Maruti is India’s largest passenger car manufacturer and builds some of the best passenger cars and utility vehicles in the country. Maruti Eeco is one of the best selling utility vans in the country and we compare it with the Maruti Omni multi-utility van and see how the bigger Eeco fares against its smaller sibling. Maruti Omni has been a bestselling van for Maruti for a very long time. Let’s see how these two fare against each other.
Looks and design:
Maruti Eeco has contemporary styling with good graphics and looks stylish for a van and reminds you of the Maruti Versa van. It comes in appealing colors and has a box type design which looks good in bright colors. It is an entry level van which allows large families to movie quickly and the long design adds to its capabilities. Maruti has ensured that they maintain good level of build quality and fit, finish levels.
Maruti Omni is a well designed multi-utility van which has been around and selling successfully for quite some time. It has clean straight lines and improved body graphics, powerful clear lens headlamps, well designed rear despite its boxy shape it is a good looking van. It has big windows which look good and provide good visibility. It has been well constructed and the build quality, fit and finish level on the Omni is good.
Looks overall – Maruti Eeco – 7.5/10
Looks overall – Maruti Omni – 8/10
Interiors – design, space and features:
Maruti Eeco has very good interior quality and feels very spacious inside. It has ample leg and headroom inside and brings a spacious cabin area. It has good seats which offer good level of comfort to the driver and the passengers. It has middle row seats with large windows that give it a roomy feel. It has air conditioning which helps you remain cool in the summers. It has ample storage area inside which you can enhance by removing the seats.
Maruti Omni has decent interiors and is a tried and tested van and popular amongst the taxi crowd these days. It can easily accommodate a good number of people inside without any issues. It brings good seating arrangement inside and is also available in a cargo carrying variant without seats. It has comfortable seats with decent support to the body while there is ample space in the car to carry your luggage.
Interiors overall – Maruti Eeco – 7.5/10
Interiors overall – Maruti Omni – 8/10
Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:
Maruti Eeco comes with a 1.2 liter petrol engine that develops a maximum power output of 73 BHP at 6000 RPM and a maximum of 101 NM of torque at 3000 RPM. The engine powers the car very well and it maintains very good drivability. The petrol variant is rated by ARAI to give a maximum fuel efficiency of 15.1 kmpl. The drivability from the petrol variant is quite good and the drive is enjoyable on the Eeco van.
Maruti Omni has good petrol engine which has good drivability. It makes 32.8 BHP at 5000 RPM and 60 NM of maximum torque. These power figures combined with the gear ratios of the manual gearbox allows for a comfortable and smooth driving experience in the city and ample highway performance. The NVH levels are well controlled on the Omni van and the clutch is light to use. ARAI has rated it to deliver 14.6 kmpl of fuel economy.
Engine overall – Maruti Eeco – 7.5/10
Engine overall – Maruti Omni – 8/10
Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:
Maruti has done a good job with the handling characteristics of the Maruti Omni utility van. It has given it a good suspension setup and ensured good ride quality. It is slightly bouncy owing to the softer tune of the suspension. It absorbs all the undulations on the road and provides a comfortable driving experience. The brakes are adequate and offer good stopping power but there is no inclusion of ABS.
Maruti Eeco has good ride quality considering it is top heavy with high ground clearance. It has stable ride quality on good roads but gets a little bouncy on bad roads due to softer tune of the suspension. Maruti has done well to tune the suspension and the steering unit remains easy to turn at speed. It has good brakes and this multi-utility van remains quite poised and holds its line while braking quickly.
Suspension overall – Maruti Eeco – 8/10
Suspension overall – Maruti Omni – 7.5/10
Value for money – sticker price, standard features:
Maruti Omni has been priced from ex-showroom Delhi price of 2.15 lakhs for Maruti Omni LPG Cargo BSIII W/Immobiliser, Maruti Omni MPI Cargo is priced at 2.20 lakhs, Maruti Omni E MPI STD at 2.46 lakhs, Maruti Omni LPG STD BSIII 5 STR with Immobiliser costs 2.50 lakhs and top variant is the Maruti Omni MPI Ambulance is priced at 2.80 lakhs. Maruti has done a good job with the pricing of the Maruti Omni multi-utility van and given it an affordable and value for money pricing.
Maruti Eeco is priced (ex-showroom Delhi) for the petrol variant Maruti Eeco 5 Seater Standard at 2.82 lakhs, Maruti Eeco 7 Seater Standard 3.04 lakhs while the top variant petrol is priced at 3.16 lakhs. The CNG variants of the Maruti Eeco are priced from ex-showroom Delhi price of 3.44 lakhs for Maruti Eeco CNG HTR 5 Seater, 3.75 lakhs for the Maruti Eeco Flexi Green and the top variant is priced at 3.79 lakhs for the Maruti Eeco CNG 5 Seater AC.
Value for money overall – Maruti Eeco – 8/10
Value for money overall – Maruti Omni – 8/10
Maruti Eeco is one of the best selling multi utility vans in the market today and has been selling in very good numbers for the company. Maruti Omni is been a best seller for a very long time and both these vans are from the same company which has the largest dealer network in the country. The cost of ownership of a Maruti is low and the service network is the best in the country. Eeco has better space and features and is also more expensive while Omni has lesser features but is more affordable.