Nissan Evalia Vs Maruti Ertiga- Which Is Better MPV?


Nissan has launched the much awaited Nissan Evalia MPV in India and has kept the pricing competitive enough. To draw a conclusion on how justified the pricing of Evalia is, we have done a couple of comparisons of the same versus the competition such as Xylo and Innova. These cars will face a cut throat fight with the Evalia, but there is one more car which is ahead of the league and is doing pretty well. We are talking about Maruti Ertiga which is the best selling car in this segment and if Evalia really wants to attract better sales, it will have to outperform the Ertiga, so lets look at the battle of Nissan Evalia VS Maruti Ertiga.

Nissan Evalia Vs Maruti Ertiga

Exterior Comparison

Let us begin with the Evalia. The design is very catchy with sleek headlamps, a nice overall profile and a stocky build. The body looks simple and has the relevant character lines. The mildly flared wheel arches look pleasant and the rear looks elegant too, though it has a very simple design. A unique feature of the car is the sliding rear doors, which earlier were seen on cars such as Omni, Eeco, Versa and the like.

The Ertiga looks more like the Ritz from the front, while the rear gets an all new design that looks great. Even the Ertiga has flared wheel arches and a strong shoulder line imparting a sporty appeal. If you go by the looks, the Ertiga could seem better to you as it looks more like a personal vehicle than a commercial vehicle. The Evalia, though designed brilliantly, lacks that look.

Nissan Evalia MPV Dimensions

  • Length – 4400 mm
  • Height – 1880 mm
  • Width – 1690 mm
  • Wheelbase – 2725mm (95mm longer than the Nissan X-TRAIL)

Maruti Ertiga LUV Dimensions

  • Length: 4265mm
  • Width: 1695 mm
  • Height 1685 mm
  • Wheel Base: 2740 mm

Comparing the height and length of the two, the Evalia is significantly longer and taller, however the width and wheelbase of the two are at par.

Interiors Comparison

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Evalia’s interior design is different and more practical I would say and the utilization of space is next to perfect. The dashboard is styled differently from other Nissan products and despite being huge enough, it looks sleek and compact. Some of the highlighting features are cup holders on either side, a dashboard mounted gear stick, a simple center console, Dual Airbags on front seats (except for base XE variant), Disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear, ABS and EBD with Brake Assist, Engine Immobilizer, Rear AC Vents on XL and XV trims , Rear Monitor Camera on top end XV, 2 Din Integrated Audio system with AM/ FM/ CD support, Central Locking system and Keyless entry, Power Steering, Tilt adjust power steering, Tables at the back of front seats, Alloy wheels on XV trim and many more.

Maruti Ertiga LUV Interiors

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image – Maruti Ertiga Interiors

Ertiga and the next generation Dzire and Swift are a major improvement over the previous models both in terms of quality and fit& finish. The Ertiga not only feels better on the inside, but impresses us as well. Some of the highlighting features of the car are dual tone interiors, ABS (LDI only), Manual AC, Engine Immobilizer, Power Steering, Internally adjustable ORVM (Manual), Accessory Socket, 60/40 Spilt seats (2nd Row seats with seat slide), Tilt Steering, Retractable cup holder, Body coloured bumpers, Low fuel warning lamp, Door Lock canceller(front), Twin AC, Security alarm system (Door+ Hood), Tachometer, Front Fog Lamp, Audio+CD+USB, Speakers(FRX2+RRX2), Seat back pocket(Co-driver side), Rear Centre Armrest(w/o cup holder), Front & Rear Power windows, Driver ‘s side power window auto down,  Coloured outside door handles & ORVM, Remote Keyless entry, ORVM Mounted turn indicators etc.

Engine Comparison

Nissan Evalia Engine Specifications

  • 1.5 Litre turbocharged K9K Diesel Engine
  • Peak Power of 85 BHP @ 3750 RPM
  • Peak Torque of 200 Nm @1900 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • Fuel Mileage of around 19.30 KMPL as per ARAI tests
  • Kerb Weight of 1426 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio 59.6 BHP per 1000 kg

Maruti Ertiga LUV Diesel Engine

  • 1.3 litre turbocharged DDIS engine
  • Max power of 90 BHP @ 4000 RPM
  • Max torque of 200 Nm @ 1750 RPM
  • ARAI certified mileage of 20.77 KMPL
  • 5 speed manual transmission
  • Kerb weight of 1240 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 72 BHP per 1000 kg

The Evalia has a bigger engine 1.5 litre engine that puts out 85 BHP of power and 200 Nm of torque. Contrastingly the Ertiga’s smaller 1.3 litre engine delivers the same amount of torque but better overall power of 90 BHP. The fuel efficiency figure of both the cars is very close, with Ertiga being better.

Performance & Handling

If we talk about sprinting on a straight road, Ertiga will do better than Evalia, thanks to the former’s 72 BHP power to weight ratio. In terms of handling and suspension both the cars are good, but the Ertiga is slightly better as an overall package.

Price And Value For Money

Nissan Evalia Prices Ex-Showroom Delhi are as follows:

  • Nissan Evalia XE is priced at Rs.8.49 Lakhs
  • Nissan Evalia XE+ is priced at Rs. 8.92 Lakhs
  • Nissan Evalia XL is priced at Rs. 9.49 Lakhs
  • Nissan Evalia XV is priced at Rs. 9.99 Lakhs

Maruti Ertiga Price Ex-Showroom Delhi

  • Maruti Ertiga LDI is priced at Rs.7.30 lakhs
  • Maruti Ertiga VDI is priced at Rs.7.95 lakhs
  • Maruti Ertiga ZDI is priced at Rs.8.60 lakhs

Pricing is one area where Maruti is always ahead of the competition. The Ertiga’s pricing starts at 7.3 lakhs and culminates at 8.6 lakhs. On the other hand, the Evalia way too pricier as the base model starts at 8.5 lakhs (10k less than the top end Ertiga ZDI) and ends at 9.99 lakhs. If you consider the features only, I would say both the cars are at par as they offer almost similar features. In fact the Evalia is just a little better than the Ertiga as it offers more comfortable seating, third row AC and others. But as per the pricing, the Ertiga is a better car and offers more value for money.

Car Blog India Verdict– Nissan Evalia Vs Maruti Ertiga

Well the Evalia is better in space and comfort and drives really well in city. The Ertiga is sportier, fuel efficiency, a tad more powerful and more value for money. So if you are family person who wants to spend a fair amount of money on a car then Ertiga is a great choice but you will not get the oodles of space offered by Evalia. But if you want a practical MPV, which other than serving your family, helps you in daily transportation chores as well along with long trips where you need to carry more people and luggage, then Evalia is a good car to own. We suggest you to take a text drive of both the cars before you book one of these.

Also read – Nissan Evalia Vs Toyota Innova and Nissan Evalia Vs Mahindra Xylo