First Drive: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

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Another area where the Ertiga fails to impress is its overall feel of the interiors. It’s almost identical to the Swift; be it the dashboard layout or the switches and buttons. Not that the quality or the fit and finish is an issue, but the bigger problem is that the insides just don’t feel plush enough to command a Rs 8 lakh price tag. Plus everything inside is so familiar, you don’t feel like you are in a brand new car. The Ertiga could also do with a bit more intelligently designed storage spaces. We agree it has bottle holders for all three rows and door pockets even all round and that’s great, but the latter are too narrow to fit anything significant. But this apart, there’s nothing else to empty out your pockets in.

What is impressive nonetheless is the kneeroom on offer. With a sliding second row, it does take a bit of trial and error to ensure both second and third row passengers don’t foul their knees with the seat ahead, but it is very much possible. This also means with no third row passengers, the kneeroom in the second row can be outstanding. What it could do with though is more interior width in order to seat three in comfort. This also means with all seven in their seats, the feeling of roominess isn’t great either.



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