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Maruti Suzuki Eeco Review: Prices, Offers, Mileage, Specs & Pics

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By Rahul Hans - Automotive Journalist Apr 03 2020 Share this blog

Maruti Suzuki introduced the Versa in 2001- a frugal yet slightly upscale minivan. However, the Versa failed to make its mark in the market and had to be discontinued in 2009. But sighting the potential of this market, Maruti Suzuki stripped down the Versa and drove in the Eeco- yet another frugal minivan based on the Versa but larger than the Omni.

New BS6 Red colour Maruti Suzuki Eeco in India


The base variant of the Eeco price in India starts at INR 3.61 lakhs and comes in three body styles. The BS6 compliant Eeco has been priced at Rs. 3.81 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The Eeco is offered as a passenger van, an ambulance and also as a cargo van. The van also gets two fuel options - petrol and CNG. The Eeco gets a 1200 cc engine that makes a decent 73 hp which is fairly decent for Indian city commute and can certainly do the highways as well. With a fuel economy of 15.37 kmpl on the petrol variant and 21 km/kg on the CNG variant, maintaining the Eeco wouldn’t come all that really hard on your pocket.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco is has been designed for the large Indian families with 5 or more people. The Eeco gets a tall stance and good ground clearance so that it can tackle all sorts of roads. The narrow body ensures that the van zips through the Indian traffic. Moreover, the sliding doors of the van make it easy for passengers to get in and get out when even when it is parked in the tightest of the ‘gullys’. With its unique styling and purpose, the car goes against the popular and affordable Datsun Go+.

What will impress you

  • Practical bukid quality

  • Low price and affordable car

  • Low running costs

  • Good amount of cargo space

What won’t

  • The looks are still outdated

  • Low features on board

  • Cheap plastic and other bits inside

What’s new in 2020 Maruti Suzuki Eeco

  • Comes with a dual-channel ABS and EBD across all the trim levels as standard
  • Updated to meet crash test norms
  • BS6 transition leads to the price increase for Rs. 6000 to Rs.9000 

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Variants & Features

The Eeco is a very basic and frugal car and doesn’t quite come with any features. There isn’t even an air-conditioning on offer with the base trim level! That’s enough to indicate what kind of features you can expect on the Eeco. The Eeco comes with 5 trim level and two seating options. The Eeco can either be had as 5 seater where you get more luggage space while you can have it as a 7 seater which is its original form where you can cramp in 7 people. 

Variant

5 seater Standard

7 seater Standard

5 seater AC

5 seater Standard CNG

5 seater AC CNG

Price (Ex-showroom)

3.6 lakh

3.92 lakh

4.07 lakh

4.78 lakh

5.22 lakh

Features

5 Seats

7 Seats

5 Seats

5 Seats

5 Seats

Fuel type- Petrol

Fuel type- Petrol

Fuel type- Petrol

Fuel type- Petrol + CNG

Fuel type- Petrol + CNG



Air conditioner with heater


Air conditioner with heater

Driver side airbag


Driver side airbag


Driver side airbag


Driver side airbag


Driver side airbag


ABS with EBD

ABS with EBD

ABS with EBD

ABS with EBD

ABS with EBD

Reverse parking sensors.

Reverse parking sensors.

Reverse parking sensors.

Reverse parking sensors.

Reverse parking sensors.

Halogen Headlights

Halogen Headlights

Halogen Headlights

Halogen Headlights

Halogen Headlights

Optional

Fog lamps


Optional

Fog lamps


Optional fog lamps

Optional

Fog lamps


Optional

Fog lamps


Sliding driver seat

Sliding driver seat

Sliding driver seat

Sliding driver seat

Sliding driver seat

Reclining front seats

Reclining front seats

Reclining front seats

Reclining front seats

Reclining front seats

The base spec Standard 5 seater petrol trim level is priced at INR 3.6 lakh while the top of the line 5 seater AC CNG trim level is priced at 5.22 lakh. This Eeco car is Maruti's ninth product to be successfully transitioned into BS6, therefore, the car will continue to follow the Government norms. Also the carmer has upgraded the Eeco for more safety assurance. Notab;y, the Maruti Suzuki Eeco is one of the best selling cars in India since its inception.

We Recommend

Go for the 5 seater AC variant if fitting in more people isn’t your priority. With just 5 seats in place, you get tonnes of space to load in your luggage and also an A/C for a cool cabin. If you need to fit in 7 passengers, then you may go for it but you then miss out on the A/C. The CNG has lowered running costs but then you lose power.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Discount Scheme (March 2020)

Car
Discount offer
Maruti Suzuki Eeco
Rs.40,000 discount benefits

*March offers to continue till further announcement by April 2020 third week. 

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Engine & Performance

The Eeco comes fitted with 1196cc, inline 4 cylinder engine that can be fed with petrol or CNG. The engine makes 73 horses while being fed on petrol but then makes 63 horses while running on CNG. On petrol, the engine delivers 101 Nm of torque while in CNG it makes about 85 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the power is sent to the rear wheels only.

The engine is slow and lazy to accelerate and takes time to respond. There’s a lot of noise and clatter on the engine and the unit by no means smooth. For city driving, the amount of power it has on offer is just fine but on highways, it isn’t adequate.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco engine bay


The Eeco right now is the only minivan in the market right now and doesn’t have any other minivan at this price point that directly competes with it at. However, there is the Datsun Go+ which is a 7 seater MPV and is equally frugal and can be said to be the Eeco’s rival. The Go+ comes with a 1.2-liter petrol engine that makes 68 horses. The Go+ get two transmission options and you can have either a 5-speed manual box or a continuously variable transmission. 

Model

Maruti Suzuki Eeco

Datsun Go+

Price 

Rs. 3.6 lakh

Rs. 4.12 lakh

Engine

1.2 liter, 4 cylinder

1.2 liter, 3 cylinder

Fuel 

Petrol + CNG

Petrol

Transmission

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

73 hp on petrol / 63 hp on CNG

68 hp

Torque

101 Nm on petrol / 85 Nm on CNG

104 Nm




In spite of making 5 horses less than the Go+’s engine feels more refined and balanced. It isn’t athletic as such but the engine and the gearbox both complement each other really well and for a good performance.

How well does the Eeco accelerate?

The Eeco is a slow car. It is way too sluggish and feels lazy. It doesn’t quite respond well to throttle inputs and overtaking maneuvers are extremely difficult with this car. You really need to rev the car hard to get going. Maruti Suzuki hasn’t published any official 0-100 kph timings since they don’t really for a matter for anybody buying a vehicle like this.

How is the Eeco's ride and handling?

The Eeco is a tall car and has its chassis borrowed from the Versa. The Eeco’s ride quality isn’t all that really great. The passengers, both at the front and at the rear sit on the rear axle and so the ride gets pretty bumpy and the passengers have felt even the smallest of the bumps and potholes it goes over. Body roll is quite evident for the Eeco being a tall car and having a short wheelbase. The van rolls to a good extent during cornering at high speed and so it doesn’t offer you the confidence that you would want while turning at high speeds. 

The car doesn’t somehow feel planted and the ride is wobbly. Steering isn’t all that precise but isn’t vague either. The engine sits behind the front axle which means there’s very little load on the front tyres and so the steering feels light and you don’t miss the power steering that much. The steering offers good feedback though and also responds to your inputs well.

How effective are the Eeco brakes?

The Eeco gets disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. For the 2019 model year, it also gets ABS and EBD as standard across all variants since it has been mandated by the Indian government. The brakes, however, lack the bite and don’t give you that kind of confidence. The pedal too at times feels vague and that really is disappointing.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Eeco

Datsun Go+

Front brakes

Discs

Discs

Rear brakes

Drums

Drums

Kerb weight

940 kgs

865 kgs

The Datsun’s brakes, on the other hand, feel good credit to the low curb weight of 865 kgs. Stomp on the pedal just a bit and you feel the car retarding immediately.

How much mileage does the Eeco engine return?

This area concerns most buyers in this category. On a single liter of petrol, the Eeco go for about 15.37 kilometers while it can go for 21 kilometers on a kg of gas. These figures are pretty decent for a car like this but the rival performs better.  For the 5 fewer horses that it makes, the Go+ offers a fuel economy of 20 kmpl on petrol which is way better than the Eeco.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Eeco

Datsun Go+

Mileage 

15.37 kmpl on petrol

21 km/kg on CNG

20 kmpl

Fuel tank capacity

40 litres

35 litres

Range

615 kms

700 kms

The Eeco gets a fuel tank of 40 liters and hence it offers a range of 615 kms. On the other hand, the Go+ plus gets a fuel tank of 35 liters but it ends up delivering a range of 700 kms which is 85 kms more than the Eeco.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Exterior & Design

If you’re to list some of the dull and boring looking cars in the market, then the Eeco might just make on top of it. The van has a typical boxy design with rectangular grille, rectangular headlights, and rectangular windows. 

You can immediately notice the resemblance that it bears to the Versa except that there are few tweaks on the bumpers, the headlights, and the taillights. The car looks bland in every possible way.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Eeco

Datsun Go+

Length (mm)

3675

3995

Width (mm)

1475

1636

Height (mm)

1800

1507

Ground clearance(mm)

160

180

Wheelbase (mm)

2350

2450


Kerb weight

940 kgs

865 kgs

The Go+ clearly is the larger car of the two. The Go+’s dimensions also are well laid out while the Eeco seems a bit too tall for its length and breadth. On the flip side, the narrow dimensions of the Eeco help it zips past traffic with ease.

Exterior Features

Some of the features on the outside of the Eeco are listed below.

  • Front mud flaps

  • Wheel covers (center cap)

  • Outside rear view mirrors (left and right)

  • Halogen headlights

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Interior & Comfort

The interiors of the Eeco again are pretty basic. You can either seat 5 or 7 depending upon whether you are OK with 5 people sitting in and having more luggage space or hauling 7 passengers is extremely essential for you. 

Maruti Suzuki Eeco interior seating


You get cheap, hard plastics all over the cabin. There’s nothing that can be plush or premium in the cabin. There are large panel gaps and the equipment is shaky. The quality of materials is poor and so are the levels of fit and finish.

Maruti Suzuki Eeco dashboard


The seats feel hard and are cheap. They do come in a dual colour scheme but the dual colour scheme doesn’t offer comfort. The front seats can slide and recline and all three rows of seats come with integrated headrest. Leg and shoulder room on the front seats is good but it isn’t that good on the 2nd and 3rd row of seats. The headroom is good on all the three seats credit to the height of the can. The cabin feels dull and isn’t opulent at all.

Is there any infotainment inside?

There is no infotainment system on offer with the Eeco. Yes you read that right, this is a car that’s being built in 2019 and you are not offered an infotainment system on any trim level. You need to get an aftermarket infotainment audio system in case you badly need to hear music while driving your minivan.

Interior Features

Some of the features offered on the inside of the 2019 Eeco are listed below.

  • Heater and A/C

  • Sliding driver seat

  • Reclining front seats

  • Integrated headrests on all three rows of seats

  • Both side sunvisor

  • Molded floor carpet

  • Molded roof lining.

  • Rear cabin lamp.

  • Front cabin lamp.

  • Assist grip ( Co-driver + rear)

How much is the boot space in this Maruti Car?

The biggest plus of the Eeco is the cargo capacity that it has on offer. The 5 seater variant has 540 liters of cargo space on offer which is huge. You can absolutely stuff in anything and everything you would want to in the cargo and your Eeco would just do the job of hauling it wherever you want it to.

Maruti suzuki eeco boot space


The Go+ has only 347 liters on offer which is much low than what Eeco has on offer. The Eeco is the clear winner in this case.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Eeco

Datsun Go+

Cargo volume (liters)

540

347

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Safety Rating and Reliability

The Eeco is very poor when comes to safety features. The Eeco literally scored zero in the crash tests conducted by the Global NCAP. The Global NCAP website states, “The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection."

But now that the Indian government has made it mandatory, the Eeco gets a driver-side airbag along with ABS and EBD. But still, the Eeco is very poor in terms of safety and reliability.

Safety Features

Some of the safety features offered with the Eeco are listed below.

  • Headlamp leveling.

  • Side impact beams.

  • Seat belts for all seats.

  • High mount stop lamp.

  • Child lock for all doors and windows.

  • Driver airbag.

  • Reverse parking sensors.

  • Seat belt reminder.

  • Speed alert system.

  • ABS with EBD.

Maruti Suzuki Head-to-Head Competition Check

Maruti Suzuki Eeco Vs Datsun Go+

The Eeco doesn’t really have any real competition since there aren’t any vans in the market at that price point. There are vans like Nissan Evalia and Ashok Leyland Stile but cost almost double than the Eeco and so we cannot really compare them. The car that comes closest to the Eeco it the Datsun Go+. The Datsun is a 7 seater MPV that matches the Eeco in terms of price and in terms of frugality as well.

Datsun Go+ vs Maruti Suzuki eeco


Datsun Go+ is priced at INR 4.12 lakh which is only about INR 52000 more than the Eeco. And for only those few extra bucks, the Go+ does everything better than the Eeco does. It has got a better engine, it offers a better fuel economy, it looks better, it feels more premium on the inside, it gets more interior features, it has got an infotainment system (with a touchscreen) with the higher trim levels and also gets more safety features. The only area where the Datsun fails to beat the Eeco is cargo space and that’s the only other reason to buy the Eeco over the Go+. If you can live with a cargo space of 347 cubic feet, you should totally buy the Go+.

Final Verdict

Maruti Suzuki Eeco is a poor car. It is dull, bland and boring. On the inside and the outside. Yes, it does the job of carrying more people at a low price tag but it doesn’t get you any features even as options. The Eeco just is one big box built to carry people and luggage and that’s it.

Yes, you certainly can say that the Eeco is practical but that’s another reason why there is a large number of Eeco’s run on the road as taxis. It is cheap, frugal and easy to maintain. However, anybody who’s buying a family car wouldn’t want to buy a car that is extensively used as a taxi and this idea somehow dents the image of the Eeco. If only Maruti Suzuki could add in a few more features, make it safer and improve the ambiance of the cabin, the Eeco could just be a great family car. Otherwise, we would just recommend you to not to go for it, shell out a few bucks more and buy the Datsun Go+ instead.