Maruti Suzuki India is said to be the leading car maker in the Indian car market since a very long time now. This automobile manufacturer has a very smart and practical MPV (multipurpose vehicle), which is called as Maruti Ertiga and this spacious vehicle has the capacity to accommodate 7 passengers inside it with ease. This LUV is being offered with both petrol and diesel engine based options with three trims each namely – LXi, VXi and ZXi for petrol, while the diesel trims are LDi, VDi and the top end ZDi variant. There mid level Maruti Ertiga VXi variant has a well balanced number of safety and comfort features integrated in it, apart from the striking exteriors and a performance packed engine. The company has fitted this Maruti Ertiga VXi variant with a power packed 1.2-litre, K-Series petrol engine that also has a VVT (variable valve transmission) and is equipped with 4 cylinders. This engine is skillfully coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission gear box for smoother gear shifts. The company has also fitted this Maruti Ertiga VXi with some very exciting and practical features, which will certainly amaze the buyers. Apart from these convenience aspects, the company has also equipped this LUV with some very crucial and significant safety features as well. All these and many more such features has made this Maruti Ertiga VXi, one of the most admired and well liked vehicle in its own segment.
The Maruti Ertiga VXi has arresting and eye catching exteriors. The front façade of this LUV is very stylishly done up with a big radiator grille that has black colored slats in it along with a large chrome finished emblem. This front grille is surrounded by a large head light cluster that is fitted with high intensity lamps. The body coloured bumper that has a wide air dam in the center and is flanked by a pair of bright round shaped fog lamps. The side profile is smooth with body coloured door handles along with outside rear view mirrors, which have been integrated with side turn blinkers and gives a sporty appeal to the sides. The wheel arches have been fitted a sturdy set of 15-inch steel wheels, which have been equipped with full wheel covers. These wheel are covered with robust tubeless radial tyres of size 185/65 R15. The rear end has a classy tail lamp cluster that is quite luminous with a large rear wind screen and also a high mounted stop lamp. The roof is ribbed and also gets a mounted antenna for better reception of the Radio in the integrated music system. This LUV is being offered in quite a few vibrant colors which are a Superior White finish, a Silky Silver option, a Granite Grey finish, a Fire Brick Red option, an Ecru Beige finish, a Dusky Brown option, a Serene Blue metallic finish. The overall dimensions of this mid level Maruti Ertiga VXi variant are quite liberal and can accommodate seven passengers with ease. The total length of this LUV is 4265mm along with an overall width of 1695mm. The total height of this massive vehicle is about 1685mm, while it has a spacious wheel base of 2740mm. The minimum ground clearance is 185mm and the gross vehicle weight is approximately 1760 kgs. The minimum turning radius of this LUV is 5.2 meters and it has a centrally mounted fuel tank that has the capacity to hold 45 litres of petrol in it.
The insides of this charming LUV are plush and have comfortable seats covered with premium upholstery and quite a number of other features. The list includes a couple of in-cabin lamps for the convenience of the passengers, a remote fuel lid opener, a driver’s side ticket holder, a couple of sun visors for the driver as well as the front co-passenger with the passenger side getting a vanity mirror, five folding assistant grips all over for aiding of the occupants, a large and roomy glove box that can store quite a few things, a front door trim pocket to add to the handiness of this Maruti Ertiga VXi trim. Then this LUV also has a day and night internal rear view mirror, electrically internally adjustable external rear view mirrors, front and rear door power windows with the driver side window getting a auto down function, keyless entry with central door locking, internal chrome finished handles that add to the beauty of this vehicle, a remote tail gate opener and also a back door handle to release it along with several other such aspects.
Engine and Performance
The company has equipped this LUV with a power packed 1.2-litre, K-Series petrol engine that also has a variable valve transmission and is equipped with 4 cylinders that have 16 valves. This engine can displace 1373cc and also has a multi point fuel injection based supply system. This petrol mill has the ability to produce a peak power yield of 93.1bhp at 6000 rpm in combination with a maximum torque output of 130Nm at 4000 rpm and is cleverly mated with a 5-speed manual transmission . The company claims that this MPV has the ability to generate a healthy mileage of approximately 16.02 kmpl .
Braking and Handling
This Maruti Ertiga VXi has a steadfast braking system and the front wheels are fitted with efficient disc brakes. Whereas the rear wheels of this LUV has been given solid drum brakes for improved braking. On the other hand, this MPV also has a well balanced suspension system with the front axle being fitted with a McPherson strut type of a mechanism, while the rear axle has been equipped with a torsion beam that adds to the stability of this vehicle.
The company has integrated a lot of exciting comfort features in this mid level trim. This list includes an advanced audio system with remote control that also has Radio FM, CD player, a USB interface along with four speakers , a powerful and efficient air conditioning unit with heater and also second row air conditioning with blowers. Both the front driver as well as the co-passenger seat has a back pocket and the second and third row seats have been bestowed with head restraints as well. The electric power steering is a rack and pinion type that can be tilt adjusted according to the requirement of the driver. Some other storage options include a single cup holder in the front console, a retractable cup holder in the dashboard, an accessory outlet of DC-12 V, a low fuel warning notification lamp, a head light as well as key ‘on’ reminder lamps, a door open warning lamp, a driver seat belt reminder notification lamp and a few other vital notifications as well for the driver. Then there is a brilliant instrument panel with an information display integrated into the meter cluster that has a digital clock, an instantaneous or average fuel consumption gauge, driving range and a few more such features.
This Maruti Ertiga VXi variant has been fitted with advanced seat belts for all the occupants, a security system ( door and hood sensing) and also an engine immobiliser as well for enhanced protection of the vehicle as well as the passengers. All these aspects put together makes this mid level variant, Maruti Ertiga VXi, one of the safest and well done up multipurpose vehicle in the lucrative Indian car market.
Impressive interior features, good space, a powerful engine.
Mileage can be improved, price can be competitive and exteriors can be made better.