In this model series, Maruti Ertiga VXI is a mid range trim. This facelift brings with it a few interesting features that further adds to its style, comfort and security too. It includes a music system with Bluetooth connectivity and Aux-In option, power windows, 50:50 split third row seat, seat belt reminder with buzzer and a manual AC unit. Also, it is equipped with reverse parking sensors, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMS, as well as body colored bumpers. This machine is powered by a K-Series 1.4-litre petrol engine that can produce 91.1bhp in combination with torque of 130Nm. Also paired to it a five speed manual transmission gear box that powers its front wheels. Meanwhile, both its braking and suspension mechanisms are efficient, which aids in better handling. Moreover, this seven seater MPV comes with a fuel tank capacity of 45 litres.
This vehicle is just perfect in terms of external style, design and dimensions too, which are quite generous. It measures 4265mm in length, 1695mm in width and has a height of 1685mm. The wheelbase and ground clearance are of 2740mm and 185mm respectively. To describe its front fascia, there is a chrome treated radiator grille with company's insignia. On either sides, there are luminous headlamps, which give out bright light. The airdam is wide and flanked by a pair of fog lamps. Also, there is a green tinted windscreen that is fitted with a couple of intermittent wipers. Its sides have wheel arches with a set of steel wheels, and the outside mirrors come integrated with side turn indicators. The door handles and B-pillars are the other attributes in this profile. Meanwhile, the design of its rear end is quite appealing. It has trendy tail lamps and a stylish boot lid, which has the prominent insignia engraved on it. Also, there is a windscreen as well as bumper to which, fog lamps are integrated.
It has a roomy cabin incorporated with well cushioned seats that come covered with premium fabric upholstery. The third row seat in particular, is offered with 50:50 split folding facility, which is a plus point. The cockpit is designed elegantly with a smooth dashboard that further houses an instrument cluster and a center console with a sophisticated music system. There is an instrument panel that provides necessary information to the driver. It is also integrated with a stylish steering column. An accessory socket is available in the second row, while there are front door trim pockets. Aside from these, the cabin also includes a glove box, driver’s side ticket holder, assist foldable grips, chrome plated door handles and co-passenger seat back pocket.
Engine and Performance:
The car maker has offered it with a 1.4-litre petrol engine that carries 4-cylinders and 16 valves. It is based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. This K-Series 1373cc drive train is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection system and comes with variable valve timing technology. It is capable of churning out a peak power of 91.1bhp at 6000rpm and at the same time, delivers torque of 130Nm at 4000rpm. It is paired with a five speed manual transmission gear box that transmits power to its front wheels. When it is about fuel economy, it is about 17.5 Kmpl on the highways and nearly 13 Kmpl in urban areas.
Braking and Handling:
This trim is packed with a rack and pinion based electric power steering system. It assists in easy maneuverability besides supporting its turning radius. In terms of braking, it has disc brakes fitted to the front wheels and drum brakes are used for the rear ones. On the other hand, it has a proficient suspension system that helps the vehicle remain stable irrespective of road conditions. This comprises of a McPherson strut on its front axle and a torsion beam on the rear one.
This mid range variant has some exciting features that help in keeping its occupants comfortable throughout their journey. It is bestowed with an advanced audio unit that has an MP3 player, and four speakers, which deliver excellent sound output. This even supports USB port, auxiliary input option, and Bluetooth connectivity too. Both its front and rear windows are power operated, and the outside mirrors are electrically foldable as well as adjustable. An efficient air conditioner is installed along with a heater, and there are two room lamps provided. The list further includes keyless entry, light-on reminder with buzzer, digital clock, day and night inside rear view mirror, luggage box and a few others.
Some vital aspects are loaded in this trim, which safeguards the vehicle as well as its passengers. These include reverse parking sensors, anti lock braking system, and three point seat belts for all with pretensioner and force limiter at front. There are also rear defogger, dual front airbags, security alarm system and door ajar warning lamp that improves the level of security.
1. Attractive exteriors with interesting aspects.
2. Braking system is reliable.
1. A few more comfort features should be added.
2. Interior style is not that appealing.