Here is Suzuki Philippines’ entry into the highly competitive small MPV market, the Suzuki Ertiga. Available with GA, GL, and GLX variants, the model lineup comes with a broad range of prices and specifications. As a seven-seater in the Philippines, owners may enjoy a modular seating system that can allow for more cargo or more passenger seating space. Coupled with the reliability and fuel economy of Suzuki vehicles, and consumers can enjoy long-term use with much utility, a much-needed trait of an MPV.
The Ertiga was launched in January 2019 to much acclaim. This second-generation came after the Ertiga nameplate contributed to 30% of all of Suzuki Philippines’ sales for 2018. With a receptive market as the main audience, the Philippines looked as the Japanese brand unveiled the all-new Ertiga complete with a redesigned exterior and reworked interior.
In 2019, Suzuki Philippines also launched the Black Edition of the Ertiga. However, towards the end of the year, the company phased out the previously-launched version of the Ertiga with beige interior and replaced the whole lineup with black edition variants.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
Suzuki has paired the Ertiga nameplate with the brand’s HEARTECT platform, which boasts added agility for the new model. The model comes with a MacPherson suspension setup in the front and a torsion beam in the rear. The top of the line model rolls on a set of 15-inch alloy wheels, while lower variants come with 15-inch steel wheels. The HEARTECT platform is a monocoque chassis which means that the MPV will enjoy a smooth, and put-together ride.
The powertrain that the Ertiga comes with is lifted out of the Suzuki Jimny. The K15B 1.5L engine is standard across the lineup. The four-cylinder is capable of producing 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque. The motor is so frugal that it doesn’t need a CVT to keep it sipping. This engine is paired to either a five-speed manual or a traditional four-speed automatic transmission. The front wheels pull the car along, while a disc and drum setup brings the vehicle to a halt.
Front-Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Suzuki Heartect Platform
1.5-Liter K15B Gasoline
138 Newton-meter torque
The Ertiga, having received some marked improvements over its previous generation, drives and handles smoothly whether in the city or the highway. This incarnation remains planted on a highway cruise, and maneuverable in the city, thanks to a steering rack that tightens up and lightens depending on speed. Regardless of the displacement and power figures, the Ertiga is able to get a 6.7 L/100 km in its top of the line GLX variant, which makes it one of the most, if not the most frugal in it class.
Technology in this segment of cars might leave something to be desired. The Ertiga rethinks what an infotainment system at this price-point should look like. The dashboard may come with accents and trims that catch the eye, but the centerpiece is without a doubt the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can be found in the top-of-the-line GLX variant. Lower models will make do with an eight-inch screen, while the GA base model will come with only a 1-DIN tuner.
The Ertiga keeps its front-end very subdued. The design is very conservative while remaining distinct enough to mesh well with the other models in Suzuki’s lineup. The side profile features familiar proportions to those who are accustomed to the small MPV body style. The rear is where the Ertiga shows a lot of character. The taillights extend over the rear in an L-shape. More interesting is the lip found beneath the rear glass.
Depending on which variant, you get halogen reflectors or projectors. This pairs nicely with the grille which adds a bit of dimension to the front. Well-adorned trims will also get foglamps that nestle nicely into the cheeks of the front bumper.
The Suzuki Ertiga is available in seven colors. The MPV can come in Magma Metallic Grey, Glorious Brown Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Snow White Pearl, Radiant Pearl Red, Burgundy Red Pearl, Cool Black Pearl Metallic.
The interior of the Ertiga came in two flavors during its launch. The small MPV can be had in either a light beige with brown accents or black also with wood accents thanks to the model’s black edition. Towards the end of 2019, Suzuki Philippines phased out the Ertiga with a beige cabin and replaced the whole lineup with black edition variants. Either way, consumers are greeted with premium-feeling plastics coupled with faux wood inserts on the dashboard and door cards. This Suzuki is only available with cloth seats, however.
The second row rides on rails allowing for occupants to make more room for themselves or grant the third-row occupants with more legroom, but that won’t be too much of a problem since the Ertiga has enough leg space even in the rear to accommodate a child while the second row is in its rear-most position.
The Ertiga comes with two SRS airbags, ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), side-impact door beams, an immobilizer, ISOFIX tethers, as well as a rear parking camera if the variant is right. You also get parking sensors and a security alarm that can be had in the mid-tier GL variants.
The current-generation Suzuki Ertiga doesn't have an ASEAN NCAP rating. Of note, its predecessor got 4 stars in adult occupancy protection and 3 stars in child occupancy protection, which was tested in 2016. We will update this page once the Ertiga gets a latest assessment from the ASEAN NCAP.
Pros & Cons
Thanks to the improved engine and all-new HEARTECT platform, the Ertiga stands as one of the most fuel-efficient MPVs in the Philippines. Handling and maneuverability are also greatly improved over its previous iteration. To cap it all off, the interior plastics are of quality that only Suzuki can bring, dense and not shoddy.
As for the cons, they’re not as big, as most of them are minor grievances. The ride could be a tiny bit smoother, but less particular individuals will find that it’s acceptable. Finding a comfortable driving position may be a bit of a challenge due to the lack of a seat height adjuster. Lastly, a minor, yet major, complaint that we have is that it has no speed-sensing door locks, a feature that we believe should be at least present at the top of the line variant.
The 2019 Ertiga Black Edition is a standout addition by Suzuki Philippines. Now with a new face and a slightly bigger engine, the small MPV remains a worthy seven-seater contender with a price tag that’s as tall as Caco. Watch the Behind the Wheel review to find out just how good this zippy MPV can be.
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What's the fuel consumption of the Suzuki Ertiga?
During our tests, the Ertiga registered 20.8 km/L at an average speed of 90 km/h. Fuel consumption on heavy traffic tops up at 9.4 km/L, netting us a combined fuel economy figure of 6.7L/100km
Is the Suzuki Ertiga a good car?
For its intended purpose, the Suzuki Ertiga is a standout in its class because of its bevy of features, frugal engine, and pliant ride when compared to its rivals in the small MPV class.
Where is the Suzuki Ertiga made?
The Suzuki Ertiga is assembled in three countries. In India, it's manufactured by Maruti Suzuki in Gurgaon while Suzuki Indomobil Motor assembles the MPV at its Bekasi plant. Myanmar also assembles the Ertiga at its Thilawa plant.
Is the Suzuki Ertiga a 7-seater?
All variants of the Suzuki Ertiga in the Philippines have a 7-seat passenger capacity.
Is Suzuki Ertiga a diesel?
The Suzuki Ertiga in the Philippines is solely available as a gasoline variant. Other markets, however, get a diesel option for the Suzuki MPV.
Is the Suzuki Ertiga an SUV?
The Suzuki Ertiga is a full-fledged MPV. Armed with seat flexibility and practicality, it's aimed at providing a comfortable ride to a family.
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