The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was first launched in 2012 as a ‘Life Utility Vehicle.’ I don’t know if that term makes much sense, but the fact remains that this MPV went on to become a huge hit. Such a big hit, in fact, that over 5.5 lakh people have bought it across the nation. Moreover, Maruti Suzuki received around 11,000 orders within the first week of launching the Ertiga. Over the years, the automaker has given its prized MPV a few facelifts to keep it looking fresh and relevant. Finally, it released the second-generation model in 2018. This new Ertiga was built on the now ubiquitous (and supposedly safer) Heartect platform.
Mr. Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales), Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said,
“Over the years, brand Ertiga has redefined the notion of utilitarian MPVs with its sharp style, space, comfort, safety, and host of technology features. As India’s first compact MPV, Ertiga continues to build a legacy of innovation. The remarkable milestone of 5.5 Lakh sales is a testimony of its success. While making a purchase decision, customers often cross-consider MPVs with UVs. Despite being cross-considered with the top-selling SUVs in the country, Ertiga has dominated the market and increased its market share in the segment.”
There are at least four different trim levels of the Ertiga, spanning approximately 7 variants. All Ertigas come with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid technology, except for the stand-alone CNG variant. The entry-level LXI trim costs Rs 7.59 lakh, whilst the ZXI trim with the automatic gearbox starts from Rs 10.13 lakh. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom, Delhi. There is a spin-off but ‘posher’ version of the Ertiga, known as the XL6. However, its sales figures are nowhere near as stellar. As for the Ertiga’s exterior design, it looks like a typical compact MPV. The hood and headlamps are placed relatively high, with the expansive greenhouse and high-set roof being other trademarks of an MPV.
Designers have tried to break-up the MPV-ness by implementing a pseudo ‘floating roof’ near the D-pillars, with little effect. Viewed from the back, there is no hiding that the Ertiga is as MPV as MPVs come. The large tailgate is pretty much flat, while the wide tail lamps do little to mask this car’s roots. Having said that, there are few creases about the place, along with chrome and a large front bumper. Once you climb onboard the Ertiga, you will notice that space for the front-seat and middle-seat occupants is more than adequate. There are some chrome and “maple wood” trim about the place to liven up the interior. Maruti Suzuki has installed roof-mounted blowers that the middle-seat passengers can control. Plus, the large windows of the Ertiga make this cabin feel pretty airy.
In terms of its luggage-carrying capacity, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga can swallow about 210 liters with all three rows in place. This can be further extended by dropping the third-row seats down, which increases the Ertiga’s boot volume to 550 liters. As for features, you can get split-folding seats, keyless entry & go, automatic climate control, cooled cupholders, steering-mounted audio & Bluetooth controls, and a 7-inch touch-infotainment system. However, Maruti Suzuki’s infotainment system isn’t all that good or modern. Even less so when you compare it to some of the best systems in this segment and price point. Still, it gets the job done, I guess. The Ertiga’s safety kit includes items like ABS with EBD, dual airbags, Hill Hold Assist (HHA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and ISOFIX anchorages.
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The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga uses a 1.5-liter K-series four-cylinder petrol engine. This BS6-compliant motor produces about 103hp and 138Nm of torque and can be had with either a 5-speed manual or an antiquated 4-speed automatic gearbox. The manual version of the Ertiga is rated at 19.01 kmpl, while the automatic can achieve 17.99 kmpl. The CNG variant, which is rated at just over 26 km/kg, also produces less power than the petrol-only versions. According to Maruti Suzuki, the Ertiga enjoys over 20 percent repeat customers. Wow. Such commitment is hard to witness even in the human world.