Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Facelift Review & Performance
- December 13, 2018
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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Overview
Maruti Vitara Brezza with the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) has been launched in India with prices starting at Rs. 8.54 lakh going all the way up to Rs. 10.49 lakh for the top-end Automatic (prices are ex-showroom, Delhi). The AMT option on the Maruti Brezza had long been awaited, and finally, the company launches the subcompact SUV in the AGS avatar which is offered with the VDi, ZDi and ZDi+ variants. Apart from the AMT gearbox, the interior as well as the exterior of the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza have been given a facelift too. It now gets alloy wheels in gloss black finish. Designed and developed completely in India, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is the first sub-compact SUV from the Indo-Japanese carmaker for the domestic market. Book a test drive for Vitara Brezza in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Design
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.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Cabin
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.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine
Under the Vitara Brezza’s hood lies the unassuming 4-cylinder 1248cc turbocharged diesel mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that’s the mainstay of the Maruti fleet. This engine serves several cars in their fleet and is a competent, efficient and relaxed performer. Making a max 90PS of power and a respectable 200Nm of max torque gives it the competency to handle any situation with a full load of passengers and luggage. There have been doubts voiced by several people as to the capability of this engine and I can now report that those doubts can be laid to rest. It however has its advantages and drawbacks.The advantages the Vitara Brezza’s engine offers are good fuel efficiency, as I write this, I achieved a fuel economy of 17.9kmpl on the highway driving at a steady 100kmph. Had I to drop this speed to an average 80kmph, that efficiency figure would have hiked north significantly, easily leading up to or at least close to Maruti’s claimed 24.3kmpl overall. I have yet to test the city mileage but I have no doubts it will be impressive.
Another advantage this engine has to offer is its refinement and strong mid range torque spread. There is little to no engine noise or vibration that you can feel inside the cabin at any speeds. The mid range torque spread is also another strong asset. However the Vitara Brezza does have a bit of a weak spot especially the low down torque and high rev grunt. What this results in are more gear changes as the loads on the engine increase.So while the Vitara Brezza will comfortably crawl in traffic in second and third gear, you will on occasion feel the need to shift down a gear and get back in the powerband, even though the max torque kicks in at 1,750rpm. You may also feel the need to downshift constantly on uphill sections where the engine does run out steam. In gear acceleration clearly indicates the strong mid range, though as you move into 5th gear the weak bottom is highly pronounced, better to overtake by simply shifting down a gear and let the torque surge sweep you past slower traffic.
The engine revs max out at 5,500rpm though the tachometer is redlined from 5,000rpm onwards. A light clutch pedal makes the driving experience much nicer and at no time do you feel like you need to ride the clutch to get the torque flowing.Overall though this diesel is smooth and effortless and the slick shift quality adds to the driving pleasure. The transmission is also what gives it respectably quick acceleration times – on my test runs it sped to a 100kmph in 13.8 seconds maxing out at a top speed of 169kmph with the speedo reading out around 175kmph. Braking is confident. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza comes to a halt from 100kmph in just 43 metres without any antics.For a 4-cylinder diesel lugging around close to 1360kgs, it’s competent. If you’re looking out for a more thrilling experience, as I mentioned earlier, shop for the Maruti Baleno.
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
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 Chennai ranges from 7,58,057/- (Vitara Brezza LDI Optional) to 9,98,147/- (Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Chennai. Check for Brezza price in Chennai at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Verdict
Maruti clearly has a winner on their hands, that was apparent the day they announced their pricing. Kicking off from Rs 6.99 lakh for the base LDi variant moving up to the Rs 9.68 lakh for the top of the line ZDi with all the options is a very attractive sticker. However the lack of a petrol from the time of launch may be a hard pill to swallow for customers who want that drivetrain specifically. Of course Maruti does not yet have a petrol powerplant that could complement the Vitara Brezza but it’s coming.Maruti will retail the Vitara Brezza through its network and not under the Nexa umbrella. That is a sensible move but the Baleno has also shown us that in its case even Nexa with its lesser geographic spread cannot hold a good car down. However the strategy has also set tongues wagging – why is the Vitara Brezza not in the Nexa pipeline while the Baleno is, even though the latter is less expensive? I guess those questions will remain unanswered.