I have been reading through multiple ownership and official review threads in this forum and on other different automotive forums and must say that people share their views and experiences so in detail and with passion that its helps a lot in decision making. Even I thought of so many points while going through these thread before reaching to a decision to spent 9+ lac on my Ertiga - I call 'The Beast'.
'- yes the reason is simple because I had a Alto LX 2009 model and moving from 45bhp to a 95bhp 1400cc machine will definitely feel like a 'Beast'.
Its been now 8 months and 6500kms and I am loving it every single day. However there are few positives and negatives that I felt for this beast and I would like to share with you all. Though after long time I found some time to write down my experience and will continue the same.
First of all it cost me approx INR. 838000
for my Ertiga ZXI with alloy after a cash discount of INR. 16000 + INR. 3000
for a gold coin which I opted in cash discount. Almost INR. 40000
spent on accessories as well, which again depends on your personal preference how much sugar you want to pour to make things sweet.
Lets have some points below for this Beast.
- Door locks at 30kmph itself.
- Car like drive and handling.
- Good interior space and ample leg space.
- All safety features compulsory (Airbags, ABS+EBD)
- Rear-defogger (works great)
- Plenty of head space.
- Movable middle row seats for comfort in third row.
- Comfortable during long drives (done 3000kms in a week trip)
- Power Windows
- A small dead pedal
- Excellent Mileage considering the size (got 22.3kmpl on highway. Surprised?).
- 9+ lac beast but no ACC.
- No automatic folding ORVMs which now Ciaz has.
- No split third row seats for practicality like Innova.
Before going for an MUV or an LUV as Maruti call it, I thought about going for new face lifted Ritz, Verna, Duster etc. However always thought that they are 5 seaters and more costlier then Ertiga if I go for the top model except Ritz.
I some how loved to drive the awesome Swift but just as an enthusiastic driver. In terms of rear space and interiors I don't like the black interiors. Even in high end cars like Audi, BMW and Mercs though the interiors quality is top notch the color scheme again matters.
Ertiga is based on the Swift and Ritz platform rather I should say stretched platform, hence I preferred to go for it. Also when I test drove the Ertiga petrol K14 engine was so smooth and silent that I thought it was not even running, unless you see the RPM needle is giving you a tempting look to rev hard.
The awesome practicality of using it as a 5 seater with ample of luggage space by folding the 3rd row also a big positive. Another thing that I realized after 2nd service was the awesome mileage this Beast can give on highway on steady speed.
In my recent trip of 3000km, on a stretch of 50km 6 lane highway, I drove my Beast at 60-70kmph (in general I drive between 90-130kmph on highways responsibly) and when I suddenly looked at the MID the AVG mileage was showing 22.3kmpl. I mean wooooow. A 1400cc 95BHP 7 seater petrol MUV and 22.3kmpl mileage. What else you expect from a machine. I did this to check what max this beast can achieve in terms of mileage, but the temptation to check the limits of its speed on an empty 6 lane highways was very high. In city I am currently getting 13 -16kmpl which is again great for Delhi's bumper to bumper traffic.
I also tried to test the 95hp of this beast on an empty highway and reached 170kmph
. though I drove it for 5 min only at that speed as I was travelling with family and yes all seat belts were fasten. Safety always first before speeding.
Guys I will continue sharing my experience with my Beast and upload some snaps with you all later.