After the failure of the Maruti Versa, the success that the Eeco brought along for Maruti has been something surprising. The main reason for this has been the minivan’s pricing. For less than 40% extra cost over the Omni, you end up getting a much safer, modern, quicker, efficient, spacious and comfortable means of transporting people. Maruti also offers the Eeco with company fitted CNG and an air-conditioner as an option – this further increases its appeal to a wider audience. All versions also come with power steering as standard, thus making this a joy to drive even in congested city traffic.
The Eeco is more or less a Versa though with reduced overall height for better dynamics. It also gets an all-new 1.2-litre petrol engine that is good on both power as well as efficiency. On the move, the engine is pretty smooth and you really don’t get the feel of driving a minivan. To promote the use of Eeco among families, the cabin has been spruced up with features accordingly. The Eeco, unlike some of the other offerings in the same price bracket, also offers remarkable stability at high speeds.
Expert Speak: If you are in the market for an affordable means of transporting your family, the Eeco is one of the best bets!
The Maruti Eeco was launched in 2010 and is a basic means of affordable transport. The exterior of the EECO is more on the lines of the Versa. The dimensions of the new car are quite similar to the Versa albeit with a revised height. The subtle headlamps with humble little tail lamps make it appear quite decent. Basic comfort is what would appear initially in your mind and you won’t be wrong as the interiors carry the same no frills design as the car’s exteriors. A decent dashboard with A/C controls and vents are in the limelight on the center console along with a humble yet useful speedo that tells you how fast you’re going. The plastics are of good quality with a fair feel. Cabin space has been utilized in such a way that it makes the EECO a car with loads of headroom, legroom and boot space. It is powered by a 1.2-litre G-Series engine which is a brand new motor from Maruti.
The 1200cc mill develops 75PS of power and 101Nm of torque. You can get a mileage of 16 kmpl and even more with the CNG version! The 1200cc mill develops 75PS of power and 101Nm of torque. This is transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox with Diagonal Shift Assist, which the manufacturer claims makes the shifts smoother. Power delivery is quite smooth and the engine is capable of pulling the car nicely even at low speeds in the fifth gear. The McPherson struts up front and a three-link rigid rear suspension is a bit hard, but it is capable of absorbing the bumps and ditches on the road quite well. Thus though comfort is not fantastic, the ride is decent. Ample ground clearance allows you to drive the EECO on rough terrain without worrying much about the underbody of the car getting damaged.
These aspects lend the car a decent handling. It brings affordable travel to several people and the CNG option comes as an affordable kit for budget conscious buyers. Maruti Eeco is priced (ex-showroom Delhi) for the petrol variant Maruti Eeco 5 Seater Standard at 2.9 lakhs, Maruti Eeco 7 Seater Standard 3.10 lakhs while the top variant petrol is priced at 3.67 lakhs. The CNG variants of the Maruti Eeco are priced from ex-showroom Delhi price of 3.5 lakhs for Maruti Eeco CNG HTR 5 Seater, 3.8 lakhs for the Maruti Eeco Flexi Green and the top variant is priced at 3.9 lakhs for the Maruti Eeco CNG 5 Seater AC. At this price, you get a 1.2-litre engine with adequate power that won’t disappoint you at all, a spacious cabin, comfortable seating, air-conditioning and a huge storage space. Plus, it offers you good drivability. The use of an old-school steering unit, simple bench style seats at the rear, the lack of power windows and a few extra bits has helped Maruti price the EECO competitively. It is ideally suited to individuals who have a large family and are looking for an affordable option. It is also a good alternative for car pooling. For a detailed analysis read below..
Basic comfort is what would appear initially in your mind and you won’t be wrong as the interiors carry the same no frills design as the car’s exteriors. A decent dashboard with A/C controls and vents are in the limelight on the center console along with a humble yet useful speedo that tells you how fast you’re going. However, the steering appears to be a bit dull. The plastics are of good quality with a fair feel. The interiors don’t give the rich feel of wood or leather, but don’t appear to be cheap either. Cabin space has been utilized in such a way that it makes the EECO a car with loads of headroom, legroom and boot space. Another thing that the EECO offers is excellent comfort which makes it an ideal car for long journeys or for ferrying goods.
Has space and is practical.
Lacks design and features.
The boot space offered in Eeco is 540 litres that is pretty descent and provides with ample space to store a lot of luggage for bigger families.
The speedometer is analog with a digital fuel indicator but the tachometer is absent from the console.
The gear lever is small and helps in swift gear changing due to the diagonal shifting and is without any leather covering.
Cup holders are absent both from the front and the rear gates in all the models.
The glove box in the dash is small and does not have much space to store things in it.
Audio 1 DIN box is present and with cover and it is a standard feature in all the models of Eeco.
The air conditioning feature is only available in the 5 seater AC model were it comes as a standard feature and in other variants it is absent.
Arm rests are not there in any of the seats in any of the variants.
Four air vents are given, two are in the middle and one on one end and the other on the other end in all the models.
Front seats are reclining integrated with headrests and the rear seats are also made very comfortable.
The leg room for all the seats is ample for comfortable seating of not only the front passengers but also the passengers sitting at the back in the 5 seater and the 7 seater model.
The box design of the car gives the rear seats sufficient knee room for an adult to adjust easily without any discomfort.
The van style of Eeco gives it a descent shoulder space making it good choice for bigger families.
Due to the box design of Eeco it has ample of head room for the passengers to sit comfortable and without getting their heads strike on every bump.
The steering wheel is same as Alto but there is no leather covering and is a simple two spoke.
Maruti has not given power windows as an option in any of the models of Eeco.
Keyless entry is also not given as a standard option by Maruti in any of the variants of Eeco.
For the convenience of the driver Digital Meter Cluster having fuel level, odometer and trip meter have been given in the console.
The exterior of the EECO is more on the lines of the Versa. However, its angular lines differentiate it from the Versa which was a tad curvier than the EECO. The dimensions of the new car are quite similar to the Versa albeit with a revised height. The subtle headlamps with humble little tail lamps make it appear quite decent. The overall exteriors of the EECO are well-executed and lend the car a subtle look which won’t make you feel embarrassed when standing next to it.
Better than the Omni.
The front has lens head lamps, plastic bumpers and plastic grill with a Suzuki badge and a flatter design.
The rear has lens tail lamps, a wider wind screen and a unique of its kind vertical design
Side profile is a bit sporty with graphics coming as a standard feature that have helped a lot in improving the looks and feel of the vehicle
The ground clearance is quite good with 160mm that ensures safe and bump free ride
Eeco is fitted with large black bumpers made of plastic and protruding out giving it its own unique design
Eeco comes with lens head lamps that provide better visibility and are well designed
Tail lamps are also lens and with a crystal clear view and high situated for a better view to the vehicle behind.
Maruti has also not given fog lamps in any of the variants of Eeco.
Tubeless radial tyres with size 155 R13 are present in Eeco that give it a smooth ride.
Alloy wheels are absent from all the models of Eeco
Outside Rear View Mirrors are present on both the sides for the convenience of the driver.
Eeco comes in 6 different colors like Metallic Midnight Black, Metallic Blue Blaze, Bright Red, Metallic Glistening Grey, Metallic Silky Silver, and Superior White.
For the rear windscreen rear wipers are also not given in any of the Eeco models.
No roof rails in any of the Eeco variants.
Sun roof neither comes as a standard option nor optional.
No spoilers at the back in any Eeco variant
Side steps not available.
Spare wheel is present and is kept in the boot of the vehicle
It has a 1.2-litre G-Series engine which is a brand new motor from Maruti. The 1200cc mill develops 75PS of power and 101Nm of torque. This is transferred to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox with Diagonal Shift Assist, which the manufacturer claims makes the shifts smoother. Power delivery is quite smooth and the engine is capable of pulling the car nicely even at low speeds in the fifth gear. However, when you have to tackle an incline you need to rev the car a bit more just to keep the momentum going. The EECO doesn’t feature a power steering, however, the conventional rack and pinion unit is quite smooth and doesn’t feel heavy at all.
Smooth power delivery.
Lacks performance and power steering.
In going from 0-100 kilo meter per hour sprint it takes 15.7 seconds but the engine has to rev a lot
The top speed of Eeco as per the ARAI results under the test conditions is 147 Kmph
In-gear acceleration figures are not available for Maruti Eeco.
The gear box is 5 speed manual transmission with diagonal shift assist that has made the gear shifting very easy
The 1196 cc engine is capable of yelling out 73 Bhp at 6000 rpm
The torque that the power train is capable of producing is 101 Nm at 3000 rpm
Even though the engine is just below the front seats the NVH levels are pretty low in the cabin
It is powered by a 1.2-litre G-Series engine which is a brand new motor from Maruti. The 1200cc mill develops 75PS of power and 101Nm of torque. You can get a mileage of 16 kmpl and even more with the CNG version!
Very good economy with CNG too.
|CNG HTR 5-STR||20 kmpl|
|Flexi Green||20 kmpl|
|CNG 5 Seater AC||20 kmpl|
|5 Seater Standard||15.1 kmpl|
|7 Seater Standard||15.1 kmpl|
|5 Seater AC||15.1 kmpl|
|Ambulance Petrol AC Plus HTR||15.1 kmpl|
The engine under the hood contains four cylinder which produces a power of 74PS @101Nm. The ARAI rated mileage of the petrol version is 15.1kmpl.
The CNG version of the Maruti Eeco has an ARAI mileage of 20kmpl which clearly makes it a more fuel efficient option for buyers.
Eeco gives 12 kilo meter per litre to 14 kilo meter per litre in the city drive
Eeco gives 16 kilo meter per litre to 18 kilo meter per litre on the highways
According to the ARAI rating the mileage of the car is 15.1 km per litre
The full tank capacity of all the models of Eeco is 40 litres and tank range of about 604 Kms.
It comes equipped with disc brakes at the front and drums at the rear which serve you with ample braking to bring the car to a halt without any effort or nervousness. Ample ground clearance allows you to drive the EECO on rough terrain without worrying much about the underbody of the car getting damaged. These aspects lend the car a decent handling.
Decent handling and better than Omni.
Still has roll, lacks safety features.
The handling of the car is good with ventilated discs and drum and the suspension also ensures a jerk free ride.
Front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes stop the car very quickly and in a very short distance.
Side beams are given for collision protection and child lock with seat belts in both front and rear.
Anti lock braking system (ABS) is not required as the vehicle doesn’t attain so much speed
Traction control is not given in any of the models of Eeco
The McPherson struts up front and a three-link rigid rear suspension is a bit hard, but it is capable of absorbing the bumps and ditches on the road quite well. Thus though comfort is not fantastic, the ride is decent.
Decent ride and improved over the Omni.
Though suspension makes it feel less comfy, low refinement too.
The car is quite comfortable with heater and air conditioner that works well according to the outside temperature, head rests, comfortable seats and rugged suspension that gives a jerk free ride.
McPherson strut is given in the front as the engine is in the front
3 link rigid suspension is in the rear of the vehicle as it can go for heavy loading also
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Pros good mileage,good engine
Cons uggly looks and bad interiors,zero comforts,more of a ac bus
it has a very good engine, and the torque is impressive... but no comforts ... no power steering to... after giving such an engine why no power steering... tooooooo bad
15 of 18 users found this review helpful.
Pros Excelent budget car with AC
I have purchased the car from Sivakasi, Solamalai Motors last month and take a trip to Thiruchendur about 300 km. to and fro. Excellent driving comfort with a mileage of 15km/liter. My family members of 5 adult and 3 children enjoyed the trip with EECO. A best budget car for big families.
19 of 19 users found this review helpful.
Cons it is very cofortable
eeco is a very luxurious car but it had no power steering and power windows but it have agood a/c
4 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros good spacing power a/c road view multy utility
Cons high price poor delivery promise keeping
good in every respect, company has taken effort and planning of VERSA upgradation,very poor keeping up of their PROMISED DATE OF DELIVERY ! booking date to delivery is 6weeks and they anounce a delay of almost 2months,ridiculous!fraud!little delay of 1-2 weeks is acceptable,but are the big gaint car makers insane to inform a delay of more than double the promised !!AN INFACTUATION DRIVE TO CREATE HIGHER DEMAND / OVERVALUATION !
14 of 18 users found this review helpful.
Pros Good for big families, mileage
Cons Ugly design
The car is good for big families. This is not comfortable though.
1 of 2 users found this review helpful.
Pros good look
Cons it's ok
my nam is makarand datir i want to ask 1 qus. why maruti not make any economy car 4 traveling like 4 travels like indica can u give me answer or give suggetion 4 buying inthis rang pl. thank u
5 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
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39 of 49 users found this review helpful.
Pros best family suv
Cons no ac in 7 seater
eeco is the best car for comfort and milage. it can be defined as "PALACE ON WHEELS"
1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
Pros really dont know
Cons not stylish, less comfortable,low performance,variable fuel economy..
why it wasnt made longer,wider,spacier,comfortable already it has no high class luxury,so less power,less displacement,low acceleration,so it should have been provided with more seating & boot space,then may be it would have been worth a MPV
4 of 5 users found this review helpful.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,Good
Cons Average Interiors,
Recently I purchased Eeco 5 Strs AC. Am fully ok with my selection. Performance is pretty nice at maximum load. Suspension, noise, vibrations are meets our expectations, Only thing is the AC capacity is not sufficient @ day light. Additional AC Windows needed @ the top of the back seat. Power steering and central lock would be the expected.
6 of 6 users found this review helpful.