Maruti Ertiga ZXi Plus is the top of the line petrol version. This time it is more capable of getting customers' attention as compared to its outgoing one, as it has arrived with noteworthy cosmetic updates. It has a pair of chrome treated front fog lamps as well as grille and much more. It has a spacious wheelbase of 2740mm along with a modest ground clearance of 185mm. Apart from these, all its other dimensions are well suited when compared to other contenders. Inside, this vehicle has a silver garnished steering wheel, superb dashboard and chrome inserted door handles, which are making the entire cabin truly stylish. Coming to the protective features, the manufacturer offers anti-lock braking system, airbag for driver and co-driver. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1373cc petrol engine, which is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and makes 91.1bhp. This model is available at all the authorized dealers with a 2 year or 40000 Kilometers (whichever earlier) warranty. The nearest competitors of this vehicle include Toyota Innova and Honda Mobilio. While, at some instances it is also being compared with Renault Lodgy and Chevrolet Enjoy as well.
Several renovations are done to its outside, such as its front fascia gets chrome for grille, fog lights as well as on the tail gate. There are two wipers for front and a single wiper with washer to the rear windscreen, both of which are laminated and are tinted as well. The side profile gets mud flaps, door handles, ORVMs with electrical adjustment and turn indicators. Moreover, it also includes a marvelous set of 15 inch alloy wheels, which have been further fitted with tubeless radials of size 185/65 R15. There is also a full size spare wheel given, which is fitted below the boot compartment along with other tools to change a flat tyre. The rear end has fog lamps, door handle above the license plate and windscreen defogger.
Its cabin is totally stylish along with a well carved steering wheel, broad dashboard, well-lit instrument cluster and fabric upholstery. The door handles as well as parking brake have chrome elements. Besides these, this vehicle has a passenger side vanity mirror and remote fuel lid opener. Let's have a look at its infotainment system, it includes an in-built music system along with four speakers, CD player, radio, USB and two tweeters. The boot space is somehow less as it has a capacity of carrying only 300 litres of luggage that can be further increased by folding down its last two row seats depending on the requirement.
Engine and Performance:
This utility vehicle incorporates a 1.4-litre petrol engine that comes with a DOHC based valve configuration, which includes four cylinders. The mill has a 5-speed manual transmission and power churning capacity of 91.1bhp at 6000rpm along with a peak torque of 130Nm at 4000rpm. It offers 1373cc displacement and a top speed of 164 Kmph. In just 13 seconds, this model can reach up to 100 Kmph from a standstill. It has an MPFI fuel supply system and returns 13.3 Kmpl mileage in city and about 17.5 Kmpl on bigger roads.
Braking and Handling:
The front wheels are coupled to ventilated discs, while the rear ones have drum brakes. On the other hand, its front axle comprises of McPherson Strut and the rear comes with a torsion beam. This version gets ABS to further bolster its braking mechanism.
Being the high end trim, this version has a lot of aspects that provide convenience to all the occupants in some way or the other. It is packed with head restraints for second as well as third rows, front and rear door power windows, where the driver side can be operated automatically. Its driver and co-passenger seats have rear map pockets, while the driver seat can be height adjustable. The second row is blessed with air conditioning vents and armrest. Furthermore, it includes rear parking sensors, central door locking, keyless entry and power steering wheel with audio control buttons. Talking about instrument panel, it has information display regarding outside temperature, average fuel efficiency and driving range. Moreover, this section gives low fuel warning and reminders for key-on, light-on and door ajar.
The car manufacturer has introduced dual front airbags that further adds to the protection levels of its occupants. It incorporates brake assist, which enhances the braking pressure in case of any kind of emergency, seat belts for all three rows, security alarm and anti-lock braking system. This variant also comprises of driver seat belt reminder with buzzer, day night inside mirror and engine immobilizer to restrict any unwarranted entry.
1. Exterior is more captivating.
2. Wheelbase is quite modest for seven people.
1. Luggage space should be increased.
2. Lack of leather upholstery.