Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview
The all-new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 has been launched in India with prices starting at Rs. 7.44 lakh. The new Ertiga will be available with a petrol and a diesel engine and while the petrol will get both an automatic and a manual gearbox, the diesel will only get a 5-speed manual option. The all-new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a seven seat MPV or multi-purpose vehicle and is now in its second generation in India. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets an all new design language and is based on the all-new Heartect platform. The new Ertiga now gets headlamps with projector lens along with a set of boomerang shaped LED tail lamps that look very Volvo inspired. The new Ertiga continues to get 15-inch alloy wheels on the top spec models while 15-inch steel wheels with or without wheelcaps will continue on the lower VXI and LXI trims respectively. Book a test drive for Ertiga in Tryaldrive
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Exterior
Lets start with the obvious first. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is now based on the Heartec platform that also underpins the likes of the Swift and the Baleno. The new car is larger as compared to its predecessor in terms of length, width and height, and it shows. But more importantly, the typical van like design language has been dropped for something more upright and more aggressive. Yes, there are several design elements that remind us of the larger Toyota Innova Crysta, and they do seem to work.
The flat face has a new chrome embedded grill that fuses into the headlamps rather well. The headlamps themselves are dual barrel and have a projector setup for the low beam and a standard reflector for the high beam. There is no LED daytime running light or LED bulb for the headlamps itself.The first thing that comes to mind when the new Ertiga is viewed in profile is that window line and the distinct design feature on the C-Pillar. Move to the back and the large boomerang inspired tail lamps like quite cool but remember, it is only a selective section that actually lights up and not the whole tail lamp. In fact, if given an option, the only thing I would really change are those tiny 15-inch alloy wheels. A set of nicer 16 or even 17-inch wheels would have done wonders.
As with the exterior, the cabin has improved by leaps. What immediately catches your attention is the elegant dashboard. The beige and grey colours and a chunky strip of satin finished faux wood running across it exudes a premium feel. The Z+ variants get a crisp 17.8cm touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, similar to what we’ve seen in other Marutis such as the Swift or Ciaz. The instrument cluster features a simple layout with cool blue dials that flank a colour TFT multi-information display (MID), available in the petrol models only. Besides the usual trip, odometer and efficiency data, it also displays an animation of the how the Smart Hybrid system works.
Hopping onto the Heartect platform has resulted in an Ertiga that’s longer, taller and wider than the previous car. And that translates to increased cabin space. While the second row of seats (with standard ISOFIX mounts), can be moved forward or backward for adequate knee room, the 50:50 split third row seats can be reclined. There’s more legroom in the last row to accomodate two adults. That said, I’m 5ft 10inches and my head touches the roof line while seated in the third row. So, as is the case with most MPVs, the space in the last row is best suited for children, or adults over short trips.
Maruti has also addressed a complaint we had with the previous Ertiga – boot space. There’s 209 litres of luggage space with the third row in place, enough to store two small suitcases. Drop the last row and boot volume goes up to 550 litres.Now since this is a people mover, there are some thoughtful storage areas around the cabin. There are bottle holders for all passengers, including chilled cup holders in the center console that also has a recess to keep your phone. The overall fit and finish is on par with what we’ve seen in new age Maruti Suzukis and there’s nothing to complain of.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Performance
The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga gets a brand new petrol engine. It is the same 1.5-litre motor that debuted a few months ago on the Ciaz facelift and makes the same 103 bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic, which is a torque convertor or traditional automatic and not an AMT like on some other Maruti cars. The diesel on the other hand is a 1.3-litre DDIS 200 spec motor making 89 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque.The new Ertiga petrol drives well. The 1.5-litre engine works well and although it might be a little rougher than the 1.4-litre K14 that it replaces, overall, it does offer a very good package in terms of both overall drivability and performance and of course, fuel economy. You don’t struggle to get the Ertiga going even if you are in a slightly higher gear at a slightly lower speed as there is enough torque and at higher revs, the Ertiga’s petrol engine does not feel stressed either.
We also got a chance to drive the 4-speed automatic and it is rather impressive too. Now while this is an older gearbox in general and yes, it does have an actual overdrive selector button, the gearbox actually seems to go really well with the Ertiga. It does what it is meant to do – shift gears smoothly and without any jerks while still managing to put down the power from the engine without the need for a kickdown all the time. And that means fuel economy figures are quite good too. While the diesel offers a totally bonkers fuel economy of 25.47 kmpl, the petrol manual gets 19.34 kmpl and the petrol automatic gets 18.69 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving
The benefits of the new Heartect platform shine in this department as well. There’s a lovely suppleness to the ride and the Ertiga remained composed through undulations and the couple of potholes that we could find on our test route. Handling too is predictable and confidence inspiring. The Ertiga remained planted through a few set of corners we encountered with only a hint of body roll. The steering, though a tad vague at low speeds, weighs up beautifully as the pace rises, again encouraging you to chuck the MPV in a corner. The brakes offer strong bite and the standard ABS helps you rely on them.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety
We generally get a lot of queries and comments – and also the repeated spam – on how Maruti Suzuki cars are unsafe. And while there are some cars that have scored higher or lower in NCAP tests, India’s largest automaker has put in a ton of effort into making its cars safer. The new Ertiga’s platform uses a high percentage of tensile steel and that, combined with the standard airbags on all models means that the car will meet the upcoming crash regulations, according to the automaker. Apart from the two airbags as standard, the new Ertiga also gets ABS as standard on all models and the automatic even gets ESC or Electronic Stability Control as standard.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cost in Mumbai
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 6,65,396/- (Ertiga LXI) to 9,84,303/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Mumbai.Check for Ertiga price in Mumbai at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Conclusion
The new Ertiga is a very well-rounded product that betters its established and successful predecessor in more ways than one. It looks good, feels premium and is well-equipped.So there you have it. A capable family car now gets even more capable with the launch of the new Ertiga. It is priced well, comes packed to the gills with features and is more spacious too. It also handles and performs better and honestly, apart from the fact that it could have had a better set of wheels, LED daytime running lights with LED headlamps and that the automatic desperately needs a fully loaded Z+ model, Maruti Suzuki yet again have made a great package. With bookings open at Maruti Suzuki Arena dealerships across the country and waiting periods already starting to creep up, if you have been waiting for our review to decide whether or not you should buy one, our answer is a definitive and thumping yes! And if you are worried about your next Uber or Ola being the exact same car as your brand new ertiga,