In the four-wheeled world, Suzuki is usually associated with small cars, small SUVs, and small commercial vans. It was big news when it unveiled the first ever Suzuki Ertiga people mover in India in 2012. The Suzuki Ertiga was finally introduced in the local market in 2014; this subcompact MPV nicely filled the gap between the more commercial APV van and Suzuki’s range of small cars.
Despite being based on the platform of the little subcompact Swift, the Ertiga people mover is much larger at 4,265 mm x 1,695 mm x 1,685 mm. Its tall roofline also allows it to have a cavernous interior. The Ertiga was given a refresh for 2016; it received some styling tweaks and more brightwork to give it a more upmarket look. Up front, it has a wide chrome grille flanked by large headlights. The lower bumper fascia has been reshaped and now resembles those of the Ciaz sedan. Prominent wheel arches and extra wide rear doors dominate the body sides. At the back, it gets a wide rear and high-mounted taillights, for 2016, higher-spec variants gain taillight extensions and a chrome license plate garnish. The Suzuki Ertiga’s interior styling is very car-like. Its dashboard closely resembles that of the Swift hatchback, same goes for its sporty three-spoke steering wheel. The instrument cluster gets a built-in multi-info display and a full set of gauges; this includes an actual analog-style engine temp gauge. Most variants come with a touchscreen infotainment system with navigation; the GLX variant uses an Android OS. The AC can be controlled via the tried and tested rotary knobs. For added comfort the Ertiga has a second row aircon with adjustable blower speed. The Ertiga’s long 2,740 mm wheelbase allows it to have a spacious interior that can accommodate seven passengers. The second row seats can recline and can also slide forward to give the rearmost occupants more legroom. Its 60:40 split folding second row seats and 50:50 split folding third row seats allow the cargo room to be expanded.
Under the Ertiga’s short sloping hood is Suzuki's familiar K14B 1.4-liter DOHC inline-4 gasoline mill which features VVT technology. Power is sent to the front wheels either through a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic tranny. Based on our test we managed to average 10.7 km/L in combined city and highway driving in an automatic transmission-equipped Ertiga. The Ertiga’s unibody structure uses what Suzuki calls “Total Effective Control Technology “, this is the use of high-strength tensile steel in areas where it is vital. The strategical located reinforcements keep it light and rigid. The Ertiga’s suspension was tuned for both handling and comfort, up front it uses a sub-frame-mounted independent MacPherson struts, and at the back it uses a space-saving torsion beam setup. All Ertiga variants come with electric power steering. In the safety front, all Suzuki Ertiga variants come with dual-airbags and childproof rear door locks. The top of the line GLX variant gets additional safety features like ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors.