The search of a new car started after my humble Getz touched 60,000 KM.
It was Getz Prime GLE 1.1 ltr & purchased in 2008.
A great city car with good mileage. But lack of low end torque and not an expressway car. Getz was breathless after 80/90 KMPH.
With AC on, it was very frustrating to drive the car.But had an excellent reliability. Never spent a single penny other than Normal servicing. That GLE model was very basic with a Power steering and AC, that's it.
Before Getz i had a Santro XO 2005 model. From last 8 years i was a loyal Hyundai customer. Even in my family we have 2 more Hyundai car (i10 Era (2008) & an i20 Asta petrol 2012 model).
So this time I have already decided to skip Hyundai . My requirement also changed. I need a car for 6 people with at least ABS
and a decent powered engine. I am now a Proud Owner for Ertiga ZXI. I got the possession on July 11th 2013.
Till Date i have completed around 600 KM with the car. In 12 days 600 KM...not bad ..
One Pune-Mubai Expressway run also included in this mileage. My initial driving experience and observation :
Before reading the below experience , just for your information my last car was a Hyundai Getz 1.1 (which is popular for worst low end torque). So I am comparing Ertiga with my previous car. What I LUV:-
1) A car like real MPV.
2) Spacious 5+2 easy flexible seating.
3) 1.4 Petrol Engine with decent mileage.
4) Easy to drive with good handling & comfortable ride.
5) Separate & effective A/C vents for the rear rows.
6) A.B.S. With E.B.D.
7) Awesome integrated sound system & speakers.
8) Generous boot after folding 3rd row.
9) Good pulling power & cruising ability with 7 people on board.
10) Theatre like dimming lamps inside the car.
11) Decent headroom for all rows. What I don’t LUV:-
1) Front view can’t differentiate Ertiga from other Maruti cars.
2) Horn is not easily accessible.
3) Inconvenient placement of fuel lid opener.
4) No remote boot lid opener.
5) Some beige interiors hard to keep clean.
6) Missed an armrest for driver.
7) No ACC.
8) Worst low beam (A big problem in night driving)
9) 60:40 split last row seat. Interior :
The dashboard is brown in color almost same as my Getz Prime. Due to mat finish the reflection is very negligible on the front windscreen.
Driving in sunlight not an issue. Though the real test will be in summer season. But I believe it should not reflect like my other car (i10 ERA with all beige dashboard).
The driver seat is height adjustable and i found the seat is very comfortable (i am 6 feet & medium build).
One can easily find the suitable driving position. I really miss a driver armrest in Ertiga. Maruti should provide this as factory fitted or at least in MGA.
Middle row is best for 2 adults with middle armrest ON. Without armrest 3rd passenger also welcome.
The last seat is strictly for kids or an adult for short trips. Legroom can be increased by adjusting the middle row but have a very poor under thigh support. Which is very less for an adult.
Maruti should provide the last row as 60:40 split. This combination will be great for Ertiga with 6 passengers and some luggage.
I found the AC is very effective . Nowadays the average temperature is around 24 to 25 C. So the real test will be in summer.
Ertiga has very less storage area inside. Behind the hand brake there is no place for a water bottle (I believe Dizer & SX4 have). Maruti should provide more premium console for this area in the top end model. An armrest with storage is a great idea for this car. First 600 KM Driving Experience
- Great Power (Better than my Getz with AC on)
- Smooth Engine (Getz engine also super smooth)
- Car like drive (City / Highway)
- Good ground clearance
- Excellent low end torque. Can drive in 2nd or 3rd gear in city traffic.
- Good all-round visibility from driver seat.
- Effective AC. (The real test will be in summer season)
The first long drive for Ertiga was Pune - Mumbai - Pune a total of 400 KM trip. Including some KMs in Mumbai city heavy traffic.
One simple line i can mention here is "I am satisfied with the Car".
The first test was on Lonavala / Khandala ghat section : Ertiga drive like a big sedan without any issue. I cross this section in 3rd & 4th gear without any issue. I had to put my Getz in 1st & 2nd gear previously in this section. With both the AC on I did not feel the power drop in the ghat section.
Second Test (Friday evening traffic in Mumbai) : I was entering Mumbai on Friday evening and it was raining heavily. The route was through belapur to my destination Gore Gaon East. Drove in the bumper to bumper traffic for around 2 hours. Petrol Ertiga is excellent for city driving as well. One can drive in 2 & 3rd gear in slow moving traffic without any issue.
One thing I really want to upgrade is head light. The low beam is worst. The high beam is acceptable .
The average mileage in console : 14.5 KMPL
I drove the car at 80 / 90 KMPH speed. Always keep the RPM lower than 2500. AC used 90% of the time.
Need to check the actual with thankful to tankful method. But I am sure the mileage should not be less than 13 KMPL. Very happy..... Conclusion:-
Ertiga is a perfect vehicle for me(A family of 6). Ertiga is a MPV with Impressive versatility and space.
In my honest opinion, as far as compact SUV/MUV’s are concerned, It has no competition in the current Indian market within its price range till date.
More reviews & will follow soon