Multi purpose vehicles or MPVs follow a simple script across the globe. These cars offer good utility space, smart practicality and the space to seat seven or more. The last generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga had all this and more. Being a Maruti meant it was fuel efficient, offered low maintenance costs and was relatively easy to drive as well thanks to its compact dimensions. Maruti Suzuki wants to replicate the sales success of that car with the new gen version, which offers more of the same. You get a smarter design all across, a more refined engine and more space for almost the same price. Read out this Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Review to get better insights.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Exteriors have been completely changed. The car looks like a miniature version of the MPV-king, Toyota Innova. The front end is now chiseled compared to the round styling on the older car. You get swept back projector headlamps next to the tastefully done chrome grille. The flattish bonnet design also helps give it an athletic stance. Buyers will also appreciate the increase in overall dimensions. The new Ertiga is 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller to generate better interior space. This increase in dimensions also give it a better stance than the earlier car and the Ertiga looks well proportioned.
The rear end of the car looks stylish too with the L-shaped tail lamps which make the car look more expensive that it is. In fact buyers will rush to showrooms to buy this new car because of its charming silhouette, something which couldn’t be said about the earlier model.
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The new car will get 2-airbags, ABS and isofix seats as standard all across the range. Spend some more cash and you can also get automatic climate and android auto/apple CarPlay on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga interior.
Buyers will appreciate the quality of the cabin of the new Ertiga which is a clear step up from the last car. The design is more upmarket too. You get an air con vent like design running through the front dashboard, while the steering which is flat bottomed feels nice to hold. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga top model comes loaded with features and amenities.
The front seats offer generous cushioning and the seat squab is wide as well.
The second row offers generous space as well and comes with AC vents mounted on the roof. Buyers will appreciate the easy one touch operation for entry into the last row. The last row itself is much more roomier than the last car. A tall adult of around 5 feet 7-8 inches can genuinely sit in the last row for a decent distance.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 has increased boot capacity as well. And now you can load about 209-litres with all rows up. With the last row down capacity goes beyond 800 litres. Enough to shift house in.
Engine, gearbox and performance
The big change is the arrival of the new 1.5-litre Petrol on the Ertiga. It’s been shared with the Ciaz and makes a similar 104bhp. The 1.3-litre DDis diesel is still retained and it develops a healthy 90bhp of power.
The diesel engine suffers from turbo lag and you will have to push the revs beyond 2,000rpm to get the car going. The engine is also now starting to feel old and feels strained as the revs mount. Overall refinement is within acceptable limits when in town but you will notice the harsh edge when you are on the highway.
Refinement is the virtue of the Maruti petrol engine though. Start it from cold and you won’t even notice that the engine is switched on. The engine feels alert from around 1,400-1,500rpm and develops linear power. However, unlike high revving engines from Japan, this one doesn’t seem to enjoy being revved and doesn’t have too much towards the top end of its power band. It’s best to drive this engine too in a sedate and sensible manner to get the best from it.
Both the engines use Maruti’s smart hybrid tech, which is marketing mumbo jumbo for mild hybrid tech. The cars use an extra battery pack to store energy and this aids fuel economy by a generous margin.
Ride and handling
Maruti Suzuki are the masters in suspension tuning and it’s no different with the Ertiga new model. The ride at slow city speeds is comfortable and the suspension soaks up most bumps with complete aplomb. As speeds rise, the suspension manages to feel planted and reassuring. The steering has decent feedback too. This car errs on the side of comfort so don’t expect it to be an adroit handler. But also remember that MPVs are meant for comfort and so the steering feedback is in line with that. There is generous body roll around corners but it is always under control.
The Ertiga offers generous space, comes loaded with plenty of kit, offers fuel efficient engines and is priced really well. Being a Maruti car means that it will also offer great resale values and it will have a total peace of mind factor in terms of servicing. But the best way to look at the Ertiga is to think of it as a car that offers 80 percent of the space that an Innova will for about 50 percent of the price. Think about that before making a buying decision.
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