Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: A Lifestyle MPV
Maruti Suzuki is well known for addressing the need of its customers and offering them innovative as well as highly promising vehicles. Maruti Suzuki has done the same this time as well with its multi utility vehicle Ertiga. Although the company has offered some of the utility vehicles like Omni and Versa earlier, the company couldn’t embark on to create benchmark with them. However, the largest car maker of India appears to be determined to leave a great impact on the passenger MPV space this time with its potential Ertiga capable of winning the hearts of private buyers. So, we decided to go behind the wheel of the diesel Ertiga to test whether it can really win our heart or not.
The all-new Ertiga is no new in terms of design, rather can be considered as a package of inspiration of various other Maruti Suzuki offerings. The design and the ergonomics of the car are especially crafted keeping in mind the choice of the private buyers who desire to own a reliable and comfortable family haulier. With the 4,265mm x 1,685mm x 1,695mm dimension, the Ertiga is developed to grab your attention. The front profile of the car is inspired by Maruti’s Ritz and the rest parts of the car are also result of inspiration from other Maruti cars. Despite this, the vehicle really makes a great package with beautiful cues, finish and crease on the exterior. The headlamps, fog lamps, taillights and the other components like the well carved grille flaunting Suzuki’s badge are also proportionality incorporated. The MPV has elegant 185/65 R 15 alloy rims. In short, the MPV Ertiga has stunning looks.
On the inside, the vehicle comes loaded with features that embody comfort, entertainment and quality that can really take you by surprise at a very competitive price. Maruti Suzuki has just attempted to cater to all the necessary customer needs with its Ertiga by offering praiseworthy interior. The finishing, texture and the quality of the components used in the vehicle are of good quality. The MPV offers versatility with plenty of space for comfortably accommodating 7 passengers, safety features and feature comforts. The comfort features include steering mounted audio control, audio system with CD player, AM/FM radio, AUX-in and USB port, tilt adjustable electrical power steering, AC ducts for the second row, etc. On the safety side, the vehicle boasts two airbags for the front passengers, height adjustable seat belts for all rows and ABS with EBD. Although the Ertiga has lack of boot space, the interior of the vehicle is really remarkable compared to other vehicles in this segment.
Performance and Handling:
Although the car maker offers to engine options mainly petrol and diesel, we will test the Ertiga having diesel engine under its hood. Powered by 1,248cc 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine, the MPV is capable of churning out 90 PS of power and peak torque of 200 Nm. The engine offers driving practicality and is well developed to offer excellent driving experience with seven passengers on the side. The engine is mated to 5-speed manual transmission. Ertiga features MacPherson Strut suspension in the front and Torsion beam suspension at the rear that are capable of absorbing most of the bumps. The front disc brakes and the rear drum brakes along with the tilted steering wheel as well as spring of the vehicle have been re-calibrated to offer excellent drivability.
In terms of fuel efficiency, this all new diesel MPV Ertiga offers mileage of 20.77 kmpl. The MPV feels more car-like driving. With its Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki has really done a commendable job in the utility segment by offering great drivability, performance and decent fuel economy.
Called as Life Utility Vehicle by Maruti Suzuki, this all new vehicle is priced competitively between Rs. 7.30 lakh and Rs. 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car-like MPV Ertiga looks promising enough to lock horns with the MPV King Toyota Innova, Mahindra’s Cheetah XUV500 and others in the segment. For its good quality performance, standard features and adequate safety measure, the incarz would rate this lifestyle utility vehicle 9/10 points.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is more practical option for the buyers with large family compared to other MPVs at competitive price of Rs. 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Thus, this Maruti’s hallmark is truly a lifestyle utility vehicle that can bring smile on the faces of your family members.