With the launch of the Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki made its entry into the growing utility vehicle segment. The vehicle was an instant hit, and received an excellent response from car buyers. However, the sales started dropping once Honda launched the Mobilio MPV in the country. Later came a few more products in the segment that further affected the Ertiga’s sales further.
The country’s leading UV and SUV maker, Mahindra & Mahindra too brought an entry-level utility vehicle, the Quanto in 2012. The country’s first body on frame sub-4 metre car, the Quanto couldn’t live up to the company’s expectation and the company is now planning to give it a mid-life facelift this year.
If you are planning to buy either one of these two products, here’s what we have to say,
Exteriors and Interiors
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga MPV is based on the new Swift platform that also underpins the Dzire compact SUV. The vehicle measures 4265mm in length, 1695mm in width and 1685mm in height, and it comes with 2470mm of wheelbase. It shares styling elements with other Maruti Suzuki modes especially its front grille, long headlamps and bonnet. The large bumper features wide airdams and new fog lamps that are fixed in vertical plastic shell. The side profile gets electrically adjustable ORVMs with integrated blinkers.
Inside, the Maruti Ertiga shares the design layout and features with the Swift siblings. It has dual-tone dashboard in beige and brown shade, while the beige shade is offered with seats, carpets, steering wheel and gear knob. The 60:40 split middle row seats can be folded to create extra cargo space. It offers an impressive luggage space of 1351-litres with rear seats folded.
On the other hand, the Quanto is Mahindra's first ever sub-4 metre vehicle. It is basically a Xylo with chopped tail. The front fascia, headlamps, bumpers, doors are directly taken from the Xylo. It features a new front grille, roof rails, prominent bumper, tailgate mounted spare wheel and newly styled rear end. The rear looks a lot more appealing than the Xylo MPV. Its wheel arches have been fitted to 15-inch alloys. Dimensionally, the compact car is 3985mm long, 1850mm wide and 1880mm tall and it comes with 2760mm of wheelbase.
Inside, the sub-4 metre car is spacious enough to accommodate five adults comfortably, while the rear seat can be used for kids. The top-spec model has electrically adjustable rear - view mirrors. The seats are upholstered in fabric and vinyl.
Under the hood, the Quanto gets a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that churns out 100bhp of power at 3750rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1600-2800rpm. This engine is paired to a five-speed indirect shift manual transmission.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Vs Mahindra Quanto 1
On the other hand, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is powered by a 1.3-litre multi-jet diesel and 1.4-litre petrol motor. While the oil burner is good for 91bhp of power, the petrol engine churns out 94bhp of power. Both the engines are paired to a five-speed manual gearbox that transmits power to the front wheels of the MPV.
Compared to the Quanto, the Ertiga MPV is more spacious and feature rich. When it comes to power, the Quanto scores high; however, it is only available in diesel version, while the Ertiga is available in both petrol and diesel fuel options.