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Maruti Ertiga and its 3 closest rivals

Last updated on: May 9, 2012 08:37 IST

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Sneha Garg

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aruti Ertiga is certainly making news left, right and centre. 11,000 units booked in just 5 days of launch, amazing, isn't it?

The enthusiasm with which the car was received is a proof of what a decently priced car can do in India.

Maruti Suzuki has tried its level best to fit Ertiga with powerful engine options, impressive features and 'killer looks'.

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If Ertiga is such a prized car, can competition be far from it? While some experts are drooling over the car, others have pointed out a few flaws when compared to other MPVs plying on Indian roads.

Major rivals of Maruti Ertiga are Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and Chevrolet Tavera Neo.

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Price

One of the major plus point of Maruti Ertiga is its pricing.

Maruti Suzuki India is offering the mid diesel variant of Ertiga with ABS at a reasonable price of Rs 789,000.

On the other hand, the cash cow of Toyota, Toyota Innova 2.5 GX 7 Seater Diesel costs around Rs 11,58,956, while Mahindra Xylo E4 and E8 with ABS and Chevrolet Tavera Neo 3 LT 7 C Seats BSIV comes with hefty price tags of Rs 848,324, Rs 928,022 and Rs 989,820 respectively (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).

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Mileage

Besides such a cool price, Maruti realised that Indian consumers can be wooed by a car that delivers more mileage.

On an average, Ertiga delivers a very impressive mileage of 20.77 kmpl (as per company's claims), while its competitors including Tavera Neo, Xylo and Toyota Innova generate much less.

Chevrolet Tavera Neo gives out 14.6 kmpl of fuel economy, while Toyota Innova and Mahindra Xylo deliver a mileage of 13 km per litre.

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Engine

However, when it comes to engine, Maruti Ertiga lags behind its rivals.

While Ertiga sports a 1372cc engine, the capacities of its rivals are much superior.

Suspension

The suspension system of Ertiga is also impressive, but not as good as Toyota Innova.

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Exterior

But as far as the looks and design of Ertiga is concerned, Maruti Suzuki India has worked hard on it and made it inspiring and imposing.

Ertiga has a length of 4275mm accompanied by width and height of 1695mm and 1685mm respectively.

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It is clearly much shorter than Innova, Xylo or Tavera and it is difficult to notice Ertiga from a distance.

Even the height of the other three MPVs is much more than Maruti Ertiga which means less headroom.

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However, these compact dimensions have led Maruti's LUV to possess best-in-class turning circle radius of 5.2 m.

And, don't get us wrong, less height does not mean it has less ground clearance.

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The LUV sports highest ground clearance in its segment and easily crosses plethora of bumps on Indian roads.

The Monocoque design of Ertiga adds another twinkle here as it helps in better handling of the car and is certainly light in weight as compared to its rivals.

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Interior

Coming to the interiors, Maruti Suzuki India knew what kind of competition was in store for its MPV Ertiga. Therefore, the firm bestowed the car with high class and comfortable interiors.

Maruti Ertiga sports all the comfort features that one would expect in a MPV.

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However, Ertiga is a bit squashed in terms of third row space, whereas the other MPVs in the market such as Mahindra Xylo, Toyota Innova and Chevrolet Tavera Neo, has plenty of space for the passengers as well as for luggage storage.

This might be a thinking point for probable Ertiga customers who are literally wooed by its value-for-money tag.

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Ertiga's main benefits include great looks, light in weight, enhanced handling, impressive mileage and most importantly very reasonable price tag.

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On the other hand, minor drawbacks of Ertiga, which comprise less spacious third row, average suspension system and less powerful engine deduct some of its scores in the mark sheet.

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However, with such a great price, Ertiga has a potential to capture a huge market pie in the price driven Indian car bazaar and give its rivals a run for their money.

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Moreover, Maruti's hard earned brand image is always a blessing for its cars and there is little doubt about its reliability.   

Planning to buy Ertiga after reading the detailed comparison? Well one small advice, please tick all checkboxes in your minds before taking the final decision. 



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