Cars in India are being tweaked and modified to meet the needs of the Indian customers. A car that can be used to drive to work on a regular basis and can also be used for weekend trips is termed as a Multi-purpose vehicle. Maruti Suzuki comes in with one of the most practical MPVs to the roads. Maruti Suzuki calls the Ertiga a ‘Life Utility vehicle’ as it aims to make this car a part and parcel of the modern Indian family.
The Ertiga is available in two engine options- a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The engines are similar to the ones on the Maruti siblings, except these engines get a bigger turbo to generate more torque. There is also a CNG option available for the petrol engine. The diesel engine is equipped with SVHS technology which is a regenerative braking hybrid engine. The car also comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission option.
The Ertiga is more of a practical car than a performer. The car is meant for the family and it is built that way. The car can generate good torque for a number of people it would be carrying. The petrol engine churns out a maximum torque of 130 Nm@4000 rpm while the diesel ones generate 200 Nm@1750 rpm. The maximum power on the petrol engine is 90bhp as compared to 88.5 bhp on the diesel version. The car is smooth to drive at higher rpms but seems to be losing interest in the lower rpms. City manoeuvring can be tiresome as the car can demand frequent gearshifts.
The Ertiga is not head turner by any means but it is not a bad looking car either. The car borrows a lot of things from its siblings. The headlights, front grill and other parts have been seen on earlier cars previously. The car looks from the side looks like a hatchback elongated to accommodate more people. The same story goes with the interiors as well. The dashboard is a near resemblance of one on the Swift. The car gets a smart infotainment system that is already there on the Baleno. The overhead AC vents for the rear seats are ergonomically placed. The rear seats also a gets a power adapter which can be used to charge or use electronics.
The Ertiga does not comprise a lot on the comfort. It offers ample amount of space for 7 people. The seating position is designed upright to give more roominess to the cabin. The only thing that has been compromised is the boot space. However, the seats can be collapsed to give room for more luggage. Seats are comfortable for long journeys. The knee room can be a bit of an issue for taller passengers in the third-row seats. Getting in and out of the third-row seats is not user-friendly.
The diesel engine is more economical than the petrol version as a result of the SVHS technology. This conserves energy and provides it back for better fuel economy. The diesel engine can put 24.5 kmpl at the most. The petrol versions can deliver a satisfactory 17.5 kmpl for Manual transmission and 17 kmpl for the automatic.