Mahindra launched its all-new MPV, the Marazzo is September this year. This was soon followed by the launch of one of its primary rivals, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, in November. Although the Marazzo is priced at a slight premium over the Ertiga, it is a bigger vehicle as well. But how does it compare to the more affordable Maruti when it comes to space and comfort on the inside?
Before we find out, Let’s first have a look at their exterior dimensions.
The Mahindra Marazzo is longer, wider and taller than the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga by a substantial margin. The wheelbase too is longer, but the difference is not as big as other measurements. The Ertiga, however, offers more boot space with the third row folded up.
The Marazzo trumps the Ertiga in terms of front legroom and knee room by a margin. Folks with long legs will definitely find the Marazzo’s front seat more easy on their legs. But at the same time, the Ertiga regains lost ground with a longer seat base length. The additional 25mm offered in the Ertiga’s seats should make for better under-thigh support for the driver and front passenger. When it comes to headroom, both MPVs are on par with each other.
The Marazzo’s 7-seater version comes with captain seats in the middle, unlike the bench seat on offer on the Ertiga. That said, the Marazzo is also available with a bench in the second row. Since we only had the 7-seater Marazzo with us for this comparison, here’s how both MPVs differ.
The second-row shoulder room in the Ertiga is quite far behind the Marazzo, and this effect is amplified as only two people sit in the second row of the 7-seater Marazzo. The headroom offered in the Marazzo is marginally more and only tall occupants will be able to tell the difference. The Marazzo offers captain seats, each 540mm wide. The Ertiga’s second row is meant for three and has a seat base width of 1270mm. The Marazzo’s seat base length is 10mm less than on the Ertiga. This results in lesser under-thigh support for second-row occupants.
It’s when we get to the knee room that things get interesting. The Marazzo’s minimum knee room is better than the Ertiga. However, the Maruti has more maximum knee room than the Mahindra. With the second-row seats pulled completely to the front to make more room for third-row occupants, the Marazoo offers more leg space for passengers in the second row. As a result, middle row passengers will feel comfier in the Marazzo than in the Ertiga.
The shoulder room offered in the third row of the Ertiga is miles ahead of the Marazzo. Although the seat base width of the Ertiga is less in the last row, it only has to seat two compared to three passengers in the Marazzo. The captain seats in the second row of the Marazzo return to haunt it now.
The headroom offered in the third row of the Marazzo is 30mm more. But the Ertiga’s third-row seat is positioned higher than the Marazzo’s by 55mm, giving passengers a better seating position overall. The seat base length is also more in the Ertiga, offering better under-thigh support.
The minimum knee room offered in the Ertiga is marginally less than the Marazzo, but it is the other way around in the case of maximum knee room. With the second-row seats positioned forward, third-row passengers will have more leg space in the Ertiga.
The first row is a bit of a mixed bag. While tall occupants will find the Marazzo’s first row a better fit, the Ertiga offers more under-thigh support, making it more comfortable for longer journeys.
The second row of the Marazzo is more luxurious, primarily because of the captain seats offered in the 7-seater variant. If you’re going to be driven around more often, pick this variant of the Marazzo. Also, if you’re buying the MPV for carrying not more than four people, the Marazzo will feel more luxurious and comfortable with its 2+2+3 configuration.
However, when it comes to the third row, the Marazzo takes a backseat as the Ertiga leads in shoulder room, seat base length and seat base height from the floor. The Ertiga will be a better buy if you drive the car yourself and are often accompanied by five people. In this case, you’ll always be using the third row (2+2+2 configuration), and passengers in the third row are likely to thank you for buying the Ertiga rather than the Marazzo.