Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

When it comes to cars in India, one has to admit that Maruti leads the pack. Starting from the initial foray into the car market with the Maruti 800, this Company has come a long way. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the latest of the beauties to roll out of the Maruti stable. Maruti is the master at building these compact vehicles that suit every kind of budget in the country. Looking at the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza price list, one can say that this car has the capacity of following the same tradition. Test drive for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 

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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Exteriors

The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is striking to look at when you first lay your eyes on it and this is because of the fact that Maruti’s styling studio have got it spot on when it comes to the way the Brezza is stanced. The first thing you really notice is how this sub 4-meter compact SUV appears to look much bigger than it actually is and how the front is angled in a way to make it look aggressive and appear much wider than it is.The front gets a very well designed and detailed chrome grille that joins the two headlamps together. The top of the line car that we have here gets daytime running lights and a projector headlamps setup. The front bumper is sporty and gets a large blacked out air dam which is well complemented by the silver skid plate. The fog lamp and the indicators are separate units and are get their own matte black surrounds.

Move to the sides and the plastic cladding dominates the lower half of the car along with the flared wheel arches. The top of the line car gets a set of 16-inch wheels with 215/60 R16 alloy wheels while the lower variants get 205/60 R16 steel wheels. The wheels though lack drama and are just too plain in terms of design for a car like the Brezza and the 16-inch gunmetal grey wheels from the Ciaz for example would have gone a long way in making the car look a lot sportier and more premium than it is now.

Coming to the roof, the floating roof design has elements of the Maruti Suzuki Swift in it and is possibly one of the most important styling features on the car as you could actually opt for a factory finished two tone paint option which we think makes the Brezza look a lot more cooler! The two tone paint options are only available on the ZDi+ variant and can be had in either red/black, blue/white or a yellow/white combination. Personally, we think that the blue/white combo looks the best of the lot. That said, the partition line on the inside of the bootlid could have been executed a lot better and although it does not show on the outside, it does linger on the back of your head. Sadly, the Brezza we drove was in a more subtle shade of silver without the two-tone treatment and although we would have loved the brighter blue or yellow, the silver should possibly outsell either of those colors by a considerable margin.

Around the rear, the wide stance of the Brezza continues with the horizontally stacked tail lamps and the large embossed Vitara Brezza badged chrome garnish piece atop the number plate area. The rear bumper also gets a silver finished skid plate, which is well contrasted with the matte black cladding around it. The built in spoiler on the Brezza also adds a hint of sportiness into this compact SUV.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Interiors

When it comes to the interiors, the engineers at Maruti decided to play a little safe and offer a simple and elegant solution instead of the over the top design you get on some other compact SUVs. The central console is finished in gloss black while the dashboard itself gets a matte black tone. The Brezza also gets a brushed aluminum styling feature that runs horizontally on the dashboard and helps break up the singular color’s monotony. The lower part of the central console gets a climate control system with an auto function and some storage space for knick knacks. The speedometer console gets two large dials which get a mood lighting option with five distinct color choices, red, orange, blue, white and yellow that the driver can choose from.

The central screen gets inbuilt navigation and Apple CarPlay which is a real boon in case you use an Apple device. Other features in the Brezza include a reverse parking camera with parking sensors, automatic headlamps, automatic rain sensing windscreen wipers and cruise control. The higher spec versions also get auto folding outside rear view mirrors and a start-stop button. All in all, the Vitara Brezza is jammed pack with gadgetry! That said, plastic quality is quite substandard and does offer slightly mediocre tactile feel. The textured plastic on the top half of the dashboard also looks and feels a little tacky. The central panel also has rather large panel gaps and feels not as solid as it feels on most other cars in this segment or hatchbacks that are similarly priced.

In terms of seating space, the Vitara Brezza scores high. The front seats are very comfortable and offer a good overall support. The rear seats are spacious and offer good legroom due to the scooped out front seats and good under thigh support too. We also like how the Vitara Brezza gets scooped out door panels on the rear which help making more space so that three passengers can sit next to each other in relative comfort. There is also enough headroom for the average passenger despite the stylish sloping roofline. That said, we are immensely disappointed with the fact that despite the demand, the Vitara Brezza does not get leather interiors even on the most expensive versions. Check for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza  in basna.in

Eariler Maruti Suzuki products were criticized for not having enough storage space. The Brezza gets a bottle holder on the front door cards along with two cup holders in the central console and a single bottle holder in each of the rear doors. The Brezza also gets a centre console that comes mighty handy for storing a phone charger or other utilities. The large 328-litre boot might not be the biggest in its category but the relatively low loading floor and large spare wheel (205/60 R15 with a black steel wheel) will certainly be a boon for most customers.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance

No modifications have been made to the 1.3-litre DDiS200 diesel engine. It still makes 90PS of max power and 200Nm of peak torque. It continues to suffers from turbo lag below 2,000rpm and delivers good performance beyond that, till about 4500rpm. What the AMT transmission does is reduce the effect of the turbo lag.

The gearbox does not shift the gears too often, be it up or down. Also, it hold the revs in lower gears to keep the car in the meat of the powerband. As a result, you get a smooth ride without worrying about getting the revs up. Even for overtakes, the gearbox downshifts only when the throttle action is sudden and strong, otherwise it keeps the car in the same gear to complete the manoeuvre. On highways, the change from 4th to 5th gear can barely be felt, and the car clocks miles happily. The throttle response has been dialed back a little. As a result, you will have to provide more input to get noticeable performance. Gear shifts are smooth, as long as you are gentle with the throttle. If you like to drive fast in traffic, it’s better to shift to the manual mode and control the shifts yourself.

But the act of the gearbox holding revs has taken a bit of a toll on the efficiency. Where the manual returned a mileage of 21kmpl in the city in our tests, the AMT returned 17.6kmpl. Even on the highway, the efficiency went down by around 5kmpl, to 20.9kmpl. But even these figures are well ahead of the competition and even on its own, they are nothing short of impressive.Overall, the AMT has been tuned for city use and because the gearbox keeps you in the powerband for most of the time, driving the AMT feels even better than the manual!

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Driving

Being a taller SUV, the Vitara Brezza will handle like one. That is exactly what we assumed about it till we actually put it through its paces. Of course, there is a fair bit of body roll but the suspension setup is on the stiffer side making the Brezza handle quite well for what is essentially a tall SUV. With only two people in the car, there is a lot of bouncing and skipping that comes along especially over undulated, bumpy or just the bad roads that we drive on daily here in India. This of course disappears when you have a full load of five people and a boot full of luggage. Ride for rear seat passengers is decent and the fact that the Brezza does not bounce around like some other SUVs in its market is a plus point.

Continuing on the handling aspects a little more, the Brezza is quite similar to the Duster’s setup in many ways as both these SUVs love being chucked into a corner with a sense of confidence and not making a fuss while at it. Maruti has always made neutral handling cars and the Brezza based on Suzuki’s brand new global C-Platform (first car in India to get the new platform) is no different. There is just a hint of understeer when you take a corner fast but slightly lifting off the throttle usually gets the Brezza back in line.

The Vitara Brezza gets disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear. All variants, from the cheapest to the most expensive get an ABS option which is something you must choose when buying your car. The brake feel itself is very positive and although the car does dip a little from the front under very heavy braking, there isn’t much drama on the whole which results in a good stopping distance. The 215/60 R16 tyres on the highest spec car does help too but the tyre noise and road rumble do filter into the cabin quite prominently.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

A mere glance at the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza specifications would be enough to make you realize that there is no compromise on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Braking and Safety aspect. Each variant of this Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza model has ventilated brakes from the front wheels. At the same time, you have drum brakes for the rear wheels. The driver airbag is a common feature in all the variants with the higher variants having passenger airbags as well. The anti-lock braking system coupled with the electronic brake-force distribution in some of the higher variants makes this vehicle a very safe one. This makes Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza handling quite easy. The parking sensors are an additional attraction in the higher variants.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Price in Gurgaon

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On-Road Price in Gurgaon ranges from 8,04,328 to 10,99,920 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 Gurgaon. Check for Brezza price in Gurgaon at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Final Word

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.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.

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