Maruti Ertiga LXI being the base trim in the entire lineup, has a low price tag compared to other variants. But this also indicates to the availability of only a few or limited features too. This facelift brings it no major changes but those on offer include airbag for driver, 60:40 split foldable second row seat, power steering with tilt adjustment facility, body colored bumpers, driver seat belt reminder with buzzer, and a proficient air conditioning unit that is manually operated. Technically, it carries the same 1.4-litre petrol engine that returns 17.5 Kmpl besides supplying power of 91.1bhp along with 130Nm torque. In a mere 14 seconds, it can breach the 100 Kmph mark with ease and attains a top speed of about 155 Kmph.
This MPV flaunts a sporty look and comes with a good length as well as wheelbase dimensions. The frontage is pretty decent with a bright headlight cluster and the logo embossed radiator grille. The windscreen with a pair of wipers and a body colored bumper are also present in its frontage. Appearance of its side profile is a way more stylish with a character line passing on its doors from the front wheel fenders till tail lamps. Steel wheels sized 15 inches are the other attributes on its sides, which come covered with tubeless tyres. Furthermore, the black finish of external mirrors and door handles, goes well along with the body color. Nothing new is noticeable in its rear end, which includes aspects like a boot lid, tail light cluster and a high mount stop lamp.
Ample space and great convenience is what its occupants can find once they step into the cabin. Attractive design is another key factor that gives them a pleasant feel. The three spoke steering wheel, air conditioner and an instrument panel are a few such facets, which bestow a sophisticated look to its cockpit. With seats that provide enhanced comfort and support, Ertiga is no wonder an ideal choice for many to plan long journeys. The split folding function is certainly a benefit, since it adds more room to the already existing boot compartment. Other necessary amenities that meet the traveling needs include a 12V accessory socket, large glove box compartment, and two cup holders of which, the retractable one is in the instrument panel, while the front console carries the other.
Engine and Performance:
Its impressive performance on roads is the result of a 1.4-litre petrol engine that assures good fuel economy besides reduced emissions. This motor with variable valve timing technology, supplies 91.1bhp power at 6000rpm and generates torque of 130Nm at 4000rpm. This K-series, DOHC valve configuration based mill is fitted with a multi point fuel injection system. It displaces 1373cc and comes paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box. As claimed by the company, it returns a healthy mileage of around 17.5 Kmpl on the highways. But a drop in this figure is observed when driving in traffic filled urban areas.
Braking and Handling:
Driving the vehicle on any road without affecting its handling is possible with the help of its rack and pinion based electric power steering system. The tilt adjustment function only adds to the convenience of driver, who can adjust it up and down and position it accordingly. The front disc and rear drum brakes are capable of stopping this MPV at short distances thus, leading to an exceptional performance. The combination of front McPherson strut and rear torsion beam makes its suspension system highly proficient. This aids to make the drive free from jerks and bumps on uneven roads besides maintaining good stability.
Only a few practical features are present in this variant, but these are good enough to make the journey comfortable for its passengers. The instrument cluster is of great assistance as it gives instant updates to the driver. The notifications flashed on the information display include seat belt reminder, low fuel, driving range along with light/key-on indicators. The occupants can easily switch on the AC unit if they require adjusting the temperature inside. This system is offered with a heater too. Other aspects in this lineup include a digital clock, inside rear view mirror, assist grips, as well as front sunvisors.
Safety attributes too are only a few in number, but these can certainly increase protection of those sitting inside. All the seats are equipped with three point ELR seat belts. The car maker has built it using high tensile steel, while the properly positioned reinforcements ensure good strength and rigidity. In addition to these, it is packed with a high mount stop lamp, driver seat belt reminder with buzzer, airbag for driver, and door ajar warning lamp as well.
1. Built with generous dimensions.
2. Driver airbag is a plus point.
1. Could have received a few more changes on the whole.
2. Lacks several comfort and security features.