Maruti Suzuki Dzire Facelift Review

Maruti DZire Model Overview

Unabashedly, Maruti Suzuki DZire has been the country’s best-selling sedan ever since its launch around five years back in 2012. It has been clocking sales in excess of 12000 units on an average basis per month, which is way more than the combined sales of all its competitors. However, with time, the sedan started losing its charm and shine, while the sales also witnessed a gradual dip. Henceforth, in order to retain the good old days and reclaim the glory, Maruti Suzuki has brought the all-new DZire sedan with fresh styling, updated cabin and increased mileage. The sedan is offered in both petrol and diesel fuel trims in four trim levels: LXi/LDi, VXi/VDi, ZXi/ZDi and ZXi+/ZDi+.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire Overview
Underpinning the lightweight ‘HEARTEC’ architecture, borrowed from the Baleno hatch, it is available with AMT gearbox with V grade onwards in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The new car comes packed with a plethora of advanced features, while paramount importance is given to safety with ABS, EBD, BA and dual airbags as standard across the entire variant range.

Maruti DZire Design

The  Maruti Swift DZire 2018 is based on all-new platform, which Suzuki calls as Heartect. Earlier, this platform has been seen on the Maruti Baleno. This new platform uses high strength steel, making it stronger and even more lighter. As the Maruti DZire 2018 is wider, it results n better handling.

Front

The Maruti Dzire 2018 now looks very stylish from the front. It is a pleasing design and does not seem like its trying too hard to look good. The new Dzire looks balanced and contemporary as well. The fascia receives a new imposing grille that has a chrome surround, which looks like a lip.

Side and Rear

The side profile looks perfectly balanced. The boot is very well integrated in the body and doesn’t look like a forced job. The new 15-inch alloy wheels add to the look of this car. The rear has similar look to the old Dzire but the styling is much better. The tail lamps are now LED ones and look classier. There is an improvement in the paint quality this time. The New Maruti Dzire 2017 is indeed an excellent job my Maruti. Check for Dzire price in Hyderabad

Maruti DZire Interior

Coming to the interiors, here’s where a lot of major revisions lie. The dashboard gets an all-new design and even though some elements are derived from the new Swift, Maruti has again made a lot of changes to things like the instrument cluster, AC vents, steering wheel, inlays on the dashboard, etc. There is a dual tone black and beige colour theme and the top variants come with wood inserts on the dashboard and steering wheel. The wooden inserts are provided with an intent of making the car feel premium but honestly, it could have been done in a better way and the quality also feels a bit inferior. However, the overall fit and finish of the insides feel much better than the second generation Dzire.

 Due to the rear doors being wider, ingress and egress have become easier. The seats are large and comfortable and the cushioning is also soft but under thigh support felt a bit lacking. The driver’s seat gets height adjustment while the steering gets tilt adjustment and hence you can find yourself a good driving position with decent visibility all around. Space at the rear is decent but at the front, the footwell eats into space slightly. The roofline limits the headroom at the rear a bit. The boot is nicely shaped and has good cargo carrying capacity, it is larger by 60-litres now.

The third generation Maruti Dzire gets a good equipment list. You get automatic climate control and the cooling performance from the AC is very good and the rear AC vents are a big plus. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable and folding. The audio system is the same one that is also offered on the Baleno. The 7-inch touchscreen has a good response and it gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too. Connectivity is seamless and the sound quality from the speakers is very good. Apart from that, the Dzire also gets keyless go with push button start and unlock sensors on the door.

Maruti DZire Performance

All-new Maruti DZire is available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims with the same set of petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variants are powered by a 1.2L 4-cylinder K-Series engine which generates maximum power output of 82bhp at 6000rpm and peak torque performance of 113Nm at 4200rpm. On the diesel front, the company’s tried-and-trusted 1.3L 4-cylinder DDiS 190 engine is at the helm of affairs. It belts out top power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and highest torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. Both the engines are linked to a 5-speed manual transmission as standard, while the 5-speed AMT gearbox is also on offer from V trim.

Maruti Suzuki Dzire Mileage

All-New Maruti DZire is more fuel efficient than the preceding model due to the use of ‘HEARTEC’ platform as it makes the sedan lighter by 70-80 kgs than before. The petrol variants deliver a mileage of 22kmpl with both manual and AMT variants, while the diesel variants return 28.40kmpl in both manual and AMT models. Both the mileage figures are ARAI Specified.

Maruti DZire Driving Dynamics

The suspension gets a softer setup and hence the ride feels much better than the previous generation Maruti Dzire. The body control has also improved and the car feels composed even over bad patches. Talking about steering feel, the diesel variant gets a heavier steering and has decent feel while the petrol variant gets a lighter steering which lacks feel. Just like other newer Maruti cars, the steering doesn’t self-centre and feels dead at times. Handling is good and the Dzire is fun to drive. The ground clearance isn’t the best but the vehicle didn’t really scrape anywhere. Braking performance has improved and the stopping power is really good.

Maruti DZire Braking & Safety

All-new Maruti Suzuki DZire gets disc brake at the front and drum brake at the rear. It can be termed as the best sedan in the segment as Maruti has paid utmost importance to the safety aspect by offering Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), dual front airbags, ISOFix Child Seat Anchorages, and Front seatbelts with pre-tensioner and load limiters as standard fitments across the entire variant range.

Maruti DZire Bottomline

We won’t be surprised if the Maruti Dzire goes on to become the largest selling car by overtaking the Alto. Maruti Suzuki has taken a good package and made it even better with the new generation and the Dzire comes across as a well-rounded compact sedan that excels at a lot of things. What really impressed us is how the company has moved ahead in its quality standards and how the car is loaded with so many features. The driving characteristics are also very good and both the engines are efficient too. The Maruti Dzire is an excellent buy for someone looking for a not-so-big sedan that offers a competitive package.

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