Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Performance & Driving Dynamics

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 (Read: S-Cross and Grand Vitara).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? View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Style

As mentioned above, the Vitara Brezza has been slotted in the highly competitive sub-4m segment, and the most important aspect of being a successful contender in the compact SUV market is a proportional design. The design team in-charge of developing the Brezza had to stick to a maximum length of under 4m, while making the car look as massive as possible. And this is exactly what has been done.

When viewed head-on, the Maruti Vitara Brezza looks no less than a perfect full-sized SUV. A high bonnet line ensures that the Brezza adorns an SUV-ish stance, while the chrome grille gives it a premium appeal. This H-shaped grille is surrounded by U-shaped black inserts that further enliven the Vitara’s face, while a sculpted air dam and faux skid plate on the front bumper add to the Brezza’s rugged appeal. A pair of simply-styled headlamps completes the face, and come with projector units and LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) on the top-end ZDi trim.

Move to the side, and design of the Vitara Brezza doesn’t stop to amaze you. Maruti designers have done a commendable job of fabricating this compact SUV while keeping the length under 4 meters, though ensuring that the car doesn’t look disproportionate. As a result, the high placed bonnet ends up earlier, so that the cabin area is optimized for space. Another important design element visible from the side is the floating roof effect that the manufacturer is trying to pull off by blackening the A, B and C pillars. The top-end trim can be opted with a dual-tone option, which makes the roof painted in a contrasting shade. The wheel arches have been squared, and house high-profile 16-inch tyres. Though the overall design flow is smooth, there are a few part sharing visibilities, including the ORVMs and door handles that have been borrowed from the Swift, DZire, and Ertiga.

The rear is the Brezza’s best angle to look at. The clutter free arrangement of the boot lid manages to impart a wide-appealing look to the tail, while split-section taillights look inspired from the Hyundai Creta. Boot lid also houses a large number plate housing, above which a broad chrome plate houses the Vitara Brezza branding. Other design cues worth noting include matte black finish on the rear bumper, a faux silver-colored skid plate, and a well-integrated roof spoiler.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Space

First thing you would notice about the cabin is the comfortable ingress and egress. You just walk inside the cabin, which is also a boon for people having knee problems. The three spoke steering wheel looks familiar but the dashboard is entirely new. There is a neat looking centre console which is enclosed with a gloss black outline. The dashboard is all black but gets silver elements in the middle. The air vents are sizeable and the auto climate control works really well to cool the cabin quickly. The lower half of the centre console has well laid out uncluttered buttons which feel nice and premium to use. Overall quality of the cabin is good but in some places you might find hard plastics and components (window controls, steering stalks) that are shared with older Maruti cars.

You get a neat looking instrument cluster which has some fancy tricks up its sleeve. You can change its colour to white, orange, blue, red and yellow. The infotainment system is well kitted up having a nice big touch screen with good touch quality. It offers Apple CarPlay connectivity along with MirrorLink so you can seamlessly stay connected with your phone through the car. The audio quality is above average and many won’t feel the need of changing the speakers. It also offers navigation system which isn’t intuitive to use if you have a habit of using Google Maps. The big screen also doubles up as a reverse parking camera display that is very convenient in congested situations.

The best part about the cabin of the Vitara Brezza is the driving and upright seating position that adds to the confidence while driving. The steering and seat is height adjustable and has a good range so both tall and short people will find a comfortable position to drive. The large glass area ensures that the cabin feels airy despite having a dark interior theme. Maruti has offered clever storage spaces across the cabin including two gloveboxes, the upper one is a cool box while the lower glovebox is the conventional storage to keep documents and essentials. There is a front sliding arm rest with storage, front passenger side under seat storage, 1-litre bottle holder on all the doors, coat hanger, seatback pockets and hook, front cup holders, sunglass holder, rear arm rest with cupholders and more. For Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza check 

The seats are quite supportive and well padded for long trips. There is a good sense of space at the rear too and you have ample amount of legroom for average height adults but tall passengers might find the legroom limited to some extent. Shoulder room is decent too for three passengers at the rear. Head room is excellent, even for tall people. Maruti could have added air vents for the rear passengers but the AC works quite well and you won’t feel the need of it. The engineers have carved out excellent boot space of 328-litres in the Vitara Brezza which can accommodate your luggage for weekend getaways. The best part about luggage space is that the rear seat folds flat down and it is flexible too with 60:40 split. Some of the key features of the Vitara Brezza include cruise control, auto headlamps, auto wipers, keyless entry with push button start, reverse camera and sensors, power foldable ORVMs and more.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Engine

Out on the road, the VitaraBrezza 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 Rideing

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is a compact SUV and you don’t expect it to be as fun to drive as its closest rival Ford EcoSport. However, the Vitara Brezza is surprisingly quite engaging to drive on the ghats and confidence inspiring on the straights with its balanced suspension setup. The handling is very predictable as the car follows your steering inputs quickly but not as sharply as the EcoSport. The electric steering is a bit numb in the centre and offers neutral feedback. It is light at slow speeds and weighs up enough for highway cruising. The ride quality is a big USP of the Brezza as it glides over potholes and bumps without getting juddery. Both low speed and high speed undulations are taken care of very well by the suspension setup. Braking is very effective too, we stood on the brakes and it came to a halt without any fuss.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety

Maruti has been focusing on safety parameters of all its new launches, and the Brezza isn’t an exception in this regard. A driver airbag is standard across all variants, while the optional variant also adds a passenger airbag. And as we move up the variant ladder, various other safety tech become available, like parking sensors in VDi and above, rear parking camera in the ZDi+, and ABS and EBD in both Z-trims. Moreover, the car is fitted with an engine immobilizer that avoids any theft attempt.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,53,215 to 11,42,752 for variants Vitara Brezza LDI Optional and Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone respectively. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is available in 6 variants and 9 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Vitara Brezza price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Conclusion

Being a combination of butch looks, comfortable interiors, and a feature laden package, the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza indeed is one of the biggest launches of the year. And with Maruti’s trusted image and wide dealership presence, this new Compact SUV is undoubtedly a contender of the throne of leader of the segment. Though a few limitations like inferior interior quality and a smaller engine do stick out a like a sore thumb, it will be overshadowed by a much larger list of strengths.

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