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Compare Ford EcoSport Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Snapshot: We put two very unlike cars - The EcoSport from Ford against the Maruti Ertiga in a comparison and try to find out how they stand on the scale.

Ford launched EcoSport in the Indian market back in the year 2013 and since then, the car has achieved some tremendous sales figures for the company. It is a smart and compact SUV that brought with it a whole new era for the automotive segment India. On the other hand we have, Maruti Suzuki that introduced Ertiga to target the urban buyers who desire a compact design along with a spacious cabin. Although, technically both the cars fall in separate categories, both the cars are quite similar in their purpose and features..Let’s explore!

Ford EcoSport Safety vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

  • Number of Airbags
    2
    2
  • Engine Immobilizer and Central Locking
    Yes
    Yes
  • Parking Assistance
    Yes, Rear sensors
    No
  • Hill Assist
    No
    No
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
    Yes
    Yes
  • ESP (Electronic Safety Program)
    No
    No
  • EBA (Electronic Brake Assist)
    No
    Yes
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
    No
    Yes

Ford EcoSport Exterior vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Exterior

  • Headlights
    Halogen
    Halogen
  • Front Fog Lights
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Wash / Wiper
    Yes
    Yes
  • Rear Defogger
    Yes
    Yes
  • Wheels
    Alloy
    Alloy
  • ORVMs (Outside Rear-view Mirrors)
    Internal adjustment - Electric
    Internal adjustment - Electric

Ford EcoSport Interior vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Interior

  • Power Windows
    All Windows
    All Windows
  • Power Steering
    Yes
    Yes
  • Instrument Console
    Analog + Digital
    Analog + Digital
  • Adjustable Steering Column
    Yes, Rake and Reach
    Yes, Rake
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
    Yes
    Yes

Ford EcoSport Comfort vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Comfort

  • Navigation System
    No
    No
  • Ventilation System
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
    Yes, Fully automatic climate control
  • 12v Power Outlet
    Yes,2
    Yes
  • Second Row AC Vents
    No
    Yes
  • Adjustable Headrests
    Yes, All Rows
    Yes, All Rows
  • CD / MP3 / DVD Player
    Yes
    Yes
  • FM Radio
    Yes
    Yes
  • Bluetooth
    Yes
    Yes
  • USB Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Aux-in Compatibility
    Yes
    Yes
  • Cup Holders
    Yes
    Yes
  • Infotainment Screen
    Yes
    No

Ford EcoSport Instrumentation vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Instrumentation

  • Tachometer
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Odometer
    Yes, Digital
    Yes, Digital
  • Tripmeter
    Yes
    Yes
  • Fuel Gauge
    Yes, Analog
    Yes, Analog
  • Distance to Empty
    Yes
    Yes
  • Avg Fuel Economy
    Yes
    Yes
  • Average Speed
    Yes
    Yes

Ford EcoSport Dimensions and Weights vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dimensions and Weights

  • Length
    3999 mm
    4265 mm
  • Width
    1765 mm
    1695 mm
  • Height
    1708 mm
    1685 mm
  • Wheelbase
    2520 mm
    2740 mm
  • Ground Clearance
    200 mm
    185 mm
  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    52 litres
    45 litres

Ford EcoSport Body vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Body

  • Seating Capacity
    5
    7
  • Body Type
    SUV
    MUV
  • Doors
    5
    5

Ford EcoSport Engine vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine

  • Cylinder Configuration
    In-line
    In-line
  • Cylinders
    3 / 4
    4
  • Displacement
    999 cc / 1499 cc
    1298 cc / 1373 cc
  • Power (PS @ RPM)
    125@6000 / 91@3750
    90@4000 / 95@6000
  • Torque (Nm@RPM)
    170@1400-4500 / 204@2000-2750
    130@4000200@1750
  • Engine Location
    Front, Transverse
    Front, Transverse
  • Fuel System
    Injection
    Injection
  • Emission Norm
    BS IV g/km
    BS IV g/km
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol / Diesel
    Petrol / Diesel

Ford EcoSport Transmission vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Transmission

  • Drivetrain
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
    FWD (Front Wheel Drive)
  • Type
    Manual
    Manual
  • Gears
    5
    5

Ford EcoSport Brakes/Wheels and Tyres vs. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Brakes/Wheels and Tyres

  • Front Brakes
    Ventilated Disc
    Ventilated Disc
  • Rear Brakes
    Drum
    Drum
  • Front Tyre & Rim
    195/65R15
    185/65R15
  • Rear Tyre & Rim
    195/65R15
    185/65R15

The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Ford EcoSport 1.0 Petrol Titanium (O) with the Ertiga ZXi and Ford EcoSport 1.5 Diesel Titanium (O) with the Ertiga ZDi. 

Ford EcoSport Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Design and Exteriors)

Ford EcoSport is inspired from the Ford’s ‘One Ford’ approach and is based on the company’s global B platform. The car has very modern styling, looks sporty and stands out distinctively. The SUV showcases an octagonal grille and large bumper. High mounted headlights, masculine creases over the bonnet and prominent wheel arches bring out the modern styling and sporty looks of the SUV and make it stand out distinctively. The spare wheel mounted on the rear door is what shows the true personality of an SUV.

The base variants come with 15-inches alloy wheels and the Titanium version of the EcoSport comes with 16-inches alloy wheels standard.  The ground clearance of 200mm prevents the car from getting scratches underneath from speed breakers and this proveshelpful while off-roading as well.

On the other hand we have, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga which has the conventional Maruti design that is reflected by the front grille, long headlamps and bonnet. The fog lamps are fixed in vertical plastic shell on its large bumper. The headlights perfectly blend with the wheel arches. The large and heavy doors make its design look boxy. 

The ORVM are integrated with blinkers but the rear lamps and tail design is slightly dull. To save the car from getting a typical van effect, designers have flared the front and rear wheel arches. The build quality is on upper hand when compared to Swift and Swift Dzire, but lacks with required stiffness. The roof is ribbed with an upward sloping roofline which provides rigidity to the car.

Ford EcoSport Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Interiors and Features)

The interiors of EcoSport are quite similar to its sibling, Ford Fiesta and along with it, so are most of their features. The features that exude class are dashboard, instrument console, stereo system controls and climate control unit. The front and rear seats offer ample legroom and headroom and EcoSport is quite a spacious vehicle from the inside with quality leather upholstery. The instrument console offers information like average speed, mileage, temperature etc. It comes with a good quality audio system, plenty of storage space, reverse parking system. 

Although the space is 362-litre but it can be increased to a massive 705 litres by folding the rear seat. The 1.5L Petrol Ambiente MT comes with rear seat back fold down whereas the Petrol Trend has the 60/40 split rear seats. With Steering wheel audio system and SYNC voice control, the EcoBoost variants are also quite something. The Ambiente MT, Trend MT for both petrol and diesel variants miss out on the SYNC.

Coming to its rival from Maruti Suzuki, the dashboard of Ertiga comes with a beige and brown color scheme. The downside is that one needs to make efforts to keep it clean but the positive aspect is that a light colored theme creates a sense of spaciousness and makes the interior soothing. Seats are well cushioned and comfortable because lengthwise seats are long and have good under-thigh support and foot space.

The driver’s seat in its ZXi and ZDi variants is available with height adjustment option.Legroom is decent in the first and second row but the third row is very cramped. There are provisions for bottler holders, medium size glove box, seat-back pockets, a central armrest with storage space, climate control unit with rear and front AC vents, dial arrangement with silver detailing , engine temperature gauge, stylish centre console, power window controls and sound audio system with tweeters, USB/ AUX ports.

Ford EcoSport Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Engine and Transmission)

Ford Ecosport offers the buyers 3 engine options;diesel 1.5-litre DV5 and two petrol engine  that include the famous 1 litre, 3 cylinder EcoBoost and the other options is 1.5 litre Ti VCT. The award winning EcoBoost engine churns a power of 125PS at 6000rpm and produces 170Nm of peak torque in the range of 1400-4500rpm. The 1.5litre petrol on the other hand delivers 112PS of power at 6300 rpm and peak torque of 140Nm at 4400rpm range. The diesel motor delivers 91PS of power at 3750rpm and peak torque of 204Nm in the 2000-2750rpm range. Ecosport has 1.5L Petrol Titanium with 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission as well. Rest all the models have 5-speed manual transmission.

Further, talking about the other gem of a car in question; Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is also offered in both petrol and diesel motors. The 1.4L K-Series petrol produces a maximum power of 95 PS @ 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 130Nm @ 4000rpm.Whereas, the 1.3L Multijet turbo diesel engine produces peak power of 90PS at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. There is an additional CNG variant available with the petrol version. Both the engines are linked to a five speed manual transmission.

Ford EcoSport Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Mileage and Safety features)

The 1 litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers 15.30kmpl in city conditions and 18.90kmpl on highways on EcoSport and is more efficient than the 1.5 litre Ti VCT petrol engine which offers a mileage of 13.07kmpl in the city and 15.8kmpl on highways. The 1.5 litre DV5 diesel engine on the other hand is the most efficient and delivers an impressive mileage of 19.30kmpl in city and 22.70kmpl on highway. In comparison, Maruti Suzuki vehicles that are known for their fuel efficient engines with its 1.4- litre petrol unit delivers a mileage of 16.02kmpl on highways and 14kmpl in city traffic whereas its DDiS diesel powertrain offers 22.7kmpl on highways that drops down to 18kmpl on urban roads. The CNG version of the car, which is the most fuel efficient, offers a very impressive mileage of 22.8kmpl on highways and about 18-19 in city.

In terms of safety, EcoSport offers an extensive list including ABS, 4 airbags, ESP, traction control and park assistance features on its top end petrol variant. The body of Ecosport uses Boron Steel which is pretty strong and is used even in the aerospace industry thereby making it quite reliable. Emergency Assistance, SYNC is made available top end variants whereas base uses Bluetooth connectivity. Parking Sensors are available only for the top model whereas ABS is missing from the base variants but made available from mid-level to top. However, EBD is missing from all. Maruti Ertiga comes blessed with features like bottle holders, seat back pockets, central armrest glove box, front and rear AC vents, power windows, power steering etc. In addition, for the passenger safety this car is introduced with some exceptional features like ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer, dual front airbags etc. VXi versions come with ABS and Brake Assist, however all variants have the anti-theft device.

Verdict

Depending on your personal preference, there is a lot of difference between owing a Maruti and Ford especially when it comes to running and maintenance costs. However, Ford has progressed impressively thoug in the last few years. Ford EcoSport with its very aggressive price delivers everything that a conventional SUV should with a benefit being that it isn’t as bulky as a full grown SUV. On the other hand with a provision of three seat rows we have Maruti Suzuki Ertiga which is all in all an urban car. In comparison it isn’t as spacious and comfortable that you would wish a seven seater to be, but the third row seats make it a perfect outstation trip vehicle. There's isn't much of a direct comparison in between the cars, the Ertiga would be logical choice among the two only if you really need a car with higher seating capacity.

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