Maruti Ertiga VXI AT is the only variant in this entire series, which is offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission gear box. This comes mated to a 1.4-litre petrol engine that is based on a dual overhead camshaft valve configuration. This trim is loaded with various security attributes like security alarm, seat belts for all passengers and dual front airbags to name a few. It has a robust body structure that is equipped with many styling elements. The rear end has bright tail lamps with turn indicators and on its side profile, it has external mirrors integrated with turn signal lamps. The chrome plated radiator grille remains the main attraction at front, which also includes the prominent insignia. Meanwhile, the cockpit inside includes a sleek looking dashboard that is fitted with some advanced equipments. Also, there are comfort features available like power operated windows, air conditioning unit, electrically adjustable ORVMs and a few others.
This utility vehicle has an attractive side profile that have black B and C pillars, whereas the door handles are painted in body color. The outside rear view mirrors electrically foldable and comes fitted with side turn indicators. The wheel arches meanwhile, are equipped with a set of 15 inch steel wheels that are covered with 185/65 R15 sized tubeless tyres. The striking elements at front include a chrome treated radiator grille with company's emblem engraved in the center. Surrounding this are a couple of large headlamps and just below this, is a well sculpted bumper featuring bright fog lamps with chrome bezel. On the other hand, its rear end has a wide windscreen, high mount stop lamp and a chrome garnished back door. Other elements such as luminous tail lamps and a bumper gives it a complete look.
A spacious cabin with good seating arrangement is one of the best things about this vehicle. Its not just the leg room, but head as well as shoulder space is also quite sufficient. These seats are covered with premium upholstery, which have 60:40 split folding function in the second row. Meanwhile, the cockpit is designed in an impressive way with some sophisticated components. The design of dashboard is pretty good, while the air vents, instrument panel and a center console gives it a modernistic appeal. The neat chrome plating on door handles, parking brake tip as well as steering wheel further adds to its elegance. Apart from these, the cabin also has a luggage box, assist grips, 50:50 split foldable third row seat, glove box, tachometer, co-passenger seat back pocket, digital clock and many others.
Engine and Performance:
It is incorporated with a 1.4-litre K-Series petrol drive train that has 1373cc displacement capacity. Based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration, it has four cylinders and 16 valves. A multi point fuel injection system is integrated to it. This particular trim is offered with a 4-speed automatic transmission gear box, which helps in easy gear shifts. The maximum power produced by this motor is 91.1bhp at 6000rpm, whereas the torque comes to 130Nm at 4000rpm. On the bigger roads, it can return a fuel economy of about 17.03 Kmpl and 13 Kmpl within the city. Furthermore, its top speed comes to nearly 155 Kmph and accelerates from 0 to 100 Kmph in approximately 16 seconds.
Braking and Handling:
In terms of suspension, there is a McPherson strut assembled on its front axle and the rear one gets a torsion beam. This highly proficient system aids in making the drive smooth and free from jerks. As far as braking system is concerned, its front wheels are fitted with ventilated discs, whereas drum brakes are used for the rear ones. Another plus point is the rack and pinion based electric power steering system. This simplifies the efforts of its driver in the vehicle's handling on any road condition.
For entertainment, it has a 2-DIN music system that has MP3 player and four speakers, which are positioned in the front and rear cabin. It even supports USB port as well as Bluetooth connectivity. This unit can be operated through switches that are mounted on its steering wheel. An accessory socket is also present in the second row for charging electronic devices. Both the front and rear windows are power operated, whereas the front seat belts are height adjustable. The notifications displayed on instrument panel include distance to empty, headlamp-on, key-on reminder, as well as fuel consumption gauge. The availability of AC in the second row is another benefit this trim has.
Its strong body structure has crumple zones that can absorb impact force and safeguards the occupants sitting inside. The airbags for both driver and co-passenger prevents injuries in case of an accident. Anti lock braking system is one of the vital aspect it has, which ensures safety during emergency braking. Other attributes such as seat belts with front pretensioner and force limiters, security alarm, driver seat belt reminder with buzzer, as well as day and night inside rear view mirror further increases the level of protection.
1. Generous interior dimensions.
2. Cargo volume is quite good.
1. Safety standards can be further improved.
2. External styling could have been better.