Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance & First Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

Utter the name ‘Maruti Suzuki’, and the first image that comes to the mind of most Indians is of a reliable and famous small car manufacturing company, that is known for producing cost effective and fuel efficient cars. But off late, Maruti Suzuki is trying to shed its image of a budget car manufacturer, by expanding its portfolio and providing products around the 10 lakh price bracket. The Ciaz was an attempt in-line with these efforts to produce more premium cars, as was the highly debated decision of opening specialized premium NEXA outlets across the country.

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And with Indian customer preferences shifting towards the crossover segment, it was high time that the country’s biggest car manufacturer launches its contender in the battle. Hence, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was launched on the 8th of March 2016, thus making Maruti’s debut in the sufficiently crowded sub-4m SUV segment. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

The Brezza isn’t the first time that Maruti has ventured into the SUV segment. The Japanese car maker launched the Grand Vitara almost a decade ago, though it could not make its presence felt in the market. Therefore, the Brezza carries huge responsibilities of establishing Maruti’s presence in the SUV segment, while competing with established head-on competitors.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Exteriors

On first impressions, the VitaraBrezza appears a lot less flamboyant especially when compared to Maruti Suzuki’s recent launches. Clearly the brand is looking to please all with an understated yet striking design that will hopefully appeal to a wider set of prospective buyers. The VitaraBrezza, then, doesn’t wow you with angular lines and creases and instead, uses its safe and robust design cues to leave a long lasting impression. For starters, it looks well-proportioned from all angles thanks to its high-riding stance and an adequately lengthy bonnet for a balanced appearance.

Up front on this top-spec ZDi+ trim, you get projector headlights with bull-horn shaped DRLs, a sporty looking bumper with a large blacked out air dam and a silver skid plate. What also works for this car is the two-tone colour option with contrasting roof and squared wheel arches to help differentiate the Brezza’s appeal from the lot. What comes as bit of a disappointment though is the rear-end design that looks far from striking and the thick chrome bar with VitaraBrezza embossing that ends up looking tacky instead of adding some flair to the design.

Also, at places Maruti Suzuki seems to have rummaged through their archives to design the Brezza. How else would one explain the cockpit like sloping glasshouse or the wing mirrors that have been taken straight off the old Swift? All in all, while it’s nowhere near as in-your-face looking as the Ford EcoSport, the VitaraBrezza looks discreetly pleasant in its own way and is sure to find a varied set of buyers. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza visit oksociety.in 

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Interiors

First thing you would notice about the cabin is the comfortable ingress and egress. You just walk inside the cabin, which is also a boon for people having knee problems. The three spoke steering wheel looks familiar but the dashboard is entirely new. There is a neat looking centre console which is enclosed with a gloss black outline. The dashboard is all black but gets silver elements in the middle. The air vents are sizeable and the auto climate control works really well to cool the cabin quickly. The lower half of the centre console has well laid out uncluttered buttons which feel nice and premium to use. Overall quality of the cabin is good but in some places you might find hard plastics and components (window controls, steering stalks) that are shared with older Maruti cars.

You get a neat looking instrument cluster which has some fancy tricks up its sleeve. You can change its colour to white, orange, blue, red and yellow. The infotainment system is well kitted up having a nice big touch screen with good touch quality. It offers Apple CarPlay connectivity along with MirrorLink so you can seamlessly stay connected with your phone through the car. The audio quality is above average and many won’t feel the need of changing the speakers. It also offers navigation system which isn’t intuitive to use if you have a habit of using Google Maps. The big screen also doubles up as a reverse parking camera display that is very convenient in congested situations.

The best part about the cabin of the Vitara Brezza is the driving and upright seating position that adds to the confidence while driving. The steering and seat is height adjustable and has a good range so both tall and short people will find a comfortable position to drive. The large glass area ensures that the cabin feels airy despite having a dark interior theme. Maruti has offered clever storage spaces across the cabin including two gloveboxes, the upper one is a cool box while the lower glovebox is the conventional storage to keep documents and essentials. There is a front sliding arm rest with storage, front passenger side under seat storage, 1-litre bottle holder on all the doors, coat hanger, seatback pockets and hook, front cup holders, sunglass holder, rear arm rest with cupholders and more.

The seats are quite supportive and well padded for long trips. There is a good sense of space at the rear too and you have ample amount of legroom for average height adults but tall passengers might find the legroom limited to some extent. Shoulder room is decent too for three passengers at the rear. Head room is excellent, even for tall people. Maruti could have added air vents for the rear passengers but the AC works quite well and you won’t feel the need of it. The engineers have carved out excellent boot space of 328-litres in the Vitara Brezza which can accommodate your luggage for weekend getaways. The best part about luggage space is that the rear seat folds flat down and it is flexible too with 60:40 split. Some of the key features of the Vitara Brezza include cruise control, auto headlamps, auto wipers, keyless entry with push button start, reverse camera and sensors, power foldable ORVMs and more.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance

Off late, the drivetrain segment of every Maruti Suzuki car review has become reminiscent. And this is one factor that hasn’t been changed in the manufacturer’s latest offering – the Vitara Brezza. Available just in the diesel option, this Maruti SUV is powered by the famous 1.3-litre unit that is now popularly referred to as the national engine of the country. This is the same engine that powers the Swift, DZire, Ritz, Ertiga, Baleno and Ciaz. But under the Vitara’s hood, this diesel mill is tuned in the DDiS 200 state similar to the Ciaz and Ertiga, meaning that it develops 89 hp of power and a peak torque of 200 Nm.

This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox that transmits power to the front wheels. We seriously believe that Maruti here has lost an opportunity to introduce the first all-wheel drive system in a compact SUV. Even if available as an option, the AWD system would have added one more USP to the Brezza’s bucket. Fuel efficiency too is decently rated at 24.3 kmpl, thus making it the most fuel efficient compact SUV in its segment.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Driving

VitaraBrezza rides and handles like a hatchback and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Over the unruly streets of Pune, it felt nimble and manoeuvrable. The steering is light (though devoid of feel) at low speeds and visibility from behind the wheel is excellent. The Vitara, as we know, will spend much of its time within the confines of the city and it does that job rather well. At highway speeds, it feels relatively well planted and quiet for the class, if only Maruti would find a way to make the engine more refined.As for the drawbacks, the low-speed ride can get a bit jiggly for the rear seat passengers. Compared to something like an EcoSport, the rear-end of the VitaraBrezza tends to bounce over big undulations whereas the Ford simply manages to glide over similar surface.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

Maruti Suzuki is offering driver side airbags as standard on LDi and VDi trims while buyers can also opt for safety package that includes passenger side airbags and ABS for these lower end variants. The ZDi trim is loaded with dual airbags and ABS as standard. The Vitara Brezza is being retailed through Maruti Suzuki’s mainline dealership network and not NEXA. Hence, the reach will be huge and buyers across India will be able to buy the new compact SUV without a hitch. The after sales service of Maruti Suzuki as we all know is the best and since the Brezza is heavily localised and sharing parts with its siblings, the maintenance cost should also be light on your pocket.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On-Road Price in Mumbai ranges from 8,53,202 to 11,58,088 for variants Vitara Brezza LDI Optional and Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone respectively. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is available in 6 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza variants price in Mumbai. Check for Vitara Brezza price in Mumbai at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Round Up

Being a combination of butch looks, comfortable interiors, and a feature laden package, the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza indeed is one of the biggest launches of the year. And with Maruti’s trusted image and wide dealership presence, this new Compact SUV is undoubtedly a contender of the throne of leader of the segment. Though a few limitations like inferior interior quality and a smaller engine do stick out a like a sore thumb, it will be overshadowed by a much larger list of strengths.

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