Value for Money
The reason why you should definitely consider buying the Ertiga is value-for-money. The Ertiga is around Rs 3-4 lakhs cheaper than its closest rival, the Mahindra Marazzo. Now, even if Maruti is charging less for the car, it’s not like they have skimped on the equipment. It has features like a touchscreen infotainment system, rear AC, automatic climate control, ABS with EBS, dual air-bags, and ISOFIX rear seats among others.
Easy Ingress and Egress
The ease with which you can get in and out of the car is another factor to be considered in buying the Ertiga. Now, because the Ertiga is based on a monocoque chassis, the rear seat is placed at an ideal height. So, getting in and out of the car is easy. Also, the big rear-door opening makes it easy to get into the third row.
And, while getting into the third row is a problem in most of the MPVs, in the Ertiga, this isn’t a problem because of the one-touch fold-and-slide option. It’s just so easy.
The Ertiga has got comfortable seats, be it the first, second or third-rows. But the third-row is the real highlight. In most other MPVs, the third-row seating is really low, but that's not the case in the Ertiga. You sit at a good height, and despite that, the headroom is good and even the width is good enough for two people.
The amount of luggage space on offer is another reason to buy the Ertiga. You get 550-litres of space with the third-row folded, and even when you put the third-row up, with the covers down, there is space to accommodate a big bag and two soft bags quite easily.
Light and rigid chassis
The new Ertiga has a lighter and a more rigid chassis now. The car is based on the HEARTECT platform, which also underpins the Swift. So, despite being much larger than the older car, it is 20 kilos lighter. This not only improves performance but fuel-efficiency as well.
The flat ride quality of the Ertiga will compel you to put the Ertiga on your maybe-buy list. Be it the first-row, second-row or the third-row, it offers a pliant ride. Out on the highway, it just feels soothing and comfortable. Sure, in the city, you feel some firmness, but it is never uncomfortable. Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga makes for a good long-distance car.
Easy to Drive
The Ertiga is an easy-to-drive MPV. Sure, it’s a seven-seater. But from the driver's seat, it feels almost as easy to drive as the Swift. It feels agile, it doesn’t roll much in the corners, and it's actually quite fun to drive. Even in the city, the compact dimensions and great visibility make it easy to drive and park.