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Maruti Vitara Brezza Review – First Drive

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review
 

The Vitara vies to takeover the sub-4m crossover segment overnight.

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., has a lot riding on the Vitara Brezza not only because it’s its maiden homegrown product but also because the car’s success in the market would be crucial for earning even more autonomy from parent Suzuki. The Maruti Vitara Brezza is positioned in such a way as to lure potential customers from other market segments as well.

We are just back from spending a day familiarizing ourselves with the compact crossover. If you’re in the market for a B-Segment car, read on to find out if the newest Maruti will fit your bill.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is based on the shortened new Vitara platform with lowered centre of gravity.

Design

Well, the Vitara Brezza may be the manifestation of the ideas behind the XA Alpha concept but apart from being roughly the same size, the end product and its harbinger share no visual traits. The problem statement for the stylists was apparently to give the car a stance of a proper SUV without overstepping the sub-4m dimensional limitations. One quick walkaround of the car is more than enough to conclude that the design objective has been effectively met.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

The rather conservative design has no single awkward angle.

The best thing about the exterior design is that it’s proportionate no matter whichever angle you choose to behold it from. The front fascia is composed of sleek headlamps with projector and LED daytime running light elements, a prominent H-shaped chrome grille insert, and a bold bumper with two-piece foglights, a quadrilateral secondary air damn and a silver chin plate.

In profile, the Vitara Brezza lets its upright pillars and a bold stance do all the talking rather than rely on some ostentatious contours on the sheet metal. The neat alloy wheel design, subtle depression on the door surfaces, plastic-clad lower body and the contrast roof-pillar paint job (only on top-end variants) certainly add to the crossover’s SUV character.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

Upright pillar, no nonsense sheet metal surfaces and angular elements define the Brezza.

The gently tapering rear fascia hosts a roof-mounted spoiler, two-piece angular wraparound combination lights, a badge-carrying chrome headliner for the license plate enclosure, a black bumper and a silver diffuser. The overall design may be a bit on the conservative side but that’s precisely why we think the Maruti Viatara Brezza will age gracefully.

Maruti Vitara Brezza – Exterior Photos

Interior

The upright nature has been transferred to the dashboard design as well. Save for some familiar bits like the multi-function steering wheel, the interior design is fresh, and a tad understated (just like the exterior). The instrument binnacle with MID in the middle features some nice color options for the backlight, while the squarish centre console and AC vents sport glossy back surrounds. At the heart of the centre console is a comprehensive touchscreen infotainment system whose functions are detailed elsewhere in this article. The quality levels are acceptable for its segment but we would have liked better wing mirror control switches.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

Save for a few tacky bits, the interior quality is decent. The upright dashboard design goes well with the car’s SUV appeal.

The high driving position offers excellent all around visibility. Thanks to the height adjustable driver seat and tilt steering, finding a comfortable driving position is pretty easy. The nicely contoured front seats offer side bolstering and optimum cushining. In a nut shell, the Vitara Brezza garners high marks for driver ergonomics.

Maruti’s packaging team has done a commendable job of generating adequate leg room at the rear without compromising on the boot space (328 litres). The rear bench has got just the right seatback inclination, decent thigh support, and generous head/leg room for the passengers seated on either sides. The front arm rest and centre tunnel limits the middle row passenger’s comfort level but that’s the case with pretty much every other car out there. However, we would have liked if the the space under front seats better accommodated the rear passengers’ feet (your shanks get poked by the front seat frame).

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

Both front and rear seats are very comfortable and there is no shortage of legroom.

The door pockets, twin glove boxes and plenty of cup holders further enhance the car’s overall comfort. The flexible rear seats can be flipped and folderd to make a cavernous luggage bay.

To put it simply, the Maruti Vitara Brezza’s cabin is feature-rich, high on comfort and is appointed with several practicality-enhancing bits (like coat hangers, front and rear charging ports, lights, etc.).

Features

The Maruti Brezza clearly has an upper hand in its segment when it comes to equipment level. The SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system has to be the main highlight. It supports Apple CarPlay with Siri-compatible voice command function, Bluetooth connectivity, USB, Aux-in and a reverse camera with perimeter alarm.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, navigation and rear parking sensor is the feature highlight.

The lengthy list includes myriad of upmarket items such as projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, two-piece foglights, alloy wheels, automatic climate control, electrically adjustable and foldable wing mirrors, chilled and illuminated glove box, secret compartment beneath the passenger seat, front arm rest storage box, configurable instrument console color theme, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps and so on.

On the safety front, apart from the taft body, dual airbags, ABS with EBD are on offer.

Interior Photos

Engine and Gearbox

The Vitara Brezza is the eighth Maruti model to employ the immensely popular 1.3-litre DDiS (Fiat-sourced MultiJet) diesel engine. Available in its VGT guise, the motor is delivers 90 PS at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. A 5-speed manual gearbox propels the front wheels.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

The familiar 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine is a strong performer on the highway but the turbo lag takes a bit of getting used to in city conditions.

As we predicted, the diesel unit has a familiar behaviour with a pronounced turbo-lag below 2,000 rpm, a punchy mid-range with gratifying torque surge between 2,500 rpm and 4,000 rpm, and a ok-ish top-end.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

The gear ratios match the engine’s character and is a delight to use.

Maruti couldn’t have done a better job with the gear ratios. That turbo lag apart, the transmission manages to deliver impressive driveablity, especially on the highways. Overtaking at high speeds need not necessarily require down shifts. 100 kmph in top-gear comes in at 2,200 rpm which makes for a relaxed cruising.

Ride Handling and Braking

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is suspended by conventional McPherson struts upfront and torsion beams at the rear. The soft yet nicely damped setup boasts of brilliant ride quality across all surfaces at all speeds, and that too without compromising on high speed stability.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

Ride quality is excellent and straight line stability is impressive.

There is a noticeable amount of body roll around the corners but the Brezza holds the road appreciably well. Pushing too hard induces understeer but under everyday driving conditions, the latest Maruti is predictable and sporty.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

There is a pronounced body roll while cornering but the Vitara Brezza holds on to its line nicely. Steering is tuned for urban driving rather than corner carving.

The most impressive aspect of the Vitara Brezza’s dynamics has to be the braking system. Though the rear wheels make do with drums, the overall braking performance pretty assuring. Thanks to a great pedal feel, the brakes are easy to modulate. We didn’t face any nasty surprises under panic braking either.

Driving Photos

Noise Vibration Harshness

At slow speeds, a good amount of diesel clatter manages to find its way into the cabin but things do improve as the speeds build up. The motor remains vibe-free even when it’s pushed to the limit.

The tyre noise is contained well but more than acceptable amount of wind noise seeps through the doors’ rubber beading.

Verdict

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

There is absolutely no doubt that Maruti has a winner on its hands.

Maruti has proved time and again that it understands the customer’s tastes and requirements like no other automaker. The Vitara Brezza is yet another proof. The homegrown crossover offers an exterior styling that would strike a chord with most Indian buyers, a cabin which offers impressive space and comfort, an equipment package that is best in the segment, a time tested powertrain, sorted dynamics, and above all, a highly competitive pricing. What else could you ask for in a crossover?

 

About the author

Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

Email - nithyanandh@rushlane.com

YOUR OPINION MATTERS

  • Mohd Parvez

    After your inputs I went for the test drive short one and my take on brezza.

    Brezza : Yet So Far Yet So Near…!!

    Exteriors are imposing,doesn’t looks a sub 4 metre vehicle it’s big stance,dual tone Red-Black is awesome,floating roof,projector Headlamps are nice,esp..Bull horn leds add to novelty

    Interiors :

    Once your expectations bar is raised once you enter the vehicle your are Dissapointted to the maximum core.

    Plastics especially seat height adjuster and dash tray of passenger seats are so so cheap,hard plastics isn’t an issue but,it feels low market,zdi+ budget at 10 lakh such interiors are a big big let down

    Rear Space is cramped with one obsess guy space is less,front seats are comfortable.

    Lots if space for keeping things,armrests,USB Aux,voice chat commands.,Apple car play all are fine.

    Touch infotainment,music system,Ac climate control is fine.

    Mid cluster is drab off late baleno,s cross have raised the bar,yes it shows fuel and temperature gauze,trip meter,cruise as well.

    Gear shift indicator is such a shame it shows upward arrow to shift up and down arrow to shift down,don’t know what stopped maruti to have a better mid set up,neon lights is gimmicky.

    IRVM isn’t automatic a big let down when ur having zdi+ trim.

    Drive,handling brake :

    Once u on the vehicle,u have sound of familiar diesel engine,nvh levels are poor than baleno and S cross 1.3.

    But,where the brezza scores is ride,handling and braking..yes it isn’t fun to drive as baleno,but gives u saftey quotient.

    Visibility is awesome..Reverse Camera is nice..!!

    So,would I spend 10.80 on road on dual tone Red-Black one…answer is “Absolutely Not”

    Deal breaker. :

    Drab Mid Console

    No IRVM

    No Telescoping Steering

    No follow me headlamps

    No xenon headlamps

    No leather seats

    No leather Steering

    Poor plastic quality not worth.

    Spending 10 lakh on this vehicle seems to much my take is it will sell the n vdi (o) may be zdi.

    May be maruti has done this smartly to not let brezza canabalize baleno or for that matter s cross 1.3.

    Yes,definitely an upgrade later is extremely necessary..for brezza to be in competition as ecosport price is nice now..!!

    I may opt for Baleno top alpha diesel as it fits all the features barring cruise yes rain sensing wiper kit can be upgraded after market and it’s 1.30 lakh cheaper than zdi+ brezza…plus baleno has tasted success.

    Hence,I want to thank you as all ur inputs were bang on..?..!!

    My feeling is u have to spend 90% time inside the car..not outside..and..here where brezza is a big big let down..!!

    Just wanted to give this as an update..!!

    Thanks.