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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Test Drive Review


Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Test Drive Review

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Story – Dr. Javeid A. Khan ; Photos – Faisal Ali Khan

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Review

Car tested: 2012 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 6.86 lakhs (LXi), Rs. 7.68 lakhs (VXi), Rs. 7.77 lakhs (VXi ABS), Rs. 8.49 lakhs (ZXi), Rs. 8.49 lakhs (LDi), Rs. 9.21 lakhs (VDi), Rs. 9.85 lakhs (ZDi)

Maruti Suzuki is the oldest car manufacturer in India and the largest too, but the company has never been able to achieve success in the MPV category. Largely dominated by the Toyota Innova today, Maruti Suzuki has offered the Eeco (the erstwhile Versa), which doesn’t really sell that well. The company is now looking to make a comeback in the MPV segment with the launch of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, to offer customers a 7-seater vehicle at an attractive price. But does the Ertiga have the goods to make it a successful people mover? We find out!

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Exteriors – The Maruti Ertiga is not an eye catchy vehicle, but it doesn’t have to be. The looks are similar to the Ritz and Swift at the front, while the side profile resembles a bigger Honda Jazz. The rear is bland at best with the small tail lights and lack of any cuts or creases. Designed by Maruti Suzuki’s Indian engineers, the styling of the Maruti Ertiga makes one believe that the company has run out of ideas. If you remember the 2010 Auto Expo, you will know what I mean. The concept version of the Ertiga (known as the RIII) was really attractive. Even though the scissor doors and projector lights cannot be carried to production, the company could have at least tried to make it more handsome looking.

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Interiors – Step inside the Ertiga and you will feel you have entered the Swift DZire, because the dashboard is a cut, copy, paste from the Swift. The layout is the same, which is a good thing, because the new Swift features a very well laid out dash. Maruti Suzuki has differentiated the dashboard with the use of beige colour. In the Swift, the dashboard is completely black, while the DZire has a mix of black and beige. The Maruti Ertiga on the other end uses completely beige interiors, which give a light and airy feeling to the cabin.

Even though the Ertiga is a compact MPV, the space inside is decent thanks to the cab forward design. Maruti Suzuki engineers have tried to maximize interior room with the use of clever packaging. The wheels are placed as far as you would imagine, which along with the increased wheel base of 2740 mm lends the Ertiga good interior space. The front row of seats of the Maruti Ertiga are extremely comfortable and the driving position is just like the Swift (minus the thick A-pillar ofcourse). Driving the Ertiga feels extremely light, thanks to the relatively low weight of the vehicle (only 170 kgs more than the Swift). You just feel you are driving a taller Swift.

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Step inside the middle row and you will find good space too. The second row of seats have a massive seat travel. You can slide the seats by 240 mm, giving the Ertiga excellent middle row leg room. The glass area is generous and the doors open with a wide angle, giving middle row passengers good ingress and egress. The flat floor along with separate AC vents for the middle row ensures that the Ertiga’s middle row will seat three in good comfort.

This brings us to the most crucial question. How is the last row of seats? First and foremost, getting into the last is not an easy task. One has to really bend it like Beckham to enter, due to the not so tall height of the vehicle. Once inside, the space in the last row is decent with the middle row pushed forward.

Push the middle row completely back and you simply cannot sit in the last row. Even after keeping the middle row decently ahead, the last row is best suited towards children. There is very little thigh support in the last row and the small glass area in the lat row induces claustrophobic feeling to the passengers. The middle row seat folds in 60:40 while the last row folds in a single piece only. The Ertiga is ideally suited to five people with the capacity to seat the additional two occasionally.

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The Ertiga is certainly not a full sized MPV, as seven adults cannot be seated comfortably in the vehicle, unless the height of your family matches with that of Shakira. The Maruti Ertiga is best suited to 5 passengers, with the last row of seats folded to offer excellent boot space. With all row of seats facing up, the Ertiga’s boot is too small to carry luggage for weekends getaways. The boot won’t be able to accommodate a full sized suit case and is best for small carry bags. Maruti Suzuki has provided a small storage bay in the boot to hold knick knacks, which is a nice touch. The company has also provided sufficient cubby holes and cup holders for all passengers. The spare tyre is mounted below the body and there is a spare tyre flap in the boot to remove the spare wheel.

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Ride, Handling and Braking – Riding on the Swift platform has given the Ertiga many advantages. The ride quality is extremely good the vehicle absorbs all bumps on the road with confidence. The monocoque chassis also results in car like driving dynamics and the Ertiga handles very well indeed. There is very little body roll and the steering offers very good feedback to the driver. At low speeds, the steering is very light, making it a breeze to manoeuvre the Maruti Ertiga. This easy maneuverability will give the Ertiga many advantages as it will make parking extremely easy in city conditions. All variants except the LXi feature ABS (optional in the VXi), which along with decent sized rubber give the Ertiga good stopping power.

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Performance – The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is powered by both petrol and diesel engines. While the diesel is the tried and tested 1.3-litre Multijet engine, the petrol unit is an all new 1.4-litre K14M unit. The 1.3-litre diesel unit is from the SX4 and features VGT, helping it to produce 88.5 BHP of peak power at 4000 RPM and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 RPM. The 1.4-litre petrol motor produces 93.8 BHP of peak power at 6000 RPM and 130 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. Both these engines return a very good ARAI certified mileage with the diesel rated at 20.77 km/l and the petrol rated at 16.02 km/l. But how good are these engines lugging around 1160 kgs (petrol) / 1235 kgs (diesel) weight around?

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Pretty good I would say. The 1.4-litre petrol is an all new engine and does the job very well. It has good amount of low end grunt. Power band is quite wide and one can drive the petrol Ertiga effortlessly in both the city and out on the highways. The engine loves to be revved and if you are an enthusiast, you will simply redline it all the time.

The 1.3-litre diesel is a gem and the power delivery makes it well suited for the highways. The turbo kicks in hard and fast around 2000 RPM but city driving is not its forte. Turbo lag is significant and can be a serious cause of concern when the Ertiga is fully loaded with passengers in the city. Once you are in the turbo band, the Multijet motor is in a league of its own, pulling strongly with a good spread of power. Both the engines could do with better NVH though and are quite vocal as speeds build up. The gearbox on both the petrol and diesel engined Ertiga are smooth with the clutch being light, making driving this MPV a breeze.

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Conclusion – As a car, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is an extremely good vehicle. It looks decent, drives well, is feature rich and has potent diesel and petrol power plants. As a people mover though, the Ertiga fails somewhat and is no where close to a full sized MPV in terms of last row space or load carrying abilities. The Ertiga then, in Maruti Suzuki’s own language is a LUV (Life Utility Vehicle) at best and will appeal to those looking for a 5-seater vehicle with good boot space (last row seats down) and a commanding driving position.

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Whats Cool

* Good Space For 5
* Frugal Powerplants
* Maruti Suzuki’s wide spread dealership network
* Drives like a car

Whats Not So Cool

* Last row seats best for kids
* Boot too small to carry luggage
* Waiting period (expected)
* Lack of climate control even on top end variants

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Specifications

* Engine: 1373 cc, 4-cylinder (petrol), 1248 cc, 16V, Multijet, DOHC (diesel)
* Power: 93.8 BHP @ 6000 RPM (petrol), 88.5 BHP @ 4000 RPM (diesel)
* Torque: 130 Nm at 4000 RPM (petrol), 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM (diesel)
* Transmission: 5-speed manual
* Top Speed: 170 km/h (petrol), 160 km/h (diesel)
* Fuel Consumption (city): 12 km/l (petrol), 15 km/l (diesel)
* Fuel Type: Petrol, Diesel
* Suspension: Independent Mcpherson Struts (Front), Torsion Beam (Rear)
* Tires: 185/65/15 Tubeless Radials
* Brakes: Ventilated Discs (Front), Drums ( Rear), ABS, EBD
* Safety: ABS, EBD, Dual SRS Front Airbags, iCats

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4265 mm X 1695 mm X 1685 mm
* Wheelbase: 2740 mm
* Front/Rear Track: 1480/1490 mm
* Ground clearance: 185 mm
* Turning Radius – 5.2 m
* Boot Volume: 135-litres, 480-litres (with last row seats folded)
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 45-liters
* Kerb Weight: 1160 kgs (petrol) / 1235 kgs (diesel)

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  • sarthak

    Thanks for the review Motorbeam, was waiting for it since some time now. I am glad to know it drives like a car, which will be vital for me in deciding upon it.

  • ysak

    thnx 4 the review this quickly.. awesome job M.B.. :-)

    • Javeid

      Thanks ysak, as always Maruti was unable to provide the media vehicle for the review but we had to make “Arrangements” so that our readers not only get the review as soon as possible but also before the launch. :)

      • ysak

        kool..

        Javeid.. ny idea on waitng period of delvry??

  • ysak

    design is pathetic though.. :o

    • Javeid

      From the front end, it can be taken for a Ritz. It more utility oriented i presume.

  • Hunky

    Why that engine is not present in Swift or present sedan platform of Maruti with little more power bump ??

  • Ninu

    Fas, if they are not getting any excise benifits(as it is over 4 meters in length) then why not to increase length to make it more spacious at rear. Why 4265mm, why not 4500mm. Or may be the Ritz chasis is out of space. :)

    • Javeid

      Correct, the new Swift Platform can probably take the given length. Beside, the Ertiga is a compact MPV, if Maruti does have a larger one, it will compete with the likes of the Innova and Xylo, and Maruti knows, they dont stand to compete with Toyota on the MPV front. I think the pricing is very competitive and the Ertiga will be an ideal car for someone who needs a 5 seater with abundant boot space on disposal.

  • Ninu

    Nice review Javeid… :)

    • Javeid

      Thanks Naveen

  • Sidd

    Nice rewiew and can u do a new i20 review????

    • Faisal

      Yes Sidd, we are working towards getting the new i20.

  • Sushrut

    Internal space design has never been a strong point of Maruti and neither is designing a car which is near to flawless.

  • harsha

    its like ritz lwb :D

  • Nishant M

    is the colour ecru beige or silky silver

    • Faisal

      Nishant, its silky silver.

  • http://www.picasaweb.google.com/pulsurge Deepak Dongre

    Short and sweet review that. Not sure on the pricing- that’ll be the deciding factor too. The last row of seats is not much of a bother actually- be it considering a family or being a people mover. As I myself don’t remember when was the last time I saw an Innova or even a Xylo with a spacious third row of seats being filled to the brim with people. Most of the time the last row of seats are basically used for luggage dump. The vehicle looks cute, but that Ritz looking front gives it a more girlish look. But then thats forgotten once you get into the car. I feel this one’s going to be a new segment for MUL..well, I don’t consider the EECO and the Versa in the same league. The plonked engines are good, specially the Fiat diesel breed. All in all a decent looking UV with decent interiors, frugal engines and bullet-proof Maruti aftersales. This one looks a winner to me.

  • Auto Analyst

    Dear(s),

    I was just wondering why people should go for Maruti Ertiga just because it offers a 3rd row seating which cannot be used by adults and why one should not consider Honda Jazz which offers more spacious interiors.

    Boot space of Honda Jazz is almost same as Ertiga’s boot space ( 3rd row seats folded ) and as i mentioned 3rd row seats can be seldom used.

    I checked the features of Jazz and Ertiga and here are the details.

    Honda Jazz offers ABS, Dual SRS airbags, EBD, Motor Brake Assist, Rear defogger and wiper, Integrated USB music system, etc in all it’s versions ( Jazz, Jazz Select, Jazz X ) whereas in Maruti Ertiga these are offered only in top end ZXI model.

    Price comparison is as follows for Hyderabad city ( Ex-Showroom price ) and i am only showing the petrol versions as there is no Diesel engine offered in Honda Jazz :

    Base Version :-
    Honda Jazz : 5,92,000/-
    Maruti Ertiga LXi : 6,16,261/-

    Mid Version :-
    Honda Jazz Select : 6,16,900/-
    Maruti Ertiga VXi without ABS : 6,88,523/-
    Maruti Ertiga VXi with ABS : 6,96,665/-

    Top Version :-
    Honda Jazz X : 6,49,200/-
    Maruti Ertiga ZXi : 7,59,771/-

    Both offer around 90 Bhp engines, infact Maruti Ertiga engine ( 1400 CC ) is 200 CC more than Honda Jazz ( 1200 CC ).

    Only advantage Maruti Ertiga has got over Honda Jazz is Ground Clearance which is at 185mm against 160mm of Honda Jazz. This will give an advantage for our badly maintained and pot hole roads.

    Take a look at their websites to compare the features, specifications and prices of both these products and then decide before taking a decision.

    I am not against Maruti ( i own a Wagon R ) but i am just trying to do a neutral analysis here. It’s my personal opinion that Honda Jazz is a value for money and offers more features and quality.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Auto Analyst.

    • jay

      Totally agree. I how somhow feel 9.85 Lakhs OTR is too much for an Ertiga ZDI

    • Dhananjayan

      Not really…im a 6 footer and own VDi…and I fit in the 3rd row comfortably even with the fornt and middle seats set for my height…
      The Jazz has only petrol…and its boot space is 380lts…whereas Ertiga has 735lts with 3rd row folded…
      U gotta check it out with ur eyes and in person…before u believe such reviews…
      I too initially thought like u when it was launched…but now i LUV my Ertiga…

  • Shitij

    An exhaustive review…hats off to the author

  • rajan

    Another thing i felt could have been bettr is the Gear. I felt the gear throw is not strong and slick like teh swift. ertiga did not give me that confident throw when i tried to engage teh gear. It gave me a weak throw feeling. The gear lever is very thing i must say.

  • Rajan

    i posted test drive comment… that gone missing when motorbeam resurrected from a short blackout.

    Did TD of the ZDi today… I was allowed to TD for long because the salesperson mentioned that they did not get RTO permission yet to drive this on teh road…

    Good things..
    1. You dont feel the jitters inside the cabin when you twist teh ignition key.
    2. Gives you the feeling of driving a car.
    3. The three rows are comfortable to seat 7 adults. I am 5.11 and i first set the driver seat at comfortable seating position. Then i went to second row and adjusted so that i get aleast 1 inch knee space to teh front seat. Then i checked if i can sit in teh 3rd ros. To my surprisr i could without much trouble. Long drive will be little uncomfortable though. Within city it will not be a problem.
    4. 1.3 L engines pickup was good. You tend to hear engine noise when you re a bit harder. If you are treat her like a gentleman.. she behavies much quitely.
    5. I really liked the way jack, tool seta are tucked away and hidden in the back. Tool tray will be handy but i think you will get rattles when you place things in teh tool box.
    6. ingress and egress is good.
    7. Factory fitted speakers sound good though you cannot crank it high.
    things of concern
    1. Ingress/Egress from third row will cause scratches on teh body. A proper sill plate is required.
    2. Checked teh electrical wires.. guess wires has gone through slimming course. result of cost cutting?
    3. Panels on teh door are flimsy and i strongly feel that even teh new Ertiga will rattle when driven on a patchy road. If you want peace inside your car.. i wouls suggest to stay away.
    4. The mat thats put uner the wood of teh bonnet is very thin.. proof that Maruti has done whatever it could to cut teh cost.
    5. i felt that quality of overall package could have been better. Detailed look at each and every detail of Ertiga kind of proved that Maruti did everything it could to cut teh cost.
    6. Beige carpet for our country condition is a bad idea.
    I think it will be wise to settle with LXi or LDi. Spending 8+ or 9+ for topend petrol or diesel is not wise especially if you look at the quality (it will rattle for sure).
    When checked on teh booking the salesperson mentioned that they have 50 bookings so far. 90% of which are diesel. I also checked if they received any bookings from travel agencies, he said Maruti is not taking booking from travel agents. Not sure abut the authenticity of thst statement

    ZXi or ZDi is not VFM. LXi or LDi will be.

    • Faisal

      Hi Rajan, I am sorry for your comment getting vanished. We moved servers so the comments which were posted between the server change vanished. Anyways nice observations there, I feel that Maruti Suzuki has done good distinction between petrol and diesel with the pricing and they should atleast sell 30% petrol variants of the Ertiga.

  • pavan

    plz provide instuctions for how to subscribe for updates in this website…

    • Faisal

      Pavan, you can click on the buttons on the right sidebar to subscribe.

  • ROSHAN KHATOD

    WASTE BRAKE N POOR BRAKE PERFORMENCE N VERY WASTE HEAD LIGHTS…
    CHECK BEFORE BUYINGGG

    • subrata hazra

      the analysis is quiet exhaustive. but the steeering aspect was left untouched. did not provide for a proper comparison wth other cars in the same segment

      • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

        Subrata, steering is good, offers good feedback and is light at low speeds for easy city driving. Hope that helps.

  • puneet uppal

    inspite of all good features i fail to understand the riding quality differencebetween ertiga and other suvs like scorpio tavera and zylo what miracle is required on part of suzuki

  • SOMASHEKAR

    hi,
    dis is somashekar,
    I am palining to purchase Eritga ZDI,
    1.How is d pulling Power
    2. Sound clarity
    3.Head light Clarity
    4.Overall performance
    Some query’s pls suggest me out

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Somashekar, good choice.

      1) It’s good.
      2) Very good.
      3) Average, upgrade of bulbs with cut-out recommended.
      4) Good and worth a buy.

      • anjali

        hi can the ertiga be used in hilly areas..how does it perform on bad rough roads.how is the clearance?can it carry 5 members with full load on rough hilly roads?

        • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

          Yes it can and ground clearance is decent too.

  • ArindaM

    Please inform the actual fuel efficiency under different conditions i.e. in city and on highway with and without A/C on mentioning also the number of persons in the vehicle at the time of checking these mileages.

  • Siddharth

    Is this colour Ecru Beige worth buying ???
    Please help !!!

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ Faisal Khan

      Yes, it looks cool.

  • sachin yadav

    I plan to purchase ertiga vxi
    please. suggest me
    the performance of petrol engine and milage

  • shaikh tanveer mavidoddin

    for car ditels suzuki ertiga

  • tejas

    Bolero Zlx or Ertiga Vxi
    Please suggest me

  • Savinay sharma

    Ertiga sucks dont buy dis car