The new Ertiga is a huge step forward over the older car and there are a lot of reasons to go for this Maruti Suzuki MPV.
Is it perfect? None of the cars ever are. So, here are some reasons to decide whether or not to buy it.
The Ertiga is around Rs 3-4 lakhs cheaper than its closest rival, the Mahindra Marazzo. It has features like a touchscreen infotainment system, rear AC, automatic climate control, ABS with EBS, dual air-bags, and ISOFIX rear seats among others.
So, getting in and out of the car is easy. Because the Ertiga is based on a monocoque chassis, the rear seat is placed at an ideal height. Also, the big rear-door opening makes it easy to get into the third row. The ease with which you can get in and out of the car is another factor to be considered in buying the Ertiga.
Getting in and out of the last row is not that difficult either because of the one-touch fold-and-slide option. It’s just so easy.
Many other vehicles have a tight and uncomfortable third row of seats, but Ertiga has overcome that weakness. Because the seats is at a good height, and despite that, the headroom is good and even the width is good enough for two people. And of course the upper row seats are also very comfortable.
Despite being much larger than the older car, it is 20 kilos lighter. In fact, The new Ertiga has a lighter and a more rigid chassis now. This not only improves performance but fuel-efficiency as well.
The space behind the car is quite comfortable for you to store your belongings. You get 550-litres of space with the third-row folded, and even when you put the third-row up, with the covers down, there is space to accommodate a big bag and two soft bags quite easily. This is why you want to buy it.
The Ertiga is an easy-to-drive MPV. Despite it’s a seven-seater but from the driver’s seat, it feels almost as easy to drive as the Swift. It feels agile, it doesn’t roll much in the corners, and it’s actually quite fun to drive. Even in the city, the compact dimensions and great visibility make it easy to drive and park.
If you want to use it to take your family on vacation, it’s a good decision.
Users will not be subjected to outside noise. Out on the highway, it just feels soothing and comfortable. Sure, in the city, you feel some firmness, but it is never uncomfortable. Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga makes for a good long-distance car.
The petrol powertrain has good low-end torque, which makes it easy to drive in the city. But out on the highway, it feels out of breath. Because its engine options are quite normal
The interior quality is a bit of a let-down and one more reason why one should avoid buying the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Although it’s not such a big problem for a car that costs more than Rs 13 lakhs (on-road Mumbai), we expect it to be a bit better.
You don’t get any soft plastics, and especially when you go lower-below, it’s a little hard and grainy. So, it isn’t as consistent as it should be.
Then, there’s the automatic gearbox option, which has just four-speeds, and in the world of CVTs and dual-clutch automatics, it just doesn’t cut it. It’s noisy.
Although, Ertiga is bigger than the older model but third-legroom is quite difficult. And despite the third-row being roomy, if you have a tall person sitting in the middle-row, the legroom is still compromised.
In addition to the positive side, the car has a few more limitations. However, at a price that cannot be more competitive, you can consider and bypass those restrictions. Be smart customer!