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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Compact SUV Review
We drive the much-awaited Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza with the 1.3-litre diesel engine
to see if it can really live up to the hype that it has created. Will it be one of India's most
popular cars in the years to come? Well, read on....
If I had a rupee for every person that has asked me about the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the
last few years, I would probably have enough money to buy one. Not only is this the most talked
about car in the last few months, Maruti’s new SUV is possibly one of the most taked about and
most anticipated cars in the last few years. Afterall, India’s largest auto maker finally launching
India’s favorite type of car is not something that happens every day! Unveiled at the 2016 Auto
Expo and launched in Mumbai just a few days ago, we have finally managed to get our hands
on the car everyone has been waiting to drive, see, talk about and of course, own. So, does it
really live up to the expectations that the Indian audiences have set?
The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is striking to look at when you first lay your eyes on it
and this is because of the fact that Maruti’s styling studio have got it spot on when it
comes to the way the Brezza is stanced. The first thing you really notice is how this sub
4-meter compact SUV appears to look much bigger than it actually is and how the front
is angled in a way to make it look aggressive and appear much wider than it is.
The front gets a very well designed and detailed chrome grille that joins the two headlamps
together. The top of the line car that we have here gets daytime running lights and a projector
headlamps setup. The front bumper is sporty and gets a large blacked out air dam which is well
complemented by the silver skid plate. The fog lamp and the indicators are separate units and
are get their own matte black surrounds.
Move to the sides and the plastic cladding dominates the lower half of the car along with
the flared wheel arches. The top of the line car gets a set of 16-inch wheels with 215/60
R16 alloy wheels while the lower variants get 205/60 R16 steel wheels. The wheels
though lack drama and are just too plain in terms of design for a car like the Brezza and
the 16-inch gunmetal grey wheels from the Ciaz for example would have gone a long
way in making the car look a lot sportier and more premium than it is now.
Coming to the roof, the floating roof design has elements of the Maruti Suzuki Swift in it
and is possibly one of the most important styling features on the car as you could
actually opt for a factory finished two tone paint option which we think makes the Brezza
look a lot more cooler! The two tone paint options are only available on the ZDi+ variant
and can be had in either red/black, blue/white or a yellow/white combination. Personally,
we think that the blue/white combo looks the best of the lot. That said, the partition line
on the inside of the bootlid could have been executed a lot better and although it does
not show on the outside, it does linger on the back of your head. Sadly, the Brezza we
drove was in a more subtle shade of silver without the two-tone treatment and although
we would have loved the brighter blue or yellow, the silver should possibly outsell either
of those colors by a considerable margin.
Around the rear, the wide stance of the Brezza continues with the horizontally stacked tail lamps
and the large embossed Vitara Brezza badged chrome garnish piece atop the number plate
area. The rear bumper also gets a silver finished skid plate, which is well contrasted with the
matte black cladding around it. The built in spoiler on the Brezza also adds a hint of sportiness
into this compact SUV.
Interior, Space & features
When it comes to the interiors, the engineers at Maruti decided to play a little safe and offer a
simple and elegant solution instead of the over the top design you get on some other compact
SUVs. The central console is finished in gloss black while the dashboard itself gets a matte
black tone. The Brezza also gets a brushed aluminum styling feature that runs horizontally on
the dashboard and helps break up the singular color’s monotony. The lower part of the central
console gets a climate control system with an auto function and some storage space for knick
knacks. The speedometer console gets two large dials which get a mood lighting option with five
distinct color choices, red, orange, blue, white and yellow that the driver can choose from.
The central screen gets inbuilt navigation and Apple CarPlay which is a real boon in case you
use an Apple device. Other features in the Brezza include a reverse parking camera with
parking sensors, automatic headlamps, automatic rain sensing windscreen wipers and cruise
control. The higher spec versions also get auto folding outside rear view mirrors and a start-stop
button. All in all, the Vitara Brezza is jammed pack with gadgetry! That said, plastic quality is
quite substandard and does offer slightly mediocre tactile feel. The textured plastic on the top
half of the dashboard also looks and feels a little tacky. The central panel also has rather large
panel gaps and feels not as solid as it feels on most other cars in this segment or hatchbacks
that are similarly priced.
In terms of seating space, the Vitara Brezza scores high. The front seats are very comfortable
and offer a good overall support. The rear seats are spacious and offer good legroom due to the
scooped out front seats and good under thigh support too. We also like how the Vitara Brezza
gets scooped out door panels on the rear which help making more space so that three
passengers can sit next to each other in relative comfort. There is also enough headroom for
the average passenger despite the stylish sloping roofline. That said, we are immensely
disappointed with the fact that despite the demand, the Vitara Brezza does not get leather
interiors even on the most expensive versions.
Eariler Maruti Suzuki products were criticized for not having enough storage space. The Brezza
gets a bottle holder on the front door cards along with two cup holders in the central console
and a single bottle holder in each of the rear doors. The Brezza also gets a centre console that
comes mighty handy for storing a phone charger or other utilities. The large 328-litre boot might
not be the biggest in its category but the relatively low loading floor and large spare wheel
(205/60 R15 with a black steel wheel) will certainly be a boon for most customers.