The Maruti Eeco is the stripped-down version of the Maruti Versa, which was launched back in the year 2001. Because of below average response, the Versa was later discontinued. Later, Maruti introduced the Eeco as a minivan in the year 2010. The Eeco is widely used in many applications for private and commercial purposes. The Eeco comes with the 5-seater and 7-seater options with the petrol engine option. The 5-seater version is also available with the factory-fitted CNG kit.
Pros – Low Pricing And Running Costs, Can Be Used For Variety Of Applications
Cons – Lack Of Features, Taxi Image, No A.C. In 7-Seater Configuration
Maruti Eeco Exteriors
The Maruti Eeco looks simple in every way. Upfront, it gets a sloping bonnet that can be opened to fill the necessary fluids in the car, like the Omni the engine has been placed below the front driver’s seat. From the side, it has a boxy design with the rear doors sliding backwards for easy access. The 13-inch wheels look small on a car of this size. However, cost also plays an important part in that. The rear is plain, and the boot opens completely for loading of the luggage.
Maruti Eeco Interiors
The interiors look plain and basic, with minimal features. The cabin gets dual-tone treatment with a black-beige dashboard. The instrument cluster gets an illuminated speedometer with a multi-tripmeter. However, the instrument cluster misses out on the tachometer. The air-con controls are positioned in the centre panel. The Eeco doesn’t come equipped with a factory-fitted audio system. However, one can install an aftermarket system in it.
Maruti Eeco Space
In the 5-seater version of the Eeco, you get a bench seat which can accommodate 3 people in the middle row. While in the 7-seater version, the second row gets a bench seat that can accommodate 2 people. There is enough space to get into the third row, which can accommodate 3 people. Boot space is limited in the 7-seater version. You can have an ample amount of luggage space in the 5-seater version.
Maruti Eeco Engine Performance
The Maruti Eeco comes with a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, G12B petrol engine. The engine produces a power output of 73 HP @ 6000 RPM and torque output of 98 Nm @ 3000 RPM. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, which channels the power to the rear wheels. You don’t get an option of an automatic transmission on the Eeco. The engine feels a bit unresponsive when starting from idle. The engine performs well in the mid-range. The gearbox is slick-shifting and easy to use.
You also get an option of CNG with the petrol engine. The engine produces a power output of 62 HP @ 6000 RPM and torque output of 85 Nm @ 3000 RPM in CNG mode. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission.
Maruti Eeco Mileage
The BS6 Maruti Eeco with a petrol engine has an ARAI fuel efficiency of 16.11 km/l for manual transmission. In real-world conditions, it will return around 10-13 km/l in city traffic conditions and 13-15 km/l out on the highways. However, fuel efficiency also depends upon the style of driving and traffic conditions.
The BS6 Maruti Eeco with CNG + petrol engine has an ARAI fuel efficiency of 20.88 km/kg (CNG Mode) for the manual transmission.
Maruti Eeco Handling
With its light steering, the Eeco is easy to drive in the city. There is quite an amount of body roll present in the car. Out on the highways, the Eeco doesn’t feel very sure-footed.
Maruti Eeco Comfort
The suspension is tuned on the stiffer side, but it isn’t very stiff. The ride quality of the Eeco is fine at low speeds. There is some amount of firmness present which is more pronounced at high speeds.
Maruti Eeco Safety
In terms of the safety equipment, the Eeco is equipped with a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, seat belt reminder, high-speed alert, and reverse parking sensors, as a standard in all the trims. The Maruti Eeco scored zero stars in the Global NCAP crash tests.
Maruti Eeco Service
It is a known fact that Maruti has an excellent sales and service network over the entire country. You can find a Maruti service station in any city, town or village. Maruti cars generally offer a very hassle-free experience.
Maruti Eeco Price
Following are the prices (on-road, Mumbai) of the Maruti Eeco
- Maruti Eeco 5-Seater STD (MT):- Rs. 4.64 lakhs
- Maruti Eeco 5-Seater AC (MT):- Rs. 5.10 lakhs
- Maruti Eeco 7-Seater STD (MT):- Rs. 4.97 lakhs
- Maruti Eeco 5-Seater AC (MT – CNG):- Rs. 5.73 lakhs
Maruti Eeco Resale Value
Maruti cars offer great reliability. The Maruti Eeco commands a good resale value in the used car market. The resale value also relies on the condition of the vehicle and the total kilometres driven.
Maruti Eeco Colours
The Maruti Eeco is offered in the following colours:
- Pearl Midnight Black
- Cerulean Blue
- Solid White
- Metallic Glistening Grey
- Metallic Silky Silver
Maruti Eeco Specs
Following are the specifications of the BS6 Maruti Eeco:
- Engine: – 1196cc, 4 Cylinder G12B Petrol | 1196cc, 4 Cylinder G12B Petrol With CNG
- Power: – 73 HP @ 6000 RPM | 62 HP @ 6000 RPM (CNG Mode)
- Torque: – 98 Nm @ 3000 RPM | 85 Nm @ 3500 RPM (CNG Mode)
- Transmission: – 5-Speed Manual | 5-Speed Manual
- Fuel Efficiency (ARAI): – 16.11 km/l (MT) | 20.88 km/kg (MT)
- Fuel Efficiency (Real World): – Petrol: 10-13 km/l (City Traffic) 13-15 km/l (Highway) (MT)
- Dimensions (L X W X H): – 3675 mm x 1475 mm x 1825 mm
- Wheelbase: – 2350 mm
- Ground Clearance: – 160 mm
- Kerb Weight: – 940 kgs | 1050 kgs (CNG)
- Fuel Tank Capacity: – 40 litres | Petrol- 40 litres CNG-65-litres (Water Equivalent)
- Boot Capacity: – 540 litres | With CNG – N.A.
- Turning Radius: – 4.5 metres
- Tyre Size: – 155/65/13
- Suspension: – MacPherson Strut (Front), 3-Link Rigid Axle (Rear)
- Brakes: – Disc (Front), Drum (Rear)
Maruti Eeco Variants
The Maruti Eeco is offered in the following variants:
- 5-Seater STD (MT)
- 5-Seater AC (MT)
- 7-Seater STD (MT)
- 5-Seater AC (CNG-MT)
Maruti Eeco Rating
We give the Maruti Eeco a rating of 2.5/5.
Maruti Eeco Upcoming Models
There is no official update from the manufacturer regarding any updated version of the Eeco soon.
Maruti Eeco vs Datsun GO+
The Datsun GO+ looks more like an MPV, while the Eeco looks like a van type. The Datsun GO+ gets a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit. The engine comes with an option of either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox. In terms of power output figures, the GO+ has a slightly lower figure than that of the Eeco. On the flip side, the GO+ has more torque when compared to the Eeco. In terms of dimensions, the Datsun GO+ is longer by 320 mm, and wider by 161 mm than the Eeco. In terms of height, the Eeco is taller by 318 mm than the GO+.
Maruti Eeco vs Renault Triber
The Renault Triber looks more appealing than the Eeco. It also provides more features than the Eeco. However, the Triber costs more than the Eeco. The Triber gets a 1.0-litre petrol engine. Power and torque output figures for both the cars are nearly similar but the Triber gets an AMT too. In terms of dimensions, the Triber is longer by 315 mm, and wider by 264 mm than the Eeco. In terms of height, the Eeco is taller by 182 mm than the Triber.