Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Hatchback Review


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

For its sheer versatility and value for money, the first-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga set off to a flying start when it launched in 2012. Over the years, however, its sales witnessed a few troughs due to the shift in buyer preferences towards other segments like compact sedans, premium hatchbacks and SUVs. Despite that, this seven-seater from Maruti soldiered along with steady sales (a major contributor being the taxi market), and even towards the end of its life cycle it averaged over 3,500 units per month, which is quite respectable. But now, there’s an all-new, second-generation Ertiga, and if initial impressions are anything to go by, this one is far more desirable and a much better package than the one it replaces.

Built on an all-new platform, the second-gen Ertiga is larger in every dimension, and, as a result, is more spacious than before. It comes with two engine options – an all-new 105hp, 1,462cc petrol, and the tried and tested 90hp, 1,248cc Fiat-sourced diesel. Both engines are mated to 5-speed manual transmissions, with the petrol also getting a 4-speed automatic in the form of a traditional torque converter. A petrol-CNG and an all-new in-house developed 95hp, 1,498cc diesel engine are likely to join the range soon.

The petrol Ertiga’s pricing is very aggressive at Rs 7.44-9.50 lakh for the manual and Rs 9.18-9.95 lakh for the automatic. And at this price point in the rather uncrowded MPV market, it doesn’t have any direct competitor. At Rs 8.84-10.90 lakh, the diesel-manual is a bit pricey, especially considering the Rs 1.40 lakh premium it commands over the petrol but it still undercuts its core rivals – Mahindra Marazzo (Rs 9.99-14.38 lakh) and Renault Lodgy (Rs 8.63-12.12 lakh) by a significant margin. So it is still a value-for-money proposition, but what’s improved from the first-gen model? We put it through our thorough test to find out.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Exteriors

The new MUV gets a sharp design. It looks more premium now. The front reminds you of the Innova Crysta. There is a wide front grille with chrome surround and the headlamps are sweptback large ones. This offers projector lamps and even daytime running LEDs as well. There shall be 15-inch wheels on offer. The side profile is sleek and proportioned. The rear too is all new and looks more premium now. The overall appeal is now better.

In terms of dimensions, the length has increased a bit and even the height is about 5mm more. The width has also increased. This has improved the space inside the car. The Ertiga now looks matured and more premium. This has worked in its favour and Maruti continues to add more to its current USP of the Ertiga. One of the strongest points for the new Ertiga is its styling. The new-gen Marutis are looking stylish and this is be one of the talking points for this MUV.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Interiors

The interiors are all new. They are similar to the new DZire as they offer somewhat the same design. Like the Dzire, there are inserts of faux wood to the dashboard and doors. There is a new design for the AC vents, stylish wooden touches, and all beige interiors. A 6.5-inch touchscreen system. There is push start and stop, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with inbuilt navigation. Dual airbags and ABS are be a standard feature. One of the most impressive bits about the new Ertiga 2019 interiors is space and the quality. Every seat gets its own cup holder and the centre console gets a chilled cup holder. The materials look a lot more premium than they are at the moment. The seat quality, the fabric IS much better than the current vehicle. The cup holders have a cooling function.

The wheelbase has been increased. This means that the new MUV has better knee room for the second row. What’s more, they even offer better space too for the third row of passengers. The India-spec version gets automatic climate control. However, there is no cruise control on offer. The second-row gets a 60:40 split and third-row gets a 50:50 split. The boot space has increased too.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Transmission

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.For More details on Maruti Ertiga visit Wwrdheritage

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving

One of the stand-out features of the new Ertiga is its ride quality. It’s so good and well behaved, it smoothens out potholes and broken roads like a much more expensive car. There’s no rocking or side-by-side motion over broken patches either. At high speeds, it rides flat with some vertical movement from the rear, but it’s never excessive. With a full load of passengers, however, there’s noticeably more pitching, and the softer rear suspension takes a couple of rebounds before regaining composure when going over humps or wavy surfaces.

The new Ertiga’s wider track and tauter chassis give it a lot more composure and poise while taking corners. Push it hard and even though body roll is present, it’s not more that a tall hatchback. It turns into corners sharply and while it is not as nimble as a Swift in the way it changes direction, it still is a confident handler. Further adding to driver confidence is its steering, which is unlike any Maruti based on the same Heartect platform – it has a nice heft to it, it feels connected to the road and returns to the centre without any effort. The Ertiga’s steering is the best yet on a new Maruti and that’s saying a lot when you consider it’s an MPV!

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 Cost in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On Road Price is 8,14,167/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,44,000/- in Ahmedabad. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with FWD with 1373 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 91 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 130 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .Check for Maruti Ertiga price in Ahmedabad at Tryadrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Final Thought

Maruti has nailed it with the new Ertiga’s clever packaging. Despite being a seven-seater, it is still compact in dimensions, and its light controls and good all-round visibility make it very user-friendly and easy to drive. The interiors are more spacious and feel plusher, and the well-cushioned seats take cabin comfort up a few notches. What’s more is that the larger cabin and the backrest recline function has made the third row far more usable now. The new petrol engine is smooth, refined and performance is adequate, and paired to the manual, it’s our pick from the range; the automatic is heavy sipper in the city, while the 1.3-litre diesel, although easier to drive (than before) and very efficient, feels a bit crude.

The Ertiga does miss some features but its pricing is so aggressive, you just can’t argue with its value proposition. At the end of the day, this isn’t an exciting car that’ll tug at your heartstrings, but it is one that’s very practical and delivers all that’s expected of it and rather competently. So when it comes to fitness for purpose, the Ertiga passes with flying colours, and it’s for this very reason it was our Car of the Year 2019.

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