Maruti Suzuki Eeco Review

By Monmi   |  October 24, 2013

Overview

Maruti Suzuki introduced the Versa in October 2001. It was the second MPV launched by Maruti Suzuki since the Maruti Omni. The Versa MPV was unable to attract customers. Eventually, the car maker decided to phase it out in 2009. Maruti Suzuki replaced the Versa with the Eeco which was rolled out at the 2010 Auto Expo.

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco comes loaded with plenty of features to give tough competition to the other cars in its segment. The Eeco is specifically designed for Indian families and Indian roads. The Eeco is a five-door, C segment vehicle which is a perfect blend of style and substance. With an option for 5 and 7 seats, the Eeco comes in three variants. Moreover, these three variants come in an exciting selection of six colours, namely, Superior White, Bright Red, Metallic Silky Silver, Metallic Blue Blaze, Metallic Midnight Black and Metallic Glistening Grey.


Powertrain & Performance

All the variants are strapped with a new, powerful and highly fuel efficient 1196 cc engine. The engine can deliver 73 bhp of power @ 6000 rpm and a torque of 101 Nm @ 3000 rpm. Moreover, the 1.2L engine is mated to rear drive 5-speed manual gearbox with Diagonal Shift Assistance (DSA) technology for smoother gear changing. The engine also incorporates a range of advanced technologies. Its power is complimented by the new Engine Management System that supports in enhancing fuel efficiency and performance. The Eeco give an average fuel efficiency of 15.1 km/l while meeting BS-IV emission norms.

The Eeco is End of Life for Vehicles (ELV) compliant which means it uses Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Chromium within permissible limits. In addition, the BS IV compliant, environment friendly engine makes the Eeco truly India's first Green Car among C segment cars.

Having been specially designed for India, the Eeco has a superior suspension which allows for a smooth and comfortable ride on rough Indian roads. Equipped with fully-tuned McPherson-strut suspension on the front and 3-link rigid suspension on the rear, the Eeco offers best in class driving comfort. The system eases diagonal motion and allows for a gear change without any break in continuity of the action, thereby improving the gear shift feeling. Moreover, it stands on tubeless radial tyres that give superior comfort and powerful drive with a good grip on the road.


Build & Styling

The exterior body of the Eeco continues the long standing Maruti Suzuki tradition of combining functional design with spacious volume. Trendy and contemporary body graphics adorn the sides of the MPV giving it an appealing look.

The dual-tone interiors in shades of beige and grey provide a rich and spacious feeling. The seats have been especially designed with integrated headrest to make for a comfortable ride. The digital metre cluster with amber illumination adds to the driver convenience as well as a sophisticated feel. The Eeco come with an outstanding ergonomic layout with ample legroom and headroom at the front and rear for passengers apart from providing a comfortable driving position. The presence of sliding doors eases entry and exit for passengers even in congested road conditions. The Eeco 5 STR A/C comes with air conditioning option to combat the extreme climates in the country. All the seats are equally convenient to access and individually designed to be comfortable. These features make Eeco the most suitable vehicle for large Indian families that want a car for both - work and family outings and fun together.

The Eeco platform complies with all safety norms prevailing in the country.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Sliding Driver Seat
    • Dual tone styling
    • Clear lens headlamps
  • Cons

    • Boxy look