The multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) segment in India seems to be
experiencing quite a bit of activity lately. The Mahindra Marazzo came into
existence and Datsun also refreshed the Go+. Now we have the Next-Gen Ertiga
from the beloved automaker of the country, Maruti Suzuki. The original model
was received warmly due to the great price and features it had. So how does
this new Ertiga fare?
EXTERIOR DESIGN AND
FEATURES OF 2018 MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA
The designers at Maruti Suzuki have really stepped their
game up by a notch with the new Ertiga. I was quite impressed by the indentation
of sharp character lines all across the body. The front especially has been
treated to a lot of beautification and now has a sharper look. The MPV has shed
its round and cute look for a smart looking one and I am hugely impressed.
The front gets a heavily chrome studded grille along with
bold looking headlamp clusters that house projector lamps. The only thing I
wish that was added on were LED DRLs. The side has two prominent lines running
across, one of which merges with the tail-lamp. The entire B-pillar has been
blacked out and provides a nice contrast with the rest of the vehicle. The
15-inch alloys look decent, if a little less impressive than the rest of the
design elements. At the back, one can see an all-new tail-lamp design that will
give you flashbacks of a certain Swedish manufacturer. Regardless, the LED
lamps look great and flow well with the modish look of the car. There is a
chrome bar on the boot lid along with a few smart carvings on the rear giving
it a more lively appeal.
INTERIOR DESIGN AND
FEATURES OF 2018 MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA
The interiors of the Ertiga have been treated to an
overhaul. You get a very eye catchy wood finish across the dash, extending to
the doors. While there is no doubt that it looks great, one must be weary that
it is not real wood. Just above the wood finish on the dash is a strip of black
which houses the AC vents. While this aircraft-like design is a bit of an odd
choice it fits decently. The rest of the cabin has been finished in a shade of
beige that some might like, but I personally do not enjoy.
While most of the things about the cabin look and feel premium,
there are some things that miss the mark. One of them is the dated looking AC
control unit. It is functional but looks very dated as you lower your gaze from
the high-tech touchscreen infotainment system. The infotainment system has been
seen in a couple of Maruti Suzuki vehicle now and works pretty great and
supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirror Link.
The flat bottom steering wheel might be a bit odd to have,
since this is not a sporty vehicle. But it does look good and gets a hint of
wood finish at the bottom in the top trim. It is only adjustable for height and
not reach. Behind the steering wheel you
will find the uber cool instrument cluster. There are two analogue dials that
show you your speed and rpm and a display in the middle that shows you extra
information. The display differs depending on whether you have the petrol or
diesel model. The petrol models get a full-colour TFT display that graphically
represent a lot of helpful information including the battery charge level, when
the torque assist function is being used or when the battery is being charged
due to braking. The diesel gets a much simpler display that is limited to
displaying figures like trip meters, gear position, range, fuel efficiency etc.
It is a shame that you get no colour display in diesel even if you buy the top
The seat cushion is commendable for all three rows and can
keep you comfortable on the longest of journeys. The new Ertiga is a bit bigger
in all aspects than the previous model, so there is slightly more space on the
inside too. As a person who is 6-feet tall, I had no issues with space in the
first two rows. It was only the third row that was cramped for space but that
can be understood as that is a place only for kids. Maruti Suzuki has added one
touch tumble functions to both the 2nd and 3rd row seats
which makes folding and moving them easier. The third row has a recline
function that makes the sitting position a bit more comfortable.
There are loads of storage spaces throughout the car but the
most innovative are the cup-holders in the first row that are air-cooled and
you can control the airflow using a dial. All four doors can easily house 1
litre bottles and then a few papers too. Even the third row occupants get a
cup-holder on either side along with a single 12V charging point. I would have
been happier if the second row got a USB slot instead of a 12V socket.
There are four blowers housed in the cooling unit on the
roof that supply cool air to the 2nd and 3rd row
occupants. While they certainly do the job for 2nd row passengers,
we will have to test the vehicle over a longer period to decide if they are
effective for the last row as well.
PERFORMANCE OF 2018 MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA
Maruti is offering the Ertiga with both diesel and petrol
smart hybrid engines. The diesel engine is the 1.3L DDiS 200 engine previously
seen on vehicles like the S-Cross andBrezza. It comes mated to a 5-speed manual
transmission and performs as one would expect. The motor is quite refined and
easy to work with although it lacks life below 2400rpm. The 1.5L K15 petrol
engine has been newly developed and is being offered with a 5-speed manual or a
4-speed automatic. The petrol motor is lively compared to the diesel and you
notice that especially when taking off. Since you do not have to wait for the
turbo to kick-in, the drive is a lot more fun than the diesel. While driving
the manual petrol and diesel cars I also found that the petrol accelerated more
quickly in the 5th gear than the diesel, which just seemed to take
its own sweet time to catch up. While the 5-speed manual was flawless, the
4-speed automatic also impressed. The gear shifts were not noticeable in normal
driving and even when I did floor the accelerator, it shifted rather
commendably. However, the new Ertiga is still not a performance vehicle when
compared to others in the market.
I found the steering to be weighted quite well and the car
was quite maneuverable. It was stable through curves and at high speeds. The
NVH levels were decent but could definitely be improved upon as there is
noticeable road noise at higher speeds. The 185/65 tyres do a good job of
keeping the car on track. With disc brakes at the front and drum in the rear,
there is ample stopping power and the brakes have a nice progression. ABS and
EBD make things easier. The suspension is something that would be appreciated
by all the occupants of the Ertiga as it does a great job soaking in the bumps
The new Ertiga is built on the Heartect platform, promising
a more rigid frame and the car gets dual airbags as standard along with ISOFIX
anchorages for child seats. Still, two airbags is all you get even in the top
The new and improved Ertiga is definitely an eye candy,
inside-out. The new petrol engine is also a welcome upgrade. The new petrol
manual variant of the Ertiga starts at Rs 7.44 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and
still remains a budget option for MPV lovers. It now brings along a host of
goodies including an automatic transmission. The only problem is that as of now
the automatic is not available in the top end variant so you miss out on things
like the intuitive touchscreen infotainment system, wood finish and more. The
presence of Marazzo in close proximity of the Ertiga does heat things up a bit
but I still think that the Ertiga will be able to hold its own.
1462cc, K15, Petrol SMART
1248cc, DDIS 200,
Diesel SMART HYBRID
5-Speed Manual /
4-Speed Automatic (Petrol)
Torsion beam &
Petrol MT- 19.34kmpl
Petrol AT- 18.69kmpl
Diesel MT –
Length X width X
4395 x 1735 x 1690
209L (All rows up)
3rd row folded)
Petrol MT –7.44 lakh
Petrol AT – 9.18 lakh
Diesel MT – 8.84 lakh
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