Maruti Suzuki Er­tiga

Maruti’s MPV makes for a great sup­port car thanks to its bril­liant third row flex­i­bil­ity

Evo India - - BENELLI LEONCINO - Ro­hit Mane (@ro­hit­mane93)

ICAN’T BE­LIEVE THAT IT’S AL­READY been over six months with the Er­tiga. I was asked to trade my Santro with the Er­tiga and ini­tially it was re­ally cum­ber­some to live with a long and wide seven-seater. But it has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

When Ab­hishek and I went for the first drive some­time last year, we were re­ally im­pressed with the space, in­te­ri­ors and the long list of fea­tures. In fact, the in­te­rior space is its USP and that’s what we have come to love dur­ing its ten­ure. When you fold the sec­ond and third row seats, you get a flat-bed like space which al­lowed me and my fel­low shut­ter­bugs to take those track­ing shots you see on the pages of these mag­a­zines. I have also driven it to Mum­bai on sev­eral oc­ca­sions with the seats and boot loaded to the sill. The engine has enough grunt to take on the Lon­avala ghat with­out com­pro­mis­ing on the ride qual­ity. It also has one of the nicest steer­ing wheels for a Maruti Suzuki. It isn’t pre­cise but doesn’t feel feather light like the Baleno or Ig­nis.

The Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto equipped in­stru­ment clus­ter is a boon and of­fers a great user in­ter­face. How­ever, the Blue­tooth has a mind of its own and some­times it re­fused to work and had to be com­pletely switched off to get it go­ing again. The fuel ef­fi­ciency too is great for a car its size. I have been con­sis­tently ek­ing out about 14kmpl in city con­di­tions, de­spite my heavy right foot. On the high­ways, the fig­ure even stretched too 18kmpl at times. The mild­hy­brid tech­nol­ogy is no gim­mick; the au­to­engine off worked per­fectly, with­out any has­sles. And the tiny bat­tery too helps when you re­quire that sud­den burst of ac­cel­er­a­tion, es­pe­cially in ur­ban con­di­tions.

It sad­dens me to see the Er­tiga go, for it has been a great six months with Maruti’s prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able MPV. Now, when is that S-presso launch hap­pen­ing? ⌧

Date ac­quired Fe­bru­ary 2019 To­tal mileage 8088km Mileage this month 2578km Costs this month `0 Over­all kmpl 15kmpl

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