Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was never a car created to invite superlatives. It did absolutely nothing in a spectacular fashion, but still struggled to find any challenging rivals after being around for six years. Because it got the job done. The Ertiga did what Indians expected of it and so, it sold and how! You couldn’t even get a discount on the outgoing car because the demand just wasn’t fading.

This time around, though, Maruti is seemingly trying to project the Ertiga as something that delivers more than just the necessities. Its appeal supposedly lies beyond just plain old sensibilities. Have they done that or is this more of the same?The Ertiga always offered some big car appeal despite a small footprint. That’s been retained, but now there’s more presence, courtesy two touches. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On road price starts from 6,68,255/-. Check for price details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in CarzPrice.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Design

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan with a sharp appearance that is marked by a stylized front grille and radiant headlamps. Intermittent wipers adorn the front windscreen. The upper grille is chrome treated and the lower grille is black in colour. White fog lamps are fitted on both ends of this black lower grille. The bumpers, door handles and Outside Rear-View Mirrors (ORVMs) are of the same colour as the body, and this makes the sedan look extremely elegant.

The side protection moulding comes with chrome insertions and the B-pillar is blacked out. The four 12-spoke alloy wheels are dressed in full wheel caps. Platinum Etios comes with a roof-mounted foldable antenna and the rear end of sedan is embellished with triangular tail lamps. The chrome garnish on its boot adds to the sophistication. Dimensionally, Toyota Etios is 4.27m long, 1.7m wide and 1.51m high. The wheelbase of the sedan is 2550 mm and it provides an incredible ground clearance of 170mm. The turning radius of 4.9m makes it easy to handle.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cabin

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 Maruti 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 1.3-litre DDIS 200 engine makes 89 bhp of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine on the new Ertiga is all new, a 1.5-litre K15 motor that is also available on the Ciaz. The engine makes 103 bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Both the petrol and the diesel Maruti Suzuki Ertiga will also get the SHVS mild hybrid systems. Fuel Economy for the new Ertiga Petrol is 19.34 kmpl on the petrol manual and 18.69 kmpl on the petrol automatic, and on the diesel is 25.47 kmpl.

This also improves driveability in the city, and you can comfortably potter around 30-40kmph in fourth. A quick overtake in such a scenario only requires a little flex of the accelerator pedal for the Ertiga to surge ahead. Without the system, you’d have to downshift and raise the revs beyond 3-4,000rpm to gain momentum, a typical shortcoming of naturally aspirated petrols. This kind of driveability as well as idle stop/start and low rolling resistance Bridgestone Ecopia tyres is what contributes to improved fuel economy, something that we’ll verify once we road test the car.As far as refinement levels are concerned, the petrol motor is smooth at low revs but it does get a bit vocal past 4,500rpm. The NVH also wasn’t great as there’s plenty of road and wind noise beyond 80kmph.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Rideing

Good news is that the ride has improved. The new Ertiga doesn’t crash through potholes the way the old one did and is quite unfazed by bad patches. Stay at 80kmph, and it rides quite flat for all three rows. But beyond that, you sense an increase in vertical bobbing. That said, there’s some amount of side to side movement that’s noticeable all the time. While it’s fine in the city, it can get annoying for intercity trips. Also, there’s noticeable body roll. Even at 60kmph, lane changes shimmy in the cabin. The good bit though, is that it settles quickly, so even when it rolls, it doesn’t keep waving about and regains composure quickly.Simply put, the drive experience is better in every aspect. The Ertiga is better to drive, the ride’s improved and it’s claimed to be more efficient too.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

Toyota Platinum Etios has ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels and drum brakes for the rear wheels. Platinum Etios comes loaded with safety features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), SRS airbags, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), traction control, engine immobilizer, keyless entry, driver seatbelt warning and door ajar warning

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,68,255/- (Ertiga LXI) to 10,82,250/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga verdict

Toyota Platinum Etios is a compact sedan that packs a punch with its stunning looks and an incredible mileage. Toyota has been renowned in the world for its continuous innovation and impeccable quality standards. In 2010, Toyota entered in the budget segment in India with Platinum Etios. Indian consumers are very sensitive towards price and more so in this segment. The Japanese automaker has entered the segment post a highly intensive market research. Some consumers may feel that the Platinum Etios is not up to the standards in terms of the interiors that they associate with the brand, thus causing some disappointment. The problem of engine vibration associated with a diesel engine has been taken care of by especially focusing on lowering in-cabin noise. Toyota has packed its Platinum Etios with a proper Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) package. The work includes a switch from rubber engine mounted to the more refined, sound-absorbing hydraulic mounts. The silencer has been modified for better NVH and the damper settings have been fine tuned to take some of the noise out of the suspension. This is a perfect example of how the brand continuously innovates and takes care of the lacunae if any.

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