Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Facelift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Overview

The compact utility vehicle segment was almost non-existent till the introduction of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in 2012. Unlike conventional UVs, the Ertiga felt, looked and drove like a car, which also became the recipe for its success. The carmaker called it the LUV (Life Utility Vehicle), an offering targeted at urban families looking for three rows in compact dimensions. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga On road price starts from 6,45,393/-. Check for price details of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga in CarzPrice.

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Exterior

The upgrades on the New Maruti Ertiga are not major. A new chrome front grille is introduced, which the company claims makes it look more premium. The new front grille does make the New Maruti Ertiga look different and refreshed. Chrome is what customers generally like. The new front bumper gets a chrome eye brow on the fog lamp. A new bumper also makes way here. The side profile of the New Maruti Ertiga remains unchanged. The rear gets a thick Ertiga embossed chrome lip. The alloy wheels are also new.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Interior

Entry to the cabin is made easy by large doors that open wide. The dashboard is a straight lift from the Swift, which means quality and ergonomics are good. Even the door pads and other plastics are of good quality, and the Ertiga doesn’t feel built to a price. There’s a long list of equipment too, which includes a CD player, Aux and USB ports, steering-mounted audio controls, powered mirrors and power windows. However, the more affordable VDi/VXi variants do without alloy wheels, fog lights and airbags. Visibility is decent from the front seats, which are taken from the Swift. They are broad with soft yet generous cushioning, which makes them truly comfortable even over long journeys. In the second row, the seat squab is a touch short, so under-thigh support is not as good as we would have liked. Other than that, it’s hard to fault. The high ‘hip point’, adjustable backrest, terrific headroom and decent legroom make the Ertiga’s middle bench a pretty comfortable place to be.

Move to the rear and it is clearly evident that the Ertiga can’t compete with the likes of the Xylo and Innova for sheer carpet area, but that said, the last row isn’t as uncomfortable as we thought. The narrow access means getting into the last row requires some contortion, and once you’re inside, shoulder room is tight and the squab is short.

The Ertiga’s best trick is the massive 240mm seat travel that allows you to deftly balance the legroom for both the second- and third-row passengers. Well-engineered latches and levers allow you to push forward or collapse the seats neatly into the floor. With all seven seats in place, there is enough space in the back to hold just two soft bags, while a concealed storage bay hidden beneath can hold small items. For more space, the third row can be folded flat. You also have the option to fold the middle row, and the 60:40 split further aids flexibility. Simply put, the cabin is far more useable than the Ertiga’s exterior dimensions would suggest.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine

The New Maruti Ertiga comes both in petrol and diesel. A CNG version is also available, which comes in only variant. The engines have good driveability. They are easy to drive in city and there isn’t much a need to shift gears that often. This makes it a lot easier to drive in the city. There is sufficient power in the engine to cruise on the highway.

The CNG variant comes only in the VXi variant. It isn’t very powerful and is more for economy. If you have a good amount of driving in the city, you might have to fill CNG even day. All the engines on the Maruti Ertiga facelift are refined and have low NVH. The diesel could have had a bit more power though. All the engines come with a five-speed manual transmission. The petrol even has an option of a four-speed automatic too

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Driving

The Ertiga’s ride quality is nice and the suspension absorbs most potholes and craters with ease. The suspension set-up isn’t that soft and it does its job well. On the highways, the MPV remains very composed even at speeds up to 140 km/hr. The steering offers nice feedback but it just doesn’t weigh up at high speeds and continues to feel very light, which isn’t confidence-inspiring. The brake pedal lacks feel but braking performance is above average.

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Safety

Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety, the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims. Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features. The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers inHyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,45,393/- (Ertiga LXI) to 10,60,506/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Verdict

The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.

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