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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza - Price in India, Review & Photos

 Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LDI - RS: 8,42,870
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LDI (O) - RS: 8,58,390
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza VDI - RS: 9,37,182
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza VDI (O - RS:) 9,52,701
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDI - RS: 10,33,223
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus - RS: 11,51,415
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus (Dual Tone) - RS: 11,68,129

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is MSI’s first offering in the compact SUV space and is slotted below S-Cross in the line-up. Maruti Suzuki India’s reign in Indian market is unmatchable and it looks firmly at acquiring zenith in segments untouched so far. The term ‘compact’ had been humming around for a while post success of SUVs such as Ford EcoSport and Mahindra TUV300. Built from the ground up, the only thing that seems a tad familiar is the prefix Vitara that has been taken from the phased out model. That said, the styling cues too have been borrowed from the phased out model sold in international markets. Considering the high level of localisation (around 98%) and its positioning beneath S-Cross, Maruti Vitara Brezza price in India had to be competitive. One more aspect that we should take in contemplation is that the compact SUV is currently available only in diesel variants, hence the Maruti Viatara Brezza price for the base variant has been placed aggressively. Feature list is likely to be rich with some of the segment first comfort goodies and prominent safety equipment adding up to the credibility of the vehicle.


In terms of exterior design and styling, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza seems inspired from two concepts – Maruti XA Alpha and iV-4 concepts – showcased at the 2012 Auto Expo Delhi and 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show respectively. With balanced proportion and a high ground clearance, the Maruti Vitara Brezza looks quite aggressive and sporty. What further enhance its SUV-ish appeal are upright hood, square wheel arches, high shoulder line, short overhangs and bold stance. The vehicle’s aggressive front fascia is accentuated by an upright hood marked by a pair of signature bull horn LED lights with projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights, signature ‘S’ badge, stylish body-coloured bumper and a retro-styled honeycomb airdam.

The body-coloured bumper strongly underlines its vertically slats radiator grille and fuses with slightly prominent square wheel arches on both ends. Though, the side profile of the sub-4 metre SUV looks identical to the Suzuki iV-4 concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Frankfurt Motor Show. While the lower variants are assembled with the 5-spoke, 15-inch steel wheels and 205/60 tyres, higher trims get larger 16-inch alloy wheels and 215/60 R16 tyres. The car also features high shoulder line, bold creases, a sharply raked windscreen, short overhangs, etc.

Maruti Vitara Brezza compact SUV
Based on the Suzuki Global ‘C’ platform, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza measures 3,995mm in length, 1,790mm in width and 1,640mm in height. While a wheelbase of 2,500mm offers a generous cabin space, the ground clearance of 198mm ensures stable drive and handling on all sorts of terrains. The vehicle has a turning radius of 5.2 meters. The Maruti Brezza is the first car in its segment to come with dual-tone color scheme. The Maruti Brezza is available in a total of 9 different exterior color options – Blazing Red with Midnight Black, Fiery Yellow with Pearl Arctic White, Cerulean Blue with Pearl Arctic White, Pearl Arctic White, Premium Silver, Granite Grey, Blazing Red, Cerulean Blue and Fiery Yellow. One must note that the aforementioned exterior shades vary model-wise.


There is nothing to write home about the interior and the Brezza’s cabin is as conventional as it comes. The dashboard is minimalistic and we wish Maruti employed some chunky knobs or other bits to compliment the exterior. The familiar CarPlay enabled touchscreen dominates proceedings has a high-quality display and feels very modern. Plastic quality and fit and finish though decent is not as nice as the bigger Creta. It does feel slightly better than its chief rival the EcoSport. Lower down and on the door pads it’s apparent that Maruti has cut corners and the plastics feel hard and shiny. Weight saving, however, doesn’t make the car feel as solid as it should. The light doors shut with a shallow thunk and it lacks the solidity of the EcoSport. There are many bits shared with the cheaper Swift too, like the power window switches, steering wheel, stalks etc.

As the Brezza has a compact footprint, Maruti has cleverly used vertical space to give the Brezza as much room as possible. Unlike an SUV you sit quite low in the Brezza so getting in and out through the large doors is extremely easy. The front seats are big, supportive and have acres of legroom. But, the Brezza really surprises as far as rear space is concerned. There is enough knee room for an average-sized adult and even headroom is generous. The backrest is set quite upright and there is enough thigh support to make you comfortable. The boot at 328litres  though slightly smaller than the EcoSport’s, feels much more usable thanks to the hatch opening and well-shaped bay. You also get 60:40 split seats for added convenience.

In the top ZDi + trim the Vitara comes loaded with features. It gets a touchscreen infotainment system which houses the Apple CarPlay, navigation, auto climate control, keyless go, reverse camera with sensors, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, daytime running lamps and a comprehensive trip computer with five different mood lighting for the instrumentation. In terms of safety, Maruti offers two airbags and ABS as optional across the range. We just wished it was standard as in the Baleno.


► Engine  – 1.3-litre Multijet Diesel
► Maximum Power – 89bhp @ 4,000rpm
► Maximum Torque – 200Nm @ 2,000rpm.
► Transmission – 5-speed manual gearbox


For now, the Brezza packs the familiar 1248cc diesel motor in 89bhp guise. Press the starter button and the engine settles into an accustomed smooth albeit gravely idle. Like experienced before there is initial turbo lag at low revs and you need to constantly shift gears at slow speeds to keep the motor on the boil. 

Post 2000rpm though, the engine really awakens and the strong mid-range makes driving effortless. The motor feels free revving too but past 4000rpm power starts to tail off and there is no point stretching it to its 5200rpm redline as the engine becomes really vocal. Maruti has also employed shorter gear ratios as compared to the Ciaz to aid drivability. As a result, the Brezza recorded some decent figures in our acceleration tests. 100kph is reached in a brisk 12.7 seconds and even its in-gear times of 12.87 seconds for 20-80kph in third and 15.98seconds for 40-100kph in fourth are quite impressive too. The short throw gearbox though could have been a bit smoother in operation.

Around corners the Brezza behaves like a normal hatchback which is a good thing. It displays good stability at speed and handling is very safe and predictable, with no nasty surprises. As a family car, meant for sedate driving, the direct and precise steering and easy controls make it a stress-free car to drive. But the steering feels over assisted and it weighs up inconsistently as you pick up speed. Though body-roll is well contained, it doesn’t have the willingness to change direction as the EcoSport and it’s certainly not a car that enjoys being hustled. 

As for the ride, due to the light weight it does feels a bit jiggly at low speeds and not very adept at handling sharp bumps, and you can feel the suspension thump through the light body especially at the rear. Though it never gets to the point of being uncomfortable, it is something you can live with. However, as you go faster, it settles down to offer a fairly flat and consistent ride. The brakes, on the other hand, offer good bite and stopping power, but a more linear pedal feel would have been welcomed.


Powered with a 1.30-litre DDiS 200 engine that also does duty on the Baleno, S-Cross & Swift, the Maruti Vitara Brezza is claimed to be more fuel efficient than its siblings. Maruti Suzuki claims that the Vitara Brezza offers an impressive mileage of 24.3kmpl. And what makes it to achieve such impressive mileage figures is its more compact and lighter body-built.


 Edited by : Shahen Tharammal
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1 comment:

  1. It's actually quite interesting to see how a familiar car looks somewhat different when it's taken into a different environment. The Suzuki Vittara looks a lot different Down Under!