The Maruti Ciaz replaced Maruti SX4, which did reasonably well initially, but soon lost its charm as it began to look out dated when compared to its competition.
In Oct 2014, Maruti Ciaz was launched, which was bigger, sleeker and far better equipped than the SX4 it has replaced. Aimed at the aggressively contested C-segment with Hyundai Verna, Honda City and VW Vento, Maruti Ciaz delivered everything that a buyer desired in a 10 Lakh rupee car.
Maruti Ciaz is the most fuel-efficient car in its class and is now amongst top selling C-segment car in India.
How it looks…
Though Maruti Ciaz replaces the SX4 but it shares no traits with the SX4. It’s an all-new product from the Maruti. Like the most Suzuki’s the Maruti Ciaz doesn’t immediately grab your attention as in terms of styling its not that exciting, though its very much clean and sober looking.
The detailed, stylish projector headlamps and the premium 16 inch alloy wheels are the center of attraction in the Maruti Ciaz.
A nice four slat front grill on the massive bonnet makes the car look aggressive.The lower half of the bumper is cleverly designed too.
Maruti Ciaz is the longest car in its segment and is clearly visible when you step on the side and view it from the side angle. The alloy wheels enhance its beauty, and give you a feeling of a more premium car. No doubt Maruti Ciaz looks sophisticated in terms of styling.
The rear of the Maruti Ciaz is dominated by the large tail lamps that flow into the boot lid. The rear design is somewhat similar to the Honda City. It has couple of black panels on the bumper that include a pair of reflectors.
One would expect the Maruti Ciaz to be heavy due to its large size, but it’s just the opposite. The new chassis are created in such a way that it improves the rigidity as well as reduce the car weight.
Maruti has tried hard to make the Ciaz look superior and they have succeeded well in making Maruti Ciaz one of their most premium car. Usually Suzuki cars used to have cramped cabins but this isn’t the case with the Maruti Ciaz. It is undoubtedly the most spacious mid sized car.
The interior of the Maruti Ciaz looks amazing, its based on the dual tone theme on inside with a nice wooden strip in the middle which segregate the black from the beige. The beige colour feels nice and enhances the beauty of the cabin.
The Maruti Ciaz S has the all black interiors to give that sporty feel.
The layout of the dashboard is conventional and clean with a nice and large 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers lots of features including the navigation system.
The meters and dials are easy to read and there is a small screen which offers hosts of information like the 2 trip meters, average fuel economy, distance to empty, outside temperatures, etc.
Maruti Ciaz gets the familiar Maruti steering wheel with the steering mounted controls.
The driver’s seat gets a wide range of height adjustment. The seat cushioning and the under thigh support could have been better. The rear seats are set at the perfect inclined angle, good for long journeys. Maruti Ciaz offers ample amount of legroom and are wide enough to accommodate three adults, flat floor being a help.
The interior of Maruti Ciaz is a nice place to be in. It is rich in practicality as well, as it offers plenty of smart storage spaces and a huge 510 L boot space.
|Engine and Transmission||petrol||diesel SHVS|
|Max Torque||130 Nm @4000rpm||200 Nm @ 1750rpm|
|No. of Cylinders||4||4|
|Fuel tank capacity(L)||43||43|
|Emission standard||BS IV||BS IV|
|Tyre size||185/65 R15 & 195/55 R16||185/65 R15 & 195/55 R16|
The petrol Maruti Ciaz is powered by the 1.4 L k series motor, which develops 91bhp. The engine feels smooth and generates rev cleanly without being loud. Its quick and quite responsive too. Though you don’t get that hefty thrust which Honda City or Hyundai Verna offers. Instead, the power generation is linear and not that exciting. This car is best for moderate speed and city driving, as this motor offers enough pulling power to stay ahead of the traffic.
The fiat sourced 1.3 L diesel engine of the Maruti Ciaz is the widely used engine, which generates 89bhp. The engine feels lazy to get a move on at the lower rpm as the turbo lags below the 1800rpm mark.
I still feel that a more powerful engine – a 1.6L engine from the s-cross could have improved the Ciaz’s performance by a large margin.
But nevertheless, ride comfort is where the Ciaz truly scores. Brilliant suspension makes the ride comfortable and more stable.
The highlight of the Maruti Ciaz diesel is the SHVS technology (click for more detail) that makes it deliver the claimed mileage of 28kmpl.
The submissive dynamics of Maruti Ciaz makes the car best for comfortable commuting and not for enthusiast.
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