hard it doesn’t sound harsh. The key advantage the Ertiga has though is its weight. At 1,235kg, it weighs a full 565kg less than the Xylo, so though it has a massive power deficit, the lack of weight means it never feels underpowered. The Ertiga’s lighter clutch and slicker gearbox also mean you don’t need too much effort to change gears in town. Thanks to its huge weight advantage, the Ertiga manages to set very competitive acceleration times. The 0-100kph sprint takes 14.28sec, which is only 1.3 seconds off the Xylo’s. In-gear times of 11.14sec for 20-80kph in third and 12.71sec for 40-100kph in fourth are a bit slower too.
Maruti Ertiga ZDi HHH
Engine performance is decent but the massive throttle lag below 2000rpm makes it a bit irritating at low speeds.
Mahindra Xylo E9 HHHH
2.2 litre 120bhp motor is an eager performer and is fuel efficient too. Refinement falls short of the Ertiga though.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The Ertiga is based on the Swift platform which means it has a car-like monocoque construction, unlike the Xylo’s more rudimentary ladder-on-frame construction. This makes the body more rigid and the low centre of gravity helps it corner well. This gives the Ertiga car-like driving dynamics and you can drive it quite briskly. The soft suspension means the low-speed ride is plush and even as speeds increase, the Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels solid. There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces, but it never gets uncomfortable. The Ertiga’s suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that there is a mild thud from the suspension.
The steering offers good feedback and is light enough at city speeds. Manoeuvrability too is terrific and this is one of the USPs of the Ertiga. Despite the soft setup, body roll through corners is well controlled, and once you get used to the Ertiga’s size, it gives you the confidence to push it as much as you would a saloon. In the ride and handling department, the Ertiga easily pips the rather crude Xylo.
The Mahindra is based on a beefy chassis like the Bolero’s. It is