Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Overview of the car

Sedan

Manual

Petrol

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43 Litres

2 AirBags

5 Seater

2 years/ 40,000 kms

Performance Metrics
170

kilometers per hour

Top Speed
0

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0-100 kph
10.8

Meters

Turning Cycle
Tech Specs

Engine

Displacement
1462 cc
Max Power
103 bhp
Torque
14 kgm
Number of Cylinder(s)
4

Dimensions

Wheel Base
2650 mm
Ground Clearance
170 mm
Bootspace
510 ltrs
Turning Circle
10.8 mtrs
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Suspension & Chassis

Front Suspension
McPherson
Rear Suspension
Torsion Beam
Steering Type
Power Steering
Tyres
Front; 185/65 R15
Rear; 185/65 R15
Front Brakes
Ventilated Disc
Rear Brakes
Drum
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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Review, Road Test

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

What is it?

Until the launch of the Ciaz, Maruti hadn't had much luck with a City rival. The Baleno sedan failed to make a mark, and the SX4 made good headway initially but lost out to competitors later. The Ciaz, however, has put up a strong performance so far, selling over 2,20,000 units until today and fighting it out with the top two contenders – the City and the Verna. In its second year, the Ciaz dethroned the Verna to claim the second spot in sales, and, last fiscal, it pipped long-time segment champ, the Honda City to the top spot. The last few months did see sales drop, though likely in anticipation of the updated Ciaz's arrival.

In its time in our market, the Ciaz also saw the addition of hybrid technology to its 1.3-litre diesel engine, and it shifted residence to Maruti's premium Nexa line of dealers. And now, about four years since its launch, it gets its first significant update which includes a mild facelift and a new larger petrol engine with hybrid tech.

What’s it like on the outside?

The Ciaz's design was pretty conservative  – a familiar Maruti approach of trying to please everyone – and with the facelift, it’s still the same. It’s only a mild makeover but it’s been crafted to look more premium and upmarket, and this works well for the Ciaz, as thanks to the sheer size, it always looked like it belonged to a segment up.

The front grille now stretches between the two headlights, and the top and bottom edge of the grille are outlined by chrome strips, giving the front a classy look. LEDs now dominate, with the new Ciaz getting LED DRLs, LED headlights and LED fog lights.

 

The horizontal slats seen on the earlier grille are now replaced by multi-segmented dashes with the 'S' logo placed at the centre. The lower end of the bumper too been tweaked, with the intake extending all the way to the redesigned fog light housing that's also wrapped in chrome.

When viewed from the side, the only change is a new design for the 16-inch alloys. The rear, too, isn't very different except for the addition of new LED segments within the tail-lamps.

 

While the makeover is quite light, it’s easily identifiable as a new look and one that goes well with the car's overall premium character.

What’s it like on the inside?

About 4.5m long and 1.7m wide, the Ciaz is a big car – the biggest in the segment – and this translates to good room inside. The rear has loads of legroom and even with the front seats pushed back, there is still enough space for an adult to sit comfortably. Headroom, however, is tight and the driver's seat feels a bit too high, even in its lowest setting. One welcome change are the height-adjustable head restraints for the rear occupants, which, according to me, are placed at a comfortable height and didn’t protrude into my neck; taller occupants, however, may find it bothersome. As for luggage space, that's the same at a generous 510 litres, but the wheel wells do eat into the space.

At the front, the dash gets a new birchwood trim that looks very classy and elegant, along with light silver accents around the cabin. The steering wheel is the same unit as before but now features buttons on the right-hand side for the new cruise control system. There is a new instrument panel with a larger coloured multi-information display at the centre that gives you details of the hybrid drive system. Infotainment duties are handled by Maruti’s SmartPlay system.

What’s it like to drive?

The older Ciaz offered mild hybrid tech only on the diesel, but now the tech is available on the new K15B (1.5-litre K Series) petrol engine too. The systems, however, are different. Where the diesel has a single battery setup, the petrol has a dual battery arrangement, where the additional lithium-ion battery provides assistance more often thanks to its ability to charge more quickly.

The 1,462cc unit also puts out more power and torque, making 105hp at 6,000rpm and 138Nm of torque at 4,400rpm, against the older 1.4-litre unit's output of 92hp at 6,000rpm and 130Nm at 4,000rpm. Also, the ARAI-certified mileage figure is better at 21.56kpl for the manual and 20.28kpl for the automatic (the pre-facelift Ciaz had a claimed 20.73kpl and 19.12kpl, respectively).

Driving the updated Ciaz, you will find the engine to be refined and smooth, with power coming in nice and low from about 1,800rpm. It feels nice and responsive around town. This, however, tapers off as you head higher towards the 6,200rpm rev limiter, and higher you will have to go, as out on the highway you really have to work the engine and gearbox to extract performance. 

 

As for the gearboxes, the manual unit requires very little shift effort and the clutch is light as well. The four-speed torque converter auto 'box, however, isn’t the smoothest around and feels quite lazy and robs the engine of power. There is some relief with the Overdrive-Off button that prevents you from going into top gear, thus helping when overtaking and even descending where some engine braking is provided. Also via the lever, you can also use the '2' and 'L' position for additional engine braking. In terms of overall performance, though, the auto gearbox is strictly for convenience; it has no controls for manual gear changes and it does the 0 to 100kph run around 2sec slower than the manual.

The steering feel is nice and light, which is great for parking, but not so much in the twisties; in any case, the car is set up more for comfort than handling. As with the earlier car, the ride quality is super and the Ciaz had no trouble ironing out potholes and ruts we came across on our drive. Speed breakers too were cleared easily; our car scraped only twice going over the two dozen speed breakers we encountered.

 

What the BEEEEEP? No, this isn’t an expletive being edited out, but the sound of the speed warning system which beeps twice every 60 seconds above 80kph, and then continuously at speeds above 120kph, and, no, this can’t be turned off. In anticipation of an upcoming government directive that requires all cars to have a mandatory speed warning system, Maruti has rolled out the Ciaz with this function, along with a seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger too. The Ciaz facelift also gets additions to its safety list in the form of auto headlamps, electronic stability program (AT only), and hill hold assist (AT only).

Should I buy one?

Let's address the biggest change first – the new petrol engine. It gets a bump in power and the unit is pretty refined and smooth with good low-end grunt; just don’t expect peppy or lively performance further on. The engine's hybrid tech is also a welcome addition. While you can’t really feel the electrical assistance, the tech certainly plays a small part in the Ciaz's class-leading efficiency claim.

As for the rest of the car, the facelift has furthered the Ciaz's upmarket appeal. On the whole, however, the design still seems dialed back, unlike the flashier Verna or City; this then is more Ed Sheeran than David Guetta. 

 

If this is your cup of tea, the refreshed Ciaz does make for a sensible buy. The car is big on the outside (a big plus in our image-driven market) and the size does translate to good space on the inside. Then, as far as equipment goes, it isn’t a leader in its class but it’s got what you’d expect. The ride is super comfortable too. And then there’s the cost; priced between Rs 8.19 lakh and Rs 10.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Maruti has upheld its tradition of offering a product that's great value for money. So, is the updated Ciaz better than the City and the Verna? That's something a comparison will help us decide, but as things stand, it’s a good update and the three-way battle for the top spot seems all set to carry on.

 

Comfort & Convenience

  • Central Locking
  • Remote Locking
  • Total Immobilizer
  • Climate Control
  • Remote Boot Release
  • Remote Fuel Lid
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Wiper
  • Rear Defogger
  • Front Power Windows
  • Rear Power Windows
  • Trip Computer
  • Electric Adjust wing mirror
  • Dead Pedal
  • Cruise Control
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sunroof
  • Refrigerator
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Air Conditioner
  • Electric Sun Blinds
  • Leather Wrapped Steering
  • Reversing Camera
  • Hill Start Assist
  • 360 degree camera
  • Heads Up Display
  • Stop/start
  • Daytime running lights
  • LED Lights
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Headlamp Washers
  • Rear AC Vents
  • Rear Power Outlet

Drivers Aid & Safety

  • ABS
  • ESP
  • EBD
  • Brake Assist
  • Parking Sensors
  • Airbags Total (2)

Seating

  • Driver Seat Height Adjust
  • Split rear seats
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Folding Rear Seats
  • Front Adjustable Headrests
  • Rear Adjustable Headrests
  • Passenger Seat Height Adjust
  • Lumbar Support
  • Third row of seats
  • Seat Massagers
  • Seat Memory
  • Cooled Seats
  • Electric Seats
  • Driver Seat Power Adjust
  • Rear Seat Foldable Table
  • Rear Seat Centre Armrest

Entertainment & Communication

  • TouchScreen Audio System
  • Audio system (with Radio)
  • USB Port
  • Bluetooth & Streaming
  • Steering Audio Controls
  • Speakers
  • Hands Free Telephony
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Single CD Player
  • Rear seat screens
  • Subwoofer
  • Voice activated controls

Tyres & Wheels

  • Spare wheel
  • Space saver
  • Alloy Wheels
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