The New Suzuki Ertiga
● Awardwinning global MPV adds space and versatility to Suzuki’s compact vehicle family
● Three seating rows provide ample space and comfort
● Versatile seating and cargo arrangements ensure exceptional practicality
● Proven 1,4litre engine and frontwheel drive link classleading fuel efficiency to
● Adapted Swift platform delivers agile handling and smooth ride comfort
● Feelgood interior offers tactile quality and extensive standard features
Suzuki is extending its passenger car offering for South Africa with the spacious, versatile and
attractive Ertiga, a compact life utility vehicle (LUV) that links the response and manoeuvrability
of a compact car to the space, versatility and practicality of an MPV.
With its three seating rows, the Ertiga can accommodate up to seven occupants, while the
LUV’s frontengined, frontwheel drive layout allows a surprisingly generous interior, despite the
vehicle’s compact footprint and wieldy character.
Based on the same platform as the highly regarded Swift compact hatchback, the Ertiga brings
classleading standards of interior accommodation and cargo space to the small MPV segment,
while maintaining the high standards of engineering, design and quality the Suzuki brand has
become renowned for.
The Ertiga is powered by Suzuki’s latestgeneration, fuelefficient K14B fourcylinder engine. The
fuelinjected 1,4litre power unit already enjoys a strong reputation for performance and fuel
efficiency, ensuring that the Ertiga can also count lively responses and classleading fuel
consumption among its many talents.
The Ertiga model lineup comprises five models, spanning a choice of three specification levels
– GA, GL, and GLX – and either a fivespeed manual or a fourspeed automatic gearbox.
“The arrival of the Ertiga breaks new ground for Suzuki in South Africa,” says Francois van
Eeden, Suzuki Auto SA’s national marketing manager. “The brand’s reputation for producing
exceptional compact cars is already well established, and the Ertiga extends those virtues to the
small MPV segment for the first time. “
Van Eeden says the newcomer links space, versatility and practicality to the zip, thrift and style
that Suzuki’s established compacts, such as the Swift hatchback, have already become
“Sleek aerodynamics, spaceefficient frontwheel drive and handsome, carlike proportions all
equate to a life utility vehicle that appeals on all levels, while keen pricing also adds value to its
list of attributes,” Van Eeden concluded.
CONCEPT AND DESIGN
With the Ertiga, Suzuki set out to design a spacious and versatile vehicle that would provide
seven seats and ample cargo space, while retaining the agility, response and efficiency of a
Based on the same platform as the highly regarded Swift compact hatchback, the Ertiga
combines a comparatively long wheelbase, and wide front and rear tracks, with short overhangs
and a sleek silhouette to create a small MPV with carlike proportions. The result is a vehicle that
looks sleek and feels agile.
Efficient space utilisation is a further strong theme of the Ertiga design, with the need for a
threerow seating configuration and ample space for seven occupants identified as a core
requirement from the outset.
Vitally, the third seating row is not just an emergency seat, but has been engineered to provide
sufficient space for two adults through intelligent packaging, including careful positioning of the
fuel tank, and the efficient configuration of the floor area and the seats.
The result is ample space and comfort for all seven occupants, augmented by a high level of
standard safety and comfort, and carlike ergonomics that ensure ease of access, and ease of
That ease of use extends to the agility and manoeuvrability of the Ertiga, achieved through a
compact turning circle, responsive steering, and the inherent zest of its 1,4litre K14B
fourcylinder engine. Vitally, these traits underscore the carlike character of the new Suzuki, in
turn ensuring ease of use, and driving pleasure.
The result is a true multipurpose vehicle that combines the best attributes of a compact car with
the versatility, space and practicality of a utility model.
SPACE AND PRACTICALITY
The new Suzuki’s Ertiga’s compact form factor and lowslung, carlike proportions belie its
considerable interior space, sevenseater capacity and generous cargo area.
At just 4 265 mm long, 1 695 mm wide and 1 685 mm high, the Ertiga looks the sleek and
streamlined part, emphasised by short overhangs that position the wheels at each corner,
thereby maximising interior space.
Also assisting the efficient packaging of the newcomer is the frontengined, frontwheel drive
layout, which places all the bulky mechanicals at the front of the car, away from the passenger
compartment, while also minimising drivetrain losses.
The interior dimensions of the cabin are impressive, with an interior length of 2 665 mm, an
interior width of 1 415 mm and an interior height of 1 310 mm.
The three seating rows can be varied and configured to offer the optimum combination of
accommodation and cargo space for different needs: from maximum seating space for seven,
to a conventional split of two seating rows and a generous luggage compartment, or even both
second and third seating rows folded down to create a cavernous cargo area.
With all three seating rows in position, the luggage compartment offers 135 litres of loading
space. This increases to 482 litres when the third seating row is folded flat, while also folding
down the second seat row increases cargo carrying capacity to a mammoth 736 litres. The
cargo area dimensions are a generous 1 180 x 1 840 x 860 mm.
A key trait is the flat loading floor, created by folding the seating rows flat, which eases loading of
long items, and the fact that the second row seat bench is split 60:40, allowing an even more
versatile combination of seating and cargo space. There’s even a hidden 22 litre storage space
under the cargo floor in the case of GL and GLX models.
In addition, the second seat row can slide fore and aft across a range of 240 mm, increasing leg
room in the process as required. The sliding function also eases access to the third seating row.
On the subject of access, the Ertiga’s rear doors open wide in the interests of easy passenger
entry and exit, as well for easier loading and unloading of larger items. At the rear, a low loading
height of 706 mm, and a generous loading aperture measuring 860 mm high and 1 180 mm
wide, makes loading and unloading of cargo a cinch.
The Ertiga also offers ample cup holders and storage binnacles, including a glove compartment,
a dashboard rack, door pockets, seat back pockets and bottle holders. The exact combination of
storage options varies between GA, GL and GLX models.
ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN
All five Suzuki Ertiga models are powered by the same, latestgeneration K14B engine. The 1
373 cc fourcylinder engine features weight and frictionreducing technologies, together with
electronic fuel injection and variable intake valve timing, to achieve an optimum combination of
performance and efficiency.
The result is a maximum output of 70 kW at 6 000 r/min, coupled to a torque peak of 130 Nm at
4 000 r/min. The variable valve timing allows the engine to prioritise torque at lower engine
speeds, and power at higher engine speeds, thus ensuring brisk responses and sustained
cruising speeds under all driving conditions.
The value for money character of this newcomer to the Suzuki family is underscored by
classleading fuel consumption of only 6,6l per 100 km in the combined cycle.
While the entrylevel Ertiga GA model is available with a fivespeed manual gearbox only, the GL
and GLX versions also offer the optional convenience of a fourspeed manual transmission.
Drive is to the front wheels in all instances, further enhancing drivetrain efficiency.
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
The Ertiga platform is based on the lightweight, rigid chassis of the latestgeneration Swift
compact hatchback, which has received high praise for its combination of stiffness, damping
and agility. Unsurprisingly, those traits have been carried over to the Ertiga’s interpretation of the
The front suspension comprises an independent system employing MacPherson struts, coil
springs and an antiroll bar. The suspension has been specifically tuned to suit the Ertiga’s
greater emphasis on utility by providing optimised damping while limiting body roll.
The compact torsion beam with coil springs at the rear is another example of the Ertiga’s space
and weightsaving design, while also coping admirably with heavier loads.
Also contributing to the Ertiga’s commendable, carlike road manners is an ultrarigid, ultrastiff
body structure. Strategic use of hightensile steel allowed the Ertiga design team to reduce
weight without compromising torsional stiffness, which not only reduced the centre of gravity, but
also improved body integrity and overall handling.
The Ertiga is equipped with energysaving electric power assistance for its rackandpinion
steering system, which allows effortless steering and control, even with a full complement of
passengers and cargo on board. While the comparatively long wheelbase ensures stability, a
tight turning circle of just 10,4 metres contributes direct steering response and overall agility.
A particular focus on the reduction of noise, vibration and harshness has contributed to a refined
cabin ambience. The bonnet, roof, floor panels, firewall and rear threequarter structure all
underwent specific enhancement to reduce noise and vibration, reducing interior noise levels in
In addition wind noise sources were identified and addressed during extensive testing,
contributing to overall cabin refinement.
The Ertiga offers a high degree of active and passive safety measures across the entire model
range. Dual front airbags are provided for all three specification levels, together with threepoint
seat belts for the front, centre side and rear seating positions, and a twopoint lap belt for the
secondrow centre seat. Head restraints for the front seats are standard on GA
models, while GL and GLX versions get head restraints for all seven seating positions.
The strategic use of hightensile steels for selected body panels, including the main frame of the
passenger safety cell, the framework members and parts of the main floor, assists in body shell
integrity in the case of a collision, while the front and rear doors are equipped with side impact
ABS antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are another rangewide
standard feature, ensuring the retention of vehicle and steering control, even under hard
THE ERTIGA RANGE
The fivemodel Suzuki Ertiga range kicks off with the Ertiga GA as its most affordable member.
Available as a manual transmission model only, the GA’s focus is on utility and value, whilst still
offering an impressive array of standard features.
The GA runs on 15inch steel wheels with centre caps, with the door handles and Cpillars
finished in black. Front and rear mud flaps are standard, while the exterior mirrors are manually
Inside, the list of standard equipment includes a tiltadjustable steering wheel, electric power
steering, a digital trip computer offering an odometer, trip meter, a digital clock, instantaneous
fuel consumption display, and a range indicator. Airconditioning is standard, too.
There are cup holders in the dashboard and the centre console, as well as bottle holders in the
front and rear door side pockets, as well as in the threequarter panels adjacent to the third
seating row. The front and rear doors also feature storage pockets, and a lidded glove
compartment is also included.
A 12V auxiliary power socket is provided in the centre console area, while there is a remote fuel
filler flap opener. The secondrow bench seat is split 60:40 and features a onetouch walkin
system, as well as sliding adjustment, while the seatback can be reclined.
One step up from the GA, the Ertiga GL features everything the GA offers, but adds to the list
with distinguishing features such as full wheel covers for the 15inch steel wheels, colourcoded
door handles and exterior mirrors, the latter with integrated turn indicators, and colourcoded
Inside, the uprated interior boasts smarter upholstery, silver accents for the door trims and gear
shift knob, and chrome interior door releases. The more comprehensive instrument binnacle has
dual analogue dials for speed and rev count respectively, together with the same digital trip
In addition, this model benefits from an integrated audio system combining an FM/AM CD tuner
compatible with MP3 and WMA music files. The fourspeaker system incorporates a USB port,
allowing compatible music files to be played from memory sticks and devices such
as iPhones and iPods.
The GL model gets a rear screen demister and wiper/wash system, while electric windows are
standard front and rear. Also included is remote central locking, while the airconditioning system
offers both front and rear controls.
All seating positions are equipped with head restraints, while the integrated immobiliser is joined
by an alarm system for added security. As mentioned, the GL can be ordered with either a
fivespeed manual, or a fourspeed automatic gearbox.
Topping the range is the Ertiga GLX model. It includes all the standard features of the GL, but
gains additional lustre from an even more extensive equipment list. Instantly obvious is the
fitment of handsome, spoked 15inch alloy wheels, while the front design incorporates integrated