Maruti Ertiga 2018 Expert Review

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Introduction

Pros
  • The 2018 Maruti Ertiga is a completely new car, no body panels have been borrowed from the existing MPV
  • With the Toyota Innova Crysta having moved higher in terms of features and prices, the new Ertiga is likely to slot into the budget MPV space
  • Lighter Heartect platform is likely to boost mileage and performance of the Maruti Ertiga 2018
  • Increased dimensions of the 2018 Maruti Ertiga are likely to translate into better interior space for second and third row occupants
Cons
  • No leather seats, even in the top-end variant of the 2018 Maruti Ertiga
  • Middle row seats do not tumble forward for easy third row access
  • Second-row passengers don’t get a foldable armrest in the new Maruti Ertiga

Stand Out Features

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with faux wood inserts feels better to hold than the older model  

    Leather-wrapped steering wheel with faux wood inserts feels better to hold than the older model  

  • LED projector headlamps, LED tail lamps etc. up the style quotient of the new Ertiga

    LED projector headlamps, LED tail lamps etc. up the style quotient of the new Ertiga

CarDekho Verdict

This is the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga’s first major update since its debut in India back in 2012. The new Ertiga has ditched its subtle, understated looks for a more aggressive one. In fact, with lots of cuts, crease and muscular bulges, the 2018 Ertiga looks more like an SUV now than an MPV.

Inspired by the Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti Suzuki has decided to go all-out with sharper looks, spacious cabin and contemporary features like LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps.

"If you are looking for a complete family car, the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga should suffice your needs."

It will also give you the peace of mind that comes with owning a Maruti, thanks to its wide and affordable service network.

We expect the prices of the 2018 Maruti Ertiga to command a premium of Rs 30,000 - Rs 40,000 over the current prices of the Ertiga (Rs 6.58 - 10.75 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) when it is launched in India sometime around August 2018.

Exterior

We have to admit, the current-gen Ertiga’s design has aged quite well. With a few minor tweaks, it’s managed to look modern enough. However, the new-gen Maruti Ertiga takes things up a few notches. Not only is it based on a new platform, the styling of the 2018 Ertiga is brand new as well. Overall, it does look like a bigger MPV than before and that’s no styling trickery.

In fact, the new Ertiga is 99mm longer, 40mm wider and 5mm taller than before. So even though the wheelbase remains the same, the people mover now has more road presence. The front styling is a little more aggressive than before too, and sports features like a new chrome front grille, fog lamps and projector headlights. While the model overseas employs halogen projectors, the India-spec model is likely to employ LED projector lights, like in the new Dzire, Swift, Ciaz and S-Cross.

To the side, the Ertiga has more visual weight to it, as the section after the C-pillar looks noticeably longer than before. The glass area is more generous too but with the increased proportions, the 15-inch wheels do look a size too small.

Wait, is that a Volvo? Well, the rear look certainly mimics that of modern day Volvo cars, particularly the V90 Cross Country and XC60. That’s largely down to the plus-sized LED tail lights. The rear end also looks sportier thanks to the tasteful execution of the floating roof effect.

While the new Ertiga sports a different design, the look isn’t polarising. Suzuki’s done well to make the 7-seater look new without running the risk of offending existing owners, who may want to upgrade.

Interior

Step into the cabin and it’s a refreshing change. While the dashboard of the outgoing Ertiga was by no means messy, the new Ertiga is a lot cleaner and simpler in its layout. From a Volvo inspiration outside we move to an Audi inspiration inside, as the dashboard is split down the middle by a single piece AC panel. This ridged panel enables the functional and fake vents to blend in seamlessly and is underlined by a chunky faux wood panel.

The cockpit will feel familiar to Swift or Dzire owners. You get a similar flat-bottomed steering wheel with an instrument cluster that houses an analogue speedometer and tachometer with a digital multi-information display (MID) in between.

Prudent to note that while the Indonesian model gets manual AC and an aftermarket JVC touchscreen, the India-spec 2018 Ertiga will get the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system and auto AC, albeit in the higher variants only.

Cabin space is also adequate for 7 occupants, with the rear seats now offering better underthigh support as well. The middle row occupants get a 60:40 split sliding seat and a rear seat AC blower with 4 vents.

Third row occupants still don’t get tumble-forward 2nd row seats for easy access, as only the backrest folds down. However, knee room in the last row has improved with the added length, making it better and more usable for adults.

A nice touch is that all occupants, save for the 2nd row middle occupant, get adjustable headrests too. Even the boot space with all three seat rows up has increased from 135 litres to 153 litres, delivering a bump up in practicality in more ways than one.

Performance

The 2018 Ertiga will come powered by new powertrains too. The petrol K15B engine makes its debut in the new Ciaz and will power the 2018 Ertiga petrol as well. The new 1.5-litre engine produces 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission comes as standard but the automatic will most likely be the same 4-speed unit as before.

For diesel buyers, Maruti Suzuki is expected to introduce the new 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that’s been developed by Suzuki in-house. This motor would replace the current Fiat-sourced 90PS 1.3-litre multijet diesel (called DDiS by Maruti Suzuki) and make its way into other Maruti Suzuki diesel models as well. However, power/torque figures and transmission options remain undisclosed.

Both engine options will come equipped with the SHVS mild-hybrid system as well, promising to make the Ertiga more fuel efficient than before too!

Safety

Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts will be offered as standard with the new Ertiga. The MPV will also get added safety tech like rear parking sensors and a rear camera. While the safety kit is adequate, we do hope a 6 airbag variant and ESP also make their way into the new Ertiga.

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