There is a trio of choices for those seeking a new seven-seater priced below R250,000. Consumers can pick from the Toyota Avanza, a staple of the public transport industry, or between relative newcomers such as the Honda BR-V and Suzuki Ertiga. The second-generation Ertiga has been launched in SA as a longer and wider people carrier. From a styling perspective, the second-generation Ertiga appears to have sharpened its identity, straying from the nondescript template of before. It has a more confident presence, with its bullish grille, larger, squarer headlamps and character lines down the side. On the inside, you will find that black is the new beige: the latest Ertiga foregoes the default, light upholstery for the hard-wearing hue of coal. It’s far more conducive to disguising juice spills, paw prints and grimy fingers. The seven-seat interior is roomier. All occupants gain additional shoulder room while those in the third row get an extra 15mm of shoulder space and 70mm of leg sp...

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