Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines: Worthy contender in the compact MPV segment
Four years have passed since the Suzuki Ertiga was first introduced to the local market and the most recent update it received was already 2 years ago. It’s high time for Suzuki to improve its MPV to face the stiff competition from other intense rivals such as the Toyota Avanza and Honda Mobilio.
Is the Suzuki Ertiga an underrated MPV?
Thankfully, latest car news has suggested that the next-generation Suzuki Ertiga 2018 would break cover soon as spy shots of the all-new model have been revealed by an Indian motoring website. While waiting for further information about the next-iteration Ertiga, Philkotse.com team would love to deliver an extensive Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines review so that our readers could gain a comprehensive overview of this nice-looking 7-seater.
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Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines: Exterior
The 7-seater owns a nice, simple and practical exterior design
First of all, while the Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines might be far from the most outstanding MPV on our roads, it is undeniable that it is designed with nice, simple and practical style and there is not even one redundant detail. We really enjoy its clean and sleek appearance with swept-back head lamps, high roofline, and reasonable proportion.
As a compact MPV, it allows drivers to maneuver through traffic more easily
Also worth mentioning here is the praticality thanks to its minimal A-pillars and large windows, enabling clearer vision of the surrounding traffic. Not to mention, its compact size also allows easier driving experience when it comes to parking in tight slot or plying through heavy traffic. The MPV measures 4,265 mm x 1,695 mm x 1,685 mm (L x W x H) with a wheelbase of 2,740 mm and is equipped with a set of 15-inch alloy wheels.
Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines: Interior
Moving on to the Suzuki Ertiga 2017 interior, according to passengers, the 7-seater is most appreciated for:
- Generous headroom from the front all the way to the rear, even with tall occupants who are around 5’10”;
- A sense of roominess thanks to its light color themed cabin;
- Nice fabrics and good-quality plastics with nice-touching buttons and dials.
The car offers a cozy and pleasant interior
While offering a cozy and pleasant interior, the Ertiga is also said to fall short due to its cramped space for legroom and luggage, which comes as no surprise for a small-sized MPV. As a 7-seater, the Ertiga is supposed to accommodate 7 passenger. However, in fact, it can only offer comfortable accommodation for 4 to 5 people, which means if added with 1 or 2 more passengers, the car will force occupants to sacrifice between luggage space and legroom. For that, the Suzuki Ertiga is clearly not an ideal partner for long road trips with a lot of bulky stuff.
The compact MPV can offer comfortable accommodation for 4 to 5 people
Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Review: Accessories
The Ertiga comes equipped with a set of convenience features, including:
- Android Auto-equipped infotainment systems
- Navigation functions (using preloaded Waze or whatever applications of your favorite)
- Push/start button
- Rear AC vents
- Rear parking sensors
- Steering wheel controls
- Handful of storage compartments
- Bluetooth connectivity
To be honest, this level of equipment is enough to guarantee for a joyful and entertaining road trip. Well, if only the Japanese auto maker had made the Ertiga a bit larger and more powerful, we believe the travelling experience on this 7-seat MPV would be a lot more enjoyable.
The 2017 Ertiga is even preloaded with Waze, Google and Facebook
Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines: Operation
Engine & Performance
At the heart of the Suzuki Ertiga is a 1.4-liter DOHC gasoline engine which is said to be able to produce 95 PS @ 6000 rpm and 130 Nm @ 4000 rpm of torque, mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Driven the Ertiga is a 1.4-liter DOHC gasoline engine
Performance when fully loaded with 7 occupants is one of the weak points of the Ertiga. For example, with 6 adult passengers on board, the car starts to feel iffy and get noticeably slowed down, which makes it sometimes difficult to pass other vehicles such as PUVs while driving in city condition.
While demonstrating an unsatisfactory performance ferrying full capacity of 7 people, the Japanese-made MPV poses no issues with 4 passengers. When running on highway, the vehicle can reach speed limit at a decent rate and throttle response is also good. In terms of fuel economy, it delivers a decent average consumption of 10.7km/L in mixed driving conditions.
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Ride & Handling
Here we would like to re-insist that this MPV offers a beyond-expectation ride and handling experience. What we appreciate the most about this car is how easy it feels when we drive it through cramped corners or compact city roads and back it up to fit in tight parking slot. The body roll is well kept at minimum level, not to mention the car’s suspension system works pretty well when it comes to absorbing typical provincial road imperfections.
Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Price in the Philippines
|Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GA||P675,000|
|Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GL MT||P778,000|
|Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GL AT||P818,000|
|Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GLX||P928,000|
Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Specs in the Philippines
|Dimensions & Weights|
|Curb weight (kg)||1,185|
|Gross vehicle weight (kg)||1,770|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Number of cylinders||4|
|Number of valves||DOHC 16V with VVT|
|Displacement (cc)||1,373 (1.4L)|
|Max. Output||95 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|Max. Torque||130 Nm @ 4,000 rpm|
|Fuel distribution||Multipoint Injection|
|Steering||Rack & Pinion with Electronic Power Steering|
|Brakes||Front: Ventiltated Disc
Rear: Leading & Trailing Drum
|Suspension||Front: MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring
Rear: Torison Beam with Coil Spring
|Wheels||15-inch Alloy wheels|
|Spare tire||Steel Rim|
Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Review: Conclusion
All things considered, while having its own shortcomings, the Suzuki Ertiga still wins our hearts for a plenty of reasons such as:
- Its sleek appearance and highly practical design;
- Cozy and nicely-refined cabin;
- Respectable city driving experience and maneuverability;
- Handful of convenience features at its price point.
The Suzuki Ertiga still wins our hearts despite its shortcomings
Although showing a displeasing performance under full capacity conditions as mentioned above, to be honest, the car is still a good choice for families with 4 to 5 members. However, if you are looking for a MPV that can fit your large family and be a capable partner for long road trips, you’d better not to go for this.
Hopefully you have found useful information through our Suzuki Ertiga 2017 Philippines review on Philkotse.com. If you are considering between the Ertiga and its rival Mobilio, click here to find our in-depth review for the Honda Mobilio 2018.