Maruti Suzuki Dzire Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

There is little to doubt that the Maruti-Suzuki Dzire is amongst the best selling sedans in the country. To be honest the Dzire was briefly the best-seller amongst all categories piping its sibling, the Maruti-Suzuki Alto from the throne. So there must be something about this car which makes it tick. But with the competition heating up, the Dzire had started looking a bit old school. Well, the company has no intentions of letting that happen and in turn affect sales. So enter the all new Dzire. Maruti Suzuki has also decided to drop the ‘Swift’ tag from the Dzire and hence from now on the sedan will be referred to as just the Dzire.  Maruti Suzuki Dzire On road price starts from 5,42,729/-. Check for price details of Maruti Suzuki Dzire in CarzPrice

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Design

Maruti Suzuki India has made comprehensive design changes on the new-generation Dzire. Aside from the addition of new design and styling elements, one of the major changes on the subcompact sedan is the new underpinnings that allow copious changes, both outside and inside. The front profile is a far cry from the previous model featuring a small grille up front. The face of the 2018 Dzire looks appealing – thanks to its new hexagonal grille, slightly reshaped projector headlamps with LED units and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the bumper and fog lamps have been revised.

Save for the 15-inch alloy wheels (available from Z trim onwards), the look from side has been largely retained. It is to be noted that the precision cut, two-tone alloy wheels are restricted to the range topping variants and the raked A-pillar enhances its sedan-like stance. Maruti has made changes to the rear, albeit the new styling fails to get rid of the chopped look. Although, the new styling is slightly better than before

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cabin

The interior retains the dual tone beige and black colour combination, including a few switchgear that’s been in Marutis for generations. Aside from that, it’s an all-new design that looks more premium, simpler and receives top marks. It would’ve been full marks, if it weren’t for the choice of materials and build quality.The only area that feels good to touch is the leather-wrapped steering wheel, but it comes with this odd burl wood ornamentation like one would find in a luxury limousine. At first glance, I assumed there was a steering wheel cover, but it’s actually a flat-bottomed, sporty steering wheel trimmed with wood. Looks a bit over-the-top for such a class of car.

Ergonomics of the cabin are acceptable, featuring buttons within easy reach, and the centre console is slightly tilted towards the driver. Unlike the international-spec Suzuki Swift we saw at the Geneva Motor Show, the Dzire lacks the cool HVAC controls, sportier instrument dials and a colour MID similar to Baleno’s unit. Regardless, it’s still an attractive interior that looks as expensive as the exterior.Thanks to the new platform and altered dimensions, the Dzire’s cabin is now more spacious than ever before. In fact, it’s one of the most spacious cabins in the segment – up there with the segment-best Honda Amaze. Even with the front seat set for my 6″2 frame, there was enough knee room to spare, while headroom would’ve been good if I was a bit smaller or had a bald head.

The rear bench seat has good thigh support, and is slightly wider so that the poor soul who always sits in the middle is a bit more comfortable in the Dzire. New features at the back include a rear HVAC vent and 12V power socket, although it’s strange to see that neither the burl wood ornamentation or fabric trim from the front two doors are present on the rear doors as well.The new Dzire comes with a larger 378L boot volume with a wide lip and spare wheel underneath the boot floor. It’s 63L more capacious than the outgoing car, but still not a class-leading figure (419L in the Tata Tigor).Check for Maruti Suzuki Dzire in

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Performance

Engines powering the new Dzire have been inherited from the predecessor; that means it continues to use the 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre MJD diesel engines. The 4-cylinder gasoline unit churns out a maximum power output of 83.1bhp at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 115Nm at 4,000rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox driving the power to the front wheels come as standard.

On the other hand, the Fiat’s sourced 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner can make a maximum power output of 74bhp at 4,000rpm and a peak torque of 190Nm at 2,000rpm. Transmission choices on the carline include a standard five-speed manual and an optional 5-speed AMT. One must note that the AMT unit is now also offered on the diesel variants, save for LDi and LXi trims.

Riding on a new platform, the all-new third-generation Dzire gets significant dimensional changes. While the length of the subcompact sedan has been retained, the width has been increased and the height has been trimmed by 21mm to 1,151mm. The ground clearance also sees a drop by 7mm to 163mm. The biggest change has been made in the form of its wheelbase which now measures more. With the extended wheelbase of 2,450mm, the car offers more space at the back.

In terms of fuel economy, the new Dzire is claimed to offer best-in-class mileage, thanks to the new Heartect platform that makes it up to 105kg lighter than the previous model. This is the same platform that also underpins Maruti Suzuki India’s stellar model Baleno and the new entrant in the mini-SUV segment, Ignis. With up to 105kgs scooped out of the sedan, it has become more fuel efficient, claiming to return 28.09kmpl, the diesel Dzire is the most fuel-efficient diesel car in its league. While the petrol model is also frugal with ARAI rated mileage of 22kmpl for manual and AMT trims.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Rideing

We on our drive got to sample both the petrol AMT and the diesel AMT variants. The petrol version immediately impressed us with its excellent NVH packaging. The motor is barely audible within the cabin thereby keeping the drive experience extremely comfortable. There is also ample power to play with and we must applaud the engineers of doing a splendid job with the AMT. The gears shift through seamlessly and within no time it has shifted to fifth thereby increasing fuel efficiency. The downshifts are quick too and helping matters is the manual override function which allows for manual up or downshifts. The gearbox is also ready to play sport when the driver gets excited. With a generous right foot, the revs are held on thereby offering brisk acceleration.

The diesel on the other hand is a bit noisier and the crackle does enter the cabin. At lower rpms it is not much of a bother but as revs climb, the noise becomes more prominent. The diesel though feels more powerful around the 1,800rpm mark and this is where the turbo spools up thereby delivering a dollop of tug. Thus once in the right rev band, the Dzire diesel takes off rather fast. But with the AMT box in tow, the lag is prominent as the box tries to up shift as soon as possible thereby dropping the revs down. This glitch is taken care of by shifting to the manual mode where one can stick to a gear thereby keeping the motor revving right.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety

The new Dzire carline gets standard dual airbags, ABS with EBD & brake assist and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Other standard fitments include front seat belt with pre-tensioner and force limiter, immobilizer, seat belt warning lamps & buzzer (driver side), door ajar warning lamp & key left warning lamp & buzzer (driver side).The V variants additionally get anti-theft security system, speed sensitive door locking and night & day adjustable IRVM. Placed a notch above V trims, the Z variants come loaded with reverse parking sensors, front fog lamps, rear defogger and pinch guard power window for driver. On the other hand, the newly launched top-spec Zi+ trims in the line-up exclusively gets a reverse parking camera over the above-mentioned features. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Price

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,42,729/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,31,845/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Verdict

In a bid to make the new Dzire more desirable, the company has made radical changes to the exterior. As much as it looks appealing visually, the car is a step up on the inside compared to the previous model. Sitting on the loner wheelbase, there is slight more room for rear occupants. Maruti has now added rear vents which were missing earlier and the overall interior quality has improved. While Maruti Suzuki India has tried to improve rear styling, it still appears chopped. In the segment, the new Dzire takes on the likes of Tata Tigor, Hyundai Xcent facelift, Volkswagen Ameo, Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire.

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