Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance & Test Drive


Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview

Maruti may be king in the small car space, but what the carmaker’s line-up lacked was a compact SUV model. This all-new Vitara Brezza plugs that gap in India’s largest car manufacturer’s product mix. It’s an important product for another reason too – it is the first Maruti to be designed and developed entirely in India. Maruti insiders reiterate this is a model made in India, for India, and the 98 percent localisation level further underlines the point. The overwhelming initial interest in the car suggests Maruti has a winner on its hands, but let’s just zoom in a bit and see the Vitara Brezza for what it is. Check for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza  price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Built on Suzuki’s global C platform, the Vitara Brezza measures just under 4m in length. Like chief rival, the Ford EcoSport, the monocoque-bodied Vitara Brezza places its engine transversally and will be a front-wheel drive only; there is no provision for an all-wheel-drive system. While the last bit is unlikely to be a deterrent for buyers, what is sure to find universal appeal is the Vitara Brezza’s safe but robust design. Maruti designers wanted to capture the upright stance and look of a proper SUV within the small footprint and it must be said, they’ve succeeded to that end.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Look

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 Comfort

Step inside the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and what greeted me is a familiar sight. The dashboard is an almost straight lift off from the Baleno, which is not a bad thing since it is a well executed and clean layout. For those not familiar with the Baleno layout, the only differences in the Vitara Brezza are the piano black mirror finished bezels surrounding the infotainment system and the air con vents and the rake of the dashboard which feels less steep in the Baleno.

Another interesting aspect is that, the S-Cross, Baleno and the Vitara Brezza all sport different multi information displays wedged in between the speedo and tachometer. I found the Baleno multi info display to have the most interesting stuff with performance and assorted data displayed whereas the Vitara Brezza’s is simpler. The steering wheel you see in the images shows the audio controls, phone activation controls and cruise control switches. The latter is a first in this segment and should set off a trend though its only available in the ZDi+ variant.

Space and storage areas are another big plus in the Maruti Vitara Brezza. The rear bench, where the width and the wide track come into play, has generous knee room and can easily seat three passengers. The boot volume stands at 328 litres with the rear seats folded up. This isnt hugely generous but the layout of the boot with a full flat loading area and easy access give it an advantage. Fold the 60:40 split rear seats down and you can expand boot volume significantly. Apart from the native space, you also get several storage features, dual gloveboxes, bottle holders all around and several more areas where you can store all sorts of things.

Comfort is also a key area and while Suresh felt the seats in the Vitara Brezza were a bit too firm, I know these work better over time. The firmer seats wear their shape, density and firmness for a longer period of time and are also more comfortable over longer distances.My one grouse is with the graphic on the upholstery and the plastic panels. Maruti have attempted to go after a carbon fibre-like finish but it’s not smart and a simpler, subtle and less textured effect may have worked better. To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza visit Ksd-media

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Transmission

The Brezza has been launched with a single engine option – the ubiquitous DDiS200 unit. The Fiat-sourced four-cylinder, 1.3-litre turbo-diesel engine produces 89bhp and a strong 20.4kgm. First impressions are that it is adequately powered with a nice, beefy mid-range; a well-known characteristic of this engine. It’s surprisingly quick too – the 1,197kg Vitara Brezza sprints to 100kph from rest in under 13 seconds, making it quicker than the 1,290kg Ford EcoSport. The Vitara Brezza’s strong mid-range is best experienced in the 40-100kph dash in fourth gear which is dismissed in 15.2 seconds; quicker than the EcoSport’s time for the same increment!

However, this engine is also known for its sluggishness at low revs which continues to be its weak link. Though Maruti has worked to minimise the turbo lag in successive models using this same motor, in the Vitara Brezza too, you can’t miss the fact that below 2,000rpm the engine isn’t quite awake. Although this compact SUV, which comes with reworked gear ratios will amble along quite happily on a part throttle to keep up with the flow of traffic, it’s when you mash your right foot down hard that the engine gets bogged down, especially in the relatively tall third gear. Cross the 2,000rpm mark and there’s a sudden rush of power which doesn’t abate until 5,000rpm. In fact, this engine maxes out at a remarkably high (for a diesel) 5,300rpm, which encourages you to make good use of the strong mid-range and top end.

As a result, the Vitara Brezza is a comfortable highway cruiser with ample reserve for overtaking. However, a more linear power delivery and more torque deeper down would have made the Vitara Brezza more entertaining to drive. Hence, to get the most out of this engine you need be in the right gear at all times and this leads us to the gearshift, which again is nothing to write home about. It’s accurate but a touch sticky and lacks the crispness we have now come to expect from most cars in this price bracket. The clutch though is fairly light with good progression, which take the sting out of stop-start driving.

Where the Vitara Brezza impressed us was with its refinement. Sure, there’s no escaping the characteristic drone of the Fiat diesel that filters into the cabin at higher revs, but the Vitara Brezza does feel nicely hushed when driven in a relaxed manner, with road and wind noise well contained.

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

One area Maruti was lagging behind Hyundai used to be the feature set they offered on their products. The Baleno was the first to move the game ahead for Maruti and the Vitara Brezza aims to carry that advantage further. On the outside apart from the two tone finishes and the projector lamps with the LED DRLs you also get a host of customisable options bracketed under three distinct types: Glamour, Urban and Sporty. You also get rain sensing wipers and automatic headlamps as well as a reverse parking camera with guidance markers.Inside the cabin I did like the cooled upper glovebox and the six-colour options for the instrument binnacle which lights up the speedo and tacho from white to silver to reds and blues. Maruti continues to offer CarPlay, compatible with both Android as well as iOS.

On the safety front, driver airbag is standard across the range while passenger airbags are an option. ABS is also standard across the range though there is no ESP or traction control. Hopefully that should begin making an appearance in the future. Maruti for the first time has also incorporated cruise control, though I seldom see it being used in India given our traffic conditions both in the city and on the highways. Then there are several other features that are slowly becoming par for the course such as bag and coat hangers, multiple charging points, etc. One feature I would have liked to see would have been a telescopic steering wheel. Maruti continues to offer tilt settings but telescopic will be a benefit for various body types.

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 Final Word

The Vitara Brezza comes across as a well-rounded package but stands out most for its spacious and well-equipped cabin with best-in-class features. It’s not particularly exciting to drive and lacks a bit of emotion, but for practicality and as an everyday family transport, it’s hard to beat. What seals the deal is the very attractive introductory pricing which starts at Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base LDi version, undercutting the Ford EcoSport diesel by a sizeable margin. Even the fully loaded ZDi+ trim, priced at Rs 9.68 lakh, seems to offer good value for the money. The Vitara Brezza ticks all the boxes and puts forward all that a compact SUV buyer would be looking for and more. In fact, the Vitara Brezza caters to a wide audience ranging from not just SUV buyers, but also to those on the lookout for a hatchback and sedan too. Finally, Maruti has an SUV to take the market by storm.

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