The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was the best-selling 7-seater MPV without competition until Kia launched the Carens in India. Since its launch, there’s been extensive review comparing Kia Carens Vs. Maruti Ertiga.
Kia Carens gained instant popularity
Kia Carens has become a favorite 7-seater MPV in India. Those looking for Ertiga are giving it a second thought now. Not only the Kia Carens is futuristic and attractive, but it also looks and feels a segment above the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
The customers buying an MPV car have more choice now. They can choose between petrol, CNG, and diesel-powered 7-seater MPV on a budget ranging from Rs. 8.12 Lakh to Rs. 16.20 Lakh (ex-showroom price).
The Kia Carens Premium (base variant) is just Rs. 88,000 more than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (base variant). This is no deal-breaker because the Kia Carens has more in offer for all the extra money you pay.
Kia Carens & Ertiga Base Variant Features
|Kia Carens (Base Variant)||Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Base Variant)|
|6 Airbags||2 Airbags|
|Electronic Stability Control (ESC)||Electronic Stability Program|
|Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)||NA|
|Brake Assist (BAS)||Brake Assist (BAS) with EBD|
|Hill Start Assist Control (HAS)||Hill Hold Technology|
|Down Hill Brake Control (DBC)||NA|
|2nd Seat One Touch Easy Electric Tumble||Manual|
|All Wheel Disk Brakes||Front Disk & Rear Drum|
|Tire Pressure Monitoring System||NA|
|Rear Parking Sensor||Rear Parking Sensor|
|Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)||Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)|
Kia Carens Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga: Which one to buy?
If you are looking for a spacious MPV car rich in features and looks futuristic, The Kia Carens can be the best choice. The Carens has three engine options – 1.4L Petrol, 1.5L Petrol, and 1.5L diesel engine.
Maruti stopped the production of its diesel cars, and as such, the Maruti Ertiga is available with 1.5L petrol only. There is also an Ertiga CNG variant, the only 7-seater MPV that’s budget-friendly with low running cost.
Most of the 7-seater MPV buyers in India would want their car bigger with loads of legroom and headroom. It’s not only about the features. It is about the availability of adequate space in the third row. This is where the Kia Carens wins over Maruti Suzuki Ertiga.
Ertiga’s third row is suitable for children or maybe for those who are short and thin. Kia Carens has a third row larger than Ertiga, comfortable for two adults. The below table should give an idea about how big the Kia Carens is.
Kia Carens Vs Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (Dimensions)
|Dimensions||Kia Carens||Maruti Ertiga|
|Height||1708 mm||1690 mm|
|Length||4540 mm||4395 mm|
|Width||1800 mm||1735 mm|
|Wheelbase||2780 mm||2740 mm|
The Kia Carens dashboard is beautiful with a 10.2-inch infotainment system and digital console. The interiors look premium, and the windshield is wide enough to give excellent visibility. You will feel like driving a crossover which is not the case in Ertiga.
You can choose between six and seven seats with the captain seats in the middle row. There is no such option in Ertiga. If you need a captain seat, you got to switch to Maruti XL6.
The Kia Carens is the best for those looking for an MPV car that is all-new, feature-rich, has premium interiors, and is spacious.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is still a budget-friendly MPV car, and Ertiga CNG can save you a lot of money.
In short, both Kia Carens and Maruti Suzuki Ertiga are worth buying. It really depends on your budget and how you will use your 7-seater MPV.
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