No matter how beautiful the moment it is, getting married is not a simple task and the kind of efforts that goes to make that moment special, is praiseworthy. But that's not where the world ends and the real tussle starts once you are married. Getting a home, a car, and many more things, occupy most of your already busy schedule. Well, while we can't give you life advice, being the leading automobile portal, we can definitely help you with choosing the right car.
And the car we recommend to you is the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, priced between Rs 6.18 - 9.28 Lakh. The MPV/LUV was first launched in 2012 and was later given a facelift in 2015. The refreshed Ertiga got a new diesel engine in the form of SHVS technology, added features and slight redesigning to the exteriors.
To make things easier for you, we have also selected the variant for you - the Ertiga ZDI+ SHVS, which is priced at Rs 9.28 Lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi).
Vehicle - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga ZDI+ SHVS
Price - Rs 9.28 Lakh (Ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Here's why we think, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga SHVS is the best car in your budget!
A newly married couple has to look at finances to run the home and what better than saving on than fuel. With the mileage of 24.52 kmpl (ARAI certified), Ertiga is one of the most fuel-efficient cars in India, thanks the new SHVS technology (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki). The SHVS is a mild hybrid technology that combines regenerative braking with an integrated starter generator to give you good mileage figures. We first saw this technology in the Ciaz SHVS.
Moreover, the SHVS is essentially a diesel powered motor, meaning you can save on per litre cost too as compared to the petrol variants. Just so you know, the diesel cost in Delhi stands around Rs 53/ litre and the petrol is Rs 68/ litre. The per kilometre running cost automatically comes down for a diesel motor, and add to it the highly efficient mileage of Ertiga, you can end up saving a good amount of money.
This goes without saying that safety should be the first and foremost criteria to choose a car. Sadly, in India, safety comes last. Nevertheless, a newly married couple needs a safe car not only for themselves, but also for their future children and for parents too. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes with 2 airbags and an ABS, a must for any safe car.
Along with ABS and airbags, other important safety functions like the seat belt reminder and seat belt pre-tensioner with force limiters are also provided in the Ertiga.
They say, in India, a couple is not the only one who gets married, but 2 families are getting married. Be it a combined family, or be it a nuclear family, there's a lot of family and friend visits after the marriage. Also, a lot of relatives will come to your home. This is where the Ertiga proves its worth and the biggest USP of the Ertiga is its 3-row seating, that can easily accommodate 7 people.
Also, with the 3rd row seats up, there's a decent enough boot to fit your luggage. But if you want to carry some extra luggage, you can fold the 2rd row seats 60:40 and 3rd row seats 50:50 to free up a lot of space. Strategically placed shelves, bottle holders and trays will keep your knick-knacks sorted.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes loaded with a host of features, necessary to make your drive an enjoyable affair. You get a 2-din touchscreen infotainment system with Aux/FM/CD/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, along with the navigation system and controls on the steering. The smart key entry with the push-button start ensures you don't need to take out your keys from the pocket.
Other prominent features include the power windows, power steering, automatic climate control, multi-information display (MID), and reverse parking sensors. And these are just a few features to mention! The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is indeed a well equipped car!
It goes without saying that Maruti Suzuki is one of the most reliable brands in India and given the vast dealership network and low maintenance cost, owning a Maruti car gives you a real ease-of-mind. Apart from this, Ertiga is a solidly built car and gives you a very comfortable and plush ride quality.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) and you may not be inclined to buy such a body type. But at this price point, and with such features and practicality, Ertiga is one of the best, if not the best, for a newly married couple.