Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Facelift Review & 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.
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. Check for Maruti Vitara Brezza price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.
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.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Interiors
The interior, as we have come to expect from Maruti Suzuki of late, is refreshing to look at despite the excessive use of black and shades of silver here and there. Having spent time in the S-Cross and the Baleno, the layout in here doesn’t feel particularly ‘new’, however, everything is there and the ergonomics are very good. It seems the central console with the piano black finish was designed as a ‘shrine’ for the touchscreen infotainment system. Among the rest of the all-new design bits there’s the funky looking side air-con vents, square-shaped dials for the instrument console and tiny air-con controls. Some of the plastics on these new bits do not feel particularly solid (take the door pads or the seat adjustment controls, for instance) but they do not sour the overall experience.
Coming back to the ergonomics, the Brezza is nowhere as tall as say an EcoSport and yet, the seating position is right about perfect. Now although the seats are set a bit low, the view out of the windscreen and the front windows is clear and heaps better than that in the EcoSport, thanks to the low-set dashboard and window-line. Things get better as you move onto the back seat as the Brezza is surprisingly spacious for its size and the rear bench itself offers adequate support at all the right places. Be it knee room, headroom or thigh support, it’s all there. You could even get away with three passengers in the back so long as the one in the middle is not generously sized.
As for the all-important equipment list, the top-spec ZDi+ trim is loaded to the brim with standard gizmos including cruise control, reverse parking camera, Apple CarPlay connectivity for the infotainment system, projector headlights and electrically foldable mirrors. Other ancillary features include automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and climate control. One thing worth noting is that while a driver-side airbag is a standard on all variants, front passenger airbag and ABS with EBD is offered as an option from base variant onwards. Unfortunately, this is one area where Maruti could have clearly done better by standardising ABS and dual airbags across the range.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Transmission
Now here’s where the new version really differs. There’s still the typical diesel clatter at start up, but there’s no clutch pedal. You just press on the brake, move the stubby gear lever to D, and get going. There’s a creep function built into the Brezza AGS. So, lifting off the brake pedal does get this Maruti SUV motoring along instantly. And it doesn’t creep; it almost bolts ahead. It’s best then to cover the brake pedal when driving in traffic.
As the road opens up, the shift lag – characteristic of AMTs – rears its ugly head. It’s not as pronounced at slower speeds when driving with a light throttle. But, press harder on the throttle pedal, and your heads nods will get more violent as well. Plus, there’s the engine. This 90bhp, 1.3-litre, four-cylinder diesel, which is essentially a Fiat engine, is now old in the tooth. Not only does it have a telling turbo lag, it’s also noisier, less refined, and slower than what the competition offers. And that probably is the Brezza’s biggest shortcoming.
Otherwise, the Brezza continues to be a good handling SUV. It has predictable steering, a good turn-in, not much body roll around corners, and even when it gets out of shape, it doesn’t snap which makes it more controllable and safe on the limit. What was also surprising was the ride quality. No, the Brezza still doesn’t ride as plush as a pillow, but the suspension is less noisy now, and the bump absorption is less jarring as well. For more details on Maruti Vitara Brezza check Ogequipment
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 Ahmedabad
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On Road Price is 8,52,566/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,76,426/- in Ahmedabad. 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 .Check for Maruti Vitara Brezza price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Final Word
The Vitara Brezza is somewhat of a polarising vehicle. As small crossovers go it’s probably the easiest to drive and park in the busiest of places and thanks to a roomy cabin, surprisingly comfortable as well. However, that diesel power-plant is showing its age now and is a let-down, especially in the wake of more powerful and noticeably more refined alternatives. Although at the end of the day, the VitaraBrezza’s shortcomings do not outweigh its benefits. Being a Maruti Suzuki, it’s a serious contender in the compact crossover segment, one that’s absolutely worth your consideration at ex-showroom prices starting just shy of Rs 7 lakh.
Meanwhile, the ZDi+ trim that you see here comes in at around Rs 9.50 lakh which makes it less expensive than the equivalent diesel-powered EcoSport trim. What’s really interesting here is the fact that the EcoSport has just had a massive price cut and yet, it demands a premium over the VitaraBrezza. Going forward, this latest addition to the compact crossover brigade is bound to shake up the segment simply by the virtue of Maruti’s aggressive pricing approach.Tags: Maruti Suzuki