Vitara Brezza has added another feather to Maruti’s cap and ‘C.V. Raman’, product head of Vitara Brezza, expects it to be a volume driver in the segment. Since the Brezza is being 96% localized, Mr. Raman is also eyeing the export market. Designed on Suzuki ‘C’ platform, Vitara Brezza being sub-4 meter is Maruti’S closest contender to challenge Ford’s Ecosport.
Outlook and Exterior
Alike the Ecosport, Vitara Brezza too does not looks small and appeals to be an SUV with its imposing stance though is a sub 4-meter compact SUV. Having said that, the Brezza does look butch yet urban.
The face looks notorious housing a single bold chrome slat on the grille adjoining to the HID headlamps with ‘bull horn’ like DRL at the edge. Look below and the sculpted bumper housing silver skid plates intuited in the black cladding seamlessly adds to the SUV characters.
Move to the side and the first thing that strikes your cord is the contrast roof color theme which comes only in the top ZDI+ variant. The contrast color theme also highlights the floating roofline which further incorporates the rear spoiler. Up-front, the flown out wheel arches and the black cladding looks purported covering the 16” alloy wheels. The profile is further enhanced by contrast ORVMs with turn indicators and a single profile line running the length of the car.
Walk to the rear, and you will find the profile complementing the urban character of the car. The tapered windscreen and the wide rear overhang with broad license plate area looks acquaint and the big silver skid plates does nothing but adds some SUV genes for the purpose. Moreover, what spices are the styling cues like chrome embellishment atop the license plate area and the ‘bull-horn’ layout at the edge of the tail-lamp cluster.
Interior, Features & Ambiance
Being inside the Brezza first thing that becomes apparent is the commanding road view which really facilitates driving. Even the interior feels a definite step-up from what we were used to in a Maruti
. The interior of the Brezza feels plush and the material used feels premium. The all black color theme with silver highlights on the dash and the doors looks sporty and the piano black finish fringing the infotainment screen adds some niche appeal inside the cabin. The overall layout is uncluttered and Inside the Brezza details like texture finish atop dash feels rugged. What further impresses is the smart use of utility spaces like cup-holders in the central console and under-dash storage making it easy to carry knick-knacks. Massive door pockets also looks enough to serve for those big bottles and a hook behind driver’s seat also adds to the practicality quotient. What more looks a smart play is the under-seat storage that can be used for various purpose say keeping valuables. But the cherry on the cake is something that Maruti has added new. It’s the mood- light backdrop of the instrument cluster that can be customized with five different color options (red, blue, orange, Yellow, white). That said, there are bits and pieces taken from older swift such as the power window switch assembly and the gear stick which now feels dated to look at.
The front seat of the Brezza is well bolstered for an ethnic built Indian and the cushioning is also firm enough to keep you comfortable on the long go. Apart, driver seat is also height adjustable and the leather wrapped steering wheel is tilt adjustable and feels chunky to hold. Talking about the rear, the seat feels the same to the one on the current Dzire that lacks in under-thigh support. However, that shave off is seen as a benefit in the legroom which feels enough to sit leg folded. Even the headroom at the rear is decent but what still can be demanded is a rear- A/C vent .Moreover, Brezza has a boot space of 328 liters which looks big enough to carry for four. It can be further extended by flat folding the rear seats for those house shifting duties.
What else, the Brezza is well equipped and has some add on features that are not yet standard in the sub-4 meter segment such as rain sensing wipers and auto-headlamps. Some of the other feature highlights are Engine Start-Stop; Climate Control; Cruise Control; Power folding wing mirror, anti-pinch driver side power window, reverse parking camera assist and most importantly the Smart-play infotainment system with in-trend the connectivity features like Mirror-link, remote control app for smartphone, Apple CarPlay and a Navigation System. Apart it has all other features that are standard in the segment.
Engines and Performance
Performing duty under the hood of the Brezza is the potent 1.3L DDIS 200 engine. It is a 1248cc DOHC 4-Cylinder turbocharged diesel mill that propels a max power of 89 bhp @ 4000 rpm and an impressive peak torque of 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm. This engine is mated to a 5-speed M/T and in combination, it has a claimed fuel economy of 24.3 km/l. Though Brezza specifications are limited but are enough to make it a strong contender.
It seems that Maruti has really pushed hard this time so that this engine feels refined and up a notch in the Brezza. Just with a gentle tug on the gas pedal, this engine swiftly pulls this 1195 kg SUV and as you pedal down the metal, at about 1900 rpm a quick surge of power kicks in and this becomes even more apparent as you shift-up. Moreover, Brezza has a strong mid-range that allows you to rev post 4500 rpm and the gearshifts besides being responsive is also tall enough to make those overtake maneuvers a breeze. However, as in other Marutis, there is a little turbo lag even here at around 1450 rpm and that sometimes does disappoint while navigating in city traffic.
Overall, the Brezza does feel agile and can make a 0-100 drake in 12.96 seconds making it faster by 0.71 seconds from the EcoSport.
Ride Quality and Handling
After test driving Vitara Brezza, the refinement levels came to be quite apparent, as Maruti has seamlessly worked on the NVH levels and that gives Brezza a supple ride quality. The engine of the Brezza becomes audible only after you rev post 3700 rpm and even the tire rumbles are well restricted until 130 km/h.
Maruti are the ones who have mastered Indian roads that is quite speculated in a well balanced tune of comfort and handling. The Brezza offers brilliant straight-line stability and even at charging speeds of about 140 km/h, it remains in control while changing lanes. Even while taking sharp corners at about 75 km/h, you does not loose on confidence as it tackles all those corners with humble body rolls. Keeping the occupants in comfort, the Brezza hovers over all rough surfaces without making too much fuss and soaks those big potholes pretty well too.
Now that being said, I would have liked Maruti to have work little more on the steering feedback as that would have made this ride a perfect package. Now by saying that I no way mean that the Brezza disappoints, even it responses good on the steering inputs. Where it lacks little is in precision to hit the nose, exactly on the point. Rest the steering feels accurately weighted while clocking triple digit speeds and that gives you enough confidence while maneuvering on winding roads.
Braking and Safety
In terms of safety, Brezza comes standard with Driver side airbag and seat-belts with pre-tensioner and force limiter while ABS and passenger side airbag and is an option available across variants. Moreover, something that adds credentials to the car is the fact that ahead of the regulations in the country, Vitara Brezza is certified with off-set and side impact safety norms, thanks to Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) that prevents the car from rolling over.
If you are in the market looking for complete balanced product, which along with your job duties will also make those weekend highway, drives a breeze, the Vitara Brezza is the one you should book test drive for. +Read Further