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. Over time, nonetheless, its gross sales witnessed a couple 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 items monthly, which is sort 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 package deal than the one it replaces.
Constructed on an all-new platform, the second-gen Ertiga is bigger in each dimension, and, consequently, 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 handbook transmissions, with the petrol additionally getting a Four-speed automated within the type of a standard torque converter. A petroleum-CNG and an all-new in-house developed 95hp, 1,498cc diesel engine are prone to be part of the vary quickly.
The petrol Ertiga’s pricing could be very aggressive at Rs 7.44-9.50 lakh for the handbook and Rs 9.18-9.95 lakh for the automated. And at this value level within the moderately 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 nevertheless 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 major margin. So it’s nonetheless a value-for-money proposition, however what’s improved from the first-gen mannequin? We put it by way of our thorough take a look at to search out out.
Maruti’s coated all of the necessities with the Ertiga. So it will get ABS with EBD, twin airbags, speed-sensing door locks, little one seat mounts (center row), and rear parking sensors proper from the bottom variant, and even projector headlamps, 50:50 break up recline third row and a 60:40 break up center row, energy home windows and central locking are normal throughout the vary. As you go greater up, it will get package like electric-folding mirrors, 15-inch alloys, steering-mounted controls, rear wiper and washer and automated local weather management, amongst others. The highest spec will get a touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a reversing digicam. The petrol-automatic isn’t obtainable within the top-spec, however what it will get is ESP and hill-hold help.
The Ertiga might have finished with some extra package 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. Nevertheless, consider its aggressive price ticket and Maruti may be excused for the lacking package.
The 7.Zero-inch SmartPlay infotainment system is supplied with SD card-based navigation, Mirrorlink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This method is simple to make use of, and the show is crisp with sharp contrasts. The system’s software program lags at instances and its sluggish responses can get annoying whereas on the transfer. Whereas the menu buttons on the perimeters 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 sort of first rate. The digicam 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 straightforward to drive. The interiors are extra spacious and really feel plusher, and the well-cushioned seats take cabin consolation up a couple of notches. What’s extra is that the bigger cabin and the backrest recline perform has made the third row much more usable now. The brand new petrol engine is easy, refined and efficiency is enough, and paired to the handbook, 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 moderately competently. So with regards to health for goal, the Ertiga passes with flying colors, and it’s for this very cause it was our Automobile of the Yr 2019.