Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance & Test Drive


Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is currently the bestselling sub-compact SUV in India. Available only with a 1.3-litre diesel engine with both, 5-speed manual and automated manual transmissions, it is an efficient and easy to drive small SUV that also has good driving dynamics when you want to have some fun.It’s not the most premium car in term of overall quality, but has a decently loaded features list and a cabin that can seat five quite comfortably with adequate boot space for the family too. As of now, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is a diesel only model, with no word on when the petrol Brezza will be introduced.

The Vitara Brezza is one of the last compact SUVs to get an automatic transmission. But, though Maruti is late to the party, they have done it right. The AMT has been tuned beautifully for city use. It keeps you in the powerband to avoid turbo lag and doesn’t change the gears too often to give you a smooth ride experience. Not to forget the conventional SUV looks and the super efficient engine which keep it the best selling SUV of the country. Check for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

There are still some drawbacks to the Vitara Brezza though. Maruti could have gone a little softer with the suspension to offer a plusher ride, which would have made it an even better urban package. The stiff ride, tacky plastics and the lack of a petrol variant still hold it back.Now, though, with the convenience offered by the AMT, the Brezza presents an even stronger case for itself. And because the AMT makes the performance more usable in the city, we’d recommend it over the manual as well.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Exteriors

We reckon now the petrol engine on the Brezza will come in after the facelift. The Ciaz facelift will be getting this new petrol engine and so will the Brezza. This new engine will mean minor cosmetic changes to the Vitara Brezza. Of course, the facelift changes will be made on the diesel engine as well. Maruti will be changing the front grille of this compact SUV and there shall be a minor tweak in its headlamps too. There will be daytime running LEDs, new stylish front grille and it will be redesigned front bumper.

When viewed from the side, it will get the new design for the 16-inch alloy wheels. This will make the Vitara Brezza appealing. The rear also looks stylish and appealing. This makes the Brezza an attractive offering with the new petrol engine on offer.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Interiors

In terms of interiors, the carmaker has played cleverly, not going overboard neither degrading the quality and fit and finish too much. After all, the car had to be placed in the affordable range. The Maruti Suzuki is offering simple, sophisticated and value for money solution as against other compact SUVs in the market. There is glossy black finishing at the central console while the dashboard has been given a matte black tone. The brushed aluminum strip runs across the length of the dashboard breaking the monotony of singular colour as well as adding a dash of bling to the styling. With the latest update, the car gets all-black interiors with silver inserts as against dark grey in the earlier version.

Moving to the lower part of the central console, here you will find auto climate control system along with some space for storing knick knacks. Above it you get touchscreen infotainment system powered by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The unit also works as a display for reverse parking camera as well as feature navigation and connectivity options including USB, Bluetooth and Aux-In. The infotainment is coupled with 4-speakers and 2 tweeters.

The instrument panel features a simple layout and easy to read through. The speedometer and tachometer gets two large analogue dials with mood lighting which offers five different colours to choose from including red, blue, orange, yellow and white. In the center, there is apt sized multi-information display that shows info for engine temperature, fuel level, odometer digital readouts, two trip meters, outside temperature and average and instant fuel economy. And this does stand out from the rivals such as TUV300 which comes with monochrome display.

Other comfort features in the Brezza include automatic headlamps and rain sensing wipers, cruise control, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs and push engine start/stop button. So, in terms of gadgetry the car seems to be well-equipped. However, the plastic quality is quite second-rate with average tactile feel. Also, the textured plastic on the dashboard feels a bit tacky. Moreover, the central panel does not feel as solid as in other cars in the same segment or hatchbacks that similar in price. It has instead large gaping in the panels that looks a bit weird.

Coming to the seating and space, the driver gets height adjustable seat which is a good thing. The driving position also gives a nice view of the road ahead. The front seats are quite comfortable offering an overall good support and cushioning. The car also scores brownie points when it comes to rear seating and space. Here the car offers nice legroom which is because of raised up front seats and excellent under thigh support. The scooped out door panels at the back also look good and that makes space for the third passenger to sit comfortably.

Moreover, there is plenty of headroom for the average passenger despite the slanted roofline. Having said that, the inclusion of leather interiors could have upped the ambiance and comfort inside but unfortunately Maruti didn’t added leather seats not even in the top variants despite of the high demand. On the flipside, Maruti Suzuki has always been criticized for not offering practical storage spaces in its cars. But this time around, the situation is different. The Vitara Brezza is a practical car with lots of storage and utilities across the cabin. It gets 1L bottle holder at all each door along with bottle holder on the front door cards. But many people would find it disappointing of not having rear ac vents in the car which has become a norm. To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza check Changeonslapac

Further, you get two cup holders placed in the central console which also gives room for storing a phone charger or other such utilities. The upper glovebox is cooled in the top variants while there is rear armrest with cup holder. There is also concealed seat undertray and back pockets on front seats. The 328L boot space might look average but the low loading bay makes a practical case for storing more luggage. And with the rear seat base flipped, you haul more cargo. The boot also contains a 12V socket and a baggage hook as well as storage space on either side which is certainly a practical effort from the carmaker.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine

The 1.5-litre petrol engine will churn about 104bhp of power and close to 138Nm of maximum torque. This is the new K15 engine we saw in the Ciaz and Ertiga. This should be more than sufficient to drive. It will be quieter. The petrol engine should come mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine should have more power than the diesel engine. The Brezza petrol will have not only have better outright performance but will even be great for daily city driving. It will also be more economical in its return. The automatic that might be offered will be the CVT one or the newly launched Ciaz gearbox. An AMT unit which is used throughout the Maruti lineup will be an easy application too.

There were rumours that the Brezza will be getting a 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine, but this won’t happen for the Indian car market. Maruti will stick to the regular 1.5-litre petrol and maybe turbo it like the XUV300 to keep the costs low. The Brezza petrol will not get the 1.0-litre BoosterJet engine. We do think that SHVS could make it to this car. The engine start-stop function in traffic to save fuel is a good idea.

The petrol engines from Maruti are always fuel efficient. The Maruti Vitara Brezza petrol mileage is expected to be about 12-13km/l in the city and it will be about 17km/l on the highway. This is great mileage for a petrol powered SUV. At the same time, the Maruti Brezza petrol AMT should return 11km/l in the city and close to 17km/l on the highway.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Driving

The Vitara Brezza has always had a stiff ride. Though it feels like the stiffness has been reduced a bit now, it still transmits the vibes from broken roads and potholes to inside the cabin. Especially when you are driving slow, the undulations of the surface can be felt inside the cabin quite easily. Going over bumps a little faster does take the sting out a bit.

This ride gets better on the highways and the body roll, especially considering the boxy shape, remains well under control. The ride remains stable even at speeds close to 120kmph. The steering is light to turn and it’s a breeze to use in the city. On the highways, it does weigh up but the feel remains a little lacking. Even the brakes are well tuned and the action is progressive and predictable

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

All variants of the Vitara Brezza get dual airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution and reverse parking sensors as standard. The range-topping ZDi+ gets reverse parking camera as well. Overall, the SUV does have a good safety package; one that earned it a 4-star rating in the global NCAP crash tests. However, rivals like the XUV300 have upped the game with features like seven airbags, front parking sensors and adjustable headrests for all five occupants, and we hope Maruti Suzuki follows suit.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Price in Mumbai

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On Road Price is 9,19,238/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,77,642/- in Mumbai. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza comes in 9 colours, namely Fiery Yellow With Pearl Arctic White,Pearl Arctic White,Premium Silver,Cerulean Blue,Blazing Red,Cerulean Blue With Pearl Arctic White,Blazing Red with Midnight Black,Fiery Yellow,Granite Grey. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza comes with 2WD with 1248 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 89 bhp@4000 rpm and Peak Torque 200 Nm@1750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Summing Up

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza has many competitors in Ford EcoSport, Mahindra KUV 100 and Renault Duster. Other than Ford EcoSport, a car with a higher price, no other competitor has a better engine than the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza diesel engine.Maruti Suzuki has cleverly priced this car, invading numerous under-4 meter segments. The Maruti Vitara Brezza price for the manual variants starts at Rs. 7.69 lakh and goes up to Rs.10 lakhs while the diesel automatic variants come in the price range of Rs. 8.85 lakh and Rs. 10.62 lakhs. Maruti Vitara Brezza competes against the like of Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 in the segment.

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