[JUSTIFY]List of installed accessories:-
1. Full rubber mats-2400
2. Side moulding coloured-4800
3. Roof end spoiler-6800
4. Door visor-1250
5. Door sill Guard-450
6. Steering wheel cover leather-750
7. Seat covers art leather-12800
8. Reverse parking sensor in IRVM-5800
9. Freebies (Ganesha idol, Mobile charger, car perfume (still to receive), Body cover (still to receive).
10. Full transparent carpet lamination-3800
11. all in one dash double din multimedia navigation system + reverse camera-58000
Apart from this I have opted for FUCOT Anti-Rust treatment-6090(less 10% discount) and Maruti Suzuki’s extended warrantee for 3rd & 4th year-11202. Was asked to put sun films but I denied in view of the recent supreme court’s ban on the sun films. Also have bought a tubeless tyre puncture repair kit (300) for any emergency at outskirts/ village, where there is no facility except air compressor. Also I am planning to buy a portable tyre inflator with digital gauge in near future. Cost of Car:-
1. Ex-showroom price Mumbai Maruti Ertiga ZDi BS IV-909143
2. Depo charges-6840
3. Registration Individual-101531
A total of Rs.1044275/- on road Mumbai, Ertiga ZDi is certainly value for money carlike MPV. First impression:-
Ertiga is a nice looking car externally. It has nothing dramatically stylish to call it a car with outstanding looks. It doesn’t look like an MPV from its front and rear profile but its side profile with gigantic rear doors and windows hints at a car stretched to be a MPV. Ertiga looks best sideways and more importantly in serene blue colour. Everybody including myself were doubtful about its claimed (comfortable) seven seating capacity from the exterior impression. However was really surprised to see amazing space on offer inside. Yes! It’s a genuine seven seater carlike MPV. Style and Design:-
1. Front looks quite boring Maruti like.
2. Rear looks a typical hatchback but huge boot lid makes loading easy.
3. Ergonomically looks similar to Honda Jazz from side and rear profile.
4. Practically a 93% reduced Xerox copy of Toyota Innova.
5. Only headlights distinguish Ertiga from other similar Maruti vehicles when seen through OVRM. Build Quality:-
Build quality is better than cars driven by me before and the car feels better built than the other Maruti models, clearly the best in class with a solid thud. The overall improvements are welcome but for a car costing close to 10 lakhs, some top end features were missing like ACC, Digital Speedometer, Cool glove box, Art leather seat covers, etc. Design of Interiors:-
Beige/Grey combination of dash is improvement over the earlier swift & dzire. I love Beige interiors a lot, feels classy. Very functional MID is placed with meter cluster in front of driving seat is what I dreamt of. I really hated its placement at the centre of dash in some vehicles like Tata Vista- Manza, Mahindra Xylo, Toyota Innova, Maruti SX4, etc. The slick recesses (notch) provided in the dash is really useful to keep mobiles, sun glasses, valets, etc. Interiors Quality:-
Apart from a part brownish grey in the dash everything is beige inside. The AC knobs, door pads, ceiling, steering wheel and gear knob are full beige. The seats and carpets are beige coloured too! Agreed, use of a light colour is making the interiors feel bright, airy and spacious but afraid that will be a pain to keep clean. To counter my fear, installed steering wheel cover, art leather seat covers and full transparent carpet lamination. I still don’t know how to avoid beige fabric lining on the door pads from getting soiled. Maruti shouldn't have used beige excessively on areas with frequent human touch.
Ertiga’s Unique Selling Point is its interior packaging with spacious 5+2 easy flexible seating. Moving, folding, reclining seats in various positions makes this car a spacious MPV with optimum use of its interior space, remarkable indeed. Driving experience:-
Till date I have driven 965 Kms consisting of 300 kms of city driving (including visits to Siddhivinayak and Mahalaxmi temples) and rest were long drives (visits to Shirdi and Shani Shinganapur). All the time with full passenger loads six adult passengers and four children!! Comfort Levels:-
It was a pleasant travelling experience for everybody of us. Middle row seats are exceptionally comfortable due to its flexi-seating. A separate Air-con vent on top makes both rear rows exceptionally comfortable. There is sufficient legroom & thigh support for every passenger. However I felt need of an additional neck rest during my long drives to Shirdi & Shani Shinganapur. Also the third row bench felt the big potholes and suddenly appearing speed breakers on highways. The gearshifts are smoothly precise but a bit notchy too. Electric power steering is unbelievably feather-light. Driver’s seating position is excellent, provides good undisturbed view of the road and traffic. The front dash grill abutting the front windshield is reflected during sunny days somehow distracts the front vision. I think it will take some time for me to get used to these things including various controls, switches, etc. NVH Levels:-
I found Ertiga’s NVH levels not just comparable but better than many of the recent cars available in market. The diesel engine does get a bit loud when revved hard but at the same time hard to tell that it’s running while idle or cruising on the highway. Sorry for not posting any video at this stage but surely post few at a later stage. Driving characteristics:-
I drove my Ertiga with with six adult passengers and four children most of the time, lower gears with shorter ratios were really handy for initial pickup. As I had plenty experience of driving Diesel vehicles, I could easily counter the so called turbo lag by driving in the 1500-2000 RPM range, and never felt out of power throughout. In fact, while driving in the second gear I did experience an unexpected pull after 2000 RPM. However, as advised by dealership I tried not to cross the speed limits being running in period but I must mention here that it is very difficult to drive Ertiga in speeds less than 80 KmpH as it easily crossed that mark on highways without putting feet on the accelerator pedal.
Not to mention Ertiga is a breeze to drive with 4 or less than 4 passengers on board. I felt sometimes as if I am driving some hatchback. Braking inspires confidence during high speed driving due to ABS
, I think. However, in slow speeds one must take utmost care while braking to avoid any probable rear ending. I usually put my feet slowly so that the brake light gloves before actual braking thereby indicating the driver of the car behind well in advance. I think this phenomenon is common to all new vehicles. Handling & Manoeuvrability:-
As I have already mentioned above Ertiga handling is fairly similar to some hatchbacks. In terms of Engine responsiveness, acceleration or gearbox I felt it similar to Tata Vista or Manza or Maruti Swift or Dzire. Stability was excellent during high speeds on highways tanks to the longer wheelbase. Ertiga has exceptional ride quality at low speeds and absorbs every worst thing on road with ease. Front and middle passengers really enjoyed the ride throughout even on bad roads due to its planted feeling. However, third row passengers may feel a little discomfort, unless you slow down, as the suspension is not so soft and springy. But overall every passenger enjoyed the ride throughout the long journey. A/ C Effectiveness:-
It does take a while to cool the larger cabin of the Ertiga when you start the vehicle under the hot sun but quite sufficient if not exceptional. The rear A/C vent with separate blower with 3 settings is outstanding and sometimes rear passengers were so chilled that they reduced the blower control setting to 2nd position for most of the time. A/C is satisfactory as we kept the front blower setting to 2nd position and A/C setting to centre to avoid excessive chilling. The air recycle mode was always on and did its job excellently as we never felt any external pollution within the cabin throughout our journey. Fuel Efficiency:-
The total average shown on the MID at the time of getting the delivery with 45 Kms reading on the Odometer was around 8 Kmpl. After 300 Kms of city driving it improved to around 10 Kmpl. Now It is 965 Kms after the long drive the total average shown is steady at 14.6 Kmpl and this too with six adult passengers and four children most of the time. I hope it will improve after the first free service of 1000 Kms completion.
To be continued...