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Things We Like in Ertiga 2012-2015

The Ertiga is spacious given its size and the 3rd row is also comfortable, its also well equipped  with features like sterring mounted audio controls, USB.

The Ertiga is a modern and good looking MPV, the build quality is also improved over the other Maruti cars and is also well packaged.

Excellent economy of the diesel along with good performance is its plus point.

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.

The performance of the Ertiga 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.

Due to 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.

Things We Dont Like in Ertiga 2012-2015

Some of the interior bits are not of good quality and though it is reasonably spacious, for an MPV more was expected.

The Ertiga rear end is slightly flabby and not the best angle, build quality still needs improvement.

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.

There is some turbo lag in the diesel and in the petrol, when in highway the engine feels strained.

There is still some body roll which presists and in hard cornering it shows.

Maruti Ertiga 2012-2015 Colors

Ertiga 2012-2015 is available in 9 different colors - Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Fire Brick Red, Serene Blue, Ecru Beige, Dusky Brown - Ertiga, Superior White Paseo VDI/VXi Variant and Silky Silver Paseo VDI/VXi Variant.

  • Superior White

  • Silky Silver

  • Granite Grey

  • Fire Brick Red

  • Serene Blue

Maruti Ertiga 2012-2015 Pictures

Review of Ertiga 2012-2015

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Overview

The Ertiga is a result of Maruti has painstakingly making sure that 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.The result of that is that when the Ertiga went on sale in April 2012, it clocked up a massive 32,000 bookings in the first month but Maruti can only make about 6000 per month! The Ertiga 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 Maruti Swift platform but it does have its own visual identity. 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. 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. 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. The Ertiga has two engine options, a new 1.4 litre petrol and a 1.3 litre diesel.

The petrol 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. 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 Ertiga does impress with a figure of 16 kmpl for the petrol and 20 kmpl for the diesel, both being ARAI certified and certainly miles ahead of the other MUVs / MPVs. 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 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. The Ertiga has three variants each for diesel and petrol. The base LXi (P) and LDi (D) are priced at Rs 5.89 lakh and Rs 7.30 lakh, midway through the range the VXi (P) and the VDi (D) are priced at Rs 6.60 lakh and Rs 7.90 lakh and the top of the line ZXi (P) and ZDi (D) are priced at Rs 7.30 lakh and 8.45 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).  In our opinion the variant that makes the most sense is the VXi (P) and the VDi (D) variants as they are well equipped with features like the rear AC, radio/CD/USB player. Of course the ZXi (P) and ZDi (D) variants are the top of the line variants and have features like steering mounted audio controls and driver and passenger airbags. Whichever way you look at it the Ertiga is stunning value for money. Maruti has now also launched the CNG variant in LxI and VxI trim. For a detailed analysis continue to read below..

Interior

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!

Interiors Details

  • Boot Space

    With 60:40 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.

  • Speedometer

    The speedometer is clearly visible and has vibrant and beautiful colours in it.

  • Gear Lever

    The gear lever is planted in the central console and is easily accessible to the Driver.

  • Cup Holders

    There are options of cup holders in the Ertiga.

  • Glovebox

    there is a spacious glovebox at the front dashboard of the Ertiga

  • Audio System

    Audio system in Maruti Ertiga is powerful and comes with 4+2 speakers and USB compatibility. Nippon Kenwood MP3 player with FM, AM and Radio does its duty. Single CD player with remote function is available so that passengers at back seats do not have to disturb front seat passenger or driver to change music or volume.

  • Air Conditioner

    The air conditioner of the Ertiga works extremely well in cooling such a long and spacious car

  • Arm Rests

    There are arm rest both in the front and rear of the car.

  • Air Vents

    There are air vents at the dashboard and some in the rear of the Ertiga which circulates the air inside the car very well

  • Seats

    The seats of the car are extremely spacious and comfortable. Though the last row of seats lacks thigh support.

  • Leg Room

    Ertiga has 1170/935mm of leg room space which is quite descent for a an MPV of this size.

  • Knee Room

    Ertiga has a knee room of about 860/625mminside the MPV

  • Shoulder Space

    Ertiga has 1420mm of shoulder space in the MPV

  • Head Room

    Ertiga is quite tall as an MPV and has about 1040/980mm of space which means a tall person will have no problems seating at the rear

  • Steering Wheel

    While only the top trim gets a steering wheel integrated audio controls. The mid and base versions get tilt adjustable power steering column for easier maneuverability and more comfort. The steering wheel in the Ertiga rack and pinion with electronic power assist it also has audio controls in it.

  • Power Windows

    Ertiga has options of power windows in the car.

  • Keyless Entry

    Ertiga has an option for keyless entry in the car.

  • Driver Information Display

    The driver information display has a electronic temperature indicator a digital clock and fuel gauge others are regular warning lamps

Exterior

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.

Exteriors

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Bumpers

    Ertiga has been provided with body coloured bumpers to look stylish.

  • Head Lamps

    Big clear lens headlamps in the front and tail-lights in the rear makes the car more aesthetic looks. Fog lamps provided with the top variant are situated in the front bumpers.

  • Tail Lamps

    The tail lamps are very small and simple in comparison to the size of the MPV.

  • Fog Lamps

    There are option for Fog lamps in the MPV that will ease during Foggy area.

  • Tyres

    15 in steel wheels are shipped with Base and the mid-trim of the vehicle while the top model gets the alloys. 185/65 tyres are standard across the range.

  • Alloy Wheels

    Maruti Ertiga features splendid 15 inches of alloy wheels to wrap the tire over it.

  • Outside Mirrors

    The outside mirrors are electrical adjustable.

  • Colors

    Ertiga is available in 7 metallic color options Serene Blue, Ecru Beige, Firebrick Red, Granite Grey, Silky Silver, Superior White, Dusky Brown.

  • Rear Wiper

    There is an option of rear wiper in the Ertiga

  • Roof Rails

    There is no option of roof rail in the Ertiga

  • Sun Roof

    there is no sun roof in the Ertiga

  • Spoiler

    There is a small spoiler at the back of the Ertiga and that makes the MPV a visual delight

  • Side Steps

    There is a small side step in the Ertiga

  • Spare Wheel

    There is a spare wheel at the boot of the car.

Mileage Running Cost

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.

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga returns 12.5kmpl in the city.

  • Highway Fuel Economy

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga returns about 17kmpl in the highways.

  • Arai Rated Economy

    As specified by ARAI (automotive research association of India), the fuel economy of Maruti Ertiga Diesel is 20.77 Kmpl

  • Tank Range

    the tank range of Ertiga is about 900 Kms.

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.

Comfort and Suspension

  • 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.

  • Front Suspension

    McPherson struts in the front improves driving comfort and handling.

  • Rear Suspension

    Torsion beam with anti-roll bars are in the rear which allow the car to go over rough terrains without much difficulty.

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.

Engine Performance

  • 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

  • Top Speed

    Ertiga has a top speed of about 163kmph to be exact.

  • 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.

  • Gearbox

    The 5-speed manual transmission is pretty much reliable and very smooth.

  • Power

    95PS@6000rpm from the K-series petrol engine and 90PS@4000rpm from DDiS engine is pretty much sufficient for both city and highway trips.

  • Torque

    130Nm @ 4000 rpm produces by petrol engine of Maruti Ertiga and 200Nm @ 1750 rpm feels pretty torque rich and does not lacks in power during initial of mid-range.

  • NVH Levels

    The engines are refined and the passenger inside the cabin is too close to the engine bay, noise levels are bound to be more inside the cabin. To prevent this, Maruti’s engineers have covered the engine bay with sound-deadening material and hydraulic engine mounts (for reducing vibrations).

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.

Brakes and Wheels

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Safety Features

    6 seats of Ertiga get 3-point safety seat belts, while i=one 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

  • Abs

    ABS is present in the Ertiga

  • Traction Control

    There is no traction control in the Ertiga but it comes with a EBD.

User Reviews of Maruti Ertiga 2012-2015

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