Suzuki Ertiga is a seven-seat compact MPV launched in Indonesia on 22nd April 2012 by Japanese manufacturer Suzuki and its Indian partner Maruti. It registered a record breaking sales within a year of its launch and outperformed the faddish Toyota Innova, its closest competitor. It is a cross between hatchback and MUV and is proclaimed as the first Life Utility Vehicle (LUV). It is available in 5 variants- GA, GL, GX, Elegant and its top model Sporty. Ertiga manufactures seem to have placed well thoughts over the aerodynamics placing no angle between mirrors and door so that air can flow more smoothly. Moreover, the windshield is made finely sleek, so that the airflow from the front glass can smoothly flow.
The Ertiga is designed as a complete family vehicle and it does not disappoint even if you are driving along behind the wheels. Suzuki has equipped a modest 1.4-litre petrol engine under its hood. The engine block is made with an aluminium base material to reduce on weight and works with minimal friction. The maximum power generated is 95 hp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque output is 130 Nm at 4000 rpm. It is a front wheel drive with 5-speed manual transmission.
The fastest acceleration recorded from 0-100 km is 14.2 seconds which is slightly mediocre considering it is a front wheel drive. But it may be owing to its heavy kerb weight. Its average fuel efficiency of 18.35 Kmpl can be regarded as respectable. Friendly suspension setup and monocoque chassis keep bumps and bouncing to a bare minimum. Overall, The Suzuki Ertiga is the ultimate affordable family MPV which can offer a fun drive with the assurance of the Suzuki brand as its pedigree.
The 1.4L K14B petrol engine comes from Suzuki's renowned K-series range and is very refined and fuel efficient. It gives an average mileage of 18.35 kmpl with 5-speed manual transmission. And the impressing doesn’t stop with the engines. It is built on bulky ladder-frame chassis which is sturdy and vigorous when it comes to vehicle dynamics. The Ertiga can fill upto 45 litres of fuel in one go.
Petrol power comes from the K-series line-up. You have a 1.4-litre K14B (DOHC-VVT) engine installed at the heart of the new Ertiga which offers a total displacement of 1373 cc. This K14B petrol engine puts out a decent 95 hp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 130 Nm at 4000 rpm. The Ertiga is not the most powerful MPV available in the market but it can offer you a decent drive pleasure especially when the power demand is the most cutting your way through corners and on lower rpm’s.
The 1.4L K14B pulls dynamically at low revolutions and achieves 0-100 kmph mark in 14.2 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 160 kmpl. Refinement is impressive with a very quiet ride. There is a good spread of power which makes the engine fit for both city and highway driving. Driveability is fairly good too, though the build-up of power sometimes seem slightly slow and in the mid-range models due to usage of low range models of K-Series family. The engines get a bit noisy as you rev harder.
Ertiga has a compact yet stylish design that looks impressive & dynamic. Ertiga's manufactures seem to have placed well thoughts over the aerodynamics placing no angle between mirrors and door so that air can flow more smoothly. Moreover, the windshield is made finely sleek so that the airflow from the front glass can smoothly flow. The exterior flare is illuminated elegantly by a wide range of lamps including stylish head lamps, sporty fog lamps, outside mirror with turn signal lamp, attractive rear combination lamps and high mount stop lamps. The Ertiga is not aggressively designed and behaves more like a calm city commuter but with added features in the sporty variant you can convert your regular Ertiga into a peppy looking MPV.
Ertiga qualifies for a compact MPV with its average overall measurements 4265 mm x 1695 mm x 1685 mm (L x W x H) which are lofty enough to provide a generous amount of space in the interiors. Ground clearance offered is 185 mm which is sufficient enough to cruise through pot holes and rough road patches. Ertiga scores good points when it comes to wheelbase measuring at 2740 mm which in return offers more cabin space for the passengers.
Interior of Ertiga is slightly less spacious as it appears from the outside but it has an impeccable textured premium upholstery giving it a swanky touch. In the middle of the dashboard, there is a double din head unit that is capable of playing the radio and CD. The USB socket is installed neatly in the bottom of the console. Audio settings can be altered from the circumference of the wheel. The middle row seats can be moved as far as 240 mm to obtain an adequate legroom and can be folded 60:40 to increase storage capacity. There are enough amenities and infotainment features to add on to the pleasure of driving. Apart from this, It has a stylish meter cluster with LCD display, tweeter for enhancing audio experience and stylish steering with integrated audio control.
Ertiga has spacious cabin with decent packaging. The front seats are comfortable and support you well enough for long drives. The middle row has decent legroom, headroom and shoulder room to enhance practicality and comfort while travelling with family. The second row can be folded and slided as per your needs. You can find most of the standard stuff to upgrade your comfort level in the sports wagon except for the automatic climate control. Besides, it has 2nd row arm rest, front and rear door pocket, 2nd row AC with manual control, dashboard cupholder, spacious luggage box and walk-in mechanisms to further ease out your family trips.
With all passengers on board, one can only accommodate 185 litres of luggage space which means when all the seats are up, you do not really get much luggage space for your family. However, once you fold down the rear seats you can increase the boot space to 785 litres which is quite sufficient but then again you will have to choose between more passengers or more luggage. To accommodate more interior space, the middle row seats can be moved as far as 240 mm to obtain an adequate legroom and can be folded 60:40 to increase storage capacity.
The wheels are simple in design and have clean finishing adding to the overall aesthetics of this MPV. The elegant variant of the Ertiga is equipped with tyre size of 185/65 R15 for both steel as well as aluminium alloy wheels. Whereas the top Sport variant enjoys an upgraded 16 inch alloy wheels measuring 205/55 R16.
One cannot expect the audio system to surprise you when it comes to Ertiga but overall you get a good package in the stereo with 2DIN AM/FM, MP3-compatible CD player with USB socket, Remote audio control and Bluetooth technology. There is steering mounted audio switch available for the top variants along with additional Tweeters to further enhance your audio experience.
Ertiga is equipped with a 1.4-litre K14B motor from Suzuki's acclaimed K-series family of engines. It embeds Multi Point Injection which produces complete combustion thus enabling it to have better performance and minimal waste gas disposal. The engine puts out a decent 95 hp at 6000 rpm and maximum torque of 130 Nm at 4000 rpm.
Ertiga fuses torsion beam rear suspension which is unusual considering it is an MPV. Rear suspension is used in this front-wheel drive car to make it swing perfectly. It being light is not allergic to bend around curves. Body control and suspension is evidently firm with Mcpherson coil spring in the front and it feels predictable through the corners. As far its dynamics go, it offers a great handling on the off-roads as well as amidst glutted traffic in the city.
Ertiga being a big family car necessitates the inclusion of safety features. Thanks to its advanced safety technology, you can keep your mind off the worries for the same. It has dual SRS Airbags, safety belt for each passenger, Immobilizor and keyless entry with alarm system as standard for all variants. ABS with brake assist & EBD offers good traction control in off-road drives.