Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The first-gen Ertiga was a big success thanks to its easy-to-drive character, compact dimensions (relative to sedans), the versatility of seven seats, and efficient engines, including a CNG option. And while the car itself was very competent, its aggressive pricing and Maruti’s widespread support network played catalysts to this success. Six years and 4.20 lakh sales later, Maruti has launched the second-generation of this MPV. It sees an increase in its dimensions, space, fuel efficiency, and overall premium feel. The good news doesn’t end there – Maruti has also priced it in the ballpark of the earlier car, so it retains its value proposition too. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Style

On the road, the new Ertiga grabs more attention than the first generation model. The heavy usage of chrome on the front grille might not be to everyone’s liking, but it certainly makes the new Ertiga eye-catchy. The busy design of the bumper and headlamps further make the front look striking. Daytime running lights, whether integrated within the headlamps or on the front bumper, would have added a touch of modernity and given it a premium feel. Hopefully, aftermarket kits will be able to cater to these needs.

Unlike the front, which might polarize opinions, the rear will appeal to most. The three-part tail lamps with LED lights climb on to the D-pillar and look stylish. Sharp creases on the boot lid that extend to the bumper make the rear look crisp. The Ertiga has gained 40mm in width, but it isn’t noticeable unless both the first- and second-gen models are placed side-by-side.

A thick shoulder line runs from the front fender to the tail lamps and cuts some bulk of the big doors. The floating roofline adds a modern touch to the design. 15-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels look similar to the ones on the Indonesia-spec Ertiga and, in my personal opinion, do not do justice to the otherwise striking front and smart rear. The new Ertiga measures 4395mm in length, which is 99mm more than the outgoing model. And it does look longer, especially when you look past the C-pillar.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Space

The interiors are all new. They are similar to the new DZire as they will offer somewhat some design. Like the Dzire, there will be inserts of faux wood to the dashboard and doors. There is a new design for the AC vents, stylish wooden touches, all beige interiors. A 6.5-inch touchscreen system. There will be push start and stop, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with inbuilt navigation. Dual airbags and ABS will be a standard feature.

One of the most impressive bits about the new Ertiga 2018 interior will be the space and the quality. Every seat gets it’s own cup holder and the center console gets a chilled cup holder. The materials will look a lot more premium than they are at the moment. The seat quality, the fabric will be much better than the current vehicle. The cup holders will have a cooling function.

The wheelbase has been increased. This will mean that the new MUV will have better knee room for rear passengers. Whats more they will even offer better space too for the third row of passengers. The India-spec version will get automatic climate control. However there is no cruise control on offer. The second row seat gets a 60:40 split and the third row seat has a 50:50 split. The boot space has increased too.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine

The Ertiga is powered by a brand-new K15 1462cc petrol engine that debuted in the facelifted Ciaz. Power has been bumped up to 105hp and torque to 138Nm – a healthy increase of 13hp and 8Nm over the 1.4-litre unit that it replaces. Just like in the Ciaz, this motor features a mild-hybrid system which gets support from two batteries. Apart from the regular battery, there’s one lithium-ion pack placed under the passenger seat, which provides a small amount of additional boost to the petrol engine. In the real world though, the battery boost is negligible, and it’s only when the graphics on the MID displays the transfer of power that you know the mild hybrid system is working. The energy recouped when the car decelerates, is used to recharge this lithium-ion battery. Another feature of this hybrid system is the engine start-stop system that works seamlessly in stop-go traffic; most, however, would turn this feature off, especially during summer, because it cuts off the air-con compressor, leaving only the blower running. For Maruti Suzuki Ertiga check

Belonging to the same family of engines, this new 1.5-litre petrol’s character is near identical to the 1.4-litre unit it replaces – this means it is smooth and very refined. Driving in the city, it performs effortlessly with adequate power available at lower revs. It gets off the line easily and is quick to respond initially. However, demand a quick overtake and it does warrant a shift to a lower gear and needs to be spun harder. The mid-range is flat and so is the top end, with no noticeable spike in the powerband. It gets noisy beyond 3,500rpm, and even though it can spin all the way until 6,200rpm, progress at higher revs is slow and the engine tends to sound strained. However, as long as you’re not in a hurry, the petrol will impress you with its smoothness, refinement, and efficiency, which is claimed at 19.34kpl for the 5-speed MT and 18.69kpl for the 4-speed AT, an improvement of 1.84kpl and 1.66kpl, respectively.

The Ertiga petrol-automatic is a rather old-school, 4-speed torque converter, with the first three gears being driving gears and the fourth being an overdrive gear to maximise efficiency. This unit is smooth in its operation and it will shift to the highest gear at the earliest to consume lesser fuel. However, the slightest of inputs to the accelerator while cruising and it will need to drop down a gear to get moving. To combat this constant shifting while cruising, there’s an overdrive off button which will keep the car in the first three gears only, thus keeping the engine on the boil. There’s no manual mode but there’s a Low mode which keeps it in the lowest possible gear, useful for uphill sections of road. Only the auto gets ESP and hill-hold.

The diesel Ertiga gets the old, tried-and-tested 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced engine producing 90hp and 200Nm, but what’s good is that fuel efficiency has increased to 25.47kpl (0.95kpl more than before). However, this engine is too loud and clattery while idling and accelerating. Turbo lag still persists below 2,000rpm, and the engine feels dead. Speedbreakers will need to be tackled in first gear and being a smaller-capacity engine, drivers will need to work the gears to build speed briskly, especially while lugging a full load. When spun harder, though, there’s a strong wave of torque that pulls the car forward rather energetically. It’s a free-revving motor and it spins all the way until 5,100rpm, but boost comes in strongest between 2,100 and 4,500rpm, after which it tapers off. The 5-speed manual gearbox is slick with short throws, and the clutch has a short travel and isn’t too heavy either.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving

The new Ertiga’s ride has an underlying firmness but it performs exceptionally. It rounds off bumps and bad roads competently, and body shocks hardly filter into the cabin. Even at speeds, there’s a newfound planted feel, and vertical movements are barely noticeable, making it more comfortable while cruising on the highway. The Ertiga handles like a tall hatchback, so while there is some roll, it can be driven with enthusiasm around corners with confidence. The steering is adequately weighted and remains predictable at all times.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

The new Ertiga is available with dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, Isofix child seat mounts and front seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters as standard. With those features ticked, it meets the minimum requirement for us to recommend it to buyers in any variant. Features like speed-sensitive auto door lock and central locking are also standard. The variants with automatic transmission get ESP and hill hold feature.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,60,515 to 12,66,702 for variants Ertiga LXI and Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is available in 12 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Ertiga price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Conclusion

Maruti Suzuki has improved the Ertiga on all fronts — interior space, performance from the petrol engine, luggage carrying capacity and its looks. There are some new features on offer too, and the package is priced attractively. The new Ertiga hits the right chords when it comes to the mind.As far as the heart is concerned, there are some setbacks. The interior quality, for example, has not gone up by much and parts sharing with the previous-gen Ertiga is also evident. That said, the new Ertiga is not playing safe anymore. So some of you might like it while some may not. But we can’t deny the fact that Maruti Suzuki has tried hard to please the heart. The new Ertiga is striking from the front and stylish at the rear and that is what will make some of us, if not all, fall in LUV with it finally!

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