Value for Money
Model bought: Ertiga CNG VXI
A great value for money family car by Maruti.
Pros: Excellent mileage, spacing, practicality, dual AC vent, leg room, easy drivablity, compact dimensions to suit city needs.
Cons: Rear wiper, Third row seat neck rest, steering mounted controls, ABS option not available in CNG, Less powerful headlights.
Issues: Air cutting noise above 80km/hr speed.
Phenomenal amount of work have been fone by Maruti to create such a compact car to serve every need of the customer. Even with CNG maruti has fitted the tank in such a way that their has been no compromise with the third seat. I must say that third row seat is pretty much comfortable for average individual for short distances. With all the seats occupied Eritga has almost no boot space due to CNG tank but when third row seat folded it give more space than a normal sedan.
Its just as good as driving a sedan. Very comfortable seating with great visiblity. It has good ground clearance backed by great suspension absorbs almost all the city bumps.
Pick up is little slow when the car starts in CNG but once it reaches 20kmhr the drive is absolutely smooth. Switching from petrol to cng is very smooth without any time lag.
Only two concerns:
One is when you drive on expressway when the speed crosses 80kmhr there is a wierd air cutting noise which keeps increasing with speed. Even service stations are not able to resolve this.
Second is without ABS it is little dangerous to drice beyond 100kmhr.
Apart from these two the car is fantastic to drive and almost zero engine noise inside the cabin.
Music system, power windows, central locking, key less entry, dual AC vent
What it lacks is steering mounted controls which are a kind of must have features in today's world.
Dual AC vent is good for cooling during morning and evening drives but for a proper after noon drive say above 40degree it cannot cool the cabin to a great extent. But still is managable.
Power is just enough to carry 7 passenger and have a comfortable ride. It lacks initial pickup with cng but it is quiet managable by shifting gears to lower levels. Rest car never let you feels a rational driver powerless. Excellent
Here is the place where Ertiga is miles ahead when compared to its competitors. With cng option it easily delivers 12-14km per kg in city traffic with AC and 20-22km per kg on highway. With cng price at ~40 rs per kg it arrives to roughly 2Rs per km or even lower. Driving becomes very economical with Ertiga. I guess cng option is the best compliment which maruti has given this car to make it a very attractive option for people who have cng infrastructure in place.
Ertiga is best option for a person who wish to have option occansional 7 people or For a five seater with huge boot space. Its cost of driving is so low with cng that it makes overall ownership cost very less when conpared to petrol or diesel models. Lack some of the basic features but when compared to the overall package which comes at this price this is the most compelling option one can ever have.Excellent mileage, spacing, practicality, dual AC vent, leg room, easy drivablity, compact dimensionThird row seat neck rest, steering mounted controls, ABS in CNG, Less powerful headlamps