Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance & Test Drive

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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.

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 a handsome vehicle, there is no denying the strong lines and stance it adopts. However make no mistake this is more crossover than SUV and despite the ‘tall’ claims, the Vitara Brezza almost resembles a hatchback, albeit a very large one. Its character strangely enough comes not from its tallish stance but from its width accentuated by that slim and very wide grille that flows smoothly from headlamp to headlamp. Even the ornamentation, like the slim daytime running LEDs accentuate the width of the Vitara Brezza.

The front end is undoubtedly the most attractive profile of the Vitara Brezza. In fact, the front looks more like one big bumper with a large air dam and dinner plate sized fog lamp and indicator inserts commanding attention. Another aspect that makes it stand out distinctly is the length, and you have to hand it to Maruti, the design is so clever the Vitara Brezza just does not feel like it’s under 4-metre in length.Ground clearance is a reasonable 198mm which means you have enough room to hurdle large obstacles in urban areas and enough if you do decide to tread mildly off road! The 16-inch wheels and tyres do a decent job of filling out the wheel arches and giving the side profile a fuller appearance.

The side profile of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is probably the dullest profile but a unique highlight gives it an edge over others in the segment. That highlight is the white almost floating roof. Almost floating because the roof appears to extend into the D-Pillar and the white paint effect continues into that area. There are other variants without the white roof and the floating effect is more visible in those. Nonetheless the white roof in the ZDi + dual tone variant we were driving superbly complements its second tone, a soft golden hue. Even the wing mirrors have been pained white to carry forward the dual tone theme.

Max length is just 3,995mm while height stands at 1,640mm and max width is a generous 1,790mm. The 2,500mm wheelbase also reveals just how close the wheels are placed to the edges, and a side profile clearly shows the short overhangs both front and rear. At 1,530mm front and 1,505mm rear, the track is also substantially wide to enhance interior space and give it, on paper, the right spec for stable dynamics.At the rear, the spoiler, the chrome boot handle and the chunky bumper with the silver scuff plate make that end look busy and yet attractive.Check for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Comfort

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.

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.To know more details on Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza visit Thebigtrak

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.

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.

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

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 Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On Road Price is 9,42,200/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,85,650/- in Bangalore. 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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