Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview

The Maruti Dzire 2018 is the best selling car in the country. The compact sedan selles more than any hatchback and has also beaten the Maruti Alto. In April, the Dzire sold 25,935 units, which is higher than 21,233 of the Maruti Alto. The Dzire still has a waiting period, though the production has gone up. Such is the demand for the car that the company is finding it hard to meet. The Dzire has always been the highest selling compact sedan. Despite competition from other manufacturers, this has been the favourite. The Honda Amaze will be launched soon and provide good competition to the Dzire. However it is to be seen if it can come close to its sales numbers. Request a test drive for Dzire in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

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The new Dzire is now much more premium than the earlier model. It is a much improved car as of now. It is now wider than before due to the new platform. This has also resulted in superior handing, ride and also space management. There are multiple variant option to choose from as well, making the Dzire 2018 as complete car. This is a reason why it has been selling in very high numbers.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Exterior &Style

Despite its immense success, the older Dzire was never a looker. But with the new third-gen model, the Dzire has finally turned desirable – it’s fresh, contemporary and looks like a sedan from a segment above. It’s also bigger in some ways – not in length but width which is up 40mm while wheelbase has increased by 20mm. The new Dzire sits lower with height reduced by 40mm and ground clearance reduced marginally from 170mm to 163mm. The changes have given the Dzire a more proportionate and sleeker stance. If not for the sub 4-metre restrictions, the new Dzire could have looked even hot! Out on Goa’s roads, the new Dzire caught a lot of attention with motorists trying to get a glimpse of the sedan.

At the front is a new pouty grille outlined by a thick layer of chrome. In some ways, it reminds us of the Fiat Punto Evo’s grille. Then there are those gorgeous LED projector headlamps with DRLs (daytime running lamps) – features usually seen in higher segments cars such as the Honda City but are now available in cars lower down like the Ignis. The thin, moustache-like chrome inserts under the fog lamps accentuate the front even further. Disappointingly, all these niceties including the new 15-inch “precision-cut” alloys are available only in the top-end variants. The lower V variant gets functional 14-inch steel wheels with cover.

The rear has been kept simple with a thin chrome strip running across the length of the boot merging with the taillamps that are now LED units. The boot also looks a lot better integrated and doesn’t feel slapped on forcefully to make it fall under sub 4-metre. There’s more space to carry your luggage with boot space increased by 62 litres to 378 litres. It’s still lesser than rivals Tata Tigor, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze, all of which have over 400 litres of cargo space. However, it’s large enough to pack some big bags and camera equipment (check picture gallery for reference).

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Interior & Space

Coming to the interiors, here’s where a lot of major revisions lie. The dashboard gets an all-new design and even though some elements are derived from the new Swift, Maruti has again made a lot of changes to things like the instrument cluster, AC vents, steering wheel, inlays on the dashboard, etc. There is a dual tone black and beige colour theme and the top variants come with wood inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel. The wooden inserts are provided with an intent of making the car feel premium but honestly, it could have been done in a better way and the quality also feels a bit inferior. However, the overall fit and finish of the insides feel much better than the second generation Dzire.

Due to the rear doors being wider, ingress and egress have become easier. The seats are large and comfortable and the cushioning is also soft but under thigh support felt a bit lacking. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment while the steering gets tilt adjustment and hence you can find yourself a good driving position with decent visibility all around. Space at the rear is decent but at the front, the footwell eats into space slightly. The roofline limits the headroom at the rear a bit. The boot is nicely shaped and has good cargo carrying capacity, it is larger by 60-litres now.

The third generation Maruti Dzire gets a good equipment list. You get automatic climate control and the cooling performance from the AC is very good and the rear AC vents are a big plus. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable and folding. The audio system is the same one that is also offered on the Baleno. The 7-inch touchscreen has a good response and it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. Connectivity is seamless and the sound quality from the speakers is very good. Apart from that, the Dzire also gets keyless go with push button start and unlock sensors on the door.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine & Performance

The new Maruti Dzire 2018 makes use of the same engines that powered the earlier model. There is no change in the power and torque figures of the engines. The petrol engine is the 1.2-litre K-series engine that has four cylinders and a power output of 83bhp. The torque is 115Nm for this engine. This is a sufficiently powerful engine and offers brisk performance in the city and on the highway.It is a good thing that Maruti has stuck to this engine, because we feel that currently it is the best performing petrol engine in its segment. The AMT offered with this engine works amazingly well. The lag one generally feels in AMTs is minimal and it functions smoothly.

The diesel engine also has good performance. The car is light in weight, hence performance becomes even better. The good amount of torque helps achieve good driveability also. This is quite a peppy engine too. It has a 1.3-litre DDiS, four-cylinder diesel engine making 75bhp of power and 190Nm of maximum torque. It does get a bit noisy at higher RPMs, but offers good drivability and performance.The AMT on the diesel of the Swift Dzire could have been better tuned. While both engines are offered with AMT, our pick is the petrol one. It is a smooth performer and has better drivability that the diesel. The AMT option is not available on the base version which are Lxi and Ldi.The Swift Dzire 2018 has always been up there, when it comes to fuel efficiency. The New Dzire has now shed around 100 kilograms, hence it has got even better now. The reduced weight has resulted in better mileage as well as better performance. This makes it the Swift Dzire most fuel-efficient car in the country with an economy of 28.4 km/l. Petrol has also seen an increase in its mileage to 22km/l, for both manual and AMT versions.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Driving Dynamics

If there’s one thing about the Dzire that’s completely bowled us over, it’s the ride quality. The suspension is so silent, the ride so plush, and it may sound like a big statement but there’s possibly nothing that unsettles this sedan. We went over some really rough and broken roads but the Dzire’s suspension absorbed them all without any thuds or rattles, especially the AMT variants. There’s none of the bounciness in the rear that used to be felt in the older Dzire. Despite the ground clearance having gone down by 7mm, the Dzire went over speed bumps without grazing its underbody. If comfort is high on your priority, then the Dzire’s got your back. On straight roads, and at speeds up to 100kmph, the Dzire feels stable, it’s 186/65 tyres offering a rock solid grip. But it doesn’t offer the same level of confidence in corners. The steering wheel weighs up adequately when driving at lower speeds. As you gather pace, though, it tends to lighten up a bit making you unsure about what the front wheels are doing. The brakes are responsive and get the job done but panic braking situations are best avoided.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Braking & Safety

One of the Dzire’s biggest plus points is that it’s now equipped with dual airbags and ABS right from the base L variant while managing to price it cheaper than the older corresponding L (Optional) variant with safety features by Rs 7,000. That’s a massive statement from Maruti with regard to its focus on safety. What’s important to note is that the Dzire is built on Maruti’s Heartect platform that makes it ready for future safety norms. Other standard elements of the safety kit include ISOFIX child seat anchorages to secure your young ones and front seatbelts with pretensioner and force limiter. However, reverse parking sensor is offered only in the Z variant and if you want a reverse parking camera as well, you need to buy the Z+ variant. We wish Maruti had provided parking sensors at least in the V variant considering how important they have become for our road conditions these days. Features such as central locking, speed-sensing door locks and anti-theft system were standard earlier but are now offered only from V variant onwards.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Cost in Chennai

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 5,49,340/- (Dzire LXI) to 9,45,248/- (Dzire ZDI Plus AT). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Dzire from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Chennai. Check for Dzire price in Chennai at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Conclusion

We won’t be surprised if the Maruti Dzire goes on to become the largest selling car by overtaking the Alto. Maruti Suzuki has taken a good package and made it even better with the new generation and the Dzire comes across as a well-rounded compact sedan that excels at a lot of things. What really impressed us is how the company has moved ahead in its quality standards and how the car is loaded with so many features. The driving characteristics are also very good and both the engines are efficient too. The Maruti Dzire is an excellent buy for someone looking for a not-so-big sedan that offers a competitive package.

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