Maruti Suzuki Dzire Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Performance & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

Unabashedly, Maruti Suzuki DZire has been the country’s best-selling sedan ever since its launch around five years back in 2012. It has been clocking sales in excess of 12000 units on an average basis per month, which is way more than the combined sales of all its competitors. However, with time, the sedan started losing its charm and shine, while the sales also witnessed a gradual dip. Henceforth, in order to retain the good old days and reclaim the glory, Maruti Suzuki has brought the all-new DZire sedan with fresh styling, updated cabin and increased mileage. The sedan is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in four trim levels: LXi/LDi, VXi/VDi, ZXi/ZDi and ZXi+/ZDi+.

Underpinning the lightweight ‘HEARTEC’ architecture, borrowed from the Baleno hatch, it is available with AMT gearbox with V grade onwards in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The new car comes packed with a plethora of advanced features, while paramount importance is given to safety with ABS, EBD, BA and dual airbags as standard across the entire variant range.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Look

The Maruti Suzuki Dzire was designed ground up to be a sedan and the results of this approach are truly impressive! The car doesn’t look like a hatchback slapped on with a boot and the boot neatly integrates with the rest of the design.

The front of the car is where most changes have taken place and the large chrome surround grille and fog lamps will please most buyers. The newly designed headlamps with LED DRLs and projector headlamps add to the premium appeal of the design, which is a first for the Dzire brand. The diamond-cut alloy wheels are the most striking part when viewing the car from the side. The silhouette too is different but it will take a keen eye to spot this as the change is progressive, not radical. The rear too is all new with LED tail lamps flanking a thick stripe of chrome.

Overall, the design of the new Dzire is pleasing and elegant and stands out from the rest of the competition. Clearly, the new Dzire is the best looking car in its segment right now and one of the few cars in its segment that looks like a sedan and not a compromise.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Comfort

Step inside the cabin of the new Dzire and one instantly realises that this isn’t the cabin of another Maruti Suzuki car with a few new bits but is an all-new design instead. The dual-tone dashboard comprises of a black top while the lower part is beige. The wood finish in the dashboard and in the lower part of the flat-bottomed steering wheel adds to the premium appeal of the cabin significantly. This makes the Dzire the second compact sedan to have a flat-bottomed steering wheel after the Volkswagen Ameo. Check for Maruti Suzuki Dzire price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

The touchscreen infotainment system in the centre console looks similar to the one seen on the Baleno and Vitara Brezza but has a different housing. It’s different in terms of functionality as well and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It has the usual SD Card -based navigation and connectivity options also include Bluetooth, USB and Aux-In. The system is easy to use and the simple user-interface means people with limited knowledge of smartphones to will not have problems operating it. There are two 12V power outlets too, one on the lower centre console and the other between the front seats. The door pockets in front and back can easily store one litre bottles and still leave space for a fair bit of small items.

The new Dzire is wider by 40 mm than the older model and has increased leg room and shoulder room too. With the driver’s seat adjusted for a person of 5 feet 8 inches, a six feet person was able to sit in the rear seat without his knees brushing against the front seats. The backrest incline angle of the bench is good, making it comfortable for longer journeys too. The under-thigh support will prove adequate for most people but for taller occupants, this could be a slight issue. The door armrests at the rear could do with a bit of fabric cushioning as the hard plastic can be a bit discomforting after a while. These, however, are minor issues, which do not make a considerable difference to the in-cabin experience.

In a nutshell, the interior of the new Dzire carries forward the premium positioning of the vehicle. It quite simply is the best cabin in the compact sedan segment in India from all aspects.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Transmission

Lets start with the diesel AMT. The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire gets the same 1.3-litre diesel engine that the last generation Swift Dzire got combined with the AMT 5-speed gearbox. The engine, a 4-cylinder turbo diesel makes 74 bhp of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque. The 5-speed AMT unit is essentially an electronic controller on the 5-speed manual gearbox which means you still get the 28.4 kmpl fuel efficiency figure. Incidentally, that makes it the most fuel-efficient car in the country! For more information on Maruti Suzuki Dzire check Thebigtrak

The combination of the diesel engine and the AMT gearbox makes a great pair and if you drive normally or sedately, there is barely any lag between shifts. The typical automatic ‘shift nod’ that you experience when an auto box shifts its gears is also absent at lower revs. In case you were wondering though, a ‘shift nod’ is the back and forth nodding movement that your head experiences when the car shifts gears in an automatic gearbox due to the sudden drop in power delivery and thus a change in the vehicle’s overall velocity. Coming back to the car though, the Dzire AMT offers great drivability and feels smooth in start and stop traffic too. Floor the throttle pedal a little more though and you do get a bit of lag in the shifts. Maruti does not equip the AMT units with a sport mode like most other manufacturers. We think an addition of that sport mode would make the shifts a lot faster making the Dzire diesel AMT as much fun to drive hard as the manual is.

The petrol Maruti Suzuki Dzire engine remains the same 1.2-litre motor that makes 82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque. The big mechanical change in the new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire though is the addition of the petrol engine with the AMT gearbox in addition to the normal 5-speed manual. Comparatively, the older Swift Dzire had a 4-speed conventional automatic and not the new AMT unit as the diesel had. The AMT unit in the Dzire petrol is the same one that the Ignis petrol AMT gets but with a retune towards a more comfortable and smoother shift pattern. Unlike the diesel, there is a bit more of the shift nod phenomenon between gears at lower revs.

But the gearbox does seem to have no shift shock or sudden shifting between gears though and the petrol revs as freely with the AMT as with the manual gearbox. Just like with the diesel though, the addition of a sports mode would have made the Dzire petrol automatic a much nicer car to drive as compared to how it currently is. That said, we did test both the AMTs on a hilly road with quite a steep incline and although there is no official hill hold or hill start assist, the gearbox does stop the car from rolling backwards after abou a foot or so and holds the car in place till you use the throttle to move forward again. The fuel economy figure on the petrol automatic is 22.0 kmpl which again, is identical to the one you can get on the manual gearbox option.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving

The all-new DZire sedan comes with the same set of petrol and diesel engines but it is being learnt that the company has improved driving dynamics and performance. The handling has also seen improvement due to the inclusion of a new flat-bottomed steering wheel. The cabin noise is also quite less in the diesel variants as Maruti has worked extensively on NVH levels.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Safety

Maruti Suzuki has equipped the Dzire with an impressive list of safety features. ABS with EBD and dual front airbags are standard across the range. The new Dzire hasn’t been crash tested yet so there are no ratings available but the company claims the torsional rigidity of the bodyshell has been increased considerably despite the weight being reduced.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Dzire On Road Price is 6,72,158/- and Ex-showroom Price is 5,69,310/- in Hyderabad. Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes in 6 colours, namely Oxford Blue,Magna Gray,Gallant Red,Sherwood Brown,Silky Silver,Pearl Arctic White. Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 82 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 113 Nm@4200 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Final Word

All-New Maruti DZire is priced in a range of Rs. 5.45-9.41 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom, New Delhi) in the country. The perfect amalgamation of stellar pricing and best-in-India mileage makes it the hot favorite car in the segment with a plethora of striking and advanced features on offer. The exterior styling is something out-of-the-box and the availability of AMT gearbox with almost every variant makes it one heck of a car, which could eat up even the sales of premium hatchbacks and compact SUVs.

 

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