Spec Comparison: Maruti Suzuki Ertiga vs Mahindra Marazzo vs Renault Lodgy vs Honda BR-V
India's largest car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki has launched the 1.5-litre diesel engine in the Ertiga, replacing the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre diesel that has been doing the duty in most of Maruti's diesel models. The prices of the 2019 Ertiga's diesel variants start at Rs 9.86 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. In terms of pricing, the other MPVs that compete with the Ertiga are the Renault Lodgy and the Honda BR-V. Both these MPVs, in spite of their positives, have not been a volume churner for their respective companies. While there is no official update about the Renault Lodgy, it is being speculated that the Honda BR-V might be replaced with a more convincing Honda HR-V that could launch in India later this year. The other MPV that competes with the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the Mahindra Marazzo. This all-new MPV is the company's first vehicle to be developed by the Mahindra's North American Technical Centre (MNATC) in Troy, Michigan. Where do these MPVs stand against each other? Here's our spec comparison report.
The new-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is much larger than the previous iteration and gets a new design as well. Although, the overall silhouette might look similar, you cannot confuse the new with the old. With the new additions, the Ertiga has become a better looking car but still lacks the flowing lines of the Mahindra Marazzo. Designed as the company's global offering, the Marazzo is surely a looker among these MPVs and has a strong street presence. In terms of dimensions, at 4,585mm long, the Marazzo is nearly 200mm longer than it, though in wheelbase it's only 20mm longer. Following these two is the Honda BR-V, that does come with cuts and creases for a SUV-like design but doesn't really hit the spot. The Renault Lodgy, though based on the handsome Duster platform, looks purely utilitarian.
In terms of cabin comfort, the Mahindra Marazzo is the tallest at 1,774mm followed by the Lodgy at 1,709mm, Maruti Suzuki Ertiga at 1,690mm and the Renault Lodgy at 1,666mm. Even in terms of width, the Mahindra Marazzo has a lead at 1,866mm followed by the Renault Lodgy at 1,767mm. Both, the BR-V and the Ertiga have an identical width of 1,735mm. This means if you are looking for the most spacious of the lot, it has to be the Mahindra Marazzo.
The features list for the top-of-the-line Maruti Suzuki Ertiga includes a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity options, automatic climate control, star/stop ignition button, remote keyless entry, second row adjustable AC and electrically adjustable ORVMs. The Mahindra Marazzo's features list also mentions seven-inch touchscreen infotainment with modern connectivity options, 8GB on-board memory, cruise control, ambient lights, etc. The Honda BR-V's list includes a touchscreen infotainment but misses out on the latest connectivity options that the competition offers. It comes with 1.5GB on-board memory, mirror link connectivity, in-built navigation system, HDMI-in port and leather wrapped seats. Also, the Renault Lodgy does not come with the latest connectivity options and instead offers a basic unit. The features list includes cruise control, rear view camera with parking sensors, keyless entry and Arkamys tuned music system. Features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD are offered as standard on all the MPVs mentioned above.
1.5L Diesel Powertrains
Previously, the Ertiga diesel was powered by a 90PS 1.3-litre unit, which continues to be listed on the official website. We believe that this engine will still be available with dealerships as long as stocks last. The new 1.5-litre diesel engine makes 95PS at 4,000rpm and produces 225Nm at 1,500rpm-2,500rpm. Maruti Suzuki claims that this engine offers an efficiency of 24.20kmpl, making it lesser than the 1.3-litre's 25.47kmpl. Powering all the variants of the Mahindra Marazzo is the 1.5-litre diesel that makes 130PS of power and generates 300Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Honda BR-V makes use of a 1.5-litre diesel that produces 100PS of power at 3,600rpm and generates a torque of 200Nm at 1,750rpm, and has a claimed efficiency of 21.9kmpl. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The Renault Lodgy's 1.5-litre diesel heart is offered in two states of tune, 85PS and 110PS mated to five-speed and six-speed manual transmissions respectively. While this is a specifications comparison with numbers on paper, only a real world comparison can decide the final winner.
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