Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Cons - Why You Should Not Buy
After a detailed analysis of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, we found some pros and cons of the car which are worth highlighting to a potential buyer. In this article, we will explain the shortcomings or problems of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which you might notice either during the pre-buying process or during the ownership of the car. We’ll highlight all the small and big issues we found in the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. We hope this article educates you about the Ertiga and helps you make an informed buying decision.
Old-School 4-Speed Auto
Maruti Suzuki continue to offer the old 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with most of their cars. While it does the job pretty well under city limits, the lack of ratios takes a toll on the otherwise great fuel efficiency. Torque converter gearboxes are also the most inefficient of all automatics and offer poor mileage, especially in stop-and-go traffic.
Poorly-Equipped Base Variant
The LXI variant of the Ertiga misses out on a lot of essential features. It doesn’t justify the asking price and feels bare bones. The Ertiga LXI misses out on features like rear AC vents, remote central locking, body-coloured ORVMs, day/night IRVM etc.
No Diesel Engine Option
Maruti Suzuki sell the Ertiga with a sole 1.5L mid-hybrid petrol engine. It is very fuel-efficient by petrol engine standards but not ideal for commuters and highway haulers due to the high fuel prices. Moreover, it can’t match the torque output of a turbo diesel engine for easy drivability even with a full load. Being an MPV, the Ertiga must have a diesel engine option for buyers who tend to commute for longer distances. The Ertiga CNG could be a sensible trade-off to diesel but the high waiting period for the CNG doesn’t help the cause.
Limited Boot Space
The last row seats of the Ertiga are not removable. The best you can do is fold them down but that still takes up a lot of the boot space. For instance, in 5-seat mode, the Ertiga has a smaller boot space than the Triber, which comes with removable last row seats. The Triber without the last row offers 625 litres of boot space while the Ertiga offers 550 litres with the last row folded down.
Carries A Taxi Image
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is a great car for long-distance driving, especially with the family. It’s a favourite among cab aggregators and that leaves the car with a ‘taxi’ image. This limits its appeal among personal car buyers. Although, if you want the Ertiga for personal use, then you can consider the XL6, which has a significantly different styling, captain seats and a few extra features with only a modest price premium over the Ertiga.
3-Star GNCAP Rating
The Ertiga has a good survivability score and protects the critical parts of the body like head, neck and chest about as well as the 5-star rated Nexon and XUV300. However, the outright star rating is also important for some buyers and the Ertiga doesn’t deliver on that front.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Advantages
Those were some shortcomings of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and you may find that some of them are non-issues for you. However, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga also has its upsides, which may outweigh the drawbacks. The Ertiga also offers some benefits, which impressed us. For example, a frugal and refined petrol engine, good survivability score and more. You can refer to the article below to learn more about the pros or advantages of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.