Maruti Suzuki Vittara Brezza Overview & First Drive
December 30, 2018
Maruti Vitara Brezza Overview
Despite being in the top five passenger car markets in the world, India has been a predominantly manual transmission market. But, with the explosion in car sales, and the disproportionately poor growth in road infrastructure, traffic snarls are an everyday reality in cities. No wonder then that automatic transmissions are fast becoming the choice amongst city dwellers. And, not just passenger car leaders like Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai, but utility vehicle makers like Mahindra & Mahindra are also joining in with their own AMT options.
Maruti’s Vitara Brezza is the latest SUV to get an AMT. Maruti is late to the party, others like Ford EcoSport and the Mahindra TUV300 have been available with AMT gearboxes. But, the car market leader has often caught up and raced ahead of competition in the past. So, does Maruti have a winner on its hands? We drove the new Vitara Brezza AGS (Auto Gear Shift) to get a first hand experience of how comfortable it is. Book a test drive for Brezza in Tryaldrive
Maruti Vitara Brezza Exterior
Like all the other prominent names in the compact SUV segment, the Vitara Brezza too has the muscular and stubby stance which makes it larger than what it actually is. The lifted off frontal stance with a boxy design with clear lines make it look a bit old school, but then, there are some clear details in its design, which makes it an SUV of today’s times. The Vitara Brezza is actually based on the XA-Alpha concept which Maruti Suzuki previewed few years ago at the Delhi Auto Expo, and while it isn’t as flashy as the latter and has got a much toned down design in its production guise, it gets a number of design cues and features, making it a contemporary vehicle.
Starting off from the front, the Vitara Brezza gets a lifted off stance with a chunky looking chrome grille, which gets squared off fins within it clearly inspired from the XA-Alpha’s front grille. The headlamps have a simple rounded rectangle like design, but then, they do get funky looking projector bulbs with daytime running LEDs. The front bumper too has a bulgy design, with black claddings and prominent positioning of fog lamps with turn indicators placed above them, which is something other vehicles in its segment are not having.
The side profile of the Vitara Brezza does get a rather clean profile with two sharp creases – one running from the front headlamp and ending up on the rear door, and the other being below of it which starts on the rear door and ending up in the rear tail lamp. The black colored body cladding form the front bumper is extending all the way onto the sides as well, giving it a lofty stance, which is further complemented with its high 200mm ground clearance. The top most variant of ZDI+ gets a dual tone treatment for its roof, which gives it a stance of a floating roof. The doors and mirrors have got very mild design, making the overall side profile appear boxy. However, the 5-spoke alloy wheels have been given a very nice and upmarket design treatment.
At the rear, the Vitara Brezza has got a bulky stance, thanks to the wide profile accentuated by two big trapezoidal tail lamps and a big thick chrome bar with the name of the car embodied on it, much like what we have already seen on the Renault Duster. These tail lamps do get the same kind of LED light guides as on the front headlamps.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Interior
On the insides too, the Vitara Brezza has got a boxy treatment with the squared off dashboard, which gets complemented with the detailing and lines on the door panels and center console. matching with the exterior color. While most of the bits like steering wheel, power window switches and the large 7-inch touchscreen are something which we have already seen on the S-Cross, the center console has a different looking rounded rectangle design, which ends up with the Auto AC controls and cup holders. The left portion of the dashboard gets two glove boxes, with the lower of the two being a cooled box.
Where the Vitara Brezza excels is the clever space management it offers. Despite being a sub four meter car, the Vitara Brezza doesn’t feel short on space, and has more than required leg room, head room and boot space of 328 liters, making it quite a spacious car. The rear seats have got the provision of 60:40 split pattern, which can be helpful in extending the boot space, while carrying additional luggage. In terms of features, the Vitara Brezza gets almost everything which we have been seeing in a car of this segment, like projector headlamps with daytime running LEDs, alloy wheels, push button start, dual airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, 7-inch touchscreen music system which gets reverse camera, navigation, voice command system and Apple Carplay, automatic climate control, cruise control, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, steering wheel with audio, bluetooth and cruise control buttons, cooled glove box, tilt adjustable steering, electrically adjustable, front center sliding armrest and foldable rear view mirrors and height adjustable driver’s seat.
All in all, the Vitara Brezza does look boxy and not as outstanding or European as its rivals like Ford Ecosport and Hyundai Creta, but then, the features and detailing on the car make it look modern and upmarket.
Now here’s where the new version really differs. There’s still the typical diesel clatter at start up, but there’s no clutch pedal. You just press on the brake, move the stubby gear lever to D, and get going. There’s a creep function built into the Brezza AGS. So, lifting off the brake pedal does get this Maruti SUV motoring along instantly. And it doesn’t creep; it almost bolts ahead. It’s best then to cover the brake pedal when driving in traffic.
As the road opens up, the shift lag – characteristic of AMTs – rears its ugly head. It’s not as pronounced at slower speeds when driving with a light throttle. But, press harder on the throttle pedal, and your heads nods will get more violent as well. Plus, there’s the engine. This 90bhp, 1.3-litre, four-cylinder diesel, which is essentially a Fiat engine, is now old in the tooth. Not only does it have a telling turbo lag, it’s also noisier, less refined, and slower than what the competition offers. And that probably is the Brezza’s biggest shortcoming.
Otherwise, the Brezza continues to be a good handling SUV. It has predictable steering, a good turn-in, not much body roll around corners, and even when it gets out of shape, it doesn’t snap which makes it more controllable and safe on the limit. What was also surprising was the ride quality. No, the Brezza still doesn’t ride as plush as a pillow, but the suspension is less noisy now, and the bump absorption is less jarring as well.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Rideing
All the offerings of Maruti Suzuki, whether it’s the entry level Alto 800 or the premium crossover S-Cross, are known for imparting a perfect balance of ride quality and driving dynamics, and the Vitara Brezza is no exception. This mini SUV has got a setup of McPherson struts with coil springs at the front and a torsion beam with coil springs at the rear, much like most of the other cars of this segment. However, the car excels in delivering smooth ride quality, with the car moving over all kinds of tarmacs and rough sections with ease.
Despite its height, the nice weight distribution and monocoque chassis translates in a negligible body roll, making it an able handler. The steering is adequately light for the city, but gets perfectly weighted at higher speeds, and never feels vague at any point. The turning radius of 5.2 meters is also decent enough, making it very maneuverable in city peripherals, and at the same time, its high ground clearance of 200mm enables it to glide over all big obstructions. In terms of braking, the Vitara Brezza does misses out on rear disc brakes as that on the S-Cross, but then, the brakes are adequate enough and get the assistance of ABS, EBD and BA.
Maruti Vitara Brezza Safety
The refreshed Vitara Brezza comes with new safety features like ISOFIX child restraints, high-speed warning alert, dual airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensors and front seat belt pre-tensioners and force limiters. These have now been made standard across all variants, so the company has discontinued the ‘optional’ variant (VDi+) that used to offer dual airbags, ABS and EBD at an extra cost to the customer. The Vitara Brezza AMT also complies with all other safety regulations, including pedestrian safety, ahead of regulation timelines. It is already certified for offset and side impact crash tests since launch.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Ex-Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 7,53,384/- (Vitara Brezza LDI Optional) to 9,93,594/- (Vitara Brezza ZDI Plus Dual Tone). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in New Delhi. Check for Vitara Brezza price in New Delhi at Carzprice
Maruti Vitara Brezza Conclusion
The Brezza’s AMT version is expected to lead the segment, although it is a bit late. Built on the Suzuki C platform, this vehicle has already seen cumulative sales of around 2.75 lakh units since its launch in 2016 and is selling over 12,300 units a month, which is one of the highest in its segment. The price for the AGS version, at a premium of about ₹40,000 to ₹50,000 over the manual, is still attractive and ranges between ₹8.54 lakh and ₹10.49 lakh (ex-showroom). With the new EcoSport and Tata Nexon also offering AMT versions in the same segment, the market is going to be as hot as the summer.