The Shark Inspired Marazzo takes on the LUV….

The style quotient

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Third time’s the charm and Mahindra proves it right. After rolling out oddballs such as Xylo and TUV300, Mahindra seems to have finally cracked the pseudo SUV-MUV styling. The Marazzo looks quite well with a tipped forward stance and a short stubby bonnet. Mahindra has gone all out with the design though encompassing a bit too much on the “Shark” inspiration (Even its website buffer is a shark swimming…!). The side profile has cuts and creases all over the place which is cool but makes it look a little too cluttered. The ‘shark’ features do work nice in this car though the disproportionately large tail lamps split opinion.

Mahindra Marazzo vs Maruti Ertiga spec comparison

The Ertiga has a conventional MUV profile but with the bling factor dialled up to max. The large detailed headlamps, the chrome bathed grille and the butch nose all give this car serious road presence. It also gets a kink near the blackened C-pillar for a floating roof effect. Seems to be the new popular style trend….(See marazzo). The C-shaped tail lamps are the USP of this car and make the rear look more interesting.

Mahindra Marazzo vs Maruti Ertiga spec comparison

Pricing and trims

Maruti has once again managed to defy all odds and has priced the Ertiga starting at a mouth-watering 8.84 Lakh. Even with the Mild Hybrid system, Maruti has somehow managed to keep the costs very tight. Skipping out on certain styling features also has helped the price. Though the price is introductory only and will be increased in a couple of months, it is still irresistible!

The standard set of features across all variants include-

  • AC
  • Power steering
  • Power windows
  • ABS with EBD brake assists
  • Dual airbags (driver and passenger)
  • Rear parking sensors (!!)
  • LED tail lamps
  • Projector headlamps
Lxi 8.84 Lakhs The standard set of features mentioned above; Some styling features such as body coloured ORVMs and door handles are given a skip to keep costs low
Vxi 9.56 Lakhs Audio systems with bluetooth, AUX ,USB connectivity, steering mounted controls and remote keyless entry  make up for the additional 72K; 2nd row now gets a dedicated AC and charger ports
Zxi 10.39 Lakhs The dash finally gets the wood finish; Other notable additions include the alloy wheels, fog lamps and charger ports for the 3rd row
Zxi+ 10.9 Lakhs Only for those who want the 7″ touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple Carplay and the cool voice command controls

 

The Marazzo clearly has more tech of the two. But it still manages to keep the base variant within 10 lakh. The first two variants are bare bones models with only basic features to keep the costs low. Only on the final two variants, does the Mahindra unleash all features in its arsenal, of which many of them are segment firsts. Also you can opt for an 8 seater for an additional 5K on the M2, M4 and M6 variants.

The standard set of features for all variants-

  • AC (front, 2nd and 3rd row)
  • Power steering
  • Power windows
  • ABS with EBD brake assists
  • Dual airbags (driver and passenger)
  • Scuff plates
  • Turn indicators on ORVMs
M2 9.9 Lakhs Here too, in mind with keeping the costs low, the audio systems, projector headlights and the alloy wheels are omitted
M4 10.95 Lakhs Only gets the audio system, bluetooth connectivity and wheel hub caps for the 1L premium
M6 12.4 Lakhs The stunning piano black finished steering wheel with integrated audio controls and the shark tooth alloy wheels improve the aestheic quotient of the car; The touchscreen and infotainment package are provided along with navigation, remote keyless entry and rear parking sensors; Emergency call features are also on board
M8 13.9 Lakhs Brimming with features such as LEDs, 17 inch alloys, a rear parking camera, voice command controls, Android Auto, Apple Carplay,  Climate control, Cruise control and a cooled glove box

 

Interiors

The Marazzo has a proper premium looking dashboard. The colour scheme is the conventional dual tone black-beige but the piano black finish gives it a luxurious touch. Overall the dash is more like a hatch, with the gear lever placed on the dashboard itself.

The glossy dual tone cabin of Marazzo

Meanwhile, the Ertiga too has several classy bits like the smooth flowing wood finish, the floating touchscreen and silver finished door locks. The floating touchscreen really looks cool. What really lets it down is the dull rectangular air vents that feels like they were lifted from the old tata sumo.

Smooth flowing dash seems to be inspired from Mercedes!

The acid test- space

Space is the prime determinant for cars of this segment. Mahindra has clearly focussed on this, with lots of stowage options (8 cupholders and 4 door pockets) on the car. The seats are superbly finished in leather with good all round support. The first and second row seats can slide and recline. The last row, usually relegated to only kids, has enough space for adults also. The 3rd row seats can also be easily accessed via a one touch tumble button. Cargo volume is the lowest of the segment at 190 litres with all the seats up, but fold the 2nd and 3rd rows and you get a massive 1055 litres.

The ertiga’s previous weakness has been its space which has been primarily addressed now. The car has grown in every dimension and it clearly shows inside. The 3rd row, the Achilles heel for many a MUV, has decent space and the seats in here recline too. Boot space is at 209 litres, expandable upto 803 litres. The ertiga also gets charger ports at every row, cooled cupholders and large door pockets. It does miss out a 3rd row AC.

Powertrain

The Ertiga comes with the omnipresent 1.3 litre Fiat sourced Multijet engine. The bumped up 88.50Hp power and 200Nm torque is still a tad underpowered for a car of this size. The engine is nowhere as refined as the Marazzo and turbo lag is also present. But what gives the edge is the excellent fuel economy it offers (25.47kmpl) and the good performance in the mid-range.

Maruti’s effort to bring the mild hybrid tech to the masses has paid off well. Eventhough hybrids now attract more taxes (post GST), Maruti has taken the bold step and continues to offer mild hybrid Ciaz and Ertiga. The tech comprises of regenerative braking, start-stop system and torque boost. Though not much, it still is a transition from the conventional engines. Hope other OEMs follow Maruti’s move to bring in more hybrids.

Speaking of hybrids, Mahindra was the first one to introduce the micro hybrid tech to India via the Scorpio. But it still hasn’t been implemented in its other models. The Marazzo only comes with a new diesel 1.5 L engine which delivers 123Hp and 300Nm. It does get an eco-mode to boost the mileage by numbing down the power. The engine has enough grunt to pull the vehicle cleanly from as low as 1500rpm. It struggles a bit in the high ends, but offers a smooth operation overall.

Mahindra Marazzo vs Maruti Ertiga spec comparison

Both these cars offer excellent value for money at their respective price points. The feature rich Marazzo has a smooth engine and quality interiors, but is hampered by the lack of a petrol unit and an automatic version, both of which are promised in the future. Until then Maruti clearly enjoys the upper hand with the brand new 1.5 L petrol unit and the automatic on its cards. Though both of these cars are positioned below the Innova, they surely will make a dent into its sales. The MUV segment hasn’t seen big launches in a couple of years but these two have what it takes to make the segment lively once again.

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