Maruti Ertiga

All eyes were on the Maruti Ertiga at the 2012 Auto Expo as the company set foot into the MPV segment. The Ertiga entered the field as a strong contender to the segment leader Toyota Innova, thanks to the aggressive pricing -- between Rs 5.89 lakh and Rs 8.45 lakh. Exterior design is not Ertiga’s forte as it resembles the Ritz from front and the Honda Jazz from the rear. However, what matters for an MPV is the space and Maruti got it right with the Ertiga. Inside, the entire dashboard has been borrowed from the Dzire, but it’s not a bad thing. Engineers have tried to maximize interior room with the use of clever packaging. Front row is extremely comfortable but the middle and rear rows are slightly cramped. However, you can slide the middle rows behind, borrowing some room from the rear seats. Ertiga’s strong point is that it drives like a small car, which means you never feel you are behind the wheel of a seven-seater. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is powered by both petrol and diesel engines. While the diesel is the tried-and-tested 1.3-litre Multijet engine, the petrol unit is an all-new 1.4-litre K14M unit. The 1.3-litre diesel unit is from the SX4 and features VGT, helping it to produce 88.5 BHP of peak power at 4000 RPM and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 RPM. Both these engines return a very good ARAI certified mileage with the diesel rated at 20.77 km/l and the petrol rated at 16.02 km/l.