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Ertiga a pleasure for soccer-moms

15.09.2014

DESCRIBED as a soccer-mom van, I got to roam around in the Suzuki Ertiga GLX recently. Meaning, Swift with Three Rows (in Indonesian), this seven-seater compact Life Utility Vehicle (LUV) was launched in India and Indonesia in 2012, and brought to South Africa earlier this year.

Based on a stretched-out Swift platform, the Ertiga has been cleverly packaged with a longer wheelbase turning it into a people-mover. While it looks really big and boxy, it doesn’t look too bad - well not from the front anyway.

Powered by the latest-generation K14B engine, this 1.4-litre with its 70kW in the five-speed manual derivative provided for a decent ride from home to work and back every day. One thing with Suzuki is the fuel efficiency on its vehicles. I often recommend the brand to many who need a run-around car. The Ertiga sat at 6.7 litres/100km.

The steering - as with the Swift - feels a touch too light and a bit vague around the centre position, which I dislike for the lack of resistance. As blocky as it is though, it can hold its own even at high speed.

The Ertiga has the same interior as the Swift Dzire; a lot of hard plastic and a slightly outdated feel to it, although, being an LUV, these hard-wearing plastics are welcomed. The seat height seems about right and provides comfort and support in all the proper places.

As far as the boot capacity goes, it will gain space when all the seats are folded in. Both the second and third rows provide decent legroom with the second row having the ability to slide, to suit occupants’ needs.

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15.09.2014
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