As always, the harbinger of all bad news related to my long-term test cars inevitably has to be my colleague Ishan. I think he has a black tongue and a specialised talent of delivering news that can only turn your perfectly fine day into a ruined one. And true to form, he recently announced in office that my long-term Ertiga had to be returned to the kind folks at Maruti Suzuki soon, and just to rub salt into my wounds, add that I won’t have a test car for very long.
Talk about being a curmudgeon…
Well, the one thing that this did make me do is look at all the time I’ve enjoyed with the Ertiga, and as anyone with a young family would understand, appreciate the practicality the Ertiga offers. It’s been my steady steed for over 8 months now, and to be honest, it hasn’t missed a beat. I’ve used it for my daily commute to work, taken it for long trips with my family, where the three rows of seating and ample space are a gift, and it has even proven to be a great camera car with its supple ride quality.
To be honest, while the Ertiga might be a workhorse that most people won’t lust after, but I’ve realised that as you grow older – and I certainly am growing older – just the convenience of having a practical, reliable everyday car is all you need for your daily commute.
When it came: January 2019
Current Odo reading: 17,400kms
Mileage this month: 2,524kms
Fuel efficiency: 16km/l
What’s good: Practical and useful
What’s not: None