Maruti Ertiga Review
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga facelift launched, priced Rs. 5.99 lakh (ex-showroom price)
October 19, 2015: Maruti Suzuki India Limited has launched the refreshed version of its MPV Ertiga in Indian car market with starting price of Rs. 5.99 lakh for petrol variant followed by Rs. 7.55 lakh (ex-showroom price) for SHVS diesel variant carried from Ciaz SHVS launched recently. With improved fuel efficiency figures the new Ertiga has been offered with bunch of contemporary features making it a strong contender for its competitors.
Maruti Suzuki to launch facelift Ertiga on October 10, 2015
Maruti Suzuki to launch facelift Ertiga on October 10, 2015
Maruti Ertiga Review by Expert
The largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) has debuted in the Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) segment with launch of its anticipated vehicle Maruti Ertiga. The vehicle has taken the nation by a flutter as it recorded around 15,000 bookings in mere 10 days of its launch.
The particular reason for its amazing sales number at the time of launch has been Maruti Ertiga’s lucrative pricing that starts with Rs 5.89 Lakh for base petrol version and climbs up to Rs 8.45 Lakh for top most diesel version. This MPV model is first ever presentation from Maruti camp, a segment where it was absent so far.
With its economical pricing and above par features it will be competing with likes of Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Chevrolet Tavera in India. The company has marketed Maruti Ertiga as ‘LUV’ (and not MUV) which denotes ‘Life Utility Vehicle’ which is another marketing tactics from Maruti Suzuki that had actually assisted it to get closer to the Indian consumer prior to its launch.
The exteriors of Maruti Ertiga looks compact, but the insides are truly spacious. However, dimensions of this MPV are a bit smaller compared to Innova. The exterior styling says much about the hard work Maruti design engineers. From the front fascia Maruti Ertiga bestows a mixed look of Maruti Swift and Maruti Ritz, especially the stretched back headlamps and bonnet along with turn indicator mounted ORVMs. The aesthetics at the sides are commendable and give out appearance of a modish hatch, although it is stretched around 300mm more compared to Maruti Swift. While the back of Maruti MPV is done well with cornering tail lamps and rear windscreen comes with defogger and rear washer plus wiper along with fog lamps.
The cabin has a convenient layout of 2+3+2 seats that makes a comfortable ride for all the seven occupants in the car. The Maruti Ertiga interiors are done in beige alongside ‘waterfall design’ centre console and some excellent fit & finish levels. The exciting elements include steering mounted audio controls, power steering, modern 2-din music system that supports CD player, AUX and USB along with numerous convenient aspects. The safety aspect is well taken care in the car with perfect protection features like airbags, ABS with EBD and much more. Maruti Ertiga comes in petrol and diesel versions. The petrol variant is powered by a 1.4L K – Series engine, at the same time diesel version is packed with 1.3L DDiS engine.
Maruti Ertiga Rivals
The compact utility segment has taken a 'U' turn now with the launch of practical compact SUV Renault Duster in India. Up till now there was no rival for Maruti Ertiga but with the debut of Duster it needs to be aware. Since it is not only eating away the market of its senior SUVs, but also not letting entry level sedan segment to breathe at starting price of Rs 7.19 Lakh.
As of now, there is no direct competitor for this versatile MPV, as the segment is filled with large sized vehicles. But still Ertiga has all the guts to eat away the market share of Toyota Innova, as so far if a buyer has to think about MPV, it was bound to be Toyota Innova.
Here, the role play of both these vehicles can be different, for instance; if you are looking for an MPV with ‘commercial intention’ in mind then there is no better choice than Innova, but if family is you first preference, Maruti Ertiga will serve the purpose very well. Also, the pricing factor is crucial piece here, as Innova starts with (more than Rs 9 Lakh much above compared to Maruti Ertiga’s inexpensive price-tag for the top end model (Rs 8.45 Lakh), which is bundled with some amazing features. Albeit, the difference between entry-level models of the two is in excess of Rs 3 Lakh. Nevertheless, one will never find it bulkier, compared to segment leader due to its fantastic front and rear that resembles a compact hatchback. And with Renault Duster walking in the middle it will certainly create a kind of dilemma in the minds of the car buyers.
|Maruti Ertiga Rivals Table|
|Model||Engine||Mileage (City/Highway)||Acceleration (0-100 kph)||Unique features||Price (Ex-Showroom, Delhi)|
|Maruti Ertiga Petrol||1372 cc||13.5 kmpl/ 16.2 kmpl||13 seconds||value for money, features, Maruti assurance||Rs 5.89 Lakh|
|Maruti Ertiga Diesel||1248 cc||17.5 kmpl/ 20.77 kmpl||15 seconds||Rs 7.30 Lakh|
|Renault Duster Petrol||1598cc||10.5 kmpl/ 13.24 kmpl||11.5 seconds||proper SUV looks, efficient, compact||Rs 7.19 Lakh|
|Renault Duster Diesel (85 PS)||1461cc||16 kmpl/ 20.46 kmpl||17 seconds||Rs 7.99 Lakh|
|Toyota Innova Petrol||1998 cc||8.5 kmpl/ 11.5 kmpl||12.9 seconds||premium MPV, performance, space||Rs 9.66 Lakh|
|Toyota Innova Diesel||2494 cc||10.2 kmpl/ 14 kmpl||17.5 seconds||Rs 9.23 Lakh|
Maruti Ertiga Mileage and Fuel Efficiency
The Maruti Ertiga MPV is compact with dimensions, but when it comes to fuel efficiency it very generous as it goes on to deliver, some very incredible mileage numbers. Targeted as a mass segment vehicle the MPV is available in choice of petrol as well as diesel engines. First comes, the improved 1.4L petrol K series motor of Maruti Ertiga that shoots up a maximum power of 95 PS alongside a very satisfactory torque of 130 Nm. With this engine it accomplishes a mileage of around 13.5 kmpl in city drives, while on the longer routes or highways it achieves 16.2 kmpl as certified by ARAI.
The following 1.3L DDiS VGT diesel powertrain yields a huge mileage of 20.77 kmpl (ARAI validated) in standard conditions or highways, moreover in bumper to bumper traffic city circumstances one can ascertain Maruti Ertiga delivering anything nearby 17.5 kmpl. Furthermore, the engine roars acceptable 90 PS and 200 Nm of utmost power and torque figures respectively. All in all Maruti Ertiga mileage is heartening and very applauding from the mileage-conscious Indian car buyers.
Maruti Ertiga Models and Features
As mentioned above, the Maruti Ertiga comes with three petrol and three diesel variants. All three petrol variants are powered by the same 1.4 liter K series engine with 5-speed manual transmission. On the other hand, the diesel version is packed with 1.3L DDiS engine. Below are the feature details of six variants.
|Maruti Ertiga Models||Special Features|
|Maruti Ertiga LXI||This is the base model of Ertiga. It has all the standard features that comprise of power steering for better maneuvering along with manual air conditioner and internally adjustable ORVMs. The presence of accessory socket and retractable cup holder makes life convenient inside the cabin. Whereas, availability of 60:40 split seats with seat slide helps increase the overall cargo space inside.|
|Maruti Ertiga VXI||There are loads of feature at hand with the mid variant, and that consists of Full Wheel cap and front fog lamps together with colored outside door handles & ORVMs (electrically adjustable) mounted turn indicators. The other elements include front & rear power windows, passenger vanity mirror and Tachometer besides all the features of base variant.|
|Maruti Ertiga ZXI||The top end variant of Ertiga holds number of premium features; apart from the all the mid variant features, such as alloy wheels and steering wheel mounted audio controls along with 2 tweeters. Moreover it also incorporates elements like driver’s seat height adjustment function and seat back pocket convenience, while it will also include the features present in the ZDI diesel variant.|
|Maruti Ertiga LDI||The base diesel variant carries exactly the same features as in the LXI, but still to name some are Antilock Brake System (ABS) and engine immobilizer along with tillable steering wheel. While others include body colored bumpers, low fuel warning indicator and door lock canceller for front door.|
|Maruti Ertiga VDI||In this mid diesel variant it carries features like ABS with EBD, remote keyless entry and security alarm system as safety aspects. The other characteristics are twin-AC, audio player with 4-speakers and CD, USB function. The driver‘s side power window, front seat belts with shoulder adjust besides rear centre armrest with cup holder option. Furthermore, it has all the features of LDI and VXI.|
|Maruti Ertiga ZDI||The high end diesel variant holds some elite features that are not a part of the other variants in the array and that consist of optimum safety with driver & passenger SRS airbags along with front ELR seat belts with pre-tensioners. The additional attributes are rear window defogger that has rear wiper and washer alongside outside temperature display meter. The other features are similar to that of top end petrol ZXI variant.|
Maruti Ertiga Colors
The Maruti Ertiga MPV comes in some vibrant and appealing 7 colors to choose from, that firstly includes the character color Serene Blue, Ecru Beige, Firebrick Red, Granite Grey, Dusky Brown, and Superior White along with Silky Silver.
|Serene Blue||Ecru Beige||Fire Brick Red||Granite Grey||Silky Silver||Dusky Brown||Superio White|
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Maruti Ertiga Engine, Power and Performance
The Maruti Ertiga MPV is offered in both the alternatives of diesel and petrol variants. Though both of these engines were also seen doing duties earlier in various models, but this time they are tweaked and retuned to get more out of them, as now they need to bear more burden due to its stretched platform and provide its consumers with some fitting performance figures.
The petrol-run 1.4L power train is K14B; the advanced K-series motor with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) that weights light resulting in higher mileage figures. The power train with 1372cc displacement delivers a peak power of 95 PS at 6000 rpm along with a peak torque of 130 Nm at the rate of 4000 rpm.
On the other hand, is the highly acclaimed 1248cc DDiS, Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) engine, which has already been used by the company in the popular sedan SX4, has got some out the box capabilities to provide remarkable mileage numbers. The maximum power and peak torque figures of the diesel variant are 90 PS at 4000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1750 rev per minute respectively. The petrol and diesel versions of Maruti Ertiga MPV are coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, in all models.
Maruti Ertiga Pickup and Acceleration
The first and finest compact MPV from the leading automaker; Maruti Ertiga has got very precise pick up and acceleration numbers. As Maruti Ertiga is an outcome of elegant Swift and sporty Ritz, the sparkling elements of the two can be very well felt in the MPV too. With its advanced petrol engine of 1372cc that churns max power 95 PS and peak torque of 130 Nm it generates some marvelous acceleration numbers in the form of nothing to 100 kph in brisk time of 13 seconds.
Moreover Maruti Ertiga petrol model is also capable of attaining a top speed of 164 kmph. On the other front, there is 1.3L, 1248cc DDiS diesel powertrain that smokes a topmost power of 90 PS alongside 200 Nm of meaty torque. This satisfactory output ensures a reasonable pick up of Maruti Ertiga diesel with 0-100 kph in just 15 seconds, which is by no means lesser considering that it is a large family carrier and not sporty hatch. Additionally, Maruti Ertiga top speed is of 160 kmph which is something that puts many of its compact rivals to shame.
|Engine Variant||Power (PS/RPM)||Torque (NM/RPM)||Acceleration (0-100 kmph)||Top Speed||Transmission|
|Maruti Ertiga 1.4L Petrol||95/6000||130/4000||13||164||5-speed Manual Transmission|
|Maruti Ertiga 1.3L Diesel||90/4000||200/1750||15||160||5-speed Manual Transmission|
Maruti Ertiga Interiors and Features
The inside of Maruti Ertiga is blessed with a superb combination of smart space and decisive styling. The dash is smartly borrowed from new generation Swift hatch. The seating arrangement of this seven seater model is cleverly done, which is referred by the company as 5+2 seater, where six adults can have comfortable journey. The passage to the third row is done by simply pulling of lever (at second row seat) that moves forward making room to get into the last row with ease. While both the rear rows (second and third) are foldable that buys you a whopping space of around 735 liters, in order to carry loads of luggage. One commendable extraction from this compact cabin is the suitable space at the last row that can seat a 5.5 inch plus person with ease headroom.
The Maruti Ertiga dash at front has water fall design centre console that carries air vents along with advanced 2-din audio system with support of CD player and USB, while the 4-speakers (2 front and 2 rear) make the journey full of excitement. The major comfort, convenience and entertainment features can be accessed with immense ease along with extensive of light color beige material make the compartment airy and fresh inside. The roof mounted twin-blower is adequate for the cooling in 2nd and last row; there is smooth electrically power steering and front-rear power windows for optimum driving experience. The meters on instrument panel are clearly readable alongside the floor console has many glass and bottle holders for handiness.
Other important and handy features that serve the occupants are audio controls on steering wheel together with height adjustable driver’s seat, accessory socket, electrically adjustable ORVMs, vanity mirror for front passenger, outside temperature display and retractable cup holder.
Maruti Ertiga Exterior and Features
The exterior of Maruti Ertiga MPV is blessed with a some sort of pillar-less look, thanks to the uniquely designed wrapped – in – itself rear wind screen, wider and bulkier chin, Ritz like front designing etc. In a bid to increase the strength of the car, the company has used a corrugated roof. The designing of the Maruti Ertiga carries a perfect amalgamation of new Swift and Ritz. The front and side profile bears substantial similarities with premium hatchback Ritz, while some inspirations from are derived from new Swift as well.
The front fascia has got clear peeled back headlamps (that end up a bit abruptly) along with signature (rectangular) jet black black Maruti radiator grille, while the front bumpers, which appear really big, have the integration of broader looking air dams combined with clear and circular fog lamps. One can feel the smooth and sleek cues flowing towards the grille as seen on Swift. At the sides one can see the flared wheel arches together with decent lines on both the sides that complement the structure very well. Furthermore, there are electrically powered ORVMs mounted turn indicators for trendy styling and superior safety teamed up with all black pillar that provides a good deal of modish statement.
Though Maruti Ertiga is a compact MPV, but from the rear portion it looks like a hatchback car, remember ‘Hyundai Getz’ that had Sania Mirza as brand ambassador for it. The tail lamps are bigger compared to Getz hatchback with a clear turn indicator that is cornering for extra safety from the vehicle approaching from sideways. There is rear wiper and washer system with defogger along with sportier looking roof spoiler, moreover there are R15 alloy wheels to bestow it a magnetizing emergence on the road. Here, the company has avoided itself from making any bulky vehicle, with front and rear of a modern hatch, the appearance never makes you believe that it’s an MPV, instead a bigger hatch.
Safety Features in Maruti Ertiga
The safety features provided for the occupants inside Maruti Ertiga MPV are one of the best in class. The car maker has taken this vital aspect pretty sincerely and has provided with optimum active as well as passive protection aspects. There are two airbags at front, one for the driver, while another for the co-passenger. For better controlling of Maruti Ertiga at high speeds and slippery areas the company has incorporated the mechanism of Antilock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). Moreover at front row there is a 3-point ELR seat-belt for driver and co-passenger, along with center 2-point lap belt for second row and ELR seat-belt for the 3rd row as well. Additionally, there is alarm security system for door and bonnet sensing teamed up with an advanced engine immobilizer. On the whole the Maruti Ertiga safety features are commendable in every sense.
Maruti Ertiga Driving and Handling
The Maruti Suzuki has always been known for making stable and durable vehicles, and that is why mostly every second or third car sold in the Indian market is a Maruti car. Following the same is Maruti Ertiga crossover, the company has designed it aerodynamically efficient that not only keeps the car stable even on high speeds but also make the life easy for driver in heavy traffic conditions.
The MPV surfs the dual purpose of being a regular passenger alongside a compact utility vehicle that can go through the narrow and pot holed lanes of the city with ease because of its compact packaging, hence it is bound to drive like an urban hatch. With Ground clearance of 185 mm and turning radius of 5.2 mm it makes you feel it’s a hatchback while driving the worse road conditions. Moreover the use of advanced braking system makes the driving safer for passengers as well as pedestrians moving outside on road.
Maruti Ertiga Accessories
Maruti Ertiga is not only about better drivability, amazing mileage and versatility, but beyond, as it also offers you to choose from the select accessories of Maruti Ertiga, which are made exclusively for this mini MPV. With these garnishes you can make your Ertiga look very distinct from other Ertigas on road. To make the outer surface attractive there are body graphic and decals available in various patterns, nice looking door visors and rugged front-rear mud flaps.
Moreover, to add sportiness there is sporty rear spoiler and firm appearing alloy wheels, whereas styling kit offers front and rear bumper guard. Interiors get enlightened and cozier, as there is integrated stereo for base model, interior styling kit for more up market feel, roof carrier at the top, choice of several seat cover shades, trendy steering wheel covers, front power window kit for base variant and door sill guard to add a hint of premiumness. Some more handy Maruti Ertiga accessories come in the form of seat back pockets, jacket hanger, cushion pillow, spot light and swiss army knife.
Maruti Ertiga Road Test Report
The hot selling compact MPV, Maruti Ertiga, has been in news since it was first unveiled in concept form, while after its official launch it makes waves for being an utmost value for money (a large) vehicle. Let’s get this inaugural Maruti MPV on road for some serious business. Maruti Ertiga is at hand with two conventional fuel choices namely, the acclaimed 1.4L K12 series VVT petrol power-train together with reliable 1.3L Multi-jet DDiS diesel engine. Here, diesel motor might seem an obvious option, but performance of revved up petrol is also not easy to overlook.
Maruti Ertiga has got monocoque construction that ensures car-like comfort and drivability, be it in city or on the highways. The MPV drives light heartedly, no hustles like other MUVs in the segment, all credits to greater use of lightweight high-tensile steel in the making. Another interesting fact for this vehicle is that, while driving you won’t fell as if you are pulling an MPV; but a hatch, as it weighs only 170kg (approx.) more than cutie-pie Maruti Swift.
Maruti Ertiga’s 1.4L petrol engine is quite refined and notable with a quiet idle state. Moreover, the apt spreading of power makes it best for city and open road purpose along with decent drivability. But on the longer routes, at times the build-up of power is too slow, at this point, when you try-out your ‘smart’ skills and rev it harder to get going, the engine turns a bit noisy, asking you to be patient.
On the other hand is the Maruti Ertiga’s advanced 1.3L (Fiat-sourced) diesel power-train and it’s the same motor that performs its hardships on Maruti SX4 and is suitable here too. Overall it’s good, but when highway cruising comes into frame it reveals a critical turbo lag. This shortcoming was earlier noted on Fiat Linea sedan also, which is one of the first models to hold this engine. This could play a perfect spoil sport, with lack of power, if it arises in city’s stop-n-go conditions with full-house inside. However, the 5-speed butter smooth shifting of gears linked to a light clutch tries to control the situation.
The noise levels inside Maruti Ertiga is not that good, but it is not louder either, one can say that it is not as calm as a mid-sized sedan. The company has worked at it better by putting in sound-deadening material nearby the engine. The vibration levels at gear knob and inside are pretty much under control as there are hydraulic engine mounts. Due to larger wheel base and better suspension system sharp speed breakers and bumpy rides are well absorbed with effortlessness. The turns (turning radius 5.2 meters) are taken with confidence, all credits to well contained body rolls, whereas the standard handling is much knowable in Maruti Ertiga.
The comfortable and responsive tilt steering is suitably light as required at city speeds whereas, elevated stance of driving makes outside visibility pretty clear. One of the distinct parts of Maruti Ertiga has been its exceptional city and highway maneuverability.
Maruti Ertiga Conclusion
Maruti Suzuki has got another champion under its reputed banner in the form of Maruti Ertiga. This car provides you with compactness of hatch along with space of a utility vehicle. There are absolutely no reasons, why Indian car buyer will not go for this stretched hatchback cum mini MPV. Previously, as per the reports and test drives by industry experts it was all a hit in itself, but the only concern was lying in the pricing factor that could make or break for Maruti. But with an introductory price that starts under INR 6 Lakh, there are all grounds to cheer.
The exterior part has smartness imbibed, as it portrays a hatchback from front and rear, which cleverly hides the length of the car. With Maruti Ertiga, this time Maruti has done a sort of ‘Renault Grand Modus’, which is a famous mini-MPV sold around European market and some US markets by French carmaker Renault. It has now opened up an all-new segment, which will never be threatened by Toyota Innova or Mahindra Xylo, instead it will eat away their market share with immense ease. Till now, there is no head-to-head competition for Ertiga, but things wil not same after the debut of Ford B-Max MPV, by end of this year.
Maruti Ertiga FAQs
Q1. What is the mileage of Maruti Ertiga diesel compact MPV?
Answer: The compact MPV Maruti Ertiga diesel mileage is practically very impressive at 14-15 kmpl in city drives, while on the highways it can attain anything around 18 kmpl. Moreover as per ARAI, in standard conditions, it returns you with 20.77 kmpl.
Q2.What is the waiting time after booking of Maruti Ertiga MPV?
Answer: The Maruti Ertiga booking specifically to some models range from 3 months to 4 months, while most of the petrol variants are at hand with waiting of 1-2 months. Also the waiting period varies from city to city, hence for precise information you should visit nearest Maruti Showroom.
Q3. When is the launch of Maruti Ertiga Automatic Transmission variant?
Answer: There is nothing official available as of now from the company end, however Maruti Ertiga AT launch is expected by early or amid next year.
Q4. What are the available variants in Maruti Ertiga MPV lineup?
Answer: As of now, there are 3 diesel versions of Maruti Ertiga namely LDI, VDI, ZDI. Whereas LXI, VXI, VXI ABS and ZXI versions are a part of petrol array.
Q5. Is there any CNG version of Maruti Ertiga produced by the company?
Answer: There are only two fuel choices available with Maruti Ertiga MPV in India, one is petrol and other is diesel. No Maruti Ertiga CNG version exists in the lineup of the vehicle.
Maruti Ertiga VariantsWrite Review
5,92,158Get On Road Price
13.5 kmpl (City)
16.2 kmpl (Highway)
6,63,158Get On Road Price
13.5 kmpl (City)
16.2 kmpl (Highway)
6,71,158Get On Road Price
13.5 kmpl (City)
16.2 kmpl (Highway)
7,33,158Get On Road Price
17.5 kmpl (City)
20.77 kmpl (Highway)
7,98,158Get On Road Price
17.5 kmpl (City)
20.77 kmpl (Highway)
6,52,000Get On Road Price
19.50 Km/Kg (City)
22.80 Km/Kg (Highway)
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