The new 2nd generation mini-compact MPV Suzuki Ertiga may use the same length wheelbase as before but the actual platform is completely different. The new ladder-frame chassis is called HEARTECT, which is much stronger and lighter than before by 6 kg using higher grade, high-tensile steel which facilitated Suzuki to be able to extend the dimensions of the Ertiga with a 130 mm longer (5.1 inches longer) body that is 40 mm wider (1.6 inches wider) and 5 mm (.20 inches) taller than its predecessor. To further support the increased cabin capacity as a result of the major improvement, Suzuki applied a slightly more powerful and more refined 1.5-liter engine, (the K15B powerplant is shared with other models differentiated by tuning), with Variable Valve timing and a higher compression ratio with a modest increase of 9 bhp and 6 lb-ft of torque to power the front wheels.
Our test unit came in the exterior color that Suzuki calls “Glorious Brown Pearl” packaged with fabric interior with faux-wood trim. With the better chassis and engine, Suzuki also improved the calibration of the 4-speed automatic transmission, installed stronger brakes with front vented discs supported with better active safety measures (ABS+EBD), and re-tuned the suspension accordingly. With the new proportions, Suzuki completely redesigned the Ertiga inside and out tastefully, adding significantly more cabin space while making the environment quieter thanks to the comprehensively improved NVH measures and better aerodynamics. Trunk space increased from 135 liters with the third-row seats up to 153 liters, and when folded down from 736 liters to 803 liters. The electric rack and pinion steering wheel response was also improved. The Ertiga rolls on 185/65R15 88H Dunlop Enasave EC300+ tires which complement the little MPV’s target functionality of maximum affordable mobility and capacity. So essentially, the all-new Ertiga performs and functions significantly better than its predecessor, to the point that it came close to being the very best in its class.
The second-row seating can now also be repositioned by sliding it fore or aft by a 240 mm range to regulate space management better. This thoughtful feature also allows more seat recline angle range for both the second and third rows to further improve passenger comfort. The second row also has the essential ISOFIX mounts for child seats. Even the door mounts were adjusted to allow a wider range to make it easier to get in and out of the Ertiga.
Other notable new features are better instrumentation, improved switchgear, smart key with push-button ignition, ventilated front cup holders, strong rear cabin ceiling ventilation, dual front SRS airbags, rear parking sensors, two 12V sockets, USB port, and an excellent full-featured 10-inch infotainment system with rear camera that can be controlled through the remote steering wheel buttons that could have been enjoyed and appreciated more even if it had at least six speakers instead of the underwhelming four speakers that it comes with unfortunately. The new front end looks good but it is a pity that the projector headlights use halogen bulbs instead of LED.
Ultimately, the modest new Suzuki Ertiga GLX is a very good and affordable people mover that safely and efficiently can be enjoyed as a daily driver workhorse. It effectively performs as designed.
|Engine||Inline-4, 1462 cc, dohc 16V, Multi-Point Port Injection, VVT, 4-speed AT|
|Max Power (bhp @ rpm)||103 bhp @ 6000 rpm|
|Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm)||102 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm|
|Top Speed||182 km/h (114 mph)|
|0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph||9.9 sec.|
Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
|Fuel Milage (km/l)||7.2 L/100km Overall|
|Price as Tested (PHP)||PhP 978,000.00|
|What's Great||Very versatile, thoughtful packaging, fuel efficient, comfortable.|
|What's Not So||Wish it had a 6-speed automatic with a little bit more power, only uses 4 speakers, halogen headlights.|
|C! Editors Rating||9/10|