Earlier this year, we welcomed the entry of the second-generation Ertiga in India. It proved to be the perfect update for an already perfect family car for India, providing enough comfort and better performance. Today, we bring you our comprehensive review of the new Ertiga to point out what’s hot and what’s not.
Recently, Maruti-Suzuki introduced the second generation of the company’s premium MUV, which also happened to be the first car from Maruti-Suzuki to enter this segment market. The Ertiga 2018 is now available with two engine options- petrol and diesel. The Maruti Ertiga 2018 seats seven in comfort while managing to fit under the perfect dimensions for our kind of city driving conditions. Without further ado, let’s dive straight into our comprehensive review of the new Maruti Ertiga. Before getting into the detailed review of the Indian version, let's take a look at the Ertiga 2018 from Indonesia:
Official Video Suzuki All New Ertiga 2018
1. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 Exterior
As compared to the previous generation of the Ertiga, the facelift has quite simply transformed the exterior of the Ertiga, making it smarter and bolder. The front fascia of the new Ertiga has undergone the most substantial change and the most obvious is the new front grille. The outgoing model’s grille is now replaced by a glossier, thicker version with horizontal chrome slat running across. The change in the grille is accompanied with new headlamps and fog lamp housings. The new swept-back headlamps ditch the simple design to go for a sleeker and more aggressive look. It even gets an option of new LED projector lamps offered on the top-of-the-line variants.
The new front design gives an impression of a bold and aggressive car
Step to the side and you’ll notice that there are not many changes concentrated in this area. While it does compliment the entire look, it gets similar character lines stretching along the body. The alloy wheels, on the other hand, are now a 16 inches affair, which is 1 inch bigger than those offered in the previous version. In terms of size, the new Ertiga has been built on a longer, wider and lighter Heartect platform. It gains 99 mm in length (from 4,296mm to 4,395mm), and 40mm in width (from 1,695mm to 1,735mm), which means that the new Ertiga is much more spacious inside. The increased length also allows more space for the second and third row of seats, perfect for the large, modern Indian family. However, the ground clearance is slightly reduced from 185 mm to 180 mm.
From the rear, the Ertiga 2018 looks smart and sleek
The rear profile of the new Ertiga somehow resembles the design of new Volvo's, more specifically, the Volvo XC90. The windshield glass slants toward the roofline, making the rear also look sleeker and more modern. Overall, the design of the rear goes well with the strong and bold appearance of the entire car. Customers can choose from six different exterior paint colours, which are grey, blue (Pearl Blue Blaze and Serene Blue), beige, silver, and white.
2. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 Interior
The old Ertiga used to share the same dashboard design as the Swift and Dzire. However, Maruti Suzuki has updated the Ertiga with a new design of the dashboard and is now completely unique to the Ertiga. The highlight, undoubtedly, has to be the touchscreen infotainment system which is tuned for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The interior colour scheme is grey and beige – the same as the previous models. Adding to that, the finish of the horizontal piano black air vent panel and the touch of faux wood below those vents enhance the premium vibes inside the cabin.
The dashboard of the new Ertiga will host a 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
The semi-digital instrument clusters feature the two 3D-like pods and a multi-info display, with all of the figures and information being easily readable for the driver. The Ertiga in the Indian market will also get the automatic climate control option instead of the manual air conditioning unit. One of those AC vents is placed below the centre console, near the cup-holder to act as a drinks cooler. Some more features that new Ertiga offers include a start/stop button, keyless entry, electrically adjustable ORVMs, reverse camera and SD-card based navigation. The entertainment system also supports Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX input. Summing it up, these features an added dose of comfort and convenience to the driving experience.
With an increase in size, the Ertiga will surely give you more space
Due to its increase in size, the Ertiga offers better space and comfort for the first row, the second row, and the third as well. Notably, the second row can be easily adjusted forward or backwards with a lever at the bottom, allowing for better second-row comfort and an adjustable sitting position. The cargo-carrying capacity has also grown from 145 to 153 litres. To create more space for storage, the third row can be folded flat with ease.
Despite the radical interior makeover, there are still some details brought from the first generation, for example, the air vents and the steering wheel. The safety package includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP as well as an ISOFIX child seat anchoring system. Among these features, the drivers-side airbag and ABS are available as the standard across the variants.
3. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 Performance
In the first generation, Maruti-Suzuki offered the Ertiga with two engine options - 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel motor. The first was tuned to produce 94bhp and 130 Nm of torque, whereas the latter made 90bhp and 210Nm of torque. Compared to other engines in its class, the performance figures of the diesel engine failed to impress, however, in regards to its fuel economy, it was well ahead. The mileage figure of the old diesel motor stood at 22kmpl in city driving conditions and 24kmpl on the highway.
With the introduction of the second-generation model, the Ertiga replaces the old diesel engine for a new 1.5-litre motor. Not only does the new engine get improved performance, but it also helps the new Ertiga return a better fuel efficiency. The new engine is tuned to deliver a power output of 104bhp and 138Nm – higher figures than that of the previous model. Besides the new 1.5-litre diesel engine, the old 1.4-litre petrol engine continues to do duty on the new model.
4. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga 2018 Prices
With the new-generation Ertiga, Maruti-Suzuki has improved the car on every front over the previous model. While the company is keeping prices aggressive, it does carry a higher sticker price over the outgoing model. The new Maruti Ertiga gets a starting price tag of INR 7.45 lakh (ex-showroom) for the petrol and goes up to INR 9.96 lakh (ex-showroom). The prices of Ertiga diesel variants, on the other hand, start at INR 8.85 lakh (ex-showroom) and goes all the way up to the top-end diesel version priced at INR 10.91 lakh (ex-showroom). Among the variants, VDI and VXI Petrol are the top best selling variants with the price of Rs. 8.17 lakhs and 9.57 lakhs respectively. Recently, Maruti Suzuki has offered attractive discounts up to INR 70,000 for the Ertiga across its Arena lineup. Not only Ertiga but other models as Maruti Baleno, S-Cross, Ciaz and Ignis are getting pampered with hot deals.