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2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire review, test drive
May 25, 2017 by Saumil Shah

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What’s it like to drive?

The engines are the same as before. There’s an 83hp, 1.2-litre, four-cylinder petrol and a 75hp, 1.3-litre, four-cylinder diesel. Both these come with a five-speed manual and an automated manual transmission option. Maruti engineers have managed to make the engines a lot more efficient than before, claiming 22.0kpl for the petrol and 28.4kpl for the diesel, thanks in a big way to a much lighter kerb weight.

Like before, the petrol engine is really silent and refined on start-up. It’s barely audible at idling revs. However, get moving and it feels a bit different in character. From as low as 1,200rpm, the motor builds speed, with none of that earlier slight lethargy off the line. Power delivery is nice and smooth, and the revs build in a linear manner. It makes a sporty sound once it crosses 3,500 revs and there’s no reluctance from the engine. It’ll cleanly pull until 6,300rpm. Max torque of 113Nm is developed at 4,200revs. The five-speed manual transmission is a joy to use and the throws are short and very smooth. The clutch, though, feels a bit springy and tends to fight back with your left foot; even the travel is a bit long.

The petrol AMT is eager to shift up and the transition between gears is noticeable with a bit of head nod. It isn’t seamless like torque converters or continuously variable transmissions. There’s also the option to manually shift gears using the Tiptronic mode.

There’s little that’s different in the diesel though. Immediately off the line, there’s a noticeable delay before the power delivery kicks in. Once the revs build, boost is quite strong and the engine spins quite freely. However, it’s loud and clattery, and sounds crude at high revs.

Maruti has softened this car a bit and ride quality is noticeably better than the outgoing car. There are fewer body movements over bad sections of road and aren’t as jarring any more. It soaks up road imperfections in a very mature manner and feels nice and absorbent. The petrol’s steering is light and, with a tight 4.8m turning radius, it’s effortless to twirl around in the city. The return to centre is weak though, like many modern Marutis, and with all that lightness, it doesn’t feel as well connected to the road as before; there’s a bit of vagueness here. However, the diesel feels a bit heavier and more connected in comparison.

Should I buy one?

Maruti, as ever, has its fingers on the pulse of the Indian market, and this new Dzire is tailor-made to cater to the demands and needs of customers. It’s got all the right ingredients – space, practicality, comfort, good equipment on top variants, fuel-efficient engines and, above everything, the backing of Maruti’s extensive sales and support network. Also, the inclusion of ABS with EBD, and dual airbags as standard across the range is an excellent move that’s sure to go down well with increasingly safety-conscious Indians. With a wide introductory price range of Rs 5.45-9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), there should be a Dzire variant for everyone. There’s little doubt then, despite the rise of the compact SUV, and doubts about the longevity of this segment in the light of the upcoming GST implementation, that Maruti seems to have another blockbuster on its hands.

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Technical Specifications

Price range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price (Delhi): Rs 5.45 - 9.41 lakh

Engine

Fuel: Petrol/Diesel
 
Type: 1197cc, 4 cyls/ 1248cc, 4cyls, turbocharged
 
Power: 83hp at 6000rpm/ 75hp at 4000rpm
 
Torque: 113Nm at 4200rpm/ 190Nm at 2000rpm

Transmission

Type: Front wheel drive
 
Gearbox: 5-speed manual/ 5-speed AMT

Dimensions

Length: 3995mm
 
Width: 1735mm
 
Height: 1515mm
 
Wheel base: 2450mm
 
Boot volume: 378 litres
 
Ground clearance: 163mm

Chassis & Body

Weight: 860-990kg
 
Tyres: 165/80 R14

Suspension

Front: McPherson strut
 
Rear: Torsion beam

Steering

Type of power assist: Electric

Brakes

Front: Disc
 
Rear: Drum

Economy

Tank size: 37 litres


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