Without wasting any time let us get straight to the point, will the Enjoy wreck the dream run of the Ertiga? Likely as we have very little reason to believe otherwise. We have tested both of them and after today's price shock, the Enjoy has a lot of tricks up its sleeve. Read on to know our segment wise comparison.
Styling is subjective but when it comes to MPV's there is a perception that all of them look bland. It is not the case with the Ertiga as it looks good and the Swift like design details bode well with the MPV body. Overall it is a balanced design and not plain looking , our favourite bit is the front-end. Move to the Enjoy and it is a lot safer design but it is also quite pleasant.
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While it is not bursting with curves and design details, it is not bland and we like the Mercedes Viano like shape. Plus the Enjoy is colour sensitive, in 'Velvet red' it certainly looks good while less so in silver. In the styling department while the Ertiga comes across as more sporty and slightly extrovert, the pleasant styling of the Enjoy will suit many tastes.
This is the main reason why you want an MPV in the first place so this is an important area for both of these cars. Both of them have to be spacious yet also well styled and well equipped. Not easy. Just like the exterior the Ertiga offers a well-designed interior that is also good in build quality. The Swift like design plus the sea of beige make it a nice place. The equipment levels are very generous too with all the required features like steering mounted audio controls and USB compatible audio system etc. Space is good and 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.
In the Enjoy the interior design is less sporty and more simple looking. While it lacks the Ertiga's design pizazz, it more than makes up with having more space. The insides feel more airy than the Ertiga and both the 2nd (With Captain seats) and 3rd row feel more comfy. Where we feel the Enjoy lacks is in the features department as it does not have steering controls, Bluetooth, climate control and a dead pedal for the driver though you do get USB, Aux, single din audio system, height adjustable driver’s seat and roof mounted aircon at the rear.
Engine, ride and handling and fuel economy
Both of these compact MPV's have petrol and diesel engines. GM India had gone to great lengths to get a diesel for the Enjoy as it would have been a clear disadvantage without it. Plus we are glad for that too as the Enjoy diesel is our pick of the range. The 1.3l SMARTECH Turbo-charged diesel with 76 bhp feels ample and lag free which is what we like the most. It is a breeze in the city and has enough bottom-end punch so that you are not shifting all the time.
The 1.4l SMARTECH petrol engine with 103 bhp meanwhile being a petrol is more revvy but gets really noisy while doing so. Compared to the diesel it lacks torque and while for city usage it is good, overall the diesel makes for a better choice for its excellent performance. The mileage figures are 18.2 kmpl for the diesel and 13.7 kmpl for the petrol.
The Ertiga has two engine options, a 1.4 litre petrol and the much loved 1.3 litre diesel. In the petrol the 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, it is not that noisy as the Enjoy petrol.
In the diesel Ertiga the 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 and the turbo spools up, the performance is very good and it is quite quick for a MPV. The mileage figures are 16.02 kmpl (petrol) and 20.77 kmpl (diesel).
Overall the Enjoy diesel has less lag than the Ertiga diesel and is our choice but in petrol the Ertiga wins back with a more refined motor.
As you can see it is not an easy verdict as both of them pray on each others weaknesses and strengths. But in the end it is the game of numbers, you know the one which matters. Spec to spec the petrol and diesel Enjoy is around Rs 50,000- Rs 70,00 cheaper than the equivalent Ertiga. The base Enjoy Petrol starts at Rs 5.49 lakh while the Ertiga base petrol starts at Rs 5.99 lakh. The base Enjoy diesel starts at Rs 6.69 lakh, likewise the base diesel Ertiga starts at Rs 7.39 lakh.
That as you will agree is a big difference and that is hard to ignore. That puts it in favour of the Chevy and it feels more spacious too! Yes the Enjoy is not as well equipped or as sporty looking as the Ertiga but in value for money terms it is just superb. Still despite all this the Ertiga would be tough to beat due to the wide network and brand loyalty of Maruti, but one thing is clear the Ertiga will not have it easy from now onwards.
Full review of Chevrolet Enjoy here