Originally Posted by Desmosedici
Awesome review Parag. Mind blowing. Every detail has been captured so well that it makes it easy for any prospective buyer to make a well informed decision.
I am sending the link to my cousin who is planning to get one soon.
Thanks Desmosedici! I was somehow very keen with this ownership review to cover a lot of aspects. More so that It can help buyers to decide based upon what they want. I have managed to cover the good & bad bits so that the buyers know where Ertiga may not really fit their bills.
Originally Posted by Vihari
Wonderful Review, Parag. You have not missed any point that is worth noting.
That is because, IMO, just for the extra power and seating space, there is not much difference in Ritz and Ertiga.
Wishing you Miles and Miles of Happy driving.
Thanks Sai! Ritz was another close call along with the Honda City. It is one very underrated car and often gets negative votes for its looks. Luggage space was my biggest need. The Ritz failed in that department as its not even close to the boot of my current WagonR.
While the Ritz for sure is a fun to drive car, the Ertiga is a comfortable cruiser.
Originally Posted by addyhemmige
Firstly, congratulations on getting a longer (and taller?) companion to the Waggy. It really is a very practical vehicle and it definitely suits your requirements to the tee.
Secondly, congratulations for this superb review. I was waiting keenly for the review to come out and I was definitely not surprised by what I saw. There are very few others who can give so much attention to detail as you do. This is really a treat to read. Definitely deserves 5 stars.
Wishing you many more lakhs of kms in the Ertiga.
Thanks Addy! Yes, the Ertiga is longer and taller (25mm) from my WagonR. While the thread was in Assembly line, I may have proof read my posts many times and edited by adding more and more information gradually. I am glad the efforts put have resulted in a readable & informative thread to most of you all.
Originally Posted by funkykar
I am sure, me and you will have many such runs as we do many family drives. Until you clock 10k, I am sure, I will have the upper hand
Definitely Karthik. We may have had at least 3 such long trips having some clean & gentlemanly fun on the highway (even when we didn't know each other during return from Pune). I am sure I will look forward to many such drives in future and in the Ertiga this time. That said, the Palio MJD's dynamics are incomparable with any of the Marutis. The recent GQ drive was testimony for that with I driving both the Palio MJDs for almost 3500 kms.
Originally Posted by Utopian
I am surprised by the way Ertiga can clear speedbreaker test in 2nd. I have driven the Swift and even it shies from passing it in 2nd, you have to eventually downshift to 1st.
Let us see how quickly ertiga clocks miles now. Happy motoring.
Thanks Utopian! On a flat road without incline I take all the speedbreakers in 2nd gear by using the torque available in Idle RPMs and playing with the clutch itself. I may need to downshift to 1st only with full load, that too occasionally. Perhaps this has to do with the Gear Ratios between the Swift/Ritz and the Ertiga that are different. Not to forget that the Swift/Rtiz are FGTs while the Ertiga employs VGT under the hood which is another differentiating factor.
Originally Posted by Jignesh
Just a point - I feel given your highway usage would it not have been good to go for ZDi variant? (I understand there was 1 month waiting period & your wife's birthday was nearing).
Hi Jignesh, I have covered this part too in my decision making process. Quoting the same below.
More than anything else, it was the absence of Airbags in the Vdi variant that troubled us a lot to take a decision. Owning and driving a WagonR with no ABS or Airbags for over 2 Lac Kms on highways safely didn't mean we wont need this vital safety feature in our next car. |
After a lot of evaluation, dilly dallying, with no further ado, we made a booking of the Ertiga VDi Granite Grey to be able to take the delivery on my wife's Birthday which was in 2 weeks from the date of booking.
In the end the Airbags was given a miss, deliberately or not, I am not sure but this thought will time and again come back to me. ABS with EBD was a default feature in all variants of Diesel Ertiga
Originally Posted by bluevolt
Wishing you many miles of happy and safe driving!
Thanks Bluevolt. Like they say, you end up buying a diesel because your running is high and help save money spent on fuel, In reality I will only end up driving more and more just because its a diesel
Originally Posted by a_bharadwaj
Great review! Very good pics.
Is it really true FE of 20.3 "With a load of 4 Adults and a Kid and AC doing duty all the time" ??
Thanks a_bharadwaj! Yes, the FE figures are with 4 Adults (Includes me) and a 4 year kid with AC. Even in my WagonR I always ensure to keep the AC on during all my drives.
Its not just me, if you read threads by many owners, the Ertiga returns a mileage of 20Kmpl if driven sanely. Like I mentioned in my previous posts, the 20.3Kmpl was achieved only because I was driving in the range of 80-90Kmph and occasional 100Kmph during the running in period, with a very soft leg, without stressing or revving high through the gears. The real figures are again represented in the subsequent photos where the FE was 18.4Kmpl under similar load but speeds not less than 120Kmph.
Originally Posted by Abes
Did you upgrade the tyre size, while going in for the alloys? Using nitrogen in the tyres?
Tried out any OBD scanner on the car? Yea, I know it is a new car! He he!
I wish Maruti gets the Ertiga crash tested at Euro NCAP, even though it is based on swift/ritz platform. Atleast, they can make public their own crash tests results. That would make it a completely "blame-proof" car.
Hope they bring in a facelift or refresh during the upcoming auto expo.
Split third row seats & AT version too!
Thanks Abes! I haven't upgrade the Tires and running on Stock. The alloys too are OE retrofit from the Zdi variant. All variants of Ertiga come with the same specs for Tires & Rim (even if that's an alloy). So the stock tires fit perfectly like how it does on the Zdi variant. I may upsize only during my second set but not now. 185mm for its weight is not too skinny too!
Have used ELM OBD Scanner but yet to do a full fledged Testing with it.
DIY Projects for the Ertiga will certainly take time. An essential one that I already did 4 weeks back was plonking 90-100 Bulbs with Relay kit.
I may not want to do try any DIYs for at least a year or more that will make me remove the plastic panels inside. How I wish the Ertiga had a Driver Arm rest. I miss that so much after I fit that in the WagonR. Such an easy place to dump loose change, toll receipts, charges, handsfree etc.
Originally Posted by lloydofcochin
Hats off for a superb review. It can't get anymore comprehensive than this. The attention to detail is just amazing and knowing you I am not surprised
Thanks Lloyd! Good to know you liked the review too. You have now moved out at least 500 kms away from Bangalore. We folks from Bangalore would soon plan a drive to God's own country and you get to drive my Ertiga. Else you may recall how you drove the WagonR almost exactly last year during our triangular drives to Devanahalli-Dobaspet-Bangalore in the middle of the night.