1248cc, 16V, D13A, SHVS
88.5bhp @ 4000rpm
200Nm @ 1750rpm
Front: McPherson Strut
Rear: Torsion Beam
Front: Ventilated Disc
Length x Width X Height (mm)
4265 X 1695X 1685
Fuel Tank Capacity
Top Speed/ 0-100kmph
160 kmph/ 13 seconds
Rs. 9,30,000 (ex showroom
Indian subcontinent is a land filled with wonders and beauty. The expanse of
the country is filled with a variety of terrain and most of the exotic
destinations it offers can be traversed by road. But on these journeys your
friends and family are not your only companions. The vehicle you choose to take
on these expeditions is also your companion. We got our hands on the new Maruti
Suzuki Ertiga SHVS and decided to take it on a journey. But this journey was
chosen specifically to test the Ertiga SHVS.
Suzuki calls this a Smart Hybrid Vehicle so we took it for a spin through the
crowded streets of New Delhi and on to the open highways of Uttar Pradesh. The
hybrid function in this car is a start stop function which is useful in
stop-and-go traffic. When the vehicle is not moving, the gear is in neutral and
you decompress the clutch pedal the engine cuts off. Press the clutch pedal and
the engine comes back to life. The vehicle uses deceleration and braking to
generate energy to power this start stop function and therein lies the Hybrid
Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) is a new age technology driven, Smart
Hybrid car. Apart from the features like Engine Idle Start Stop function
offered by Micro Hybrids in the market, SHVS takes it to the next level by
adding Engine Assist (engine power assistance using an electric motor and
efficient power regeneration (brake energy regeneration) system, which improves
energy efficiency thus contributing to the environment. Also the Integrated Starter
Generator (ISG) ensures quick and silent restart, which is not possible by
conventional starter, based Micro Hybrids. During deceleration / braking, the
ISG charges the advanced high capacity battery and provides energy to assist
the engine’s idle stop start function and helps the engine during acceleration
terms of convenience and fuel saving the vehicle does score top marks because
it makes switching the engine on and off so easy. During our daily commutes we
encounter jams at almost every corner be it at a red light, a toll booth or
just bad roads but the Ertiga SHVS does the job with ease. Maruti Suzuki has
seamlessly integrated this technology into the car making it extremely
convenient for users to operate and save fuel. Speaking of fuel efficiency the
vehicle offers 24.52kms to a litre of diesel which is quite decent.
Ertiga when launched was an extremely popular MUV simply because it was much
more affordable than an Innova and was very practical for city users. Yes, the
Toyota Innova which comes with a much powerful engine, has its own strengths to
offer. The Ertiga has now received some aesthetic changes and has a bolder
looking front grille with ample chrome garnishing and an aggressive looking
bumper. The Ertiga has an impeccable stance and road presence despite the fact
that it is an MUV. On the inside the car now gets a smart play infotainment
system which offers Bluetooth connectivity of navigation, audio streaming and
smart phone integration. The dashboard is well laid out with all buttons easily
accessible to the driver. The Ertiga also comes with power adjustable and
retractable ORVMs as well as steering mounted controls for audio and mobile
Ertiga has practicality built in to its spaces, the car has 3 seating rows and
can seat up to 7 people. The first and second row can be adjusted to increase
space for third row occupants. The driver seat provides ample of support of the
thighs, back and shoulders. The second row also gets a centre armrest but it
does not have cup holders. There are plenty of cubby holes and spaces in all
three rows to store pocket sized items apart from the usual bottle and cup
holders. The seats are quite comfy and 7 average sized Indian adults can fit
into this car with ease. The Ertiga however does not come with a lot of boot
space. At just 135 litres the boot space I felt was grossly inadequate but the
vehicle does offer foldable second and third rows to create more space. The MUV
also gets AC vents for the second row.
Ertiga is powered by a 1248cc diesel mill which produces 88.5bhp of power and
200Nm of torque. For urban commuting the vehicle has an optimal power output and
can achieve a good speed easily with 3 to 4 passengers seated. However if you
are seating 7 people in the vehicle there is a slight drop in performance but
nothing that is detrimental at all. The 1.3 litre diesel mill is very peppy.
The turbo kicks in anywhere north of 1800rpm after which the Ertiga is able to
pick up speed quickly. The build quality of the vehicle is very sturdy and the
ride is quite solid. The suspension set up is on the stiffer side and riding
over bumps and potholes is not too much of a bother. The Ertiga also has a
decent turning radius (5.2 metres) despite is size and is very manoeuvrable through
traffic and tight corners.
had previously taken the Ertiga to Tirthan valley in the state of Himachal
Pradesh and drove through some really bad roads as well as very narrow mountain
stretches. The vehicle got us there with ease and did not pose any problems on
the way. It provided enough room for our luggage and catered for a very
comfortable journey. A car as I said earlier is also a companion on your
journeys and this is one companion who I would take along with me any day.
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