compromise between low- and high-speed ride. It feels rock-solid at high speed too.
Mahindra Xylo E9 HHH
The Xylo offers a plush ride in the city, but as speeds increase, the ride becomes somewhat unsettling.
WHAT ARE THEY LIKE INSIDE?
The brilliance of the Ertiga lies in its packaging. Maruti has strived hard to squeeze out every millimetre of space in the Ertiga and it shows as soon as you enter the cabin. The long wheelbase and the Ertiga’s cab-forward design contribute to make one very spacious interior. The front seats are from the Swift and are very supportive, and though you sit much lower compared to the Xylo, visibility is good; although the thick A-pillar can block your view when entering junctions. The low, car-like driving position is really nice and, thanks to the seat-height and steering adjustment, finding an ideal driving position is a cinch. The low seating also means you slide into the Ertiga’s seats rather than climb into them.
The flexible second row, which can be slid back and forth by a whopping 240mm, gives it loads of knee-room. Even after adjusting these seats for the third-row passengers, you have more than sufficient legroom. The seats themselves are comfortable, with good back and thigh support. The armrest too is placed at a good height and is comfortable to use. The flat seat and a near-flat floor bode well for centre passenger comfort, but the car’s narrow dimensions mean the seat itself is not that wide and seating three abreast is a bit of a squeeze.
Getting into the Ertiga’s last row requires more contortion than the Xylo’s does, though. The seating position is not ‘knees-up’ like in many MPVs, but the seat squab is a bit short and this compromises thigh support. Shoulder support is good and headroom is decent, but the Xylo’s third row is much more comfortable, with a full-size bench and good space. Simply put, the Ertiga’s cabin is far more useable than the exterior dimensions would suggest.
With all seven seats in place there is enough space in the back to hold just two soft bags, while a concealed storage bay hidden beneath the boot floor can hold small items. For even more space, the third row can be folded flat. You also have the option to fold the middle row and the 60:40 split further aids flexibility.
The Ertiga is available in three variants and, save for the base petrol