For its sheer versatility and worth for cash, the first-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga set off to a flying begin when it launched in 2012. Through the years, nonetheless, its gross sales witnessed a number of troughs as a result of shift in purchaser preferences in the direction of different segments like compact sedans, premium hatchbacks and SUVs. Regardless of that, this seven-seater from Maruti soldiered together with regular gross sales (a serious contributor being the taxi market), and even in the direction of the top of its life cycle it averaged over Three,500 models monthly, which is kind of respectable. However now, there’s an all-new, second-generation Ertiga, and if preliminary impressions are something to go by, this one is way extra fascinating and a a lot better bundle than the one it replaces.
Constructed on an all-new platform, the second-gen Ertiga is bigger in each dimension, and, in consequence, is extra spacious than earlier than. It comes with two engine choices – an all-new 105hp, 1,462cc petrol, and the tried and examined 90hp, 1,248cc Fiat-sourced diesel. Each engines are mated to 5-speed guide transmissions, with the petrol additionally getting a Four-speed computerized within the type of a conventional torque converter. A petroleum-CNG and an all-new in-house developed 95hp, 1,498cc diesel engine are prone to be a part of the vary quickly.
The petrol Ertiga’s pricing may be very aggressive at Rs 7.44-9.50 lakh for the guide and Rs 9.18-9.95 lakh for the automated. And at this value level within the quite uncrowded MPV market, it doesn’t have any direct competitor. At Rs eight.84-10.90 lakh, the diesel-manual is a bit expensive, particularly contemplating the Rs 1.40 lakh premium it instructions over the petrol however it nonetheless undercuts its core rivals – Mahindra Marazzo (Rs 9.99-14.38 lakh) and Renault Lodgy (Rs eight.63-12.12 lakh) by a big margin. So it’s nonetheless a value-for-money proposition, however what’s improved from the first-gen mannequin? We put it by our thorough take a look at to search out out.
Maruti’s lined all of the necessities with the Ertiga. So it will get ABS with EBD, twin airbags, speed-sensing door locks, baby seat mounts (center row), and rear parking sensors proper from the bottom variant, and even projector headlamps, 50:50 cut up recline third row and a 60:40 cut up center row, energy home windows and central locking are commonplace throughout the vary. As you go larger up, it will get equipment like electric-folding mirrors, 15-inch alloys, steering-mounted controls, rear wiper and washer and computerized local weather management, amongst others. The highest spec will get a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a reversing digital camera. The petrol-automatic isn’t accessible within the top-spec, however what it will get is ESP and hill-hold help.
The Ertiga might have carried out with some extra equipment like cruise management, LED DRLs, bigger wheels and wider tyres, rain-sensing wipers and rear sun-blinds, all of which its direct competitor, the Marazzo, will get. Nonetheless, think about its aggressive price ticket and Maruti will be excused for the lacking equipment.
The 7.Zero-inch SmartPlay infotainment system is provided with SD card-based navigation, Mirrorlink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This method is straightforward to make use of, and the show is crisp with sharp contrasts. The system’s software program lags at occasions and its gradual responses can get annoying whereas on the transfer. Whereas the menu buttons on the edges are touch-operated too, the quantity rocker isn’t essentially the most handy to make use of. Voice instructions can be found, and are fairly correct more often than not. Sound high quality from the 6-speaker setup (4 audio system and two entrance tweeters) is kind of first rate. The digital camera engages with a small delay, when the automobile’s put in reverse.
Maruti has nailed it with the brand new Ertiga’s intelligent packaging. Regardless of being a seven-seater, it’s nonetheless compact in dimensions, and its mild controls and good all-round visibility make it very user-friendly and simple to drive. The interiors are extra spacious and really feel plusher, and the well-cushioned seats take cabin consolation up a number of notches. What’s extra is that the bigger cabin and the backrest recline perform has made the third row way more usable now. The brand new petrol engine is easy, refined and efficiency is ample, and paired to the guide, it’s our decide from the vary; the automated is heavy sipper within the metropolis, whereas the 1.Three-litre diesel, though simpler to drive (than earlier than) and really environment friendly, feels a bit crude. The Ertiga does miss some options however its pricing is so aggressive, you simply can’t argue with its worth proposition. On the finish of the day, this isn’t an thrilling automobile that’ll tug at your heartstrings, however it’s one which’s very sensible and delivers all that’s anticipated of it and quite competently. So in terms of health for function, the Ertiga passes with flying colors, and it’s for this very motive it was our Automotive of the 12 months 2019.