Maruti Ertiga versus Chevrolet Tavera

  • May 04, 2012

Maruti Ertiga is the latest entrant in the light utility vehicle segment and comes at a fantastic value. Maruti its manufacturer is India’s largest car maker and also the best in after sales and service. This has given it a good boost in sales and the recently launched Ertiga is already creating waves in the market. We take it up against the tried, tested and proven Chevrolet Tavera and compare two amazing value for money cars from this segment. Tavera is a popular MUV and has been around for a long time and has sold in good numbers over the years. See how they fare against each other in our comparison today and just in case if you were considering buying either of these two, then continue reading.

Looks and design:


Maruti Ertiga brings plenty of new features to a segment that is already crowded with plenty of options however it is a new LUV of the segment and brings contemporary new looks and styling. It has large windscreen and swooping back headlamps with chromed Suzuki logo up front and neatly designed fog lamps on body colored bumpers. It has indicator mounted rear view mirrors and mildly flared wheel arches which combined with the multi-spoke alloy wheels looks sporty and adds to the character of this multi-utility vehicle. It brings clear lens tail lamps and the design is in proportion with the rest of the MUV. Maruti Ertiga has been constructed very well and the fit, finish and exterior quality is excellent.


Chevrolet Tavera brings new looks in its recently launched new Neo 3 avatar and brings new brings new design and style elements with its large headlamps and large trademark Chevy bow tie logo up front. It has stylish 15 inch 10 spoke alloy wheels which adds character to the MUV and gives it sporty looks. It has stylish bumpers with integrated fog lamps. It has stylish decals on either side which adds to the styling element. It brings useful side steps and the rear has been well designed and matches the overall design of the car. It has been well constructed and the build quality is very good.

Looks overall – Maruti Ertiga – 8/10
Looks overall – Chevrolet Tavera – 8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:


Maruti Ertiga brings plenty of features with its steering mounted audio controls, classy dial arrangements of its instrumentation panel with organgish backlight. It has power windows and brings comfortable seats which offer excellent comfort and support to the back and thighs. Maruti Ertiga has a powerful music system with CD changer and USB and Aux-in support. The interiors feel spacy and roomy and it has black and beige interior color combo which looks elegant. Maruti Ertiga has plenty of storage areas such as a spacious glove box, cubby holes, and cup holders while the total boot space with all seats up is a minimal 135 liters.


Chevrolet Tavera with its new looks and upgraded cabin brings much better interiors over its predecessor. It has very good cabin space and brings comfortable seats which offer good support to the back. There is sufficient leg and headroom for taller passengers. The dash is quite simple and the beige upholstery looks quite elegant. Chevrolet Tavera has blue illumination with night mode for its instrumentation panel and it also brings a powerful stereo music system with AUX-in and brings out very good sound quality through its 4 speakers and 2 tweeters. It has a powerful air conditioning system which is an absolute chiller. It has plenty of space with cubby holes and other small storage areas and the boot can hold your travel luggage easily while accommodating passengers.

Interiors overall – Maruti Ertiga – 8.5/10
Interiors overall – Chevrolet Tavera – 8/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


Maruti Ertiga is available in two different powerful engine options. In it petrol engine avatar the Maruti Ertiga brings a K14 1.4 litre petrol engine which produces 93 BHP at 6000 RPM and 130 NM of torque at 4000 RPM. It has plenty of performance and has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 16.02 kmpl. The diesel engine variant brings the 1.3 liter DDiS engine which produces 89 BHP of power at 4000 RPM and maximum of 200 NM of peak torque at 1750 RPM. The variable geometry turbo helps this engine make more power over its counterparts in the hatchbacks. The diesel Maruti Ertiga has been rated to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 20.77 kmpl by ARAI.


Chevrolet Tavera brings a powerful diesel engine which develops a maximum of 104 BHP at 4000 RPM and 263.7 NM of torque between 1700-2500 RPM. Chevrolet Tavera has manual transmission gearbox which offers smooth and easy gearshifts. The engine isn’t too noisy and ensures cabin comfort is maintained. It is a tractable motor as it brings plenty of low end torque and highway performance is satisfactory. Chevrolet Tavera has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 12.2 kmpl.

Engine overall – Maruti Ertiga – 8.5/10
Engine overall – Chevrolet Tavera – 7.5/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Maruti Ertiga brings good suspension and impeccable ride quality. It has slight bounciness owing to the softer tune of the suspension but overall it’s a fantastic car and eats up all the bumps and undulations on the road effectively. The steering unit is effective and it provides ample feedback and its easy to turn and well weighted. The body roll is minimal and the LUV is stable at higher speeds and has plenty of ground clearance to go over potholes. Maruti Ertiga has good brakes and comes with ABS + EBD for that extra stopping power and manages to slow down quickly from higher speeds.


Chevy Tavera has a smooth and comfortable ride and the suspension unit is well tuned to battle the bad road conditions often encountered here. It has well controlled body roll however it will still bounce quite a bit given that the suspension is tuned for comfort. The steering unit provides decent feedback and is light at low speeds to turn and manages to keep you in control at higher speeds. The brakes have a satisfactory bite but with the ABS + EBD they manage to slow you down very quickly. Tavera was built to carry as many people as possible and hence comfort is the main aspect of this MUV.

Suspension overall – Maruti Ertiga – 8.5/10
Suspension overall – Chevrolet Tavera – 8/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Maruti Ertiga comes loaded with features and is available from an excellent ex-showroom Delhi pricing of 5.88 lakhs for the Maruti Ertiga LXI Petrol variant, Maruti Ertiga VXI Petrol is priced at 6.59 lakhs, Maruti Ertiga VXI ABS Petrol is priced at 6.92 lakhs while the entry level diesel Maruti Ertiga LDI is priced at 7.29 lakhs, Maruti Ertiga ZXI top variant Petrol is priced at 7.29 lakhs and the middle variant diesel Maruti Ertiga is priced at 7.89 lakhs and the top variant diesel Maruti Ertiga ZDI is priced at 8.44 lakhs.

Chevrolet Tavera brings the excellent Chevrolet warranty of 5 years or 1.5 lakh km on the engine and transmission and 2 year bumper to bumper warranty. It has been priced from an ex-showroom Delhi price of 7.27 lakhs for Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 Max 10 Seats BSIV, 7.40 lakhs for Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 Max 7 Seats BSIV, Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 LT 8 Seats BSIV is priced at 9.65 lakhs. Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 LT 7 C Seats BSIV has been priced at 9.89 lakhs.

Value for money overall – Maruti Ertiga – 9/10
Value for money overall – Chevrolet Tavera – 8/10


Maruti Ertiga is a sure winner for Maruti as it brings excellent features, space and comfort at excellent pricing. It also brings the goodwill of the Maruti brand which is a common household name in India. It has excellent and a very fuel efficient engine which keeps the costs low and the warranty and service from Maruti is unmatched. Chevrolet Tavera is a tried and tested car in the market and has been around for a very long time. It is popular amongst the taxi crowd as their choice of car as it brings plenty of space, performance and comfort which are some of the main requirements of buyers from this segment. Chevrolet however is yet to match its competitor’s dealer network and service backup but it has a fantastic product at hand. So make a wise decision when you are out buying your own multi-utility vehicle.

Maruti Ertiga Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3
Car version ZXi VDi ZDi LS LT
Ex-showroom price NA NA NA NA NA
Length 4265 4265 4265 4435 4435
Width 1696 1695 1695 1680 1680
Height 1685 1685 1685 1765 1765
Wheelbase 2740 2740 2740 2685 2685
Boot space NA NA NA NA NA
Kerb Weight NA NA NA NA NA
Turning radius 5.2 5.2 5.2 NA NA
Tank capacity 45 45 45 55 55
Clearance 185 185 185 NA NA
Displacement 1373 1248 1248 2000 2000
Max. Power 93bhp@6000rpm 88bhp@4000rpm 88bhp@4000rpm 105bhp@4000rpm 105bhp@4000rpm
Max. Torque 130@4000rpm 200Nm@1750rpm 200Nm@1750rpm 263.7@2500rpm 263.7@2500rpm
Fuel economy 16.02 20.77 20.77 12.2 12.2
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4
Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Speeds 5 5 5 5 5
Tyre 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 185/65 R15 Tubeless Tubeless
Front McPherson Strut McPherson Strut McPherson Strut NA NA
Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam NA NA

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