There are a lot of things that can be said about the Ertiga, but there is a simple fact that cannot be denied. At the price that the Ertiga is offered, it remains the most practical vehicle one can find in the Indian market. And that is no mean feat in itself, keeping economics and a reasonable size in mind, the interior room available in the Ertiga is nothing short of an engineering achievement by the engineers at Maruti Suzuki. Sure, it might not have the most amount of legroom in the third-row, but with a length of just 4.4 metres, it can still fit two adults, with children being slightly more comfortable in the last seat. And even with all three rows of seats up, there is still room for a few bags in the boot.
I discovered this first hand on a recent trip to Vaishno Devi, with a load of six passengers, including four children, who fit comfortably in the Ertiga. And despite a 12-hour journey each way, I didn’t get to hear any complaints about the comfort or legroom in any of the three rows. Of course, the other stellar part of the Ertiga is the fuel efficiency and on this particular trip, the on-board displayed an overall average of 18km/l, which with six passengers and luggage is simply outstanding. So, whereas I would like the Ertiga to look a bit more butch, but given its practicality, comfort and fuel efficiency, there really is nothing to complain about.
When it came: January 2019
Current Odo reading: 6,140kms
Mileage this month: 1,660kms
Fuel efficiency: 13km/l
What’s good: Practicality, Seven seats
What’s not: Would prefer slightly more aggressive styling