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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Review & Test Drive

 

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The Maruti Ciaz now looks more sophisticated and premium. What was missing from the package was a diesel engine. This issue has now been addressed with the new in-house developed, 1.5 litre diesel engine which offers improved performance and claims to have more refined NVH levels too. The new Ciaz will no longer get the 1.3 DDiS engine. The car will also get a new six-speed gearbox that will add to the appeal. The Ciaz will also be the recipient of the companies brand new 1.5-litre diesel engine. The car will be the first to receive the new 1.5-litre DDiS engine. The Ertiga, S-Cross and other cars will get it later. This engine will stop Maruti from depending on Fiat for the outdated 1.3-litre diesel engine. This engine is also BS-6 compliant. This new 1.5-litre diesel engine of the Maruti Ciaz 2019 will be a much-needed addition in the products offerings. Check Maruti Suzuki Ciaz price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive

The new diesel Ciaz will take on the competition, the Verna and the City, both of which have diesel mills that are more powerful. The Yaris comes only in petrol. The Maruti Ciaz 2019 will not see any major updates. There will not be any change in the dimensions. The car will continue with the changes it received with its facelift from last year.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Style

When talking about the exteriors, one valid question will pop in the mind ‘is the new one looks different from the older one’? And honestly, the answer to this query will totally depend on the type of variant you are looking at. For example, the top of the line Alpha variant can be easily differentiated from the retired model while the other variant will again need ‘eagle’s eye vision’. The new Ciaz comes with all-LED projector headlamps along with LED fog lamps and the tail lamps.

And let not forget the new chic design for the solid 16-inch alloy wheels and the chrome decoration on the rear bumper. Now if you move down to the variant line-up, there are limited aesthetic changes in the form of redesigned grille and bumper at the front. The new grille is different from the horizontal slats of the outgoing model. It now comes with sleeker grille featuring multi-segmented dashes or say, mesh-like detailing with the signature logo taking the center stage. The grille is not only pretty but also wider and connects to the headlamps. The chrome underlining further accentuates the aura at the front.

The bumper adds a little aggression with wider air dam and protruding c-shaped outline for the foglamps. Maruti hasn’t played around with the side profile and the rear much. A revamped rear would have taken this to a whole new level. However, if you really want to give a dash of sportiness, you can choose body kit and spoiler from the list of accessories. Overall, Ciaz looks much better from the earlier version, especially when you stare at it from the front.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Space

Even though the layout of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz has remained the same, the dashboard gets a different shade of faux wood. The centre console houses a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with MapMyIndia navigation. The instrument cluster too has a new design with a bigger multi-information display which looks more modern now. However, the bigger MID isn’t offered with the diesel variant. The sedan is loaded with plenty of features like auto headlights with auto levelling (no manual levelling), keyless entry, push-button start as well as cruise control. The cabin continues to feel roomy and the use of lighter shades help in making the inside feel airy but the overall quality of plastics isn’t that great as they are hard-touch.

The rear of the sedan can seat three people comfortably but the middle passenger doesn’t get a headrest like the other two. Under thigh support isn’t the best and people taller than 6-feet will feel cramped for headroom. The floor is however flat which somewhat helps. There are steering mounted controls for driver convenience and the air-conditioning is as powerful as ever. Boot space is good but the spare wheel isn’t an alloy. Also missing is a sunroof which we Indians have grown to love and is offered with Ciaz’s competition.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Gearbox

The facelifted Ciaz gets updated petrol engine in the form 1.5L unit which also comes with SHVS or mild hybrid technology. Kick off the engine and it sizzles to life with a minor strum that quickly fades away. And at most of the times, the engine loves to be quiet. However, the moment you start thrashing it, the engine becomes vocal but that too give you unusual joy. The updated engine is good for making 105PS and 138Nm of torque and it pumps out more horses (12.5PS) and 8Nm of additional torque than the previous motor.

The additional power makes the engine more or less similar to the outgoing one. You will find it neither exciting nor inadequate at any point of driving. However, the main emphasis here seems to be the drivability. The moment you let the clutch go off, the car makes swift progress. Also, the engine doesn’t mind if you drag it a bit, so whenever you spot a speed breaker, you don’t have to downshift to the first gear every time. When the car is in second gear, it should work fine too. The car in lower gears feels like you are driving a diesel car. In the second gear, you are capable of doing unsoiled start from 0kmph, without any complaint from the engine. To know more info on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz check Tony-allen

And it does quiet skilfully as if it’s like driving in the familiar surroundings. You can potter in and around the town the whole day and you will not feel tired as it seems to give peace of mind in the city. On the contrary, the things become different when you are on the highways. It’s not like that the car lacks power or isn’t able to cruise comfortably at three digit speeds. It can ace it without breaking a sweat. But the only qualm is when you are overtaking quickly, it stutters a bit doing that.

It’s not the case with cars such as Verna and City as these vehicles need nothing more than a little push on the throttle to quickly gather speed. In Ciaz, you need to work on gears or downshift to achieve that sweet spot of getting in front of the vehicle ahead. The petrol powered Ciaz comes in two transmission options; 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. Most people will still prefer buying the manual one as it doesn’t demand frequent gear shifting. Moreover, the action of the gear is smooth and the clutch also feels super light in cities.

However, if you really want to choose automatic, it does add to the driving convenience, especially when you want relaxed driving to and fro from your work. But note, it is not as snappier as the manual gearbox, however it will do the job most of the times. The diesel engine on the other hand, is the 1.3L turbo-charged unit sourced from Fiat which pumps out 90PS and 200Nm of torque. The engine is good but can’t match the performance of rival Verna, Vento and Rapid. There is turbo lag which is especially noticeable in the upper band of gear ratios. Overall, the diesel Ciaz is an average performer as compared to rivals.

As far as the SHVS is concerned, though it has been tried and tested in the diesel engine, it is the first time that mild-hybrid technology comes paired with a petrol engine. The SHVS comes in the form of lithium-ion battery which is coupled with an integrated starter generator. This switches off the engine when the car is in neutral state and brings it back to life the moment you put off your foot from the clutch. This does increases efficiency right to some extent.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving

Maruti claims to have made changes to the suspension of the 2018 Ciaz. Not to say that it was uncomfortable earlier but the changes make the ride even plusher for the passengers. We could easily feel it during our stint with the new model and it rides well for the most part. It is only on really bad roads and deep potholes that a thud could be felt inside the cabin. The suspension setup is very apt for the Indian road conditions but this also takes a toll on the handling. Body roll is considerable and no feel and feedback from the steering makes matters worse. It simply refuses to weigh up at high speeds and centre at low speeds but the good thing is that the car feels planted. The stopping power from the front discs is good and the brakes a fine job of bringing it to a halt within a short distance.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

Braking is balanced and there is short pedal travel before the brakes bite. Hard braking will make the car feel stable and maintain composure at the same time. And it seems ABS comes into action unexpectedly earlier which is a good thing.As far as safety kit is concerned, the standard list of features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and pedestrian protection compliance and seat belt pretensioners with force limiters. Other advanced feature include ESP with hill hold assist, automatic headlamps, reverse parking camera, rear defogger, driver and passenger seat belt reminder and speed alert system.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On Road Price is 9,81,349/- and Ex-showroom Price is 8,19,000/- in Bangalore. 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 .

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Final Thought

The Maruti Ciaz was in no way different from any other car from the company in terms of value. The 2018 model takes this trend a notch higher with more features and a powerful yet efficient petrol engine. It is now even more comfortable and is perfect for those looking for a congenial ride on a budget. It is, however, not a fun-to-drive car which is a huge deterrant if you are not the chauffeur driven types. The 1.5-litre petrol engine does give the 2018 Ciaz a fresh breath of air and even comes with a mild hybrid technology. Taking everything into account, the 2018 Ciaz is an even better value-for-money proposition than before and ticks all the right boxes to be a good family sedan.

Maruti Ciaz 2018 is offered in four different variants such as Sigma, Delta, Zeta and Alpha. As per the pricing, it starts from Rs. 8.19 lakh and goes all the way up to Rs. 11.02 lakh. The base trim Sigma is tagged at Rs. 8.19 lakh and Rs. 9.19 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively. Maruti Ciaz Delta gets the price tag of Rs. 8.81 lakh for the petrol and Rs. 9.8 lakh for the diesel trim. The Zeta variant is tagged at Rs. 9.58 lakh for petrol and Rs. 10.62 lakh for diesel respectively. Its top of the line variant Alpha is available at the price tag of Rs. 9.97 lakh for petrol while its diesel trim is tagged at Rs. 11.02 lakh, ex-showroom.

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