Maruti Suzuki takes a ‘better late than never’ approach in the compact SUV segment. With competitors trying to steal the show, Maruti Suzuki has taken its own time to enter the market with a blaze. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was well appreciated by the masses. The car got close to 40,000 bookings in the first month itself. Well, an SUV looking this stylish and with a Maruti badge is hard to ignore.
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is launched only with a diesel engine. Powering this compact SUV is 1.3L DDis, 4 cylinder engine. A similar engine also powers the Ciaz. The multijet diesel engines have brought a lot of success home for the manufacturers. The car is expected to come in a petrol version, sooner or later after the Baleno RS 1.0 is launched.
The engines have been really commendable when it comes to performance and stability. These engines have been tweaked to meet the needs an Indian customer. The drive feels a little like the Swift, which is a feel good factor. The car can be a little sloppy at lower rpms but feels normal from 3000 rpm onwards. The diesel engine can produce max power of up to 88 bhp@4000 rpm and torque of 200 Nm@1750 rpm.
The Vitara Brezza is a stunner in its looks. It is by far, one of the best-looking cars from the manufacturer. The Vitara Brezza, however, seems to take a little bit of inspiration from the Range Rover Evoque, but it cannot be pointed out certainly. The ‘Bull Horn’ daytime running lamps and the sporty grill is a good combination in the front. The rear gets a chrome plate with the large Brezza name inscribed on it. The dual tone colour combination is one of the best aspects of this car that complements its sporty nature. The interiors are not as surprising as it is on the outside. The infotainment system seems to be borrowed from the Baleno while the steering wheel from Swift. The colour changing dashboard gauges are cool but not a deal breaker.
The seats of the car are well built and sporty looking. However, extremely bad road conditions can be a pain as the suspension is a bit on the stiffer side. The cabin has ample amount of room for 5 adults. The boot offers a boot space of 328 litres which can be adequate for weekend trips. The seats can be split into a 60:40 bed to accommodate more luggage. The car has other nifty features like the Push to Start/ Stop button, Auto headlights and rain wipers. The Vitara Brezza has also taken care of safety by adding Drivers’ Airbag and EBD with ABS as standard.
It is really good if a car of this class can deliver fuel economy figures. The Brezza’s Ddis engine is tuned to achieve fuel economy. The car can put up to 24.3 kmpl which is one of the best in this segment.