Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 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. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Style

This isn’t a new problem. Truth be told, the battle between aesthetics and practicality has been raging for millennia. Sat at opposite ends of the ring, Kipling said: “Never the twain shall meet” and that could be the case here too. To understand just how difficult this is, take a long hard look at the plump-as-a-partridge profile of the new Ertiga. Still, Suzuki and Maruti designers have put in a stellar effort to make this Gen-2 MPV look more attractive.

First up, they’ve given it more of a cowl. While the current Ertiga sold in India is very ◊ ∆ ‘mono-volume’, this new one has a distinctive nose that protrudes out like on an SUV. Similar to the Innova Crysta in profile, the new Ertiga’s stand-up bonnet is attractively detailed too. The sleek-looking wraparound headlight enclosure gets chrome and metallic highlights, the projector unit is beautifully finished, and though there are myriad surfaces and shapes where the headlights meet the grille, the execution is so neat, it looks very classy. Even the massive ‘C’-shaped brackets that house the fog lamps give the chin a robust look, and the rising swage line that runs through the door handles makes the new Ertiga look a bit tipped-forward too.The designers at Suzuki have also widened the base to make it gel better with the bulk of the car. If only the profile were nicer; and to compound the issue, the 15-inch wheels look two sizes too small and ruin the stance. These lines and details would have looked so much better on an SUV.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Space

Do not expect something extraordinary while stepping inside the Ertiga VDi, since it offers the interiors of the good old Swift, though the dual tone interiors do seem pleasing to the eyes. The interiors are still plush, but do not have anything new to offer, which is something nobody wants in a newly launched vehicle. However, we were still excited about the extra space and two rear seats, but then the third row was barely had any seating space. These two seats can only accommodate two children at best, which will be a huge disappoint for families that have grown up kids. The air conditioner with heater of the Ertiga VDi will keep the temperature regulated, though the passengers in the third row will miss the vents, since they are present only in the first two rows.

In spite of its restricted dimensions, Ertiga VDi ensures that it can provide more-than-sufficient space for the occupants seated in the first two rows. While sitting, the passengers will never feel cramped or shortchanged in terms of space since the legroom, headroom and knee room are ample. Indeed, the 2+3+2 seating arrangement has been made keeping in mind the requirements of the large Indian suburban family. We feel that Head restraints are present in the two rear rows of the car as well as the fabric upholstery are suitable features at this price range.The set of interior features that the all new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDi has to offer is good, just like the Swift’s. It consists of glove box, folding assistant grips (on all doors except driver’s), sun visor on passenger’s side, driver side ticket holder, front door trim pocket, Inside Rear View Mirror (IRVM) with anti-glare coating. The instrument cluster of the car has a host of accessories, such as tachometer, driver-side seatbelt and door ajar reminder lamps and retractable cup holder in dashboard. Apart from these, the instrument panel also has cup holder in front console, accessory socket, low fuel warning lamp and light on and key on reminder with buzzer.

The entertainment package of Ertiga VDi seems to be good, but not overtly so. It consists of a CD and FM/AM player with USB compatibility and 4 speakers (2 mounted in the front and 2 in the rear). Other notable features of the car are back door handle, manually adjustable driver and front passenger seats, front seat armrest, dual trip meter and digital fuel indicator. Ertiga VDi comes with a number of features that added to the comfort and convenience factor throughout our drive. Power steering with rake tiltable steering wheel column, power windows for front and rear doors, and auto down feature in driver-side window are some of the convenience features that we thoroughly enjoyed in the car. Along with these, the car also has shoulder height adjuster for front row seat belts, co-driver side seat back pocket, central door lock, keyless entry and chrome interior door handles.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Performance

To counter the added bulk, Maruti has put a larger, more powerful engine under the hood of the new Ertiga. Larger in capacity by 88cc than the 1.4 that currently powers the Ertiga in India, the new K15B also puts out substantially more power – 105hp compared to 92hp. And torque, with the increase in cubic capacity, has, of course, gone up too.What has remained unchanged, however, is the character of the engine. The 1.4 engine has always been very tractable and pulled cleanly from low speed, and now this larger 1.5 is identical in character too. In fact, with the additional torque and gearing that is only marginally taller in the lower gears, the new Ertiga pulls forward in an even more energetic manner.This means Nice. Particularly useful in start-stop traffic, of which there is no shortage in downtown Jakarta. Yes, when fully loaded, you will need to downshift more often, but here, just three up, the Ertiga pulls so well from just about any engine speed, it’s quite relaxing to drive.

Power and torque delivery is also quite linear. There’s no sudden step up in power and there’s no spike in the mid-range, but torque keeps building and building until you get to the peak at 4,400rpm. And the new Ertiga also has a lot more oomph in the top end. The engine revs until just 6,200rpm, but spin the motor past 4,500rpm and there’s loads and loads of power, and then the new Ertiga feels reasonably quick; the strong top end is particularly satisfying to use if you are in a hurry.The new K15B engine, however, isn’t the most refined unit around, especially at higher engine speeds. Cross 4,000rpm and the snarl from under the bonnet starts to sound strained. And go past 5,000rpm and the din rises further. Also, no way is this engine as smooth as the 1.5 unit of the Honda City, or for that matter, as eager to rev. More insulation is needed here for sure.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving

We felt the ride quality was splendid for a vehicle of this segment and the handling was impressive. The steering wheel of Ertiga VDi is well positioned and does not weigh too much, such that driver of any height can easily control the vehicle without difficulties. Though the body roll of the car remains regulated most of times, we could feel the drag of the rear mainly due to the length at tight corners, which may be a concern for those who are not confident of their driving skills. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga review indicates that the diesel version receives slight change on the performance front with the addition of SHVS technology, while the new petrol unit works well for Ertiga akin to Ciaz.

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 its Ertiga VDi. Safety features like Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) ensured we could control the vehicle even at top speed

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 6,60,816/- (Ertiga LXI) to 10,74,932/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ertiga price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Conclusion

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 chief competitor of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VDi is the mid-range D4 variant of the class-leading Mahindra Xylo. Though the Xylo enjoys the first mover advantage with a huge market share already in place, Ertiga fares quite well in a one-on-one comparison. Mahindra Xylo is equipped with a huge 2489 cc diesel engine that deliver 95 bhp of power and 220 Nm of torque. Though the difference between the capacities of the engines of the two cars is tremendous, there is very less disparity between their power and torque generation capabilities, which makes Ertiga the winner.