Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Comparison: Which Is Better To Buy?

by Harish Kumar | 24/07/2019
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Renault is gearing up for the arrival of the Renault Triber which is set to slash the dominance of the Maruti Ertiga 2018 in the MPV segment. How the upcoming Renault Triber compares with the like of Maruti Ertiga in the market? We'll find out.

1. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga: Introduction

Renault has introduced its all-new MPV for the Indian market, the Renault Triber. After launched, the brand new Renault Triber has to fight tooth and nails with the segment leader, Maruti Ertiga MPV in the Indian car space.

India has been a very dynamic market with a number of unique India-only segments like the sub-four-metre SUV and sub-four-metre sedan which are scoring better than the conventional cars in terms of sales performance. And the new Triber comes to clear the way for the one-of-a-kind sub-four-metre MPV segment. The all-new Triber is a micro MPV claimed to be best enough to undercut the full-fledged MPV models in the segment. Being rich in features and generous in space, the sub-four-metre Triber MPV is surely a go-to option for those who are in need of a traditional MPV but having a tight budget. That's the reason why the Triber becomes the second largest-selling MPV in India in the past months, right behind the Maruti Ertiga.

Maruti Suzuki hardly needs an introduction and neither does Maruti Ertiga. IndianAuto knows that many of you are questioning whether the new Triber is worth considering instead of the largest-selling MPV from the India-Japanese car giant. Should you take time to jump to the Renault Triber showrooms or go straight to get a Maruti Ertiga, a micro or a full-fledged one? Read our Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga comparison to make your best decision.

Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga - renault triber maruti ertiga front angle

2. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Dimensions: Which Is Bigger?

It comes as no surprise: the full-fledged Maruti Ertiga is bigger than the Renault Triber compact MPV in most of the dimensions. The Maruti Ertiga offers 4395 mm in length, 1735 mm in width, 1690 mm in height along with the wheelbase of 2740 mm.  From these, the Triber is significantly shorter than the Maruti car by 405 mm in length and 47 mm in height and gets a 104 mm shorter in the wheelbase as compared to its rival. Interestingly, the micro MPV is slightly wider than the Ertiga by 4 mm.

Renault Triber Vs Maruti Ertiga - Dimension
 Dimension  Renault Triber  Maruti Ertiga
 Length  3990 mm  4395 mm
 Width  1739 mm  1735 mm
 Height  1643 mm  1690 mm
 Wheelbase  2636 mm  2740 mm
 Ground Clearance  182 mm  185 mm
 Kerb Weight  947 kg  1135 kg
 Boot Space

 84 litres (7-seater)

 625 litres (5-seater)

 209 litres (7-seater)

 803 litres (5-seater)

 Seating Capacity  7  7

During the course of the Renault Triber’s official unveiling, the all-new Renault car has grabbed a whole bunch of attention from the press and the public for its unique sizes it has on offer. The new Triber is the first MPV in India to sit with the length of under the four-metre mark. The Renault MPV measures 3,990 mm long, 1,739 mm wide and 1,643 mm high along with the wheelbase of 2,636 mm.

Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga - renault triber maruti ergia side profile

Quite clearly, the Renault Triber gets a smaller boot space of 84 litres as against 209 litres of the Ertiga (with 7-seater setup). With the second and third-row seats folded down, the Triber offers 625 litres of luggage bay while the Ertiga offers 803 litres of storage capacity. Both cars have a seating capacity of 7 people. It's clear from this part of our Renault Triber Vs Maruti Ertiga comparison that the upcoming low-cost MPV is no match for the Ertiga but then, let's not forget the cost advantage the new model would hold over the larger model. 

2. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Design: Which is better looking?

Exterior Comparison

The Triber is developed on a new architecture derived from the CMFA platform that also underpins the entry-level Renault Kwid hatchback. The first thing emerged on our mind when looking at the Renault Triber is that it bears a resemblance to the Renault Kwid which it is built on. But thanks to the latest design language, the Triber looks very pretty and impressive in its compact size.

renault triber india front angle

The exterior of the Triber features chrome grille up front with the iconic big Renault logo standing at the centre like other Renault models. The headlights are projector units which are flanked by the grille with the LED daytime running lights sitting right below. The character lines on the hood give the new Renault MPV a more premium appeal. Particularly, the Renault Triber is also kitted out with some SUV design cues comprising roof rails, scuff plates and claddings around the wheel arches. At the back, the MPV gets wraparound taillights, small rear spoiler and a tailgate-mounted Triber branding.

new maruti ertiga front angle

The Maruti Ertiga, on the other hand, comes with a more premium aggressive look. Based on the company’s latest HEARTECT platform, the Ertiga is much stronger yet lighter than its previous-gen model. The Maruti Ertiga exterior sports some amazing sharp angles and curves, giving the new Ertiga a higher sense of sportiness. Like the Triber, the Maruti Ertiga is also offered with projector headlamps and LED DRLs but in the different styles. The slopping bonnet of the bigger MPV also gets character lines, giving the Ertiga a more sculpted look. The side profile of the Maruti Ertiga features tornado line connecting two doors, and character lines stretching from the front quarter until the L-shaped tail lamps at the back.

Renault Triber Compact MPV Unveiled - Quick Walkaround Video

Having said, the overall design of each car seems to have a different intention. The Maruti Ertiga is a traditional small-size MPV with chunkier silhouette and aggressive look while the all-new Renault Triber is a compact MPV with the crossover-ish stance. Which one you like better is purely subjective. Hence, there's no clear winner of this part of our Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga comparison.

Interior Comparison

The Renault Triber features a modern interior design which can be realised right at first sight. The Triber comes with a completely new design with a dual-tone beige and black interior theme, fresh dashboard layout and the black-beige fabric upholstery.

The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system stands out in the dash which also gets dual-tone treatment and is finished in metallic. Good quality materials are adopted all around that raises the premium upmarket feel of the interior.

Whereas, the Maruti Ertiga tends to be more functional rather than gorgeous. The Ertiga comes with a sculpted dashboard with artificial wooden trims as well as high-quality materials and chrome accents. The leather-wrapped steering looks premium with a flat bottom. The Audi-like air vents look cool on the dash, the freestanding touchscreen blends nicely with any other design cues.

4. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Features: Which is safer and more convenient?

Comfort Features Comparison

The Renault Triber is really a well-loaded MPV. The car is packed with an array of bells and whistles, including an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto supports, a digital instrument panel with 3.5-inch LCD display, etc. The interior delivers quite a premium feel thanks to the adoption of good quality materials.

renault triber interior look

The cabin space is ample too, with enough legroom and headroom for the second row of seat. The third row is fairly comfortable, but the headroom is not as generous as that of the second one. Other interior features of the Triber encompass circular knobs on the centre console, various storage spaces, rear AC vents mounted on the pillars, keyless entry, engine start/stop push button, power windows among others.

maruti ertiga 2018 interior look

In the meantime, the Maruti Ertiga is really user-friendly with more creature comforts. Apart from these above fitments, the Ertiga comes with Maruti’s SmartPlay functionalities, MID on the instrument cluster, cooled storage, rear parking sensors, tilt and telescopic steering with audio control, adjustable headrests for each row, auto climate control, central locking and more.

Safety Features Comparison

Both Renault Triber and Maruti Ertiga come with enough safety essentials including dual airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, high-speed alert, driver and passenger seatbelt reminder as standard across the range.

The Maruti Ertiga has a solid build thanks to the strong yet lightweight Heartect Platform that also underpins other Maruti vehicles. The Ertiga endears itself with more safety features such as hill-hold technology, electronic stability programme, ISOFIX child seat mount, rear parking camera for the range-topping variant, central locking, brake assist, engine immobiliser, etc.

Apart from the standard features, the Renault Triber, on the other hand, comes with some safety bits such as two side airbags for the top-spec trim along with Speed Sensing Door Lock & Impact Sensing Unlock for the RXL and RXE+ variants.

6. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Specifications: Which one gets better performance?

The Renault Triber is set to go on sale with one engine option at launch. The all-new Renault offering will deploy a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which is also doing its duty on the Renault Sandero and Clio in some other markets. This engine is capable of producing a maximum power of 72 HP at 6,250 rpm and 96 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm and come mated to a 5-speed MT and a 5-speed AMT as an option.

  Renault Triber Vs Maruti Ertiga - Engine
 Specs Renault Triber Maruti Ertiga
 Engine  1.0-litre petrol  1.5-litre petrol 1.3-litre diesel  1.5-litre diesel

 5-speed MT

 5-speed AMT

 5-speed MT  4-speed AT  6-speed AT
 Max Power  72 HP  104 HP  90 HP  95 HP
 Max Torque  96 Nm  138 Nm  200 Nm  225 Nm
 Fuel Mileage  NA

 19.34 kmpl (MT)

 18.69 kmpl (AT)

 25.47 kmpl  24.2 kmpl

Talking about the Ertiga specification, the MPV is available with three engine options – two diesels and one petrol. It comes with in-house developed 1.5-litre petrol and diesel motors which are good enough to make 104 HP /138 Nm and 95 HP/ 225 Nm, respectively. There’s also a smaller 1.3-litre oil burner putting out 90 HP of max power and a peak torque of 200 Nm units. Transmission choices of the new Ertiga include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed automatic unit for the petrol model, a 6-speed manual gearbox for the 1.5-litre diesel and a 5-speed manual transmission for the smaller 1.3-litre diesel unit.

6. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Top Speed: Which Is Faster?

Maruti Ertiga towers over the Renault Triber in terms of top speed. The Ertiga is reported to hit the maximum speed of 155 - 165 kmph while the Renault Triber is said to make do with over 150 kmph.

Specs  Renault Triber  Maruti Ertiga 
 Top Speed  150+ kmph  155- 165 kmph
 Acceleration  16.72 seconds  15-16 seconds

7. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Price: Which is cheaper?

 Renault Triber Vs Maruti Ertiga - Price
 Renault Triber  Maruti Ertiga
 Rs 4.95 - 6.63 Lakh (ex-showroom, estimated)  Rs 7.54 - 11.20 Lakh

The full-fledged Maruti Ertiga is no doubt expensive than the new Triber by a margin. The all-new Renault Triber has disrupted the segment with its affordable price. It falls in between the Renault Kwid and the Duster, as it is priced in the range of Rs 4.95 – 6.63 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). On the other hand, the Maruti Ertiga is currently sitting in the range of Rs 7.54– 11.20 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

8. Renault Triber: Other Competitors

Apart from some MPVs like the Ertiga in the segment, the Renault Triber is also competing with some other models in the premium hatchbacks and SUVs segment, including the Maruti Baleno, Renault Kwid, Maruti Swift, Hyundai Venue, Datsun GO+, Maruti WagonR, Tata Tiago, etc.

Other competitors  Compare with Renault Triber 
 Maruti Baleno  Renault Triber vs Maruti Baleno
 Tata Tiago  Renault Triber vs Tata Tiago
 Maruti Swift  Renault Triber vs Maruti Swift
 Datsun GO+  Renault Triber vs Datsun GO+
 Maruti WagonR  Renault Triber vs Maruti WagonR
 Renault Kwid  Renault Triber vs Renault Kwid
 Hyundai Venue  Renault Triber vs Hyundai Venue

9. Maruti Ertiga Other Competitors

Other competitors  Compare with Maruti Ertiga 
 Mahindra Marazzo  Maruti Ertiga vs Mahindra Marazzo
 Honda BR-V  Maruti Ertiga vs Honda BR-V

10. Renault Triber vs Maruti Ertiga Verdict: Which Model Is Worth Buying?

When it comes to a promising offer with a host of interesting features and competitive price mark, the Renault Triber MPV is definitely worth considering. However, the Maruti Ertiga has never lost out its charm to the younger rival. It is still the segment-leader with spacious, comfortable and functional personalities that become its USPs in the competition. If money is no object to you (in fact the Ertiga is not so expensive compared to some other full-fledged MPVs), the Ertiga is truly a good option, not to mention the aftersale services as well as higher resale value than the Triber counterpart. So we will lead our dear buyers to define which model is better and worth buying between the Renault Triber and Maruti Ertiga. Hopefully, our comparison of Renault Triber and Maruti Ertiga will help you make a better decision.

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