Inside, it's all Maruti. The steering, the power window switches, the stalks and dials, the door handles, and even the gear shifter and the hand brake, lack any sort of originality. These are bits and pieces we have already seen on cars based on the same Heartect platform.
What is unique though, is the dashboard design. It's more upright. And, it doesn't differentiate between the driver and the co-passenger in its flow. Much like in modern day luxury cars, there's no pronounced central console; the dash just flows as if it were carved out of one block of solid plastic. I personally quite like it. And it lends the new Ertiga a more premium air as well.
The quality of materials is similar to what we have seen on Dzires and Balenos. Which is to say, you can't really fault them on look and feel, or fit and finish unless you are nitpicking. But, yes, these don't set any new segment benchmarks either.
In terms of equipment, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and the irritating beeps at 80kmph and 120kmph come as standard on all cars. Furthermore, in this top-spec trim, there's a touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. There's digital climate control with an additional aircon setup for the rear passengers. There are cup and bottle holders for all three rows with the front two getting some dedicated venting as well to keep them drinks cools.
You get electric ORVMs with fold function; keyless entry and start; steering mounted controls; a detailed driver information system; and second and third row of seats with split and fold functionality. The last row seats - which can also be reclined - split 50:50 to add luggage volume. The second row seats - which recline and slide - split 60:40 to further add to the luggage-carrying flexibility on the Ertiga.
And, on the subject of seats, the ones upfront are large, cushy, and even though a bit soft, these aren't short on support. So, the seating comfort, even for extended periods of time, is good. The second row in comparison feels flat. The benchseats are accommodating, yes, but not the most supportive. As for the last row, these feel flatter than the second row even, and are much closer to the floor, making them literally the last resort.
Space wise, the Ertiga has grown, no doubt. There's clearly more shoulder room all round, and with a second row that slides fore and aft, the flexibility to liberate space for the third row, remains. Additionally, thanks to the lower window line, a large rear door, and the big quarter glass between the C and D pillar, the Ertiga feels significantly more roomy now. There's more room for luggage as well, even with the third row in place. The increase in length has played its part, no doubt.