The second generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga impresses with its contemporary styling, car-like driving manners and roomy cabin but misses out on some features.
The second generation Maruti Ertiga was introduced in late 2018, 6 years after the launch of the original. The all-new Ertiga is underpinned by Suzuki’s HEARTECT platform which makes it larger, more powerful and higher on equipment compared to the first gen model. Available in both petrol and diesel engine options, the new Ertiga competes with the Mahindra Marazzo and Toyota Innova Crysta in the mid-size MPV segment.
Built on Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform, the Ertiga feels significantly more solid compared to the ladder-frame construction of the previous model. Panel gaps are consistent while paint quality is also impressive. High tensile steel has been used to add more strength without too much weight gain. The new platform has improved structural rigidity and crash protection. Overall, the new Ertiga demonstrates good build quality both inside and out.
The second gen Ertiga adopts a more matured and contemporary design compared to the quirky first gen model. The front fascia sports a chrome studded grille flanked by sweptback headlamps with integrated DRLs. The bonnet is sculpted adding more character. There is prominent creasing on the sides along with stylish alloy wheels. Wrap-around tail lamps and roof rails give it a mid-size SUV-like look. Overall, the new design gives it an upmarket aura despite monocoque construction.
Interior Design and Space
Inside the cabin, the dual-tone dashboard features wooden accents and chrome detailing lending an airy feel. The flat-bottom steering and climate control knobs feel premium. Front seats are comfortable with adequate back support. Middle row seats slide for flexible leg space while the third row is spacious enough for adults thanks to the extended wheelbase. With all rows up, boot space is still 209 liters expandable to 550 liters.
Features and Practicality
The top ZXI+ trim comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, keyless entry, push button start/stop, and automatic climate control adding to premium feel. However, the omission of rear AC vents is a miss–what you get are Air Vents that circulate cool air released by front AC vents. Storage spaces including cupholders and door pockets are adequate. Access to third row is easy but headroom is compromised for taller passengers. Cabin insulation helps cut down engine noise intrusion effectively.
Engine and Performance
Petrol and diesel engines are carried over from before but tuned for better performance. The 1.5 liter petrol develops 105hp and 138Nm. A new 6-speed auto option for petrol also debuts. The petrol engine is refined with decent low down response and delivers usable performance whether in city or loaded with passengers.
Ride and Handling
The new HEARTECT platform along with revised suspension results in significant improvement in ride and handling over old Ertiga. The steering weighs up well at speed and offers decent feedback. Ride quality is also plusher soaking up most bumps and undulations comfortably. High speed stability is confidence inspiring. Braking performance is reassuring but could be sharper. Overall balance of ride and handling is appreciable.
Price and Verdict
The Maruti Ertiga second gen is priced Rs 8.64 to 13.08 lakh ex-showroom. For the price, the new Ertiga delivers added style, interior space, features and superior driving dynamics compared to the previous generation model. Buyers looking for a value for money 7-seater MPV will find the new Ertiga’s combination of space, practicality and features hard to beat. However, it misses out on some equipment offered by Mahindra Marazzo.