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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG Road Test Review

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG Road Test Review

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG Road Test Review

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG Road Test Review

When I was an intern at this magazine, I wrote a piece in my free time about why Maruti Suzuki was the OG manufacturer that got enthusiasts in India excited. When it came out, people at the office started calling me the Maruti Suzuki fan.

This is likely why you’re looking at a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga with 7 seats and CNG power in a magazine that usually raves about Lamborghinis and Porsches. But if you’ve ever owned a Maruti Suzuki, which most of us have done at some point, you’ve probably been teased by people who call your car an app-based taxi.

Maruti Suzuki seems to be aware of this, and along with their hugely successful Tour models, which are popular with fleet operators, they are also updating their CNG-powered cars. The Ertiga S-CNG is the most recent example of this.

Design of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG

When it came out in 2013, the Ertiga promised a friendly upgrade for small car buyers who wanted to move up to an MPV. In its second generation, the Ertiga still has these same qualities. The design hasn’t changed much, which is good because the Ertiga didn’t look bad, to begin with. However, the latest update adds a new front grille to chrome winglets to make things look better.

The ZXi model we tested had alloy wheels 15 inches in diameter and a two-tone design. The rear hatch now has a chrome trim piece below the rear windshield. The only way to tell the CNG-powered Ertiga from the gasoline-powered one is by looking at the stickers on the front and back windshields that say CNG. Overall, Maruti Suzuki has gone for a safe design that pleases everyone and offends no one.

Interior of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG

On the inside, the cabin’s layout hasn’t changed much, and the beige interiors to teak-finished inserts give the car an air of high-end luxury. The ZXi has good equipment, like climate control, roof-mounted fans for the second row, and a 7-inch touchscreen to SmartPlay Studio that lets you connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The instrument cluster also gets some changes. There is now an extra fuel gauge for the CNG tank, and the fuel level can also be seen on the MID display. Standard on the Ertiga are parking sensors, but a parking camera is only available on the top-of-the-line ZXi+ trim, which is not available with CNG.

Engine of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG

An updated version of the old 1.5-liter nat-asp petrol engine powers the Ertiga. This engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and has a petrol fuel tank and a CNG fuel tank. The tank is neatly built into the trunk and not left out in the open, so you can safely store luggage on top of it. However, the 60-liter tank takes up a lot of space in the trunk.

The MPV always starts in gasoline mode, and a switch on the dashboard can be used to switch to CNG mode. The process is easy and doesn’t take more than a few seconds. When you finally get behind the wheel, the Ertiga’s responsiveness will surprise you.

CNG-powered cars feel weaker than their gasoline-powered counterparts, but the Ertiga feels quick when you give it a hard start. The engine makes 86bhp of authority and 121Nm of torque in CNG mode. The torque will impress you the most because you can ride it around town in third gear.

If you like to drive slowly, the Ertiga CNG is a good car for getting around busy cities. Since the Ertiga S-CNG lacks a bit of power as the revs go up, passing other cars requires much planning, and maybe one or two downshifts. But the good news is that the gearbox is easy to use, and the clutch is light.

The fuel efficiency of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG

The Ertiga S-CNG makes up for what it lacks in power with its fuel efficiency. It is said to get 26.11km/kg, and CNG costs less to fill up. In our short test, we didn’t have enough time to figure out how well the Ertiga works in real life. However, depending on how you drive, you should be able to get between 150 and 175 km on a tank of CNG.

Ride and Handling of the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga S-CNG

The Ertiga S-suspension CNGs and brakes are changed to account for the extra weight, so the ride and handling are firm but not inconvenient. The ride gets better as the car goes faster, but driving is not fun. The Ertiga stays in its lane but feels best once driven slowly. The car seems to shrink around you in traffic, making it easy to get around town.

Conclusion

For someone looking to buy their first MPV, the Ertiga has always been a no-brainer. It’s easy to drive, looks good, and the fact that it’s a Maruti Suzuki makes it even easier to own. The lower running costs of the CNG model make it even better. There is no other 7-seater with CNG at this price, and this update only makes the Ertiga’s tried-and-true package even better.

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