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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Features,Performance & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The Ciaz facelift has been in the works for a long time now and after a multitude of spy-shots and brochure leaks we finally got the opportunity to drive it. The Ciaz has been one of the strongest sellers in the C-segment and this despite the Ciaz being the only car to have not been updated. The City and the Verna have jumped a whole generation, the Skoda Rapid and the VW Vento have received their facelift too and the Toyota Yaris, well its just debuted in the Indian market scene. Maruti needed more than just a facelift to take on its fresh and updated competition. How have they managed Lets find out.Check car loan for Maruti Ciaz.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Design & 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 Cabin & Comfort

While there are no changes to the layout of the dashboard, the door pads or the seats, it’s the little updates to the trim that catch your attention. First up there’s the new dull wood grain accents plastered across the dashboard and the door pads, which actually do look good – they go well with the coherent ambience of this cabin. However, we aren’t fans of the satin chrome highlights (on the centre console and door trim) as they look too plasticky. Speaking of which, there are hard plastics throughout the cabin (including door armrests) though to be fair they do not feel cheap. It would be nice, however, to have soft-touch materials on the top half of dash and elbow touch points on the doors.

What will immediately catch your attention as you start driving is the new 4.2-inch multi information display between the dials. Similar to what you get in the Baleno, the display incudes a host of driving-related read outs. What’s new in here though is the light bar at the top which changes colour depending on how easy or hard you are with the throttle. That brings us to a new safety precaution that’s bound to raise eyebrows among many potential buyers – the 2018 Ciaz gets high speed warning alert which comes in at certain speeds. In fact, it will let out one beep each at 80kmph and 100kmph, however, once you cross 120kmph the car will constantly beep at you. Other safety features include driver and passenger seatbelt alert, ISOFIX mounts for child seat, dual airbags, ABS and EBD. You even get ESP and hill hold function for the automatic version.

In tech terms, the Ciaz retains Maruti’s popular SmartPlay infotainment system that gets both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. As always, the system is faultless when it comes to smart phone mirroring and the display itself is clear and well positioned. The sound quality from the audio system though is just about average.

It’s easy to find the ideal driving position despite the lack of reach adjustment for the steering. The seats are big and supportive with excellent lateral support. The visibility, too, is good though not as generous as the Honda City. Moving to the second row, the Ciaz has always been impressive when we talk rear seat space and comfort – although the 2018 update doesn’t bring about any improvements, it is easy to appreciate the ample amount of legroom and headroom. If you are looking to be chauffeured around, the legroom with the front passenger seat pushed forward is simply astonishing. That said, we would have like the rear seat base to be longer because the under thigh support is slightly lacking in here.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine & Gearbox

The biggest change in the new 2018 Ciaz is the inclusion of the new K15 petrol engine (the diesel DDiS 200 remains unchanged). At 1.5 litres, it’s got more displacement (up by 100cc), more power (up by almost 10bhp) and more torque (up by 8Nm). So adding it up, the new motor puts out 103.2bhp and 138Nm. The K15 is an all-new motor and now comes as a mild hybrid across all variants. However the definition of mild hybrid has changed.

The Smart Hybrid technology now gets a Lithium-ion and a Lead battery set-up. As a result the system is enabled with an idle start stop which isnt a big deal but the next two features are. The Hybrid system importantly gets a Torque Assist Function wherein the energy stored in the Lithium-ion battery assists the petrol motor during acceleration and this can be seen in a graphical way on the new TFT screen. Since the Lithium-ion battery is utilized for better performance, it needs to be charged as well. And that is where the Brake Energy Regeneration comes into play. Stepping on the brakes or coasting keeps charging the battery. The cycle continues thereby aiding performance and fuel efficiency.

But does it work Well for starters, the bigger engine does have better performance on tap. For the automatic variant Maruti have retained the four-speed torque converter gearbox which frankly falls behind compared to the more modern gearboxes on offer. However for the short distance we drove it, it feels just about adequate in city confines but with just four speeds on offer, it does tend to sap power and falls behind when you really ask for performance. The CVT from the Baleno would have made for a better choice, but would have escalated costs so as a result Maruti has stuck with the old gearbox. But in its favour, the gearbox is extremely smooth and still works better than any AMT around. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Ciaz  visit Orsp

The five-speed manual offers a better window to the K15 motors increased performance. While we did not notice a big jump in outright performance, drivability has definitely improved. However, do not expect this to be a performance oriented motor. Above 3000rpm, the engine starts getting thrummy and if you rev it further, the engine starts taking a coarse note. What also did not help are the speed warning beeps at 80 and 100kmph which got buzzing like an alarm clock post 120kmph. While we are sure these can be turned off from the settings, what was clear from the beeps and the engine note is that the Ciaz does not like to be pushed. At relaxed speeds, the engine turns lazily at just over 2500rpm with 100kmph on the speedo and that is where the Ciaz feels in its element.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ride & Handling

The ride and handling of this sedan is absolutely predictable. And unlike the predecessor SX4 which had a stiff suspension, Ciaz comes with soft suspension which offers absorbent ride quality at lower speeds. The car feels nice and composed on smooth roads and feels planted on high speeds, enough to instil confidence in the driver. Having said that, at high speeds especially above triple digit speeds, the rear passengers would feel vertical bobbling when the vehicle goes over an undulation on the surface.

At lower speeds too, the ride is comfortable and the ground clearance is also not a problem either as the car is capable of handling the non-existent road quite well. However, you would feel vertical movement when going over some bad craters. This is due to soft damping, so the ideal way is to make the most out of joyful ride, drive it on the highways.In terms of handling, the car has been crafted to make the driving more relaxing, not engaging. And the sheer example is that the steering weight has been tuned to be feather-light in cities while solid on highways. Throw it at the corners and the steering is practically quick but don’t expect loads of feedback.For more information on Maruti Ciaz check AutoZhop.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety & Security

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 Pune

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 9,47,368 to 14,14,412 for variants Ciaz Sigma Petrol and Ciaz S Diesel respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is available in 11 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz variants price in Pune. Check for Ciaz price in Pune at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Final Word

Like we mentioned before, the Ciaz has always been a big seller in its segment thanks to its value for money factor, plenty of space and good fuel efficiency. The new car keeps all the above traits and yet takes things further with better equipment levels and slightly better performance as well. Maruti has played the pricing game right too. The Ciaz is priced between Rs 8.19 lakhs to 10.79 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Compared to the older car, the price of the base variant has gone up by Rs 36,000, however, the top-end model has gotten cheaper by a whopping Rs 72,000 and according to Maruti, its the top end variant that is most in demand which makes the new model even better value than its predecessor.

While enthusiasts might have to give this one a miss, the Ciaz with its updated design, bucket-load of features and a hybrid tag to play with, is an ideal family car that will keep everyone happy. The Ciaz will continue to take on its main rivals, the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. All three have been playing it pretty close with the likes of the Toyota Yaris, the Skoda Rapid and the VW Vento following. Watch out for a road test and comparo coming up soon!

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