If we take a look at the 7-seater car portfolio of the Indian car market, we have a wide array of options starting from the Maruti Eeco to expensive cars like Mercedes GLS, Range Rovers and more. This segment is largely segregated from affordable price bracket to prices reaching multiple crores. Today, let’s focus on the affordable 7-seater cars where many established products like Toyota Innova Crysta, Maruti XL6, and Kia Carens are competing fiercely. But, none of these come out as the perfect 7-seater car in India. So, which car is it? Read below!
Maruti offers the Ertiga in the affordable MPV segment with a starting price of Rs 9.77lakh (on-road, Mumbai). This economical price tag alongwith new-age features, bold design, and Maruti’s widespread service network has made Ertiga have better sales. No doubt why this car has a high waiting period in some regions.
Perfect 7-seater car – Design
Maruti has tried to give the MPV a premium appeal with its recent facelift update. The updated car has got a tweaked exterior design along with mechanical upgrades. The top-spec ZXI+ trim level gets elements like diamond-cut alloy wheels, chrome lip on the boot door, chrome door handles and more. Overall this car does maintain an MPV image from every angle. Its main highlight is its long rear door with ample glass area that helps in keeping the cabin airy.
The rear door opens wide enough for easy ingress and egress and once you are inside you get plenty of practical features like cooled cup holders, rear AC vents, door card storage spaces, and more. Other interior bits include faux wooden inserts, chrome interior door handles and beige interiors to maintain the premium quotient on the inside. It gets the 7-inch SmartPlay Pro infotainment system that gets Suzuki Connect (connected car tech), smartphone connectivity, 4 airbags, 6 speakers audio system, electric ORVMs, projector headlamps, and more.
Perfect 7-seater car -Specifications
Maruti Ertiga 2022 is available with the updated K15C 1.5-litre petrol engine. This engine produces 99bhp and 136Nm of torque. Transmission duties are carried by a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. Moreover, you also get CNG bi-fuel option which comes paired with the manual gearbox only. In the CNG mode, the power drops at 82bhp and 121Nm of torque. Though you experience a power drop, you get an impressive CNG mileage of 26.11km/kg.
Pricing of the Ertiga petrol starts at Rs 9.77 lakh (on-road, Mumbai). If we look at the CNG variant, it starts at Rs 11.94 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) for the VXi CNG and Rs 13.20l akh (on-road, Mumbai) for the ZXi CNG. Additionally, if you are going for the automatic variant, it demands a price of Rs 12.96 lakh (on-road, Mumbai) which is almost 2 lakh higher than its manual counterpart.
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