Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Hatchback First Look Review


Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

Not really. Maruti’s promising a cleaner, more efficient drive with the refreshed petrol version and reduced prices with the diesel. Naturally, there are more features added to the Ciaz’ kitty too. On paper, then, the Ciaz seems to tick the right boxes. In that case, we’ll be answering one simple question – are the updates enough for you to cut a cheque for it?

The Ciaz continues to get the basics of space, ride quality and ease of driving spot on. This alone, in our books, are enough reasons to seriously consider buying one. Then there’s the fact that the new engine brings with it a bucketload of efficiency and also solves the automatic’s drinking habit to a fair extent. Yes, it still doesn’t have the wow factor of a sunroof or other flashy features like a hands-free trunk release or ventilated seats. The only real miss here is the lack of side and curtain airbags.

Given its price tag, the Ciaz makes for a value package. What sweetens the deal further is the fact that the lower variants come well kitted too. That means you don’t get a step-motherly treatment for being on a budget. If outright performance and driving dynamics aren’t the most important parameter on your list, and you just need a comfy, spacious sedan to drive to (or be driven in) to work and back, then the Ciaz makes a stronger case than ever.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Exteriors

The Ciaz has been around for almost four years now and with all the fresh competition around, it was starting to look a little long in the tooth. With the update, Maruti has made a bunch of changes to make the Ciaz more upmarket. Starting with the front, the Ciaz gets a new grille that connects both the headlamps. There are chrome strips adorning the grille since we are a chrome loving janta. The new headlamps look fantastic and are now equipped with LED projectors and day time running lamps. The fog lamps are LEDs too and they too get a chrome garnish.

The sides remain the same barring the new dual tone, 16-inch precision cut alloy wheels which give the Ciaz a very sporty stance. The rear gets LED combination lamps and more chrome. Overall, the Ciaz definitely looks more contemporary now and this shot of Botox has given it at least two more years before Maruti Suzuki can bring in the next-gen Ciaz.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Interiors

While there are no changes to the layout of the dashboard, the door pads or the seats, it’s the little updates to the trim that catch your attention. First up there’s the new dull wood grain accents plastered across the dashboard and the door pads, which actually do look good – they go well with the coherent ambience of this cabin. However, we aren’t fans of the satin chrome highlights (on the centre console and door trim) as they look too plasticky. Speaking of which, there are hard plastics throughout the cabin (including door armrests) though to be fair they do not feel cheap. It would be nice, however, to have soft-touch materials on the top half of dash and elbow touch points on the doors.

What will immediately catch your attention as you start driving is the new 4.2-inch multi information display between the dials. Similar to what you get in the Baleno, the display incudes a host of driving-related read outs. What’s new in here though is the light bar at the top which changes colour depending on how easy or hard you are with the throttle. That brings us to a new safety precaution that’s bound to raise eyebrows among many potential buyers – the 2018 Ciaz gets high speed warning alert which comes in at certain speeds. In fact, it will let out one beep each at 80kmph and 100kmph, however, once you cross 120kmph the car will constantly beep at you. Other safety features include driver and passenger seatbelt alert, ISOFIX mounts for child seat, dual airbags, ABS and EBD. You even get ESP and hill hold function for the automatic version.

In tech terms, the Ciaz retains Maruti’s popular SmartPlay infotainment system that gets both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As always, the system is faultless when it comes to smart phone mirroring and the display itself is clear and well positioned. The sound quality from the audio system though is just about average.

It’s easy to find the ideal driving position despite the lack of reach adjustment for the steering. The seats are big and supportive with excellent lateral support. The visibility, too, is good though not as generous as the Honda City. Moving to the second row, the Ciaz has always been impressive when we talk rear seat space and comfort – although the 2018 update doesn’t bring about any improvements, it is easy to appreciate the ample amount of legroom and headroom. If you are looking to be chauffeured around, the legroom with the front passenger seat pushed forward is simply astonishing. That said, we would have like the rear seat base to be longer because the under thigh support is slightly lacking in here.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Transmission

With the update, the Ciaz gets a new 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with Suzuki’s mild-hybrid tech. Fire the motor up and it sputters to life with a mild thrum that quickly disappears. And, for the most part, the motor is happy being the quiet kid. It’s only when you poke it quite a bit does it get vocal. But that raspy engine note is oddly enjoyable.

The new engine produces 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque. Quick maths will tell you that’s 12.5PS and 8Nm extra over the outgoing 1.4-litre motor. So, we weren’t really expecting it to kick us in the guts to begin with. And quite expectedly, it didn’t. To drive, it’s more or less similar to the outgoing engine. It isn’t particularly exciting in any manner. At the same time, it doesn’t feel inadequate at any point either. To know more details on Maruti Ciaz check Rbts

The highlight here, much like the older car, is its drivability. Let go of the clutch and the Ciaz makes quick progress. Also, the engine doesn’t mind being lugged a bit. So, you don’t have to downshift to first every time you spot a speed breaker. Second gear should do just fine. It’s almost diesel-like in the lower gears. You can manage to get a clean start from 0kmph in second gear without the engine knocking. We tried! In fact, the city feels like the home turf of the Ciaz. You can amble about town all day long and still not feel tired at the end of it. There’s peace of mind inside the city, then.

On the flipside, you might get slightly annoyed out on the highway. Don’t think the Ciaz lacks power or can’t cruise comfortably at triple-digit speeds – no. It can do that without breaking a sweat. It only stutters a bit when you want to go in for that quick overtake. Even in their top gears at 100kmph, cars such as the Verna and the City need nothing more than a dab on the throttle to gather speed. That’s not the case with the Ciaz. You will have to work the gearbox, downshift and get it into its sweet spot to get anywhere in a hurry.

If you’re keen on the petrol-powered Ciaz, Maruti Suzuki will let you choose between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque converter automatic. We’d pick the manual since you don’t really need to shift gears very often. Plus, the gear action is smooth and the clutch is feather light too. The automatic definitely adds a dose of convenience. And if you want nothing more than a relaxing drive to work and back, this old-school AT won’t let you complain. While it isn’t snap-your-finger quick in terms of responsiveness, it gets the job done if you drive with a light foot. The auto ‘box tends to upshift early (usually under 2000rpm), and you’re in top gear before you know it. That said, we’d have loved to see a more modern torque converter (with a dedicated manual mode) or better still, a CVT.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving

The 4-speed torque converter simply feels dated even for sedate driving. Although the upshifts and downshifts are quite smooth, the gearbox itself is slow to kick down and overall, is nowhere as immediate as any other automatic sedan in the same price range. There is no doubt the 5-speed manual is more engaging and fun option even if it doesn’t offer the slickest shift quality. All in all, the automatic version is ideal for crawling through the city but it’s the manual you would have if you enjoy driving.

In terms of ride quality, the Ciaz’s bump absorption is on the cushy side, with the suspension soaking up ruts and bumps without any major body movements, however, it is a little clunky over sharp-edged joints and big bumps. As for the NVH, the cabin isn’t as quiet as the Verna at highway speeds though it’s noticeably quieter than the City. On the flipside, the steering feels too vague, with no on-centre feel whatsoever.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

While we sincerely hoped rumours about the Ciaz featuring six airbags were indeed true, that’s (sadly) not the case. It soldiers on with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and ISOFIX child seat mounts, which are offered as standard. Additionally, the sedan also gets a seatbelt reminder for both the front passengers as well as a speed warning alert.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost in Mumbai.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On Road Price is 9,46,989/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,19,000/- in Mumbai. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes in 7 colours, namely Nexa Blue,Pearl Midnight Black,Pearl Metallic Dignity Brown,Pearl Snow White,Pearl Sangria Red,Metallic Silky Silver,Metallic Glistening Grey. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with 2WD with 1373 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 91 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 130 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN 2WD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes with Manual Transmission with 2WD .Check for Ciaz price in Mumbai at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Final Word

Like we mentioned before, the Ciaz has always been a big seller in its segment thanks to its value for money factor, plenty of space and good fuel efficiency. The new car keeps all the above traits and yet takes things further with better equipment levels and slightly better performance as well. Maruti has played the pricing game right too. The Ciaz is priced between Rs 8.19 lakhs to 10.79 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Compared to the older car, the price of the base variant has gone up by Rs 36,000, however, the top-end model has gotten cheaper by a whopping Rs 72,000 and according to Maruti, its the top end variant that is most in demand which makes the new model even better value than its predecessor.

While enthusiasts might have to give this one a miss, the Ciaz with its updated design, bucket-load of features and a hybrid tag to play with, is an ideal family car that will keep everyone happy. The Ciaz will continue to take on its main rivals, the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. All three have been playing it pretty close with the likes of the Toyota Yaris, the Skoda Rapid and the VW Vento following. Watch out for a road test and comparo coming up soon!

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