With the increasing growth of the compact MPV market, India’s largest passenger carmaker - Maruti Suzuki introduced the Ertiga in 2012. When Chevrolet Enjoy, Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo were doing great, Maruti came-up with the Ertiga, which is a spacious and comfortable 5+2 seater MPV. Maruti is not a new player in this segment, but the earlier attempts (Eeco, Omni, Versa) could not match the set expectations
Based on the new Maruti Swift platform, the Ertiga looks bigger, sportier and very outgoing. From inside, the car shares a great resemblance with Swift, but is certainly more upmarket. The material quality is good. The Ertiga comes loaded with a plenty of comfort features such as AC unit, three-spoke tilt adjustable electric steering, an audio system with 4+2 speakers and USB connectivity, instrument cluster with LCD display and two trip meters, electrically adjustable ORVMs, steering mounted audio controls, keyless entry, central door locking and more.
With a long wheelbase (2740mm), the Ertiga offers good cabin space. The ingress/egress is easy. The front seats are adjustable and large with enough legroom. The 2nd row is also comfortable, but the 3rd row is quite congested. The 2rd row features a 60:40 spilt that helps to extend the boot space up-to 735-litres. Maruti Ertiga is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.4litre, K14b petrol engine churns out a peak power of 93.7bhp @ 6000rpm with 130Nm of torque @ 4000rpm. Boosted with advanced VVT technology, this powertrain produces low friction with well-controlled NVH levels.
The 1.3litre multijet tubo diesel unit with and VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) delivers a maximum power output of 88.7bhp @ 4000rpm and 202.2Nm of peak torque @ 1750rpm. A five-speed manual transmission is the only available option. On fuel efficiency front, the Ertiga diesel proves to be very promising, with an impressive mileage of 20.77kmpl, while the petrol variant offers a fuel economy of 16.02kmpl. The mature suspension system and monocoque chassis contribute to the overall handling and drivability of the car. The throttle response is excellent. The turning radius and body roll are acceptable. Maruti knows this market more than any other carmaker in India, as it knows the pulse of the buyers. Affordable pricing is one factor, on which Maruti Suzuki cars are found to be spot-on, and the Ertiga is no exception here. The Ertiga comes in the price range of Rs 6.44 lakh- Rs 9.23 lakh.
The Maruti Ertiga shares its platform with the new Swift, but appears to be a completely independent car. It’s bigger and taller than the Swift. Having dimensions of 4265 (length), 1695mm (width), 1685mm (height) and wheelbase of 2740mm, the Ertiga looks compact like C2-segment sedans. The ground clearance measures around 185mm. The front grille and bonnet design are inspired from the Ritz hatchback.
The large headlamps are well-merged with wheel arches, while the fog lamps are integrated in vertical plastic shell. The prominent front and rear wheel arches, ribbed roof and solid boxy-design doors manage the side profile of the car. From the rear side, the Ertiga looks more like the Honda Jazz (old), especially the rear lamps and tail design.
The Etriga petrol carries a kerb weight of 1160kgs, and its diesel model weighs around 1235kgs. The build-quality isn’t up-to the mark. The ZXi and ZDi (top-end variants) are assembled with the 15inches alloy wheels with 185/65 size of tyres. The full wheel covers are available with its mid variants. The Ertiga is available in seven shades: Superior White, Silky Silver, Fire Brick Red, Dusky Brown, Ecru Beige, Granite Grey and Serene Blue.
The interior is inspired from the Swift, but definitely more up-market. The beige cabin feels very airy and bright. The material quality is good, especially at the upper-side of the centre console. However, the AC gear knobs are complained for the poor quality plastic. The front seats are 6-ways adjustable, and feel very comfortable with good headroom and legroom. There is no issue with ingress/egress. The visibility is rewarded to front passengers, but is extremely poor for the 3rd row passengers. The 2nd row seats are well cushioned, and provide a great sense of comfort with adequate thigh support.
The legroom is restricted for the 2rd row passengers, but the foldable 3rd row solves the issue. For convenience, Maruti offers 60:40 split with its 2nd row. With 5+2 “Flexi-Seating’ configuration, the 3rd row feels very congested. It’s good for kids only. There is ample of boot space (735-litres), once you fold the 2nd row. The three spoke steering works flawless, but it doesn’t move to the sides.
To offer more storage area, the car has been offered with a glove box, cup holder, a central armrest with storage space and seat-back pockets. What add more to its comfort and convenience level are an AC unit with rear and front AC vents, power window controls, an audio system with tweeters, USB and AUX supports, centre console, engine temperature gauge, dial arrangement with silver chrome and more.
Engine & Transmission
The Maruti Ertiga is available in a 1.4-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engine options. Both the powertrains are offered with a five-speed manual transmission, and four-cylinder in-line arrangement. The 1373cc, 1.4litre, K14b petrol unit produces a peak power output of 93.7bhp with a maximum torque of 130Nm. The K14B engine is known for well controlled NVH levels and friction. The petrol engine is tuned for low-end power delivery than the diesel motor. It delivers a fuel efficiency of 14kmpl in city and 16.02kmpl on highways.
Boosted with DDiS (Direct Diesel Injection System) and VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) technologies, the 1.3litre multijet tubo diesel engine delivers a peak power of 88.7bhp @ 4000rpm with a healthy torque of 202.2Nm @ 1750rpm. This power-unit offers an impressive mileage of 18kmpl and 20.77kmpl on urban roads and highways, respectively. Both the engines meet the BS-IV emission norms.
Performance & Handling
The robust suspension system and monocoque chassis enhance the overall handling and driving dynamics of the car. The front MacPherson Strut and rear torsion beam suspension system absorb the jerks so well. In terms of drivability, the Ertiga gives a tough competition to Honda City, Etios, Nissan Sunny and Tata Manza. However, the power upsurge gets more apparent in mid ranges. Its highway performance isn’t very impressive.
The NVH levels are well-controlled. At low RPMs, the petrol engine performs better than the diesel motor. The throttle response is excellent, and power delivery is linear. The Ertiga petrol can reach 0-100kmph just in 15 seconds, while the diesel variant does the same within 15.5 seconds with a top speed of 155kmph. However, the petrol engine slows down after 100-120kmph in 4th and 5th gear. The steering is light and user-friendly. The turning radius and body roll aren’t issues.
The braking performance is decent. The Maruti Ertiga comes loaded with advanced ABS (Anti-lock braking system) with brake assist and EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), which helps maintain a balance between the front and rear axle. The promising front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes handle the panic braking situations so well.
As far as the fuel efficiency is concerned, the Maruti Ertiga doesn’t disappoint the buyers. The most efficient K-series petrol engine meets the new BS-IV emission norms. The Etriga petrol delivers a fuel efficiency of 14kmpl in city and 16.02kmpl on highways.
The 1.3litre multijet turbo diesel engine is boosted with DDiS (Direct Diesel Injection System) and VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) technologies, and delivers a peak power of 88.7bhp @ 4000rpm with a healthy torque of 202.2Nm @ 1750rpm. This power-unit offers an impressive mileage of 18kmpl and 20.77kmpl on urban roads and highways, respectively.
The Ertiga comes with an extensive range of safety features such as airbags (only for front passengers), ABS(Anti-lock braking system) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution) and brake assist, high tensile roof, engine immobilizer, seat belts and more.
Maruti Ertiga is a fun to drive family car. In terms of driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and practicality, the Ertiga is one of the most promising cars in this segment. However, the simple design doesn’t appeal much. The Ertiga is a 5+2 seater MPV with decent cabin space, but the limited width of 2rd row and congested 3rd row seem to have been done for cost-cutting. Pricing takes a toll over its comfort and convenience level. The engine is frugal and peppier. In terms of overall packaging, drivability and performance, the Ertiga scores more than many of its competitors.
Maruti Ertiga Vs Chevrolet Enjoy
Based on the new Swift platform, the Maruti Ertiga looks bigger, taller and very outgoing. The stylish front fascia, lower roofline and smooth edges enhance its overall appearance. Having a lightweight monocoque chassis with high-tensile steel construction, the Ertiga weighs around 1235kgs. The Chevrolet Enjoy with simple stance doesn’t appeal, and looks more like a van. The Enjoy is taller than Ertiga, and offers more cabin space. There is ample headroom. The 3rd row offers decent headroom and knee room, while the 3rd row of Ertiga is quite congested. However, in terms of comfort, the Ertiga is far better than the Enjoy.
Powered with the most efficient K-series engine, the Ertiga offers an impressive power and torque output with decent mileage, while producing low carbon emission. The 1.3litre multijet tubo diesel engine is equally powerful. The Enjoy (both petrol and diesel) variants feel very feeble against the Ertiga. However, the Enjoy is relatively easy on pocket, and buyers who are looking for a spacious cabin and more seats might think of it. But, with well-packaging, excellent driving dynamics and performance, the Ertiga proves to be a better deal.
Pros & Cons
· Lightweight monocoque chassis
· Ride quality like a C-segment sedan
· Adjustable seating configuration
· Ample boot space (735-litres)
· Peppier engines
· Good fuel economy
· Excellent driving dynamics (on both urban roads and highways)
· ABS as a standard braking features, except the entry-level variant
· Pricing, especially the petrol variant
· Upright stance
· Not a fully-fledged seven-seater
· Limited cabin space for five passengers
· Congested 3rd row
Top-end variants (ZDi/ ZXi) lack climate control