The 2015 Suzuki Ertiga Could Be One Of The Cheapest Seven Seaters Out There
You may never have heard of it, but the 2015 Suzuki Ertiga is a rather important car for some markets in the East. Philippines and India had a long term connection with it and this does not come as a surprise as these markets are huge and despite the GDP or any other economic indicator the potential there is off the hook. Created on the simple Suzuki Swift platform, the Suzuki Ertiga features all the right simple, cheap but highly practical stuff anyone could expect in a small MPV. Cup holders, storage spaces, smartly arranged hinges in the boot and doors that open just a tad more than on conventional cars are all in perfect alignment with the character of the car and with the needs of drivers.
However, we have to say this thing looks kind of dull and boring. It is an MPV after all, so dullness is not exactly unexpected, but they could make it a dash more appealing for sure. That was the idea when it hit the last redesign in 2014, but the 2015 Suzuki Ertiga still lacks the composure, stature and the decoration pieces of modern vehicles.
The front clearly represents almost everything we saw on the Suzuki Swift. Large lights incorporated nicely with a wide front opening in the bumper and small and simple grille makes this car look a bit innocent. Like it is still a virgin or something – which is odd considering the people who will buy it presumably have a family.
When you get over the cute face-smiley back, you start to notice some interesting stuff including compact dimensions, seven seats on the inside and a rather impressive arrangement offering plenty of room. More importantly, the rear seats can fold into an almost flat surface which makes it easier to load stuff in and use the car for transportation of various objects and goods.
In terms of numbers, the seven seater offers 135 liters of boot capacity with all the seats up. Boot capacity can certainly be improved by lowering the rear seats or by buying a car with five seats in the first place. Now, we can see here that Suzuki integrated a whole lot of big boy things in this one, but looking at the dash, upholstery, somewhat simple equipment and the width of the car, it is easy to notice that the Ertiga is a car based on B-segment architecture. Despite all this, buyers should be happy about its SmartPlay infotainment with 7-inch touchscreen Bluetooth connectivity, Smart key system, apps of all kinds and many other modern connectivity things.
Apart from all this high-tech mumbo-jumbo the Chinese sell for ten bucks a piece, the 2015 Suzuki Ertiga received old generation engines. Diesel and petrol engines are available with the 1.3L diesel kicking out 90 hp and the 1.4L petrol engine giving out only 5hp more. Obviously, this is not exactly a fast car as it needs more than 14 seconds to hit 62 mph. The upside is that it is cheap, big for the kind of money it goes for and you can get it with manual or automatic transmission. Also, it will not decimate the wallet at the gas station.