Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Review: 2015 Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GLX A/T

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Just when you thought the AUV kingdom was dead and buried, a new crop of vehicles start taking the place of the old guard. With the exception of the immortals: the Crosswind and the Adventure, the rest of the choices are relatively new to the market. The latest one to lock horns comes from the least likely source: Suzuki. Known more for their cute kei cars with unforgettable names (Hustler, anyone?), Suzuki jumped straight into one of the bloodiest battles as it tries to gain a foothold in the AUV kingdom. Their steed is the Ertiga.

Frankly, there was no compelling reason to consider an AUV in the first place until the Ertiga came along. Before that, they were all small, lumbering, ugly things which made parenthood seem more of a punishment than a blessing. Sure, they had three rows of seats, a chassis, an engine, and a body shell that barely resisted dings; but that was it. Calling it refined and great to drive is like having a three-foot long wooden nose. This isn’t largely the case with the Ertiga. By and large, it’s a godsend, a blessing which families on a budget certainly appreciate.



First up, it doesn’t look like an ent (those mythical tree-things from Lord of the Rings) even if it comes in a shade called Dusky Brown. It actually looks good. And modern. It’s based off the Swift and the handsome lines are rubbing off here. The front is the most striking part with the large, angular headlamps and the two-piece mesh grille. The rest of the design is much more understated, dictated by its function as an AUV (formal roofline, large door openings, etc.). Still, kudos for Suzuki for injecting some dose of style that’s well-proportioned and sleek.

Inside, it begins to look more like an ent with the beige treatment. You have to love brown since there’s not a whiff of black in here except for those on the controls and switch gear. It does the job of uplifting the cabin and giving it an airy feel, but it also makes it a pain to clean. This particular unit, for instance, has dirt, grime, oily residue, and even evidence of cheesy fingers. Imagine how much dirtier it’ll be after three or even five years of ownership!



Choice of interior color palette aside, at least it feels modern. The driving controls are all ergonomically sound with the steering wheel and the driver’s seat offering ample adjustment. Even controls to the audio and air conditioning (both for the front and rear occupants) are easily reached by the driver and can be operated by feel alone. The front thrones are supportive even for long drives and the visibility is good thanks to the expansive greenhouse. The driving position is high, but much more car-like compared to other AUVs. The gauges are also straight-forward and comes with a multi-function trip computer as a bonus.

Modern as it is, you’ll wish for a slightly bigger cabin. While the front occupants won’t have any qualms riding in it, the comfort of those residing in the second and third rows are largely dependent on the number of people you plan to squeeze in. If you treat it like a five-seater with generous cargo space, then everyone will be happy. The second row has enough space to rival mid-sized MPVs if the seats are slid all the way rearward. If you plan to use it as a seven-seater though, it will compromise the comfort of everyone in the second and third row. In order to accommodate two adults in the rearmost seats, the second row has to be moved forward to the point where occupant knees will brush against the seatback of those seated in front. It’s that tight. Flexibility isn’t its strong suit because the third row folds down as a single piece. Plus, it doesn’t help when stowing the third row requires you to move the second row seats forward first or they’ll end up nudged against the seatbacks.



With a chassis derived from the Swift, the Ertiga is a surprisingly capable and agile little number. It won’t corner like a sports sedan or sports wagon for that matter, but it’s still pretty enjoyable to toss around through curves and corners. The steering, being electrically boosted, is accurate and light (turning radius is just 5.2 meters) while body roll is largely contained. The tall Goodyear Duraplus tires (185/65R15) isn’t detrimental at all to the handling and actually enables better absorption of potholes and road cracks before they reach the cabin. The brakes though could use better bite. Nonetheless, it’s surprisingly quiet even at 100 km/h with controlled amounts of wind, road, and drivetrain noise. Meanwhile, the ride is largely dependent on where you’re seated. The first two rows will enjoy a highly cushioned (but not plush) ride, but those in the third row will end up banging their heads on the ceiling half the time.

As modern and quick to dance around corners as it is, it accelerates with the urgency of an ent. Powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 95 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque, pushing a 1,190-kilogram frame shouldn’t be an issue. However, because of the engine’s peaky nature, you’ll need to rev it hard just to get some decent pace going. Off the line, it feels quick, but as the speedometer climbs, progress noticeably gets slower. As the Ertiga hits 40, 50, 60 km/h, it loses steam. It feels most sluggish in the critical 50-80 km/h range—the so-called overtaking zone. Once you pass this, the Ertiga will gain second wind and power will come back on again. It’s like having turbo lag; only it appears in the middle instead of the beginning of the rev range. Equipped with a four-speed automatic, city fuel mileage is good at 10.4 km/L while highway mileage goes up to 19.2 km/L despite hitting 100 km/h at a high 2,650 rpm.



The Suzuki Ertiga may not hit all the marks, but it does hit a majority of them. Compared to other AUVs which are cumbersome compromises, the Ertiga doesn’t sacrifice much. Sure, the interior could be roomier, use a more stain-resistant color, and be more flexible; and it could certainly use more overtaking prowess as well. But at least, it’s easy on the pocket, loves the zigzags, and comes with manageable proportions. Driving an Ertiga doesn’t make parenthood feel like being in the penalty box of motoring anymore. It’s for that one single reason why it’s worthy of your consideration, especially if you’re on a budget.



2015 Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GLX
Ownership 2015 Suzuki Ertiga 1.4 GLX A/T
Year Introduced 2014
Vehicle Classification Entry-Level MPV
The Basics
Body Type 5-door MPV
Seating 7
Engine / Drive F/F
Under the Hood
Displacement (liters) 1.4
Aspiration Normally Aspirated, EFI
Layout / # of Cylinders Inline-4
BHP @ rpm 95 @ 6,000
Nm @ rpm 130 @ 4,000
Fuel / Min. Octane Gasoline / 91~
Transmission 4 AT
Cruise Control No
Dimensions and Weights
Length (mm) 4,265
Width (mm) 1,695
Height (mm) 1,685
Wheelbase (mm) 2,740
Curb Weight (kg) 1,190
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Drum
Tires Goodyear Duraplus 185/65 R15 S (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Safety Features
Airbags 2
Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) Yes
Traction / Stability Control No
Parking Sensors No
Exterior Features
Headlights Halogen
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights No
Auto Wipers No
Interior Features
Steering Wheel Adjustment Tilt
Steering Wheel Material Urethane
Seating Adjustment Manual
Seating Surface Fabric
Folding Rear Seat Yes, 60/40 (2nd row); Yes (3rd row)
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features
Power Steering Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Windows Yes
Power Mirrors Yes
Climate Control Manual, Dual
Audio System Stereo
CD
MP3
Aux
USB
No. of Speakers 4
Steering Wheel Controls Yes

186 comments:

  1. Finally! Philippine review for Suzuki Ertiga. Good thing I own one. Very smooth and this MPV fits my family's needs.

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  2. Nice little family car. The only negative point is that the beige seats are soiled easily. They should have used black fabric seats. Imagine the nightmare when kids barf or spill juice on that beige seat.

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    1. agree ako dyan, being a family car, a black interior is much better......

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  3. this is actually a great "small family" car for budget-strapped people... like me :-)

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  4. Ertiga has ABS and EBD for GL and GLX models right?

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    1. Check the specs here:

      http://www.carguide.ph/2014/07/suzuki-philippines-launches-ertiga-w.html

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  5. Hi Ulysses.

    Do you believe this is better than the Chevy Spin? Interios looks better and roomier in pics. Engine / transmission specs not so impressive.

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    1. At least the Ertiga will still be around for the foreseeable future, unlike the Spin which will be phased out completely after 2015.

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    2. Here's a link to my Spin review:
      http://www.carguide.ph/2014/02/review-chevrolet-spin-15-ltz.html

      Comparing the two, the Ertiga is the better handling and is more car-like to drive. The Spin does feel more solid and robust. Straight line performance and fit/finish? Toss-up. Fuel economy? Ertiga.

      With the exception of the rather ill-conceived seats, I'd say the Ertiga is the better one.

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  6. I posted a comment but I cant see it

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  7. I like the part where Sir Uly said that this car "loves zigzag" and "better that the spin" which is definitely true. I own one and have driven it to Sagada. I didn't experience any handling problem. The car is responsive (not that fast though), but you dont need speed on zigzags. Very fuel efficient, I only spent 3k for the gas, Alabang-Banaue-Sagada-Baguio-Cavite and still have 1/4 tank left. That's with the horrible EDSA traffic and also got stuck in NLEX for almost an hour due to a road accident.

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  8. Hi Sir Ulysses,

    Can the Ertiga climb steep roads? For example like the one going to Dicasalarin Cove in Baler, Aurora.

    Still choosing between the 3, Avanza, Ertiga or Spin. I'm planning to have a car loan in near future.

    Thanks for the help sir and more power!!

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    1. K-series high compression Engine 1.4L
      98Hp 130Nm as of latest tests.
      95RON minimum as recommended.
      Feedback from clients include surpassed roads at Baguio City and Dinajaowan.
      More muscle for Ertiga.
      Usually more power would mean more fuel to be used, but with Ertiga based on ARAI testing 21.92 km/L highway 80-100km/hr 13.2 km/L light traffic.

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    2. I buy the ERTIGA GLX, smooth at sa porma the best...sorry Avanza ikaw sana ang plano ko, peru na inlove ako sa ERTIGA...

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    3. Was a little bit hesitant buying Ertiga Dusky Brown! OMG, I could have regretted my whole life: so elegant, so smooth on the road, so comfortable, etc. etc..... Had a little test drive , you may call it , at caliraya when suddenly we saw a sister ertiga dusky brown and the whole family kept on waving at us, smiling as tho we already know each other. Kapuso na pala sila, kapamilya pa! Thanks Suzuki!

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    4. Nice, planning to buy also , dusky brown ertiga , I'm just waiting for my Nissan to be sold...
      You'll never know we will be waiving to each other someday...

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  9. Choosing between Avanza G1.5 A/T, Avanza 1.3L E A/T and Ertiga 1.4 A/T. which is better for fuel consumption efficiency and driving on Uphill rough roads.? Is Avanza 1.3L A/T capable of driving uphill rough roads with 7 passengers?
    I need to decide between this three for my purchase this year.

    Thanks.

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    1. Avanza 1.3L on uphill roads? Tapos A/T pa? Forget it.

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    2. Space, features and specs, price, financing it's better with ERTIGA.
      812,000
      21.92 km/L ARAI highway testing

      Avanza G 1.5 AT
      877,000
      12.6 km/L highway

      Ertiga is more roomy, better aesthetics, 65K more affordable, more fuel efficient, with more features.

      Based on feedback, baguio city and dinajaowan were already done.

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    3. I just got my GLX A/T, ITS NOT FUEL EFFICIENT. IN CITY DRIVING ITS ONLY 7.7 KILOMETER,/Liter. and maybe in long distance drive, I estimate it only at 13 to 15 kilometer/ liter.

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    4. Di cguro brod kc krmihan ok ang feedback s fc..

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    5. Di ka magsisisi. Buy ka na before it's too late. ; - )

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  10. I like the very relaxing bright beige interior color. I've been waiting for this review and I'll get an Ertiga for myself very soon.

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    1. Tignan natin kung relaxing pa ba yan pag nalagyan ng dumi ng mga passengers mo.

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  11. Ok lang madumihan ganun talaga kasi beige, Pero Ertiga is really relaxing to drive, totoo po yan.

    Kaya naman ng Ertiga umakyat kahit 7 adults, medyo ibibirit mo lang ng konti kasi 1.4L lang sya, pero pag dating mo sa straight roads, balik smooth and relax mode na.

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  12. Sana ilabas din nila dito yung Sporty, which has a 1.6L engine and a more sporty exterior. Mas okay yun sa uphill.

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  13. for mainly city driving and an occassional weekender in san juan, la union, which is better? ertiga, spin or avanza? thanks.

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    1. Ertiga.. Based on ARAI testing
      13.2 km/L light Traffic city driving.

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    2. san suzuki dealer ka sir?

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    3. Suzuki Auto Nueva Ecija po.
      09051677807

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  14. Okay lang po ba sa Ertiga ang fuel natin with ethanol? I can buy non-ethanol like Blaze 100 but is that even legal?

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  15. USO ITO NGAYON NA GINAGAWANG KARO NG PATAY!!

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    1. ignorante talaga to c kenneth! hindi allowed pang karo yan except kong ikaw isakay when ur time comes pare koy!!

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  16. Which is better, Avanza or Ertiga? We're a family of 3 but my sister who is based abroad will be coming home with her husband and their 2 sons. And she said it's time to purchase our own vehicle already instead of renting a van as we usually do when they come home. We might be on road trips frequently. Pls help us decide as this will be our 1st purchase if ever. Thanks!

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    1. Sulit po cya, I have tried travelling 120 kms with 9 passengers...7 adults and 2 kids no problem.

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    2. Space, features and specs, price, financing it's better with ERTIGA.
      812,000
      21.92 km/L ARAI highway testing

      Avanza G 1.5 AT
      877,000
      12.6 km/L highway

      Ertiga is more roomy, better aesthetics, 65K more affordable, more fuel efficient, with more features.

      Based on feedback, baguio city and dinajaowan were already done.

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  17. Avanza, Ertiga or Spin? Those are our choices. Please help us decide as we don't know much about tech specs of cars. Thanks!

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    1. Space, features and specs, price, financing it's better with ERTIGA.
      812,000
      21.92 km/L ARAI highway testing

      Avanza G 1.5 AT
      877,000
      12.6 km/L highway

      Ertiga is more roomy, better aesthetics, 65K more affordable, more fuel efficient, with more features.

      Based on feedback, baguio city and dinajaowan were already done.

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  18. To all of you looking at this segment of the market, the 7-seater value MPV (Ertiga, Avanza, Spin, the older Grand Livina), wait a few more days and we will see the release of Honda's entry in this segment, the Mobilio, powered by the same 1.5L i-VTEC engine used in the Jazz & City. If you can't wait, check the specs & pics in the Honda India & Indonesia sites. I think the Mobilio has the best looks, interior & specs in this segment and would be a huge seller if its priced correctly at 700-900K. The Avanza looks cheap & primitive compared to the Mobilio.

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    1. 14.4 km/L highway for Mobilio
      19.2 km/L highway for Ertiga

      812,000 for Ertiga but you could almost the same specs with Mobilio.
      Like Dual AC, Dual Airbags, ABS&EBD, All-power system, Security Alarm&Immobilizer, foglamps, keyless entry system, 810L maximum luggage capacity.

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    2. The Mobilio is too expensive for its segment offering almost the same as what the Ertiga and Spin can offer. Plus it does not look nice at all. It looks ugly. Seriously it does. Its body is lower than the Ertiga so it got less head room. For the family man its not a practical choice. For its price I'd rather go for an upscale vehicle like let's say an Innova. That's one of the reasons why up until now the Honda Mobilio sales still has not picked up yet. It lost to the Ertiga in India and it will continue to lose against the Ertiga in the PH too where practicality+functionality is very important

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    3. i definitely agree with you

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  19. I think this car is good buy especially if you're on a tight budget. For those who own one, I wanna know the stereo and air-conditioning quality of the vehicle. I saw 1 comment that he took his Ertiga to Sagada which is actually hard to believe having a 1.4 engine. Sure it can climb, but does it put too much stress in the engine?

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    1. Very good ang aircondition system ng Ertiga GL at GLX (dual aircon). Stereo quality is basic though, pero enough naman to enjoy the music.

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    2. Sir,I hope you could still read my response. I think ako ata yung nagpost ng Sagada trip ko sa tsikot or facebook page ng ertiga club (I cantremember), pero yes,nadala ko po sa Sagada yung Ertiga ko (GL manual). I only spent Php 3000 for gas. ALabang-Banaue-Sagada-Baguio-Cavite Route. 17 kpl ang FC, natrafik pa po ko sa EDSA and sa NLEX nung pauwi naman. So far I'm satisfied with my Ertiga. Owneda Toyota Altis and eto ang pinalit ko, nung una hesitant ako because of the brand, pero sabi sabi lang nila na pangit ang Suzuki pati after sales. If you'd get the Ertiga, it's a smart choice. Good luck po!

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    3. hi! any trustworthy suzuki dealer for ertiga located in caloocan? thankS!

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  21. Try nyo din i-review ung Mobilio sir. baka sakaling magustuhan nyo din.

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  22. how about spare parts po is etiga suzuki part expensive?
    ? em planning to buy this yr category cars like this..choosing from mobilio ,ertiga or avanza...tnx

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    1. yeah pano ba ang durability ng suzuki ? and parts?

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  23. Paano po paganahin ang USB function nito? Sa ngayon charging lang function nya ehh. kapag nagpasok ako ng flash disk na may kanta nageerror. May nabasa ako na may limit lang na flash disk pwede. Pero kahit sundin ko yung limit at yung format ng flash disk error pa din eh. Salamat kung masasagot siya. Salamat.

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    1. i am using an 8gig flash disk and it is working perfectly. I have noticed that the machine only reads songs saved in main folders or songs saved in the flash disk itself. It does not however, read songs saved in sub-folders (or folders within a folder).

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    2. Thank you. :)

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    3. I'm using a 16gb usb.
      First thing you should do is make sure that your flash drive is FAT32 format.

      To do this, plug your usb into a computer.
      in "MyComputer" right-click your flash drive and click on "Properties"

      Under "General" tab you can check if the "File System" is FAT32 otherwise format it to FAT32 system.

      Enjoy!!!!

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  24. Considering the reputable fuel economies and irresistible prices of the Ertiga, SX4, and Swift 1.2 ATs, it's so tough to choose which one. Please somebody help me pick the right one for me!

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    1. For a family use Ertiga.
      Personal use Swift.
      812,000 for Ertiga 1.4 GLX AT
      648,000 for Swift 1.2 AT

      Space, features and specs, price, financing it's better with ERTIGA.
      With a difference of Php3,147 for monthly payments.

      09051677807

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    2. How about Ertiga GL? how much?

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  25. Hi everyone! Looking for an Ertiga dealer with the best promo on DP and terms, baka may ma recommend po kayo somewhere near Laguna area, I'm getting one on my next vacation in July. Thanks!

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    1. 127K DP
      15,715 60mos
      All-In, Low DP
      ERTIGA 1.4 GLX AT
      812,000
      Suzuki Auto Nueva Ecija
      09051677807
      Norbert Batisan

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    2. Hi Everyone! I enjoyed reading this review mainly because majority is in favor for Ertiga. This is a FRONT WHEEL DRIVE right? But i haven't read one to comment on this issue. Is being a FWD really matters at all? Any opinion from anyone? Our Ertiga GL M/T Dusky Brown will arrive from Manila by first week of August this year and i'm so excited about it.
      Any info lang po in terms of driveability compared to a most common Rear Wheel Drive based on experience. Salamat po.

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    3. Hi po.

      I'm not a auto professional but what i felt when I drove my Ertiga GLX A/T was it is a very responsive vehicle. easy to maneuver specially when parking.
      smooth running yung engine. minsan nga feeling ko naka patay yung engine kapag naka stop kami during traffic.

      Hope this bit of info would help although I think it didn't :)

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    4. Hi Sir Bryan, thanks a lot po sa comment. Nakakadagdag po ng excitement kasi from the user talaga and through experience. Salamat po ulit.

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    5. Yep My Ertiga GL Manual is very responsive in corners onti lang ang under steer niya as long as you don't enter a corner too fast. Maganda handling. And the rest is just the same as what sir Bryan said.

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  26. Hi, which is better, Honda Mobilio or Ertiga?

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    1. If you just want the brand (For resale value or prestige) and you want to be more posh choose the Mobilio. It has very little to offer though and for its price range is no longer practical. It has a fair FC on Highway drives but still not better than the Ertiga's. But if you are looking for value for your money then choose the Ertiga. It has better FC than the Mobilio, Has more headroom, spacious interior for its size, very cool A/C even in hot days, looks better, bang for the buck car, despite its practicality it can compete and even outmatch more expensive vehicles in its class. Seats are very comfortable unlike the Mobilio's rather thin seats. I test driven a Mobilio and own an Ertiga.

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  27. I own a Suzuki Ertiga GL manual and I can vouch for its ride comfort and space. Allowing me and my family who's men and boys have an average height of 5'8. We are a family of two females and 6 males (My 5 year old kid included). We travelled to Bicol last April in our Ertiga and our youngest brother (5'8) took on the 3rd row with my 5yr old son. And my mom, step dad (5'11) and 3rd brother (5'10) took the middle row. While my wife sat up front beside me(5'8). At every pit stop I'd ask them for feed back and all I got were praises of how comfortable the ride was despite travelling on a full load. We were full but it was way more comfortable than being in the middle row of a Crosswind or Adventure according to my mom and brother. Then I'd ask our youngest since he chose the 3rd row. He said he felt very safe there and there were no issues regarding the space. You see the Ertiga may look cramped. But its not. It has generous space. As long as you are not really egging to look for faults in the car you'd be surprised at how comfortable all 3 rows actually are even on long road trips like the one we took. Sure it may lack power since it only has 130Nm of torque. Its Hp is decent though. For a family car 95Hp is more than enough. Horsepower is made more for speed, Although you can use a little more for safe overtaking. However there is a work around for this. I go behind the vehicle that I plan to over take first (drafting behind it helps gain momentum too), force a down shift and then initiate the over-take. This helps you get to the higher Rpms faster when you shift up. It is torque that you need to give the car more push especially when hauling 6 passengers. 180 or even just 160Nm of torque could have made it perfect. The Ertiga has got great Fuel economy both on City and Highway. Its easy to drive, very car like ride and little noise is heard at high speeds. Over-all its the perfect bang for the buck family car. Plus its very pleasing to the eyes as well. :D

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  28. I agree. Ang ganda tignan ng ertiga. I saw Ertigas from india that was posted in the net...... GRABE talaga itsura nila. Panalong panalo

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  29. Still undecided. Mobilio or ertiga?

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  30. Get an Ertiga. I own one, bought last March. The best FC so far I have computed is 18kpl mixed, 60-40 hway-city driving, FC meter says 16kpl. Very spacious.
    PROS?Nasabi na lahat ng magaganda sa itaas. at swak sa budget.
    CONS? Kating kati na akong imodify pero ayaw irisk ang warranty. hehehe

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  31. Hello sa mga Ertiga Owners. Gusto ko lang malaman kung yung mga ertiga ninyo na glx A/T e tumutunog and break kapag nagrelease from full break? Kakarelease lang nung sa akin last thursday 7/16/2015 at dinrive ng wife ko kinabukasan going to Antipolo church to bless then nung natraffic na siya full break kapag stop at kapag nirerelease niya paa niya from break pedal may tumutunog sa ilalim. Is it normal? Disturb kami e. Kasi yung first car namin ay manual transmission di naman kami nakaencounter ng ganun. Sana mabigyan ninyo kami ng advice. Sabi ng agent namin normal daw sa automatic ang tumutunog ang break kapag binibitiwan, True po ba ito? Tnx!

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    1. Yes sir ganun po talaga kapag automatic. even our previous car tumutunog kasi on the minute you switch to drive gear takbo na agad yung gulong. Its mainly on friction kaya sya natunog. Not in manual trans dahan dahan mong pinapatakbo yung gulong pag bitaw mo ng break and still holding on the clutch. isa pa you can be sure that dumidikit yung breaks mo kapag naririnig mo yun :)

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    2. When in long stop, just put the gear to neutral mode.

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  32. oo, kasi pagbitaw mo ng brake aandar na agad sya, me friction. try mo bitawan agad brake.

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  33. There was a question posted re the parts prices?

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  34. any feedback regarding parts prices? mahal o mura ba maintenance neto? I'm looking to buy one very soon and I'm thinking Ertiga, Avanza or Chevy Spin.

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  35. Drove mine last weekend. Paranaque to La Union and vise versa.(more or less 600km). Only spent 1 1/4 tank of gas, around P1,800.00++ only.
    Fuel efficient and very smooth engine even though I was running around 140kph via TPLEX :)

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  36. Choosing between ertiga GLX AT and innova J, price so close.biggest disadvantage ofcourse innova is manual. Any comment please..

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    1. Im also eyeing for innova j - but with its cheap features = manual window opening, ordinary mirror control, cheap cotton cover, etc..forget about it

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  37. Hi guys, im about to test drive ertiga glx AT on saturday - any advise on what to check for?

    And also how much is the PMS in every 10,000km?

    Any news on cost of parts?

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  38. Hi, sir Ulysses Ang thanks for this good review... just one question, would you know if the A/T variant is more fuel efficient than the M/T variant? thanks

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  39. Ertiga Owner here... ang galing.. ang tipid.. swabe.. sabi nga nila ... bang for the buck..lamig nang aircon.. Nissan like!

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  40. Grand Avanza coming ba to sa pinas

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  41. Interested sa ertiga but grand avanza already out. Hope suzuki considers to lower its price or bank interest to be more competitive. Otherwise avanza will continue to rule. Grand Avanza looks good.

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    1. I definitely agree. Ertiga will not stand a chance against grand avanza now with an improved engine performance. Ertiga users are now experiencing aircon problem and engine performance similar to mr ulysses turbo lag. Will be waiting for an improved ertiga in terms of performance and price.

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    2. the new avanza is still sluggish to drive. nice FC though. but in the zigzags, you can feel the understeer. and when you are seated at the back, yo can feel the hardness of the suspension.

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  42. On paper, the new grand avanza's engine doesn't score much against the likes of mobilio, spin and ertiga. It still uses the body on frame design, identical to its predecessor as well as its roots the daihatsu xenia.

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    1. Maraming taga Funeraria na gumagamit sila ng Ertiga na ginagawang Karo ng Patay!!

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  43. My Ertiga GL is now 1-yr old. I have no issues so far even if it is a front wheel drive. Uphill drive with all 7 passengers on board is not problem at all. Just practice good driving techniques when overtaking and cornering. Drives like a sedan. My FC is 12.7km/l (ave.), at 13400km mileage. Never regreted my decision to choose the Ertiga instead of the Avanza.

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  45. Phase-out na daw ang GL sa Pilipinas? Di na available.

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    1. sbe nung agent q and i confirmd s ibng agents, dme daw demand kaya nauubusan stocks, by sept oct dating nung mga unit.. nway nagpareserv n q. any idea s FC ng gl mt?

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  46. @lala: my Ertiga GL is a M/T. I reset my FC counter 2 weeks ago. We should do this on a regular basis to get a more accurate reading. The FC has improved a bit and climbed to 14.1 km/li. I hope the other Ertiga owners would also post their Ertiga observations here, for everybody's information. Happy motoring.

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  47. Maraming taga Funeraria ang gusto bumili ng Ertiga para gawing Karo ng Patay!

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  48. Guys, any news on Ertiga 2015 Facelift launch date?
    Regards to all

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  50. I am planning to buy Ertiga GLX this coming February, any news regarding with the FC both in city drive and high way? Thanks!

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  51. Kelan po lalabas sa pinas yung ertiga 2016 model?

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  52. Ertiga with good fc but uncomfortable legroom or mobilio with comfortable legroom but not as good as ertiga's fuel consumption?

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  53. Anu ba mas OK? Ertiga, Mobilio or Spin? Help!

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    1. Got my ertiga few weeks ago. Worth it. :) Spin, masikip sa likod. Thanks for the comment though.,

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  54. I was decided to get ertiga gl, everything was set, nkapag pareserve sep 29 plang nakapili na ng kulay, the 3 days bago ko kunin yung unit tapos boom, sabi ng ahente di daw mapprove yung 30k discount ko, ksi nga cash ako, ang sabi yung reserved unit sa akin sunuloy daw ng branch manager at binigay sa iba, kya ngayun wala tuloy sira ang discarte, 712k vs 746k toyota grand avanza? What do you think guys,?since bad experience na sa kanila I hope di ako bibiguin ni toyota.

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  55. I'am not on any side of Mobilio or Ertiga. (Coz im a Mazda guy) But Why does the new face lifted Ertiga look like a Mobilio?

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  56. @JV Hidalga : That's means Mobilio grille design is good than Avanza

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  57. hi guys, ask q lang, my ertiga is 1 week old, no question about d performance, but, may npansin q s paint, granite grey color. den prang may mantsa bakat n prang buffing n nagffade if titigan. medyo malki ang cover especially s hood.. normal b un, nireport q den icheck nlng daw s 1st pms... tbnx

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  59. I got my ertiga GLX the other day, napansin ko 300 plus na ung milage so i asked the dealer then he said na maybe ni landtrip nila ung unit from davao kasi dun sila kumukuha ng stocks ng unit pag nauubusan sila.. is it normal? Pwede ba ako mg complain about jan? Pra kasing unfair sa akin na nagamit na nila ung unit beforehand. Pls pa advice po. Tnx.

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  60. Ireport mo yan. Imbes na ikaw ang makaka-una sa sasakyan mo, ginamit na ng iba. I'll get my Ertiga within this week! Namimili lang ako ng dealer with best offer, :) Goodluck

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  61. Hi guys! Ertiga lady here, Im very contented with my GL Ertiga 2mos. young but daily use and I observed a 13km/l city driving, especially full tank wow mas tipid! So go guys own one, too!

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  62. May i ask the owners of Ertiga: Can the Third Row seats be completely removed from the car? I ask because We are a family of four and the third row will never be used. But to just fold the third row inorder to get a bigger rear storage means the second row passengers will be cramped as the second row has to be moved forward before the 3rd row can be completely folded down. If the third row can be completely removed, so that the 2nd row does not need to move forward, then this is a car I will seriously look into to own.

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    1. itried to remove d head rest of third row den folded it. better space for 2nd row... ithnk it can be dessmble if u want to. btw 2nd row seats are movable compare to other car models

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  63. Sir, ask ko lang which is better with ertiga and adventure, in case sa area namin mas madami ang uphill/downhill so medyo undecided ako which sa dalwa ang kunin ko, planning to have 1 by jan or feb of 2016

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  64. Mga sir/mam, subok na matibay po kaya ang makina ng Suzuki? at kayang tumagal katulad ng sa Toyota at Mitsubishi? May nakapagsabi po sakin na sirain daw po ang makina. Isinama ko po kasi sa pinagpipilian ko itong Ertiga. Salamat po!

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    1. Ang sasakyan, o kahit ano pa mang gamit yan, magtatagal kung aalagaan. Kung baros o abusado ka sa paggamit ng sasakyan, kahit pa ma Toyota o Mitsubishi pa yan, mas maiksi ang service life nya.

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  65. mga sir,may pag kakaiba ba ang ertiga ga manual sa ertiga gl manual when it comes to performance?I have ga manual.

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  67. Good day. May I ask yung ginamit ang Ertiga sa pag akyat sa Baguio, any problem on the aircon of Ertiga, hindi ba mainit? Then have you tried loading 3 containers of mineral water na tag 20 liters at the back of Ertiga? na as ease yung mga upuan walang i fold masara ba cya?? Hope you will reply kasi am planning to buy this Ertiga at di maiwasan bibili tayo ng mineral water. Then kung 3 ang uupo sa likud? hindi na talaga kasya? please i need honest reply. thank you..

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    1. Hi. I haven't tried mine to baguio. But I tried loading it 500kg bananas. It can still run up to 120kph at slex. All seats except front seats were knocked down to accommodate all my load.

      Surely po mas ma bigat yun compared to mineral water. Hope it helps :)

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  68. gud day! planning to buy avanza 1.3 j kase mura sya, pero nakita ko tong ertiga at naimpress ako lalo na sa reviews dito. ang issue ko nlng po eh regarding sa maintenance nya, ung parts po ba if nagkaprob, madali po ba hanapin at d ba masyado mahal katulad ng sa toyota na pwede bilhin sa sari sari store hehe thank u in advance :)

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  70. Recommended po ba ang ertiga glx a/t from tagaytay- Laguna drive everyday?

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    1. Ok naman po wag ka lang ma traffic from Laguna to tagaytay. Kasi malakas sa gas dahil naka inclined ka. Grabe pa naman mag traffic sa tagaytay.

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  71. planning to own a car this december or january MPV. avanza j or ertiga ga, maganda ang ertiga na in love ako pero one thing lang ang di ako komportable being a front wheel drive like sedan. what about at load on uphill like going to baguio, mag skid ba gulong nyan sa mga matarik na kalsada ng baguio? help me nanman to decide to those experienced owners of ertiga. thanks

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  72. Was a little bit hesitant buying Ertiga Dusky Brown! OMG, I could have regretted my whole life: so elegant, so smooth on the road, so comfortable, etc. etc..... Had a little test drive , you may call it , at caliraya when suddenly we saw a sister ertiga dusky brown and the whole family kept on waving at us, smiling as tho we already know each other. Kapuso na pala sila, kapamilya pa! Thanks Suzuki!

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  73. Hi! When is thew new facelifted Ertiga coming?

    Will it have the SHVS variant when it comes?

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  74. OK po ba ang durability ng Suzuki? Maganda to at hindi pa mahal. May mga nagsasabi lang na hindi maganda ang Suzuki although I think those comments just come from people who havent actually owned a Suzuki. OK sana pang hatid sundo sa school, lalo na dahil matipid according to actual owners.

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  75. binasa ko lahat ng comment.. magaganda ang feedback..wala lang sumagot, kung mahal ba ang piyesa ng suzuki ertiga kung sakaling magkaroon ng problema?.. syempre darating ang panahon na kelangan mo din sya ipagawa.. thanks..

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    1. Same here, wala talaga sumagot regarding sa parts? Hmmmmm...nakakaintriga

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    2. Mura lang parts niyan almost same sa swift, wala replacement all orig.

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    3. Mura lang parts niyan almost same sa swift, wala replacement all orig.

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    4. That is really the big question as far as the Suzuki Ertiga GLX 2016 model is concerned, the availability of the parts. The above anonymous feedback said that "parts are cheap and almost the same as the Swift", however, the main issue is, is it readily available both in the Suzuki After Sales Service Centers or better yet, in the auto parts shops within the metro? The thing is, an associate who once visited a Suzuki Auto Dealer, which, at the same time, sells parts had a talk with one of its customers who was waiting for his Ertiga part(s) for a month already. The guy said that Suzuki is taking so much time in delivering for the part to arrive from abroad.

      I believe it would really be difficult to be provided with an immediate feedback on this concern because frankly speaking, a brand new car would need car part(s) replacement usually after 5 years of running it. Unlike the spare/replacement parts of the more common brand such as Toyota Innova or Avanza, for that matter, whose parts are mostly in the shelves both in the Toyota Dealership Stores and in corner Auto Parts Supply Stores, as well.

      That is why my predicament now is either get the Suzuki Ertiga GLX 2016 (Ertiga top of the line variant at 918K) which is a thousand bucks cheaper than the Toyota Innova J (which is, sad to say, only an entry variant under the Innova Model at 919K). The Ertiga GLX, which is, as I have said, top of the line but might have issues on spare parts later or the Toyota Innova J model, an entry variant but true, until now, to have an enormous after sales choice of parts readily available both in Toyota Dealerships as well as in most "over the corner" Auto Shops in Metro Manila and in nearby provinces.

      That said, which should a rational and practical new car buyer should choose?

      I give back the answer to you through your feedback.

      Good day and good luck in your quest for a new car.

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    5. This might also be the reason why even the Author of this thread could not directly answer your concern over the spare parts availability of the Suzuki Ertiga. Sounds reasonable, indeed!

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  76. I, for one, cannot answer that question directly because it is only been a year and I haven't replaced a single part (except the oil filter of course). Most Ertigas on the road are probably still under warranty too, so you will just have to wait for a while in order to get answered for prices in Philippine Peso. Or, you can read Indian Posts and make exchange rate conversion.

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  77. Im planning to upgrade my eon to mpv like avanza or ertiga, so malaking tulong po mga nabasa ko kc gusto ko tlga ertiga, pero verify ko po kung kaya po ba iakyat ng baguio ang GLX A/T puno ang sakay? salamat in advance

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  78. Karamhihan cguro ng mga Ertiga owners ay gustong-gusto din malaman ang sagot sa tanong mo, mapa A/T or M/T man and transmission type. Ang akin ay GL M/T at umukyat ako sa Bagiuo last month. Lima lahat ang sakay at folded and 3rd row seat dahil marami kaming dalang mga gamit. Wala akong naging problema, kahit na sa mga tarik na makikipot na daan. Kayang-kaya ng Ertiga ang Bagiuo. Dapat lang, di matatakotin ang driver (at pasahero) sa mga matatarik na lusong at ahon o mga challenging na mga manuevers. Kilangan ang good driving techniques kung M/T. Mas madali cguro ang driving conditions kung sa Ertiga A/T. Hope that helps.

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  79. Hi sir can you confirm if this really has an audio aux in?

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  80. no aux in. but you can buy a bluetooth dongle sa cdrking for only P180 para ma-play mo mga music sa cellphone.

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  81. Am planning to buy GL M/T this month. May i ask the owners who had this for more than a year now. How's the performance, aircon and engine? Was it still the same as when you first got your unit? Did you have any regrets? Thanks po.

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    1. Bought mine in oct 2014. We just came back from our trip to Baguio. GL unit namin. Nothing has changed and i have no regrets. Ok sha idrive sa mga narrow roads and responsive ung handling parang swift.

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  82. I am also an ertiga owner so far okay naman po kaso dun sa fc ko po pinaka tipid ko is 10.3kpl base po yan sa gauge ko anyone suggestion para mas makatipid po?tia

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  83. I am also an ertiga owner so far okay naman po kaso dun sa fc ko po pinaka tipid ko is 10.3kpl base po yan sa gauge ko anyone suggestion para mas makatipid po?tia

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  84. Helllo Andrew. What is your odometer reading? Your fc will stabilize at around 18000km. Follow the instructions in the manual for proper break-in procedure.

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  85. Ung gl po ba keyless entry na ska ung steering wheel ba fultifunctional..ty

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  86. Sige sir check ko po salamat sir sir safe din ba magpalagay ng alarm and power lock sa mga unauthorize dealer ng suzuki tia

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  87. Hi all. I bought my ertiga gl just last month and I'm monitoring my fuel consumption meter. Nag tataka lang po ako bat di ko naman nakukuha ung 16 kpl sa average ko. Pinaka mataas ko lang is 11.8 kpl. Totoo po bang matipid ang ertiga?

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    1. try to reset your fc meter. try to reset it every week or every time you fill up gas

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  88. on Suzuki's site they've just listed the new Ertiga.

    Looking forward for your review Sir Ulysses.

    http://suzuki.com.ph/auto/ertiga-mc/

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  89. Walang ABS yung bagong Ertiga GL :(

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    1. yes. but the 3rd seat are now more versatile, nice touch screen head unit with a lot of features(usb,ipod,gps navigation, bluetooth connection) they also upgraded the car's speakers. electronically foldable side mirrors, power lock on doors and windows. still bang for the buck family car

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  91. Boss sorry to bother you. We're planning of buying Ertiga. may nakita po kasi kami model 2015 pero ang mileage is nasa 2k pa lang. parang repossess sya. Ok ba po ang performance ng Ertiga? May nabasa ako may problema sa shifting ng gear? at matipid ba po sa gas? pasensya na po sa abala. Thanks in advance.

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    1. I think you can read the review above. To quote:

      "Powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with 95 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque, pushing a 1,190-kilogram frame shouldn’t be an issue. However, because of the engine’s peaky nature, you’ll need to rev it hard just to get some decent pace going. Off the line, it feels quick, but as the speedometer climbs, progress noticeably gets slower. As the Ertiga hits 40, 50, 60 km/h, it loses steam. It feels most sluggish in the critical 50-80 km/h range—the so-called overtaking zone. Once you pass this, the Ertiga will gain second wind and power will come back on again."

      This is with the 4AT. Suzuki Philippines doesn't have a 5MT test drive unit as far as I know. Never experienced any problem shifting gears with the 4AT, only the response could be better.

      As for fuel mileage? It's also indicated above. It's about the same as the Mobilio and Avanza in the city. The Mobilio will gain the advantage once you go highway.

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  92. i am planning to buy the ertiga gl model car which has a mileage of 21K already. What can you advice? ASAP please>

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    1. Under normal condition, the average distance a car travels in a year is 20,000 km. So check the acquisition date of the Ertiga. Also check the car's maintenance booklet to see if the owner religiously followed the maintenance schedule. Ask a mechanic friend who is knowledgeable in these things to come with you to inspect the car. You should, of course, take it for a spin to feel its power, get the status of the suspension, feel and test the air-conditioner, among others. I will advise you too to have the car lifted to examine the condition of the under chassis. Your mechanic should know how to check the engines's condition. Good luck.

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  94. we got this( the manual version) for family use 4months ago... kung practical ka like budget conscious eh dito ka na. :) as what i always tell dun sa friends ko hindi ito high tech pero for me ito ang tinatawag na good deal hehehe yung matitipid mong pera pwede mong i budget na pang paganda I really recommend this :) proud owner --- ERTIGA DUSKY BROWN GL MT

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  95. The new 2016 Ertiga is a head turner. The front grill is so cool looking and the rear lights and chrome makes it better looking than the Mobilio.

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  96. Gud Pm mga boss tanung ko lang po f ano po talaga ang fuel consumption sa Suzuki Ertiga A/T? Kc nakakuha po kami just ds Tues. June 14 ng SuZuki Ertiga GX A/T 2016 Model at panay check ko po sa Average consumption nya at always 5.8kl/l - 6.3kl/l lang ang aabotin nya sa City Driving. I tot kc na 10-12kl/L ang consumption na according sa mga feedbacks na nabasa n narinig ko sa Suzuki Dealer mismo.

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  97. Kung bagong bago pa pala ang unit mo, natural lang talaga na medyo mataas pa ang fc nya. Di pa naman kasi fully honed ang mga rubbing surfaces. Kaya sabi sa manual na you should vary your speed while driving during the break-in period. Expect mo mag improve ang fc every change oil.

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  98. planning to buy ertiga gl 2016. read all the reviews but no replies about the availability ng parts. is it true na it will takes a month or two to get spare parts especially parts from the engine from service center? pls respond asap...tnx a lot.

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  99. no reply about the spare parts availability. is it true that it will takes a month or two to get spare parts from service center esp parts from the engine? pls respond asap..tnx a lot

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    1. got into an accident on april 23..filed for insurance claim the following days..submitted it to my dealer and they submit it to my insurer..dealers will have to wait for the approval before ordering the parts..(fender and side mirror).i waited 2 mos for the parts..and it took 1 week for zuzuzki to install them..so i guess if its engine parts that youll be needing youll be in for a much longer wait..

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  100. sir, anong difference ng GL 1.4 AT and MT in terms of FC niya?
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  101. A working mom with 2 kids here.. Just saw the Ertiga yesterday and i fell in love with it! modern and stylish na sya compared sa Avanza. Nice dashboard. spacious sa likod and mataas sya compared sa Mobilio. super sulit for a family car plus yung GL model is navi/gps ready na. my agent offered me pa a free back up camera on top of all the freebies. im planning to switch to this car though i was approved na sa honda city :)

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  102. Hi. Going 4 months Ertiga red glx a/t user here. The only problem I have today is the car's paint at the back portion where the S logo is located. Half of that panel is faded! Dang, I didn't notice it before receiving the car! Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue?

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  103. Sana pp may sumagot as it pisses me off everytime I see it. ;(

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  104. Hi. Going 4 months Ertiga red glx a/t user here. The only problem I have today is the car's paint at the back portion where the S logo is located. Half of that panel is faded! Dang, I didn't notice it before receiving the car! Any suggestions on how to resolve this issue?
    Sana po may sumagot as it pisses me off everytime I see it. ;(

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  105. Considering that it is only 4-month old, the paint job is still covered by warranty. Just bring it back to your dealer and file a warranty claim.

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  106. Kamusta aircon performance when fully loaded and the 12 noon sun?

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    1. Tanung ko lang po anu pagkakaiba ng GA GL at GLX pinakamura po kasi ang GA nila.

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    2. Tanung ko lang po anu pagkakaiba ng GA GL at GLX pinakamura po kasi ang GA nila.

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  107. Patulong nmn pano kaya gagana ung tv nung head unit ko Ertiga glx at..android ung unit nya Tapos my tv n dn pero d ko mapagana..thanks guys

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  108. Patulong nmn pano kaya gagana ung tv nung head unit ko Ertiga glx at..android ung unit nya Tapos my tv n dn pero d ko mapagana..thanks guys

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  109. Tanung ko labg po anu pagkakaiba ng GA GL at GLx..plan ko po kasi bumili and GA ung pinakamura.thanks

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  110. Guys baka may maka sagot kung magkano usually ang maintenance, service charge at spare parts na common sa Ertiga? Ex. Engine Oil, Transmission oil (A/T), Brake pads, etc. Pagnagka problema ba madali kayang hanapin ang spare parts nito or kailangan mong i order at hintayin sa casa? Importante rin kasi ang aftersales services nila. Baka may experience po kayo paki share naman. Salamat

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  111. hi
    just to let you know ..suzuki all cars are best fuel efficient.And in Ertiga is best in its class..Do not hesitate to buy.My friend has one he is very happy.

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  112. Ask ko lng mga sir.san ba assemble ang mga bagong labas suzuki ertiga.sa thailand ba o s india.

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  113. Ask lng dn okay po ba ang ertiga sa rough road

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