Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview
The Maruti Ertiga is one of the most popular 7-seater cars in India because it offers almost everything that a buyer asks for. The first generation car has decent space and comfort and offers low running costs, alongside a list of features that you’d generally expect in a car of this segment. After 6 years of selling the first generation, Maruti Suzuki has now launched the 2nd generation Ertiga, the same car which was launched in overseas markets few months back. How much of an improvement is the new Ertiga over the older car? Time to find out.
The first generation Ertiga was launched in 2012 and a facelift came out couple of years back. Maruti had given the LUV (Life Utility Vehicle) title to this MPV and it was indeed loved by Indian customers which reflected in its sales. The new Ertiga is likely to draw even more customers and bring a good spike in sales.
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.
Like on the outside, the new interiors are an evolution of the outgoing version. There’s an air of familiarity here because several bits like the flat-bottom steering, instrument cluster, gear lever, touchscreen, knobs, and controls are shared with other Marutis. The dashboard is split by an artificial wood finish on the Z and Z+ variants, which does look, well, artificial. However, the dummy air vent running across the breadth of the dash, inspired by the new Audis, looks quite good, while the actual vents feel more premium than before. There’s a lot more to like in the cabin, like the ease of ingress-egress thanks to the Ertiga’s tall stance and wide-opening doors. The front seats are larger, more supportive and very comfortable thanks to the soft cushioning. A new sliding front armrest adds to the driving comfort too.
Space inside has been enhanced a fair bit. The second row still gets recline and fore-aft adjustment (in a 40:60 ratio), and the humongous window and tall ceiling add to the sense of space here. Having a flat floor helps too; the third passenger would be a touch comfier here now, thanks to the increased shoulder room. Further adding to the comfort is a dedicated roof-mounted blower with four fan speeds, just like the outgoing car.
Accessing the third row has been made easier by the one-touch mechanism to slide forward the middle row. It doesn’t flip forward like in the Marazzo but there’s enough to space to clamber in without much difficulty. What’s impressive is that even adults can sit here without feeling too cramped, and what also frees them of the claustrophobic feeling – usually experienced in the last row of many seven-seaters – is the massive quarter glass. Crucially, this row now gets a recline function for more comfort; taller occupants, however, will find their heads brushing against the sloping roofline, in the reclined position.
There are several practical bits like a new front armrest console, segment-first cooled cupholders, bottle holders in each door, and charging outlets in each row – these should have been the modern USB chargers, rather than the old 12V sockets, though. Boot space is now at a much larger 209 litres, but can be further expanded to 550 litres and 803 litres by folding the seats. There’s even a useful storage area beneath the boot floor to stow items out of sight. For Maruti Suzuki Ertiga check primovox.com
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Gearbox
The petrol engine powering the second generation Maruti Ertiga is the new K15B 1.5-litre petrol engine producing 103 HP at 6000 RPM and 138 Nm of torque at 4800 RPM. Offered with this engine is either a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed AT. The engine is super refined and is quiet for most part but starts getting vocal at high RPMs. Power delivery is smooth and punchy and the redline comes in at around 6000 RPM. The engine feels livelier with the 5-speed MT which offers slick shifts and a light clutch while the 4-speed AT feels sluggish in comparison. However, it does its job fairly well under regular driving, though the shifts aren’t lightning quick. Maruti will launch a CNG variant of the petrol engine next year.
The diesel engine powering the Ertiga is the same 1.3-litre unit that we’ve seen on multiple Maruti cars since many years now. It produces 89 HP at 4000 RPM and 200 Nm at 1750 RPM. This engine is available with only a 5-speed MT but there is a possibility of Maruti launching an AMT version in the future. This engine has a lot of turbo lag but thankfully the mid-range has juicy performance. For a diesel engine, it redlines quite high at close to 5000 RPM. Compared to the older Ertiga, refinement has improved on the new car.
The petrol engine comes with the second generation SHVS tech which does 3 things – regenerative braking, torque assist and auto start-stop. Due to this, the multi-information display on the petrol car is different from the diesel variant. The new SHVS gets 2 batteries – a traditional unit and a Lithium-ion unit. It also boosts fuel efficiency. The diesel engine continues to come with the older version of SHVS. The petrol engine delivers between 13-17 km/l (MT) and 12-15 km/l (AT) while the diesel engine delivers 15-20 km/l depending on driving conditions.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Rideing
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
The 2019 Maruti Ertiga is offered in 10 variants – LXi, VXi, ZXi, ZXi+, LDi, VDi, ZDi, ZDi+, VXi AT and ZXi AT all variants come equipped with dual front airbags and ABS. Also, the automatic variants come with ESP and Hill Start Assist. The new Maruti Ertiga is based on the same HEARTECT platform as the Swift and Dzire and the MPV also consists of 39% tensile steel. Global NCAP tests of the new Ertiga are awaited but we hope it secures a good rating like the Vitara Brezza.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in Hyderabad
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,60,515 to 12,66,702 for variants Ertiga LXI and Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Ertiga price in Hyderabad at Cazrprice.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Bottomline
Maruti has taken the very competent first-gen Ertiga and made it even better. It offers everything that buyers are looking for – space, comfort, value, and desirability. The inclusion of new features and the added interior room make it more practical now, while its ride quality and improved seat comfort further enhance the overall experience. The new petrol engine, though refined and smooth, misses zing. And those looking for a petrol- automatic will have to give up on having a touchscreen, as it isn’t available in the top-spec variant. Then, there’s the diesel engine which is noisy and unrefined. Moreover, it is priced at a huge premium of Rs 1.40 lakh over the petrol.
However, despite being a big step up over the older car, its price is still far lower than its competition. So for someone looking for a practical, value-for-money seven-seater MPV, this new Ertiga is simply the best option available.