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    August 2021 - Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Petrol & CNG Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

    by Mahesh Yadav on Monday, Aug 09 2021

    In this variants explained article, you'll find out which variant of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga petrol & CNG you should buy based on the August 2021 price, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we will compare and objectively analyse Ertiga's petrol & CNG variants and features. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga with its competitors and other petrol-powered 3-row cars and MPVs like Maruti Suzuki Nexa XL6.

     

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Petrol & CNG?

    The pros or advantages of Ertiga petrol are:

    • Maruti’s reliability and omnipresent service network
    • Good fuel efficiency from the hybrid petrol engine - even with the power-sapping torque converter automatic
    • Option of CNG in a reasonably-loaded VXI variant
    • Decent ground clearance of 180mm
    • Top-notch survivability* score in GNCAP crash safety tests is right up there with the 5-star rated XUV300 and Nexon

    *Survivability score depends on how well the car protects the driver and passenger’s head, neck and chest in the GNCAP crash tests.

    The Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

    • Automatic transmission is of the vintage, power-sapping torque converter variety and only a 4-speed one
    • No diesel engine option
    • LXI doesn’t get must-have features like rear AC vents, remote central locking, day/night mirror, etc.
    • Some buyers don’t want to drive around in a car with a ‘taxi’ image (consider buying the Nexa XL6 Zeta instead - XL6 Variants Explained)
    • Non-removable third-row seats make less boot space than the smaller Renault Triber in 2-row mode (550 litres vs 625 litres for Triber)
    • Although the survivability score is good, a 3-star overall GNCAP safety rating may not inspire confidence among buyers

    What Is The Price Of 2021 Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga?

    The Maruti Ertiga is available in 4 variants with the petrol engine and a manual transmission. The prices for the Ertiga petrol-manual start at Rs. 7.82 lakh and go up to Rs. 9.9 lakh. The VXI variant is also available with the CNG for an additional Rs. 90,000. You can have the VXI and ZXI variants with a torque converter automatic transmission as well for an additional Rs. 1.2 lakh.

    MARUTI SUZUKI ARENA ERTIGA | PRICE LIST

    EX-SHOWROOM DELHI | AUGUST 2021

    VARIANTS

    MANUAL

    DIFFERENCE

    AUTOMATIC

    LXI

    Rs. 7,81,500

    --

    --

    VXI

    Rs. 8,56,500

    Rs. 1,20,000

    Rs. 9,76,500

    VXI CNG

    Rs. 9,46,500

    --

    --

    ZXI

    Rs. 9,39,500

    Rs. 1,20,000

    Rs. 10,59,500

    ZXI+

    Rs. 9,91,000

    --

    --

     

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXI - Base Model Features & Review

    The base LXI variant of the Ertiga costs Rs. Rs. 7.82 lakh and is only available with a petrol engine and a manual transmission. The notable standard features of the Ertiga LXI are 60-40 split-folding with sliding and reclining second row, 50-50 folding third row, cooled cup holders, halogen projector headlamps, full-colour MID and all power windows.

    For a big car like Ertiga, rear AC vents should be standard when small cars like the Nios get the feature in most of its variants. Besides some basic features like a music system and remote central locking, the LXI variant also doesn’t get a day-night inside mirror. Although, it is neither difficult to install nor too expensive. Because of these missing features, we suggest that you consider upgrading to a higher variant.

    Also Watch - 2021 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Variants Explained | LXI, VXI, ZXI, ZXI+ | The Ultimate Analysis | June

    ERTIGA LXI | FEATURES

    Rs. 7,81,500 (PETROL MT)

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Std Safety Features

    60:40 Split Second Row

    Cooled Cup Holders (2)

    Body Coloured Bumpers

    ISOFIX

    Tilt Steering

    Front Power Outlet

    LED Tail Lamps

    Front Seatbelt Pretensioners w/ Load Limiters

    Adjustable Headrests in All Rows

    Driver Sunvisor w/ Ticket Holder

    Coloured MID

    Central Locking

    Slide & Recline Second Row

    Front & Rear Cabin Lamp 

    Black ORVMs & Door Handles

    Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock

    50:50 Split Third Row w/ Recline

    All Door Pockets

    R15 Steel Wheels

    Projector Headlamps

    All Power Windows w/ Driver Side Auto Down

     

     

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga LXI vs VXI Variant

    The price difference between the Ertiga LXI and VXI variants with petrol-manual is Rs. 75,000. The VXI petrol manual costs Rs. 8.57 lakh while the petrol automatic costs 9.77 lakh, which is Rs. 1.2 lakh more.

    MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    LXI

    DIFFERENCE

    VXI

    PETROL MT

    Rs 7,81,500

    Rs. 75,000

    Rs 8,56,500

    DIFFERENCE

       

    Rs 1,20,000

    PETROL AT

    NA

    --

    Rs 9,76,500

     

    The VXI variant of the Ertiga also has the option of CNG for an additional Rs. 90,000 and it costs Rs. 9.47 lakh.

    MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA VXI MT | PRICE COMPARISON

    PETROL

    DIFFERENCE

    CNG

    Rs 8,56,500

    Rs. 90,000

    Rs 9,46,500

     

    The notable additional features of the Ertiga VXI are day/night inside mirror, rear AC vents, power-adjustable and foldable outside mirrors, wheel covers, music system with steering-mounted controls, a rear armrest and remote central locking.

    Just from a value-for-money perspective, it doesn’t completely justify the upgrade. However, the VXI variant adds most of the must-have features and it’ll offer a far better ownership experience than the LXI. For petrol-automatic buyers, the upgrade is almost justified as the VXI AT also gets some extra safety features. Moreover, it costs less than Rs. 10 lakh, which should help save on the on-road price.

    For CNG buyers, this is the only option. Thankfully, the VXI variant of Ertiga gets most of the must-have features. So, it’s a good option for Ertiga CNG buyers.

    ERTIGA VXI | FEATURES OVER LXI

    Rs 8,56,500 (PETROL MT) | Rs 9,76,500 (PETROL AT) | Rs 9,46,500 (CNG MT)

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Day/Night IRVM

    Audio System

    Rear AC Vents & Power Outlet

    Chrome Exterior & Interior Detailing

    Anti-theft Alarm

    USB & Bluetooth Connectivity

    Remote Central Locking

    Wheel Covers

    Electronic Stability Control (AT)

    Steering Mounted Controls

    Electrically Adjustable & Foldable ORVMs

    Turn Signal on  ORVMs

    Hill Start Assist (AT)

    4 Speakers

    Passenger Side Vanity Mirror

    Body Coloured Door Handles

       

    Rear Armrest

    Body Coloured ORVMs

       

    Split Luggage Board (petrol)

     

     

    Maruti Suzuki Ertiga VXI vs ZXI Variant

    The price difference between the Ertiga VXI and ZXI variants is Rs. 83,000 with petrol manual and petrol automatic. The Ertiga ZXI costs Rs. 9.4 lakh with the manual and Rs. 10.6 lakh with the automatic. (ex-showroom).

    MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    VXI

    DIFFERENCE

    ZXI

    MT

    Rs 8,56,500

    Rs. 83,000

    Rs 9,39,500

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs 1,20,000

     

    Rs 1,20,000

    AT

    Rs 9,76,500

    Rs. 83,000

    Rs 10,59,500

     

    In terms of additional features, the ZXI variant gets front armrest, keyless entry with push-button start-stop, rear defogger, washer and wiper, auto AC, height-adjustable driver seat and 15-inch alloy wheels.

    Also Watch - Ertiga ZXI vs XL6 Zeta | Which Is Better? | Jan 2021 | The Ultimate Analysis

    While most of these are good-to-have, at least on the value front, the ZXI completely justifies the upgrade over any of the lower variants and this is our top-recommended variant. Petrol automatic buyers will need to factor in the higher on-road cost as the registration may cost more in some states. But for a more balanced ownership experience, we’d suggest you upgrade to the ZXI automatic if your budget allows.

    ERTIGA ZXI | FEATURES OVER VXI

    Rs 9,39,500 (PETROL MT) | Rs 10,59,500 (PETROL AT)

    Safety & Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Rear Defogger

    Height Adjustable Driver Seat

    Dashboard & Door Wooden Trim

    Front Fog Lamps

    Front Armrest

    Rear Chrome Insert

    Rear Wiper & Washer

    Keyless Entry w/ Push-button Start/Stop

    R15 Alloy Wheels

    2 Tweeters

    Auto AC

    Chrome Door Handles

     

    Third Row Power Outlet

     
     

    Front Seat Belt Height Adjuster

     

     

    Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga ZXI vs ZXI Plus Variant

    The top-spec ZXI Plus variant of the Ertiga is only available in petrol-manual configuration and it costs Rs. 9.91 lakh with the manual transmission. The ex-showroom price difference between the Ertiga ZXI and ZXI Plus petrol manual is Rs. 51,500.

    MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    ZXI

    DIFFERENCE

    ZXI+

    MT

    Rs 9,39,500

    Rs. 51,500

    Rs 9,91,000

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs 1,20,000

     

    --

    AT

    Rs 10,59,500

    --

    NA

     

    The notable additional features of the ZXI Plus are a rear parking camera and touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. At this asking price, you’re better off buying the ZXI instead of the ZXI Plus as it’s not worth upgrading to this variant.

    ERTIGA ZXI+ | FEATURES OVER ZXI

    Rs 9,91,000 (PETROL MT)

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Style

    Rear Parking Camera

    7-inch Touchscreen Infotainment

    Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ Wooden Finish

     

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

     

     

    Which Variant Of The 2021 Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga Petrol & CNG Should You Buy?

    If you’re considering buying the petrol-manual Ertiga, then you should at least buy the VXI variant as LXI is missing several must-have features. If you can afford it, then the ZXI variant is a good choice and a better value for money option than the VXI. The ZXI Plus trim is not worth upgrading. ZXI Plus buyers should instead consider the Nexa XL6.

    MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    LXI

    Rank 1

    Rs 7,81,500

    Lacks basic features. Upgrade to VXI

    VXI

    Rank 3

    Rs 8,56,500

    Gets basic must-have features. Suitable for budget buyers.

    ZXI

    Rank 2

    Rs 9,39,500

    Top recommended

    ZXI+

    Rank 4

    Rs 9,91,000

    Not worth upgrading

     

    Ertiga CNG buyers have only the VXI variant as an option. This variant is reasonably loaded with most of the must-have features. So, CNG buyers can buy this variant.

    For the Ertiga petrol automatic buyers, the VXI is more suitable as it also costs less than Rs. 10 lakh and will be considerably cheaper on-road in most states. However, if you have a higher budget, then you can go with the ZXI variant as it’ll offer a better ownership experience in the long term.

    MARUTI SUZUKI ERTIGA AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    VXI

    Rank 1

    Rs 9,76,500

    Gets basic must-have features. Suitable for budget buyers

    ZXI

    Rank 2

    Rs 10,59,500

    Top recommended

     

    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2021 Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga Petrol & CNG?

    The Ertiga petrol has the same 1.5-litre hybrid petrol engine as the Ciaz. It makes 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque. However, there's also hybrid technology, which adds some off-peak torque at low RPMs for better low-speed driveability and efficiency in the city.

    The 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission is a letdown as torque converters eat up a lot of performance and fuel efficiency in stop-and-go city traffic. Moreover, it’s a 4-speed unit in times when rival manufacturers have 6-speed AMTs, 7-speed DCTs and 6-speed TCs in their portfolio. Although, with the help of hybrid tech, the Ertiga manages to post strong efficiency figures of 18kmpl even with this automatic transmission. That figure is just 1kmpl less than what you get with the manual transmission.

    With the CNG, the Ertiga makes 92PS of power and 122Nm of torque. With these figures, the Ertiga and Triber 1.0L petrol have a similar torque-to-weight ratio. So, while the Triber by itself, may appear underpowered on the spec sheet, its drivability will be no worse than the Ertiga CNG. With the CNG, the Ertiga delivers 26.08kmpkg.

    ERTIGA vs RIVALS | ENGINE SPECS

     

    Ertiga

    Nexa XL6

    Triber

    Displacement

    1.5L, mild hybrid

    1.5L CNG

    1.5L, mild hybrid

    1.0L

    Cylinder

    4

    4

    4

    3

    Cubic Capacity

    1462cc

    1462cc

    1462cc

    999cc

    Power

    105PS @ 6000rpm

    92PS@6000 rpm

    105PS @ 6000rpm

    72PS @ 6250rpm

    Power: Weight

    90.52PS/t

    74.49PS/t

    88.98PS/t

    75PS/t

    Torque

    138Nm @ 4400rpm

    122Nm@4400rpm

    138Nm @ 4400rpm

    96Nm @ 3500rpm

    Torque: Weight

    118.96Nm/t

    98.79Nm/t

    116.95Nm/t

    100Nm/t

    Manual

    Transmission

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    5-speed

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    19.01kmpl

    26.08kmpkg

    19.01kmpl

    18.4kmpl

    Automatic

    Transmission

    4-speed TC

    --

    4-speed TC

    5-speed AMT

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    17.99kmpl

    --

    17.99kmpl

    18.3kmpl

     

    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2021 Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga?

    In terms of dimensions, the Ertiga and the XL6 are naturally similar and a fair bit longer than the triber. This extra length not only results in better legroom for third-row occupants but also shows in the 3-row boot space figures. The Ertiga and XL6 have 209 litres of boot space with all 3 rows upright while the Triber only has 84 litres. In a surprise twist, the Triber manages to handily beat the Ertiga with bigger boot space in a 2-row setup. The third row of the Triber is not only foldable but also removable. This liberates 625 litres of cargo room where the Maruti twins only deliver 550 litres. All of these cars offer about the same ground clearance of 180mm.

    ERTIGA vs RIVALS | DIMENSIONS

     

    Ertiga

    Nexa XL6

    Triber

    Length

    4395mm

    4445mm

    3990mm

    Width

    1735mm

    1775mm

    1739mm

    Height

    1690mm

    1700mm

    1643mm

    Wheelbase

    2740mm

    2740mm

    2636mm

    Ground Clearance

    180mm

    180mm

    182mm

    Boot space

    550-lt (2 row)

    209-lt (3-row)

    550-lt (2 row)

    209-lt (3-row)

    625-lt (2-row)

    84-lt (3-row)

    Fuel Tank

    45-lt (Petrol)

    60-lt (CNG)

    45-lt

    40-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    185/65 R15

    185/65 R15

    165/80 R14

    Tyre Size (Top)

    185/65 R15

    185/65 R15

    185/65 R15

     

    What Are The Colour Options Of The 2021 Maruti Suzuki Arena Ertiga?

    The 2021 Ertiga is available in the following 5 colour options:

    • White
    • Silver
    • Grey
    • Blue
    • Dark Red

    Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

    CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

    SEGMENT

    SUB-SEGMENT

    LENGTH

    EXAMPLE

    A Segment

    A

    < 3699mm

    Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

           

    B Segment

    B1

    3700-3850mm

    Ignis, GO, Nios, Swift, Tiago

    B2

    3850-3999mm

    Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

           

    C Segment

    C

    4000-4499mm

    Ciaz, New City (Exception), Rapid, Creta, Seltos, Compass, T-Roc, Ertiga

           

    D Segment

    D

    4500-4750mm

    Octavia, XUV500, Elantra, Civic, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, CR-V

           

    D+ Segment

    D+

    4750+mm

    Fortuner, Superb, Endeavour, Camry, Carnival


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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