2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Diesel First Drive Review

What is it?

The Ertiga has been yet another success story for Maruti Suzuki. In the six years of its existence, Maruti has sold over four lakh units of the Ertiga, thereby making it one of the most popular MPVs along with the mighty Toyota Innova. We just reviewed the petrol version (click here to read the review) of the car and came away impressed. Will we have the same view of the diesel variant? Read-on to find out.

Based on the Heartect platform which also underpins the Baleno and the Swift, the new Ertiga, despite being much bigger, is around 20kg lighter. Unlike the old car that looked staid and boring, the new Ertiga looks much more stylish and premium. The front grille with splashes of chrome looks upmarket and the swept back projector headlamps look stylish. Even the chiseled front bumper with the boomerang shaped elements around the fog lamps help it look modern. But it’s in the silhouette where the new Ertiga has really grown thanks to the longer dimensions. The silhouette is quite attractive thanks to the larger wheels, the floating roof design and the two prominent creases running across the doors. The rear though isn’t really to our tastes as it looks like a mashup of the old Ertiga and the Ciaz sedan (the prominent boot-line and the tail-lamp design reminds you of the Ciaz).

 

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