Driven: Suzuki Ertiga, the UBER of family cars

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Have a big family and not sure who to leave at home or who to give the task to cling on to the roof when taking a drive?

It’s okay. No one needs to be left out because the 7-seater Suzuki Ertiga is here and it is the UBER of family cars: spacious, good value for money and with a modern face lift compared to the 2010 Ertiga, when it was first launched in South Africa.

Suzuki ertiga South Africa

Oh and it is not just for families.

Both rows of rear seats can fold flat which turns the depth of the back loading area into a space of 1.9 meters; so if you are in the business of lugging things around (other than people), this one might just be right up your alley. “Ample” is its first name and “Space” is its middle name with storage compartments and cup holders for every row of seats. Even the air-conditioning has dedicated vents in the back so if Tannie Sarie in Kakamas bakes cakes for the church bazaar, she can move and keep her master chef homebaked goodness nice and cool despite the scorching Northern Cape heat.

Suzuki Ertiga Space South Africa

Being the head boy and class captain when it comes to practicality it is no secret that this outjie is not exactly a speedster yet even with its average power and performance when driving on the highway, it still offers a smooth, comfortable and pleasant ride, especially when driving around in the city. (However, I have to mention that you will definitely loose a bit of the oomph if you pack the whole family into the vehicle, my only other passenger was my cat.)

While the previous model came out with a 1.4 litre petrol engine, the new and improved Ertiga boasts a 1.5 litre petrol engine and offers 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque. It comes out with 5-speed manual (GA and GL model) and the 4-speed auto GL model. Other features that are different compared to the previous Ertiga also has a lot to do with space: it is 130 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 5 mm taller. There are also some interior changes. The GL models offer a touchscreen from where you can operate Bluetooth, a 12 V socket in the front and one for the rear passengers, reverse parking sensors and there are audio controls on the steering wheel. Considering that the Ertiga is a 7-seater, there are however only two airbags for the front passengers.

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Suzuki ertiga South Africa

For the manual model Suzuki claims a fuel consumption of 5.5l/100km and the automatic comes in at 6l/100km.

The Suzuki Ertiga competes against vehicles like the Toyota Avanza, Mahindra Xylo and Honda BR-V and has a rather affordable price tag starting at R214 900 for the GA manual model, R239 900 for the GL model and the GL auto comes in at R254 900.

If you need space and comfort – for people and things – this might be an option for you.

Visit Suzuki’s website for more information or go to your nearest dealer today for a test drive (and if you are in fact Tannie Sarie and you bake cakes, give me a call before you take it to the church bazaar).

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