Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview
If there’s anything automotive history has to prove to us, it’s that it is really difficult for manufacturers to successfully cater to all the spheres of the market. Even for someone as big a giant as Maruti Suzuki, who has been at the top of the small car hill, things have gone haywire and there have been a couple of failed attempts to replicate their success stories in the highly lucrative crossover segment View offers on Maruti cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Not wanting to be left behind in what is now a genuine volume game; Maruti Suzuki have lengthened their strides to catch up to their global rivals and come up with the new Vitara Brezza – Maruti’s maiden product to be designed and developed entirely in India. Shown first at the Auto Expo last month, the VitaraBrezza is now on sale and neatly bridges the gap between Maruti’s existing hatchbacks and a couple of sedans. However, will it be able to make up for the S-Cross’ poor show in the crossover space and make a name for itself when put up against some pretty fierce competition?
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Design
The speciality of this exquisite vehicle is that it has the qualities of a SUV as well as that of a hatchback. Hence, this car has a smooth run in the Indian city roads. I can traverse the highways with an equal amount of ease. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza exterior presents an aggressive look in many ways. The new engine grille does play a great part in this aspect of the vehicle’s personality. The chrome designs ensure that you get a fantastic combination of beauty and sturdiness in equal measure. The front bumper has the same colour as that of the body and thus looks like the extension of the body in many ways. A big air dam and two high intensity fog lights are the highlights of this front burner. The smoked look of the headlight cluster that has projector lamps and daytime running lights is a fantastic experience.
The 16-alloy wheel arches enable a high quality Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza performance. This is one of the few cars that have black window pillars to suit the colour of the tinted glass. You can recognize this magnificent vehicle from afar because of the chromium plate with its name engraved. A faux silver garnished aluminium plate guards the rear bumper. In short, one can say that the actual looks of the car matches perfectly with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza images.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Cabin
The Brezza isn’t a very tall SUV, but the cabin is set at a comfortable height so getting in and out is easy. The seats are well shaped but the cushioning is a touch too soft and this can be uncomfortable over long distances. Up front, you get a excellent view out thanks to the low-set dashboard that is smart in its own right. The centre portion (that hosts the infotainment system) is nicely framed with a piano black plastic surround, which is a neat styling element. The silver highlights and glossy black plastics on the dash do add some colour, and what’s more, the instrument cluster also gets selectable colours for the backlighting. The dashboard is practical too and comes with twin gloveboxes (the upper one being cooled), and there’s a generous storage area in the console between the seats. Unlike the Baleno, the USB port is quite accessible (though still not lit) for iPhone users to connect to CarPlay.
There are, however, lots of bits shared with other Marutis, like the steering and power window switches from the first-generation Swift (our perennial beef with Maruti). The air con buttons are all new, but aren’t uniformly sized and curiously, the largest button here is that of the Auto AC mode.The overall cabin quality is good, but not great. Some of the plastics are nicely textured, but in the lower areas, the finish could have been better. What lifts the cabin to a good extent is the woven roof lining and plush seat fabrics that deliver an ambience that is more premium than other compact SUVs.Maruti designers we spoke to revealed balancing adequate boot space and a roomy cabin was a challenge. What’s nice is that space in the back is sufficient enough to seat three, and offers adequate knee room and plenty of headroom. The cabin width too is surprisingly good. Rear seat comfort is good and the inclusion of a fold-out centre armrest also helps here. And there’s a coat hook too.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Gearbox
Out on the road, the Vitara Brezza could best be described as ‘good enough’. Though it doesn’t do too much wrong, it doesn’t excel in any particular area either. Under the bonnet is an engine that we are all familiar with – the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre turbo diesel engine albeit in higher DDiS200 guise. In the VitaraBrezza, this engine develops 89bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. In other words, it’s a small capacity engine, yes, but it has some pep because the car it’s moving is a featherweight at 1170kg. To put it into perspective, the Brezza is over a 100kg lighter than the EcoSport and it’s the former’s inherent lightness that makes it apt for urban commuting. Sure, there is some turbo lag below 2000 revs but once past it, the VitaraBrezza surges forward strongly even on part throttle as it rides the wave of torque through the mid-range.
Keeping the throttle pedal pinned to the floor, however, doesn’t bring in much to the table as the power tapers off at around 4,000rpm and what follows is the distinctively loud drone of the Fiat motor. Although Maruti has worked on reducing the overall NVH levels, there is no hiding away from the fact that this DDiS motor is starting to feel its age and needs replacing soon. The 5-speed manual gearbox, on the other hand, works well under regular driving conditions with a clean shift operation and a light clutch though we wish it would row through the gears in a smoother manner when used spiritedly.Now this engine may not be the most powerful or the most refined of the lot but the trade-off for all of these wholegrain mediocrity is efficiency, and lots of it. As a matter of fact, Maruti Suzuki is claiming an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 24.3kmpl and given the low kerb weight, long gearing and low rolling-resistance tyres, the VitaraBrezza may just breach the 20kmpl mark out in the real world with some careful driving.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Driving
The Vitara Brezza’s suspension comprises front MacPherson struts and a torsion beam at the rear, but what’s noteworthy is that ground clearance is at an impressive 198mm. Base and middle-spec versions get 16-inch tyres while top-end models get 215/60 R16 tyres as standard. Our ZDi+ version came with the bigger 16-inch wheels and did a good job of smothering potholes and bigger ruts in true SUV fashion. However, the suspension is on the firmer side and the thud from sharper edges filter through. Also, on uneven surfaces the ride feels a tad lumpy, but never to the point of being uncomfortable. In fact, the Vitara Brezza does a good overall job of isolating passengers from the road and copes admirably with rough surfaces. The fat Apollo Tyres on our ZDi+ car no doubt soaking up a lot of the shocks.
The steering, like most Suzukis, has a bit of a dead zone around the straight ahead position but otherwise is pretty accurate and fairly quick too. In fact, compared to the Baleno, the Vitara Brezza’s steering feels more precise and body roll is well contained too, thanks to the relatively stiffer setup.
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 Ex-Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from 7,57,011/- (Vitara Brezza LDI Optional) to 10,09,079/- (Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Bangalore. Check for Vitara Brezza price in Bangalore at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Verdict
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.