Maruti Suzuki Omni Performance & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Omni Overview

The Omni is one of the most iconic cars currently on sale in the Indian market. The car was launched back in 1985 and it was called the Maruti Van. It was changed to Omni in 1988. In 1998, it received a facelift and again another minor facelift in 2005 that included minor cosmetic improvements to the exterior and interior. Check for HDFC car loan 

Maruti Suzuki Omni Design & Look

The looks of the Car are hardly appealing on the style quotient. The overall design of the car is flat or like a Geometric figure(particularly, a box) which can also be determined from the dimensions of the car(3370x1410x1640 mm). It has got 12-Inch cross ply tires which are definitely not sufficient to maintain the grip on the road. One of the unusual things about the car is its positioning of the engine which is mounted beneath the car which still gives a ground clearance of 165 mm. This basically allows using entire space of the car for utilizing the purpose. The Front includes two headlamps encapsulated in a contrasting bold border which further continues to the two horizontal lines surrounding the Maruti Suzuki symbol embossed at the center and a Black bumper integrated with side indicators.

The sideways shows a collection of straight lines running through the shape of the Car with no peculiar characteristic and a fuelling point on the right side bottom corner. The rear doors and windows slide for an opening which again helps to utilize the small spaces for boarding or departing from the vehicle. The rear includes taillamps, indicators and a similar bumper to the front only with integrated reverse lamps.

Maruti Suzuki Omni Cabin & Comfort

The micro-van is equipped available in 5- and 8-seater options. The car has a dual tone upholstery and sports the same old steering wheel. The 8-seater Omni is a bit cramped, while the 5-seater is specially designed for personal use. In detail, the car is packed with floor carpets, reclining front seats, a simple dashboard with cup holder and a large utility space for placing the items. There are sliding doors, which are very comfortable to use. The car has good headroom and legroom as well. Nothing changes in terms of the interiors. The car sports the same meters and a glove box with a lock added. The limited version comes with some features, including four speakers, a CD player supporting an auxiliary port and seat covers.

Maruti Suzuki Omni Engine & Performance

The 796cc, three cylinder, four stroke engine is placed under the front seats and transmits drive to rear wheels. Outputting 34bhp at 5000rpm and 59Nm at 2500RPM, the engine is a bit underpowered and is linked to a four-speed manual transmission.On the outside Omni features thermoplastic bumpers in front and rear, mud-flaps, outside rear view mirror in right, body graphics and clear lens headlamps. Inside, it gets reclining seats, adjustable front seat head restraints, sliding seat for driver, rear view mirror, floor carpet, steering lock, lockable glove compartment and seats belts in front & rear.The petrol powered mini-van is claimed to return ARAI rated fuel economy of 16.8km/l.Stopping power is derived from booster assisted disc and drum units. For more info on Maruti Omni check Oksociety

Maruti Suzuki Omni Driving Dynamics

The petrol engine feels under-powered, though, the refinement level is pretty decent. Fuel efficiency could be better. The vehicle gets unstable at high speeds. City driving dynamics is good. Ride is bouncy, and very uncomfortable on rough roads.Braking performance is mediocre. The MUV, except the front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, doesn’t get any electronic braking assistance.

Maruti Suzuki Omni Safety & Security

Safety features on the Maruti Suzuki van 2-speed windshield wiper, front ELR seat belts and rear static seat belts. The thin tyres compromise stability at speed.

Maruti Suzuki Omni Cost in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Omni On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 2,40,089 to 3,55,281 for variants Omni 5 Seater and Omni MPI Ambulance BS4 respectively. Maruti Suzuki Omni is available in 3 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Omni variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Maruti Omni price in Ahm,edabad at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Omni Round Up

This Maruti Suzuki Omni is one of the popular cars and it is perfectly ideal for those who transport a lot of things. It is complete van for storage and carrying needs. This is a car commercial purpose and mostly not good for family purposes.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Performance & Price

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Overview

Maruti, is a household name in India. In fact, in remote parts of the country, the term ‘Maruti’ is synonymous with ‘car’ – much like ‘Xerox’ is to ‘photocopy’. The Maruti 800 was consistently India’s highest selling car for years together. Outselling the competition combined at times. Everyone in the country has been associated with a Maruti. Either they’ve owned it, learnt driving on it, their neighbors had it or broke the windscreen on one while playing cricket. They were everywhere! The Alto was the spiritual successor to the Maruti 800, filling in its rather big shoes ever since September 2000. Carrying the weight of the car that put India on wheels is no mean feat. But the Alto did it ever so gracefully, becoming India’s largest selling car in the process.

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The Alto has stood through thick and thin for Maruti, contributing consistently to their kitties. The Alto’s successor internationally, dubbed the ‘A-Star’ for the Indian market was introduced and pulled out of the market, while the good ol’ Alto soldiered on. Someone wise at MSIL decided not to pull the plug on the little wonder back then and we can safely conclude that the decision paid off. Powered by a rather lethargic 800cc engine, the Alto was an inexpensive city commuter. The 1.1 Alto was a rare breed. An engine borrowed from the WagonR, it was a pocket-rocket in the literal sense of the word. It was pulled out of the market owing to dismal sales and later replaced by the Alto K10 in 2010 which incidentally again borrowed its engine from the updated WagonR. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Exteriors

The Alto K10 is based on the Alto 800s platform. And the similarities are visible, especially when you view the K10’s silhouette. The K10’s silhouette will remind you of it’s 800cc sibling, the doors and the window area are identically styled. What does differentiate the K10 however is the strong character line that runs from headlight to taillight and vanishing into the center of the tail-gate.The new Alto K10 seems taller than the outgoing version and rides on tiny 155 section 13 inch tyres. There are no alloy wheels on offer either – just the good old wheel cap.

The front sees a large chrome strip running above a tiny grille that grabs all the attention. Flanking the grille on either sides are those large swept back clear lens headlamps. They may remind you of the Verna fluidic at a quick glance, but it does have a slightly flatter base. We love how the bonnet and the grille make one, clean, unified curve – looks very neat. The front bumper also gets a large slatted airdam at the centre and blacked out housing for the tiny circular foglamps. We had the VXi variant, which misses out on certain features like the foglamps, body colored door mirrors and door handles, all of which the VXi (O) variant gets. However, you can always get these features added at the dealership level by paying a minimal premium.

Over to the rear, the K10 features a large set of taillamps, a high mount stop lamp and a rather clean tailgate. The only thing that looks slightly odd, is the lock for the boot. More so, because there isn’t a handle to open the boot. You simply unlock the boot using the key or the boot release switch and it pops open. There’s a small recess just above the rear bumper using which you can open the boot. The rear bumper is minimalistic as well, no exhaust jutting out of this one.Overall, the Alto K10 does look like a clean package. The design is slightly on the aggressive side, but it isn’t as in your face as the Hyundai Eon. It has a very neutral stance as well, the only thing taking away from the overall form factor being the weedy tyres. A neutral design for a mass market car – that is design 101; courtesy Maruti.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Interiors

In the last few years Maruti Suzuki have been developing quality interiors for their cars. And the Alto, even though it is the most affordable or dare I use the word, cheapest car in their portfolio, is no stranger this time around to a fabulous interior makeover. The dashboard now comes in a two tone shade. The top half is a dull charcoal black that sits on a bright and cheerful beige base. This combination is spread all over the cabin with the doors also exhibiting this very smart colour scheme. The highlight of this cabin though is the centre console which is superbly finished and shows off a piano black top layer housing a slick and smart looking audio system. It’s not a very intuitive audio system to use but it looks hot! Below that audio panel is a simple, neat, clean and devoid of any gimmickry air con control panel. Rotary knobs that look good and work smoothly, period. The steering wheel in the new Alto feels very familiar when you place your palms on the wheel though the three spoke design is new since it has to house the airbag module.

Maruti claims the cabin of the Alto is roomier but with a 1.5 centimetre increase in height and width I’m a bit skeptical about this claim. It can only be verified once we get the car for a test and see just how much roomier it is compared to the previous gen car. However to give them the benefit of the doubt, the Maruti engineers worked on reducing the size of the engine bay which theoretically should help them improve in-cabin packaging and space. The seats have been remoulded and at the front the headrest has been integrated into the backrest. For the rear passengers the backrest height has been increased by a few millimetres and knee recesses have been scooped out of the front passenger’s backrest to enhance the sense of space. However this would have been a much better job if Maruti had to employ an even slimmer seat profile with firmer foam quality to provide better cushioning and support. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Alto K10  check quisicilia

The only grouse I had with this cabin is that I wish the backrest for the rear passengers was even taller. With my 5’9″ frame perched in that seat, my head had no support from the headrest which barely reached the base of my spine. That’s neither safe nor comfortable. Even my knees weren’t too comfortable in the rear and taller people will have to sit quite upright to fit in.And finally the boot, the 177 litre cavity isn’t amazing but a low loading lip and flat floor has its practical uses. And more than ever, a car of this size and stature that can still offer a full size spare wheel is just a marvellous value addition in this day and age when even luxury car manufacturers with sedans of enormous proportions fail to do so.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Gearbox

Now coming to the all important part, driving and the highlight in the new Maruti Suzuki Alto is its AMT box. There was a time when customers would have scoffed at the idea of an automatic in this segment. But Maruti have firmly driven home the point that something like the AMT does not deprive the car of the same efficiency as a manual transmission. I really wont dwell much on the manual transmission since the gearbox hasn’t changed and neither has the engine. The new Maruti Suzuki Alto has the same 1.0-litre K10 petrol and it’s more efficient but not more powerful or torquier than before. It’s a remarkably zippy car and one of the few naturally aspirated engines that you really enjoy whipping. Its short quick bursts of power (68PS) peak out at 6,000rpm and almost instantly you hit the rev limit at 6,500rpm. People who have driven this car before will recognise the feeling it stirs, to me it was fun on a completely different level. Being able to snap away from traffic lights quicker than most cars and then watching the expression on their drivers’ faces as a this small car darts away with unbelievable pace is a delight.

What has changed in this drivetrain are certain elements that work along with the engine to get that best in class fuel efficiency of 24.07kmpl as claimed by Maruti Suzuki, a near 15 per cent improvement over the outgoing Alto. To create this result the engine mapping within the ECU has been improved with better algorithms working faster and with more precision to measure out the air fuel intake in every driving condition. Even the new drive by wire throttle body helps get even more well measured and precise information to the ECU to take those fueling decisions. Complementing this effort is a lower kerb weight, 15 kilos have been shaved off compared to the older Alto across all variants. These weight savings have several implications not just in engine performance and efficiency but also in ride and handling.

To come back to the AMT transmission, like in the Celerio this is a unit sourced from Magnetti Marelli. A simple device that takes away the need for a clutch, the AMT transmission offers the choice of an automatic driving mode or a manual mode. In the automatic mode there is just a drive, neutral and reverse selector. In manual mode you can choose the gear you want to be in though while braking or slowing down the system will automatically downshift to the best gear. Upshifting needs manual intervention or you will simply see the tachometer needle bouncing off the redline.

The shift quality isn’t superb or immediate but its comfortable enough without being intrusive. In urban crawl speeds the shift quality is seamless and there really isn’t much to complain about. As speeds increase and you need quicker movement between the gears the shifts are perceptible and with a fraction of a seconds lag. Then it does not feel as seamless and its best to shift into manual mode. One flipside to the AMT is that in fifth gear as your speeds get to three digits the transmission starts jumping between fourth and fifth gears to try and keep the car in the power band and this causes the Alto which sits on skinny 155/55 R13 tyres to get skittish. Not an entirely pleasant situation to be in and we highly recommend you don’t make a foolhardy attempt to reach its top speeds.Check for EMI Calculator for Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Driving

On the short 70 kilometre drive the Alto showcased just how brilliant its ride quality is especially in urban areas over some rough roads. The gas-charged shock absorbers on a MacPherson strut assembly at the front and a 3-link rigid axle at the rear give it superb low speed absorption qualities. However, as the speed builds up and the corners get tighter or the surface undulating, you realise just how woefully inadequate this suspension is. There is a lot of body roll and you need to be able to react quickly enough to offset the suspension getting upset at being pushed hard around corners. The Maruti Suzuki Alto therefore is best experienced between the speeds of 60-80kmph and anything beyond is just asking it to perform over and above its station.

The steering too is reasonably precise at lower speeds with enough weight to give you a well connected feel but as you go faster it gets vague and the communication between steering wheel and tyres a bit disconnected.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Safety

On the features side, you do get air-conditioning across all variants as standard with power windows coming in only on the higher VXi variant. This variant also gets airbags but there is no ABS anywhere, not even as an option. Whats also strange is that the Alto is one of the very few cars to still offer just one wing mirror on the base LX and the LXi variant as standard which is simply poor manufacturer attitude towards safety.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Price in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 On-Road Price in Chennai ranges from 3,87,823 to 4,94,912 for variants Alto K10 LX and Alto K10 LXI CNG Optional respectively. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 is available in 8 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 variants price in Chennai. Check for Alto K10 price in Chennai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 Final Word

Overall, the Maruti Suzuki Alto continues to make a strong statement to those looking at buying their first car or even second smaller car for urban use. It may not be the perfect car but it does have the perfect set of ingredients. Practicality, manoeuvrability, and now great efficiency, convenience thanks to the AMT box and a modern quality with the exterior and interior styling, making it a very tantalising hatchback. Expected to be launched this month, I see Maruti pricing this very close to the outgoing Alto, probably even cheaper, just as an introductory strategy to pique customer interest. Maruti is firmly on its way to accumulating their next 25 lakh Alto customers and it will be helped, in no small way, with this new AMT Alto. Automatics it seems have finally gotten to centre stage!

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine & Performance

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The new Maruti Ciaz is a big deal. Is it revolutionary, unique or even game changing? Maybe not so much in the segment it operates in wherein you already have the likes of the new Honda City and the Hyundai Verna but for Maruti Suzuki, the Ciaz is all this and more… Here’s why?  Check for Maruti cars Price, Review, Features & Specs at CarzPrice

Now, this isn’t a new segment for Maruti; it has had the SX4 in the past. But, even with its large wheels and ground clearance, roomy interior and a big boot, the SX4 struggled. The reason: perception. No one wanted a full-fledged C-Segment car from a maker of small, affordable hatchbacks and compact sedans. But now with the Maruti Ciaz, Maruti finally has a product to draw you and me away from the Honda Citys and Hyundai Vernas of the world. This should be interesting.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Exterior & Style

The design of the Ciaz is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept which was showcased first at the 2014 Shanghai Motor Show in April and then shown in production form as the China-spec Alivio sedan. It gets an aggressive front fascia with a trapezoidal front grille that features ample amount of chrome. The sweptback headlights and the elongated hood further enhance its street presence. The side profile is a rather conservative affair but one that works for Maruti Suzuki. It features delicately flared wheel arches, chrome door handles and a strong shoulder line which works well with the forward leaning stance of the car.

At the rear, the Ciaz gets the standard wrap around tail lamps which lend the car a premium look. The rear bumper is large and includes integrated reflectors. There’s also a lip spoiler and chrome badges across all variants.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Interior & Space

The interiors of the Ciaz are completely new and different from any other Maruti car. The neatly laid out dashboard has a seven-inch touchscreen system. The higher variants get automatic climate control. The steering is shared with other models but it gets a leather wrap as also the gear knob. The top variant gets leather upholstery also. The Ciaz is comes loaded with features like push button start, keyless entry, bluetooth connectivity, navigation, reverse parking camera and sensors.

The Ciaz is not stingy on spacious too. There is good head room and leg room available. The seats are not the best but provide good comfort. It could have done with some more under thigh support. The boot is large and can fit in quite a lot of luggage with ease. This makes it a very practical sedan that can be used for weekend getaways too. The Ciaz S offers all black interiors and even the centre console has grey chrome finish on it.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine & Performance

While the Ciaz doesn’t get an entirely new motor, it does get a fairly reworked version of Maruti’s own K14 petrol unit found on the Ertiga. The tweaks to the engine focus on improving driveability and maximising fuel economy. To achieve that, Maruti has modified the cylinder head to raise the compression ratio from 10:1 to 11:1 and the revised head design allows for a better tumble of airflow at low speeds. Also, the air inlet track has been lengthened to further improve low-end torque. To counter heating problems and engine-knocking, issues that are typically associated with higher compression motors, long reach spark plugs and a more efficient oil pump have made their way into the motor. Despite all these changes though, peak power and torque figures have pretty much stayed the same.

On the face of it, the petrol version doesn’t come across as enthusiastic since a power output of 91bhp (at 6000rpm) is a pretty ordinary number for a mid-size sedan. However, in-gear timings are good – the Ciaz is pretty responsive and has a nice urgency about town. The engine pulls quite well from low revs and you don’t have to work the gearbox much; and even when you do, the light clutch and slick shifting ’box (albeit not as nice as the Swift’s) takes away the effort from city driving. But find an open stretch and explore the K14 motor’s powerband, and you soon realise the power delivery is pretty flat. The mid-range isn’t particularly strong; this engine doesn’t like to be spun hard and gets pretty noisy as the tachometer closes in on its modest 6,200rpm redline. Check for Maruti car dealers in India

Flat-out performance is fairly decent, with the dash to 100kph taking 12.02 seconds. However, it’s the unenthusiastic way the Ciaz picks up speed that makes you feel that it’s not as quick as the numbers suggest.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving Dynamics

Now if you like driving, the Ciaz might not be the car for you. It has a precise steering and you eventually learn how much steering input to dial in but it isn’t great on feedback. It just isn’t in the same league as the Volkswagens and the Skodas. But, if you are looking for a comfortable long distance cruiser, you will like the Ciaz’s easy nature. Good straight line stability and potent braking, is of course an added plus.

The Maruti Ciaz rides well too. It has been setup for comfort over all else and it’s evident in the way the car rides. It’s softly sprung, so at slow speeds and over broken roads, it remains comfortable. However, at higher speeds and particularly over undulating roads and with load, the Maruti Ciaz does tend to wallow.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety & Security

Maruti doesn’t offer airbags and ABS as standard on the base V variant of the Ciaz but the other three variants are equipped with these safety features. It is the least equipped car when compared to its immediate rivals, the Hyundai Verna and Honda City in terms of safety. The Verna gets ABS standard across all variants while its range topping variant gets 6 airbags. The City comes with both ABS and airbags as standard on all its variants. The Ciaz hasn’t been crash tested yet by the Global NCAP but considering the low weight of the car (despite being the biggest car in segment) compared to the rivals, we believe the structural strength might not be up to the mark. When it comes to after sales service, Maruti is second to none and has the biggest dealership network in the country by a mile.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Price

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 7,99,026/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 11,97,792/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ciaz price in Hydearbad

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Conclussion

The Ciaz also managed to delight us with its ride quality. The stiffer chassis and the suspension set up gives the right mix of rigidity and compliant ride quality. Straight line stability is excellent. Though we cant quite comment on cornering ability after the short test drive we had, it would be safe to say that the Ciaz would match segment benchmarks.

We feel that Maruti Suzuki potentially has a better premium sedan in the Ciaz than some of the competition. Features like the rear sunscreen, SmartPlay infotainment system sand personal reading lamps for the rear occupants are big pluses for buyers in the segment. We have to wait for the launch for the price announcement, but a Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 10.5 lakh range will possibly leave the competition palpitating.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Hatchback Overview

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

Being a niche sub-segment which was born out of the urge to take advantage of a local tax regulation, the development of every compact entry sedan was always going to be a bit of ‘jugaad’ engineering. In a way, it is a reflection of the collective Indian mindset considering our penchant for tax avoidance and our irrational acceptance of the sedan as an ‘aspirational’ body style. Check for Maruti cars On Road Price in New Delhi at CarzPrice

But a sub-four-metre sedan can’t be an optimal package because there is very little room to work with; and it would inevitably tend to be an ungainly variant of the hatchback on which it was built. Almost every compact sedan currently in the market has seemed uncomfortable in its skin. The outgoing Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been a prime example. The Swift was already not the best package in terms of the exterior dimensions to interior space leverage. And the shared hatchback design was too overpowering even in the second gen Dzire sedan. But both these facets of the Dzire will change with the introduction of the new 2017 model

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Design & Style

The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire is based on the next generation Swift that should come to India by the end of FY 2017-18. However it’s only the front that it borrows from the hatchback, and of course, the platform as well. Unlike the previous generations, the new Dzire is a completely different car from the new Swift A-pillar onwards. Also Read – Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Baleno vs Brezza

The countenance is purposeful with muscle at the right places on the bonnet and the wheel arches. The hexagonal front grille is also short and wide, and it all adds to make the Dzire look broad. Chrome work is generous on the front grille, below the fog lamp housing and even in the headlamp unit, but it doesn’t look overdone. In fact, the quality of chrome is so good that it would match the finish on cars twice its price. Unfortunately, Maruti Suzuki offers LED projectors and DRLs on the top ZXi+ variant only, so the lower variants get reflector headlamp units that tone down the aggression a bit

The muscle on the bonnet is carried on to the front fender and a sharp shoulder line weaves through from the front to the rear. A pinched character line at the lower end breaks the monotony of what would otherwise be a plain design. The A-pillar onwards, the Dzire looks more sedan-like in profile with the roof flowing from the A-pillar to the C-pillar smoothly. The proportions are better too, as Maruti Suzuki has increased the width by 40mm and reduced the roof height by 40mm. However, the ground clearance is reduced only by by 7mm, down to 163mm now. So, while the Dzire will tackle the speed breakers of different sizes with ease, sharp gradient changes may require you to double check the front overhang before committing to them. Also Read – Maruti Dzire Vs Sub-Four Metre Rivals – Spec

Unlike the front design that imparts the Dzire a big-car appeal, the rear is usual business as far as compact car designs go. Nonetheless, it is a step forward as the boot is now better integrated into the C-pillar and doesn’t look like an afterthought. It’s stubby with the bumper hardly extending any mass beyond the boot lid. The arc-shaped lip is Ciaz-like now. Importantly, the Dzire now not only looks proportionate but is also pleasing to the eye

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cabin & comfort

Step inside the cabin of the new Dzire and one instantly realises that this isn’t the cabin of another Maruti Suzuki car with a few new bits but is an all-new design instead. The dual-tone dashboard comprises of a black top while the lower part is beige. The wood finish in the dashboard and in the lower part of the flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the premium appeal of the cabin significantly. This makes the Dzire the second compact sedan to have a flat-bottomed steering wheel after the Volkswagen Ameo.

The touchscreen infotainment system in the centre console looks similar to the one seen on the Baleno and Vitara Brezza but has a different housing. It’s different in terms of functionality as well and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has the usual SD Card -based navigation and connectivity options also include Bluetooth, USB and Aux-In. The system is easy to use and the simple user-interface means people with limited knowledge of smartphones to will not have problems operating it. There are two 12V power outlets too, one on the lower centre console and the other between the front seats. The door pockets in front and back can easily store one litre bottles and still leave space for a fair bit of small items.

The new Dzire is wider by 40 mm than the older model and has increased leg room and shoulder room too. With the driver’s seat adjusted for a person of 5 feet 8 inches, a six feet person was able to sit in the rear seat without his knees brushing against the front seats. The backrest incline angle of the bench is good, making it comfortable for longer journeys too. The under-thigh support will prove adequate for most people but for taller occupants, this could be a slight issue. The door armrests at the rear could do with a bit of fabric cushioning as the hard plastic can be a bit discomforting after a while. These, however, are minor issues, which do not make a considerable difference to the in-cabin experience.

In a nutshell, the interior of the new Dzire carries forward the premium positioning of the vehicle. It quite simply is the best cabin in the compact sedan segment in India from all aspects.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine & Gearbox

The new Dzire carries over the same two powertrains from the previous generation. So, it is the same 1,197cc VVT petrol engine and the 1,248cc DDiS diesel engine with their 5-speed manual gearboxes. The powertrains get changes to their calibration and the automated manual transmission (AMT) makes an appearance in the Dzire. The AMT which we have seen in smaller Marutis is still the same basic tech involving sensors and hydraulic shifters mounted on top of the manual gearbox. The AMT’s relatively unrefined shifting characteristic is also, unfortunately, a carry-over. Unlike a torque converter or continuously variable (CVT) auto transmissions, AMTs tend to have prominent shift shocks during heavy acceleration. But, the head nodding pull during up shifts eases up during cruising speeds. Kick downs to lower gears when I stomp the throttle for an overtake maneuver also tend to be less urgent, but at slower speeds there is a double shift down from overdrive gears. With a lot of low-end torque being available, the diesel AMT was easier to use overall. Buyers have to be aware that the AMT tech is oriented towards optimising mileage in city driving cycles and so there is a certain inevitable performance compromise. For information on contact details of Maruti car dealers in Chennai

The petrol engine in the Dzire produces a peak power of 61kW at 6,000rpm and peak torque of 113Nm at 4,200rpm. This is a quiet, refined engine with its performance being an ideal combination for all types of driving cycles, My personal preference would be the manual transmission for both the petrol and diesel engines, but with more and more buyers preferring AMTs Maruti is now offering three trim variants each with the automated gearbox. The Dzire’s diesel engine delivers 55kW of power and 190Nm of torque. Peak torque is available from 2,000rpm. This common rail direct injection engine’s familiar character means that driving it in a Maruti is somehow always more pleasurable than in any other brand’s cars. It does get a bit raucous at high revs, but if you are a driver that loves to be connected with the car, this engine will keep you amply engaged.

The Bridgestone Ecopia 185/65 tyres that my test mule came with were shod on 15-inch alloys. While these tyres helped keep road rush to a minimum in the cabin, their relatively thin contact patch on the road meant lesser confidence while taking fast corners. However, straight line stability has improved dramatically and the Dzire now cruises confidently even at speeds of upto 160kmph

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ride & Handling

Maruit Dzire has softened this car a bit and ride quality is noticeably better than the outgoing car. There are fewer body movements over bad sections of road and aren’t as jarring any more. It soaks up road imperfections in a very mature manner and feels nice and absorbent. The petrol’s steering is light and, with a tight 4.8m turning radius, it’s effortless to twirl around in the city. The return to centre is weak though, like many modern Marutis, and with all that lightness, it doesn’t feel as well connected to the road as before; there’s a bit of vagueness here. However, the diesel feels a bit heavier and more connected in company

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Braking & Safety

The safety features on offer include dual airbags, ABS with EBD and even brake assist. There is also ISOFIX on all the variants, which makes it a good option to consider. The other features on offer include the front seat belt with pre-tensioners, immobilizer, force limiter, seat belt warning lamps. Key left warning and door open warning are a part of this list.

(VXi/VDi) In the V variant, the additional features are day and night adjustable IRVM, speed sensitive door locking and anti-theft security system. (ZXi/ZDi) Z offers reverse parking sensor, front fog lamps, rear defogger as additional features. (ZXi+/ZDi+)

The Z+ also offers some additional features too. There is reverse camera with guide that is an extra over the Z variant

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Price In Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,40,374/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,38,113/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Verdict

Maruti, as ever, has its fingers on the pulse of the Indian market, and this new Dzire is tailor-made to cater to the demands and needs of customers. It’s got all the right ingredients – space, practicality, comfort, good equipment on top variants, fuel-efficient engines and, above everything, the backing of Maruti’s extensive sales and support network. Also, the inclusion of ABS with EBD, and dual airbags as standard across the range is an excellent move that’s sure to go down well with increasingly safety-conscious Indians. With a wide introductory price range of Rs 5.45-9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), there should be a Dzire variant for everyone. There’s little doubt then, despite the rise of the compact SUV, and doubts about the longevity of this segment in the light of the upcoming GST implementation, that Maruti seems to have another blockbuster on its hand