been leading this scene ever since its
inception, and Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Ertiga, though not the same
size, aims to offer almost the same at a lot less.
The Ertiga’s wheelbase, at 2740mm, is a considerable 310mm longer than
the Swift’s and the kerb weight has increased by around 155kg. But
this is impressive considering it’s a seven-seater. Suzuki has kept
the Ertiga’s weight in check with extensive use of lightweight
high-tensile steel in its construction.
With a length of 4265mm, the Ertiga is a fair bit shorter than the
other MPVs in the market, namely the Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and
Tata Aria. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga employs an independent, MacPherson-strut,
coil-spring suspension at the front and a non-independent torsion beam
setup at the rear. The brakes are also a conventional front disc and
rear drum setup.
Styling is typically Suzuki, with swept-back headlights like the new
Swift’s, and a grille and bonnet that resemble the Ritz. The overall
design is pleasing, but not what you would call eye-catching. In fact,
the van-like look, which clearly doesn’t exude the status and image of
a saloon, is possibly the Ertiga’s biggest weakness.
A new variant, Z+ is introduced in the New Maruti Ertiga. This variant
gets additional features like keyless entry, push start and stop,
touchscreen system with navigation and reverse parking camera. The New
Maruti Ertiga gets the same beige interiors and the upholstery is also
the same. In terms of other features, it gets single airbags and ABS
as a standard feature. Dual airbags is available on all variants as an
The New Maruti Ertiga has an identical dashboard with the Swift,
however it is beige in colour. The quality of the materials is not
that premium. The front row of seats are quite comfortable and even
large. On long journeys this helps quite a bit. The rear seat space
too on the New Maruti Ertiga is good enough. These seats slide and
recline too. The third row is quite cramped, but it gets some knee
room when the second row seats are moved a bit ahead. The boot becomes
small when all the seats are raised. One needs a carrier for luggage
especially with seven passengers
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING
The choice of engines for the Ertiga is the new 1.4-litre K14BVVT
petrol engine and the D13A DDiS super turbo diesel carried forward
from the SX4. Given the additional weight of the new vehicle the two
engines manage to offer a fair balance of power and torque.
The new, larger K series petrol engine reflects the same
characteristics of its existing siblings. Quiet and almost vibe-free
in idling mode, the engine comes across as refined and quick under
hard acceleration. With variable valve timing to optimise performance
and with low friction components, the new 1,373cc, 4-cylinder,
16-valve engine delivers a peak power of 95PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak
torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm.
The diesel engine is combined with an intercooled variable geometry
turbocharger and this is same basic mill from the SX4. This 1,248cc
engine with common rail diesel injection is almost free of any
turbolag and delivers a peak power of 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak
torque of 200Nm from as low as 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine makes its
presence felt audibly despite the use of an extended dash silencer and
other sound deadening components.
But, that is only when you accelerate hard, during idling and cruising
conditions the familiar diesel engine is just the same as in the SX4.
On the road, the Ertiga feels very much like the Swift and DZire.
Though the Ertiga is no where near as big as the other utility
vehicles like the Innova and the Tavera, you still get to feel its
extra length compared to the Swift.
The engines have been mated to the five-speed gearbox already in the
family cars, only the gear ratios have been optimised for the Ertiga’s
expected driving cycle. Gear shifts are crisp and quick. The rated
fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 16.02 kmpl and the diesel is
The Ertiga handles quiet well too – almost, but not entirely, like a
sedan. The suspension is also a carry forward in terms of its
configuration – MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the
rear. The ratings for the springs have been increased and the dampers
have been stiffened to handle the higher loads.
The Ertiga’s driving dynamics are largely influenced by its long
wheelbase – the 2.74-metre gap between the front and rear axles give
this MPV good poise and straight-line stability for most situations.
The flipside is that it isn’t happy darting through corners and
prefers a more relaxed driving style. The soft suspension means the
low-speed ride is pretty absorbent, and even as speeds increase, the
Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels pretty solid. The Ertiga’s
suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that
there is a mild thud from the suspension.
There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces and the
diesel pitches a bit more in the front. However, at moderate speeds,
this never gets uncomfortable and it’s only when you begin to push
really hard that you long for a tauter setup.
Considering its MPV proportions, the Ertiga doesn’t roll excessively
and the steering is fairly accurate too. What you do miss is a tighter
turning circle and the ability to wiggle into tight parking spots as
with a hatchback. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that
the Ertiga is by far the most urban-friendly MPV in the market today.
Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service
centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety,
the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost
every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety
features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims.
Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features.
The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too.
The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good
amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the
facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of
better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does
provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender
on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,22,062/- (Ertiga LXI) to 8,75,508/- (Ertiga ZXI Plus) .Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has 14 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White.