Maruti Ertiga CNG
Maruti Ertiga Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Maruti Ertiga CNG
When we think of MPV and Maruti, we think of the Omni and the Eeco. Earlier there was also the Maruti Versa which was not so successful. So why is Maruti having another go at this segment with the Ertiga? Because this time Maruti has painstakingly made sure it can succeed by carefully moulding the MPV to suit the Indian tastes plus ‘MPV’ is the latest buzzword in the Indian auto industry as Nissan and Chevrolet and others are also planning to launch MPV’s. But the Ertiga will not only compete with the MPV’s but also with other types of cars like a Honda Jazz or a sedan like a Honda City. The Ertiga aims to have all the car-like qualities along with the space of a true MPV. So is it any good? Is it true replacement for your sedan? Somnath Chatterjee drove both the diesel and petrol versions to find out.
Pros: Value, engines, comfort
Cons: Last row not very spacious
Maruti Ertiga CNG Interiors
Step inside and immediately you get a sense that it is a spacious and an airy cabin. The light beige look to the interiors does help in that matter. As expected the interior design borrows heavily from the Swift but with a more upmarket look. The materials used in the cabin are of good quality, especially the look and feel of the upper part of the centre-console. The only complaint here is that the knobs for the AC could have been of better quality.
Equipment wise you do get a lot of bang for your buck. You get steering mounted audio controls, USB and a nice sounding audio system. The instruments (with LCD display), show information like the outside temperature, driving range etc.
With summer just starting to reveal its true colours, here was a good chance to test the Ertiga’s air conditioning system and we are happy to report that it kept us chilled in the Delhi heat. Plus what is also comforting is that the 2nd row gets its separate AC with controls.
Being an MPV space is of paramount importance and don’t let the fact that the Ertiga is smaller than the Innova fool you, Maruti has squeezed out a lot of space in the Ertiga. For starters the 6-way adjustable front seats are large and comfy with good headroom and legroom. The 2nd row is also comfortable with enough legroom and adequate thigh-support though three people at the back can be a bit of a squeeze. There is a centre armrest, sliding/reclining seatbacks, adjustable headrests, cup holders. The 2nd row also features a 60:40 spilt for convenience.
The Ertiga has a 5+2 ‘Flexi-Seating’ which means it has a 3rd row of seats and life in the 3rd row is not claustrophobic at all in-fact since you are not sitting in the ‘knees-up position’ and for short journeys it is fine. Plus for easy access to the 3rd row, the 2nd row seatback folds down and slides forward. Luggage space is good too as with all the seats up, the luggage space is 135 litres and goes all the way upto 735 litres.
The Ertiga being an MPV means lots of people will be travelling and that means lots of storage places are required and the Ertiga has them. The glove box is adequate in size plus there is a dashboard rack, centre console cup holder, dashboard cup holder, front and rear door pockets, front passenger seatback pocket and a luggage box. Phew!
Maruti Ertiga CNG Interiors Details
Maruti Ertiga Boot space
With 6040 split seats, Maruti Ertiga has a big boot space if 3rd row seat is folded. Else, the car lacks proper boot space and cannot hold big luggage for those weekend family trip.
Maruti Ertiga Speedometer
The speedometer is clearly visible and has vibrant and beautiful colours in it.
Maruti Ertiga Gear lever
The gear lever is planted in the central console and is easily accessible to the Driver.
Maruti Ertiga Cup holders
There are options of cup holders in the Ertiga.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Exteriors
At first sight, the Ertiga looks quite pleasing. First of all it looks much bigger in person than in pictures and the Swift influence is very much there. Don’t be surprised though as the Ertiga is based on the new Swift platform but it does have its own visual identity. The sharp swept back headlamps dominate the front end while the grille and bonnet (borrowed from the Ritz) complete a handsome looking face. The Ertiga’s dimensions look more like a big hatchback rather than a MPV. The Ertiga has an overall length of 4265 mm and an overall width of 1695 mm. To put that in perspective the Innova has an overall length of 4580 mm and a height of 1760 mm. The side view of the Ertiga is again clean looking and the flared wheel arches do add some muscle to the look without creating too much clutter. The 15 inch wheels though are a tad too small.
Move to the rear and the small tail-lamps make the rear look a bit bare and it certainly is not as sporty looking as the front. But again it is minimalistic and very clean.
Typically you also get a plethora of colour options to choose from, which include Serene Blue, Ecru Beige, Granite Grey, Silky Silver, Superior White and Dusky Brown. However the best colour according to us is the Firebrick Red. It’s a deep maroonish colour and it brings out the best in the Ertiga’s design.
On the whole this is a design that many would be pleased with. It is well-proportioned and it does not look flabby and slab-sided like some of the other MPV’s. The Swift inspired front end is my favourite and it looks lower and sportier than any other MPV out there.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Exteriors Details
Maruti Ertiga Front design
From the front, Ertiga looks good if not gorgeous. The blacked-out front grille along with curvy lines on the body colored bumpers makes the car stand out from the other MUVs
Maruti Ertiga Rear design
From the rear Ertiga looks very simple without any out of the place curves. The blacked out windshield borders adds to the looks while rear wash wiper for the top variant is placed just beside the Suzuki logo.
Maruti Ertiga Side profile
The blacked out B and C pillars looks premium on Ertiga. Also, the top variant gets the Alloy wheels which adds sportiness to the vehicle. Maruti Ertiga gets tinted windows across all the variants
Maruti Ertiga Ground Clearance
185mm of Ground clearance makes the car stand tall against any obstacle. The high ground clearance helps the car to maneuver in bad road conditions.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Engine & Performance
The Ertiga has two engine options, a new 1.4 litre petrol and the much loved 1.3 litre diesel. Let’s deal with petrol first, this K-series engine makes 95 PS at 6000 rpm and has max torque of 130 Nm@4000 rpm. It feels punchy and eager to rev. At city speeds the engine feels good and performance delivery is fine but once you start putting in some speed it feels strained. But for cruising it is fine. After the petrol, it was time for the diesel. This DDiS diesel engine makes 90 PS at 4000 rpm and has max torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. At first there is some turbo-lag but once it frees up the performance is very good and it is quite quick.
The 5-speed gearbox is fun to use and it shifts are accurate and easy to slot. The clutch is also on the light side and coupled with a perfect driving position, the Ertiga is easier to drive than some of the other MPV’s. Plus when negotiating some tight turns the turning radius of 5.2 m is quite good too.
Fuel efficiency is very important and being a Maruti it is even more so. The Ertiga does impress with a figure of 16 kmpl for the petrol and 20 kmpl for the diesel.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Engine and Performance Details
Maruti Ertiga Acceleration
The Maruti car can accelerate from 0kmph to 100 Kmph in 15 seconds for petrol and 15.5 seconds in diesel Ertiga. This gearbox provides the mini MPV an awesome acceleration
Maruti Ertiga Top speed
Ertiga has a top speed of about 163kmph to be exact.
Maruti Ertiga In-gear acceleration
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga diesel can accelerate during overtaking between 40 to 60 in 3.52 seconds in the 3rd gear and can reach 80-100 in 4.95 seconds and in petrol variant should be a couple of seconds more.
Maruti Ertiga Gearbox
The 5-speed manual transmission is pretty much reliable and very smooth.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Mileage and Running Costs
Fuel efficiency is very important and being a Maruti it is even more so. The Ertiga does impress with a figure of 16 kmpl for the petrol and 20 kmpl for the diesel. These figures are indeed extremely impressive for its class and in its segment is the benchmark in this regard. The CNG version delivers 22.80 km/kg which is great.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Mileage View full detail
|Maruti Ertiga CNG CNG Variants|
|Maruti Ertiga CNG LXi CNG||22.8 km/kg|
|Maruti Ertiga CNG VXi CNG||22.8 km/kg|
Maruti Ertiga CNG Mileage Details
Maruti Ertiga CNG City fuel economy
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga returns 12.5kmpl in the city.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Highway fuel economy
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga returns about 17kmpl in the highways.
Maruti Ertiga CNG ARAI rated economy
As specified by ARAI (automotive research association of India), the fuel economy of Maruti Ertiga Diesel is 20.77 Kmpl
Maruti Ertiga CNG Tank Range
the tank range of Ertiga is about 900 Kms.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Handling Braking & Safety
The Ertiga handles with finesse. Thanks to the monocoque chassis again it feels well balanced and there is less amounts of body roll. It definitely beats the other MPV’s in this department. The braking performance of the Ertiga also proved to be satisfactory as it has ABS with Brake Assist and EBD.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Handling, Braking & Safety Details
Maruti Ertiga Handling
The Electric power steering makes the car more easy to drive around through tighter spaces without much hassle. Softer suspension do develop high speed body roll, but the body roll factor is very negligible
Maruti Ertiga Braking performance
Front disc and rear drum brakes provides ample braking force and the top variant is also equipped with Anti lock brakes and Electric Brake Distribution for greater stopping power with safety.
Maruti Ertiga Safety features
6 seats of Ertiga get 3-point safety seat belts, while ione center 2-point lap belt and seat belt reminder for the driver. The top variant also gets Anti Lock Brakes and Electric Brake Distribution system for added safety
Maruti Ertiga ABS
ABS is present in the Ertiga
Maruti Ertiga Traction control
There is no traction control in the Ertiga but it comes with a EBD.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Comfort & Suspension
The suspension of the Ertiga features MacPherson Strut at the front and Torsion Beam at the rear. Thanks to a monocoque chassis both the ride and the handling are impressive. The ride is not choppy and bumps are swallowed effortlessly, we took the Ertiga on an uneven terrain and it performed effortlessly. Even the really sharp bumps and potholes are dealt well. Now onto handling! The Ertiga has a gross vehicle weight of 1760 kg (for petrol) and 1845 kg (for diesel) and it is light on its feet.The Ertiga did impress me but let’s face it is not meant for an enthusiast but what it does, is handle with finesse.Thanks to the monocoque chassis again it feels well balanced and there is less amounts of body roll. It definitely beats the other MPV’s in this department. Refinement levels were a mixed bag though as there was noise coming in the cabin but it is not intrusive and you will get over it quickly.The steering though was light but that will add to the car’s user friendliness as it will be easy to drive in traffic and while parking. The braking performance of the Ertiga also proved to be satisfactory as it has ABS with Brake Assist and EBD.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Comfort & Suspension Details
Maruti Ertiga Comfort
Ertiga rides on high suspension which ensure the car is comfortable on rough terrains. The suspensions are on the softer side and even big potholes are not felt intensively by the passengers.
Maruti Ertiga Front suspension
McPherson struts in the front improves driving comfort and handling.
Maruti Ertiga Rear suspension
Torsion beam with anti-roll bars are in the rear which allow the car to go over rough terrains without much difficulty.
Maruti Ertiga CNG Specifications and Features
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheel Size||15 inch|
Maruti Ertiga CNG Features
|Maruti Ertiga CNG||LXi CNG||VXi CNG|
Maruti Ertiga CNG Price
The ex showroom price of Maruti Ertiga CNG ranges from Rs 6.40 Lakh to Rs 7.15 Lakh. Maruti Ertiga CNG is available in 2 variants. To find the on road price of Maruti Ertiga CNG you need to click on the check on road price.
Maruti Ertiga CNG has 2 CNG variant(s), the cheapest variant is Maruti Ertiga LXi CNG starts at Rs 6.40 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Maruti Ertiga VXi CNG is for Rs 7.15 Lakh .
Maruti Ertiga CNG News
Maruti Ertiga CNG Reviews
By Rahul Posted on Jan,01,27 4:50 PM
Pros seating capacity and mileage
Cons Should be little wider than what it is appearing
A complete family CAR with one of the best fuel economy.
By Soumya Kidambi Posted on Apr,04,15 6:25 PM
Pros Great Looks,
Great vehicle with good features. I was waiting for the mobilio but since no date on launch i bought this vehicle. Good performance from vehicle. Maruti service is best till date as no issues. I have no accidents and car is going smooth. Engine is giving good mileage and my ownership experience is good with my ertiga.
Posted on Jul,07,01 12:42 AM
Pros nice interiors as not expected .
Cons ground clearance is low.
good option in a cross over segment plus the price is totally worth it . Spacious in a adjustable manner but power is good . Over all very good car with a reasonable price.
By Kunjal Kamdar Posted on Jul,07,15 1:17 PM
Pros Conversion from Petrol to CNG mode (Automated) and the doors get locked automatically within 10secs
Cons They should have given Rear Wiper in VXI model as there are only 2 models in CNG - LXI and VIX
Booked Ertiga CNG (VXI) and got delivery in 10 days. Thanks to the wonderful service by the Maruti dealer and staff from "My Car" Pune. Maruti has maintained it as a 7 seat car and is a dream to drive it. It has a 10kg CNG Tank. Did take it for a ride to Mumbai and to my surprise it did give me amazing mileage (Rs 2 per KM). The transition between Petrol to CNG and CNG to Petrol is amazingly smooth.
By vkagagrwal Posted on Dec,12,12 1:52 PM
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,
Good style but the third seat is low and has lesser leg space than the middle row, it can accommodate adults but those who have height more than 5'8 will face problems due to limited under thigh and leg space. These seats are more suitable for kids
Used Maruti Ertiga
- Maruti, Ertiga ZDi(2013)
40000 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 7,00,000
- Maruti, Ertiga VDi(2013)
19000 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 7,10,000
- Maruti, Ertiga VXi(2012)
30000 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 5,85,000
- Maruti, Ertiga VDi(2012)
16000 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 7,50,000
- Maruti, Ertiga VDi(2013)
35000 kms, in New Delhi @ Rs. 7,50,000