Maruti Suzuki India is the fully owned subsidiary of the multinational car maker from Japan, Suzuki Motor Corporation. This automobile manufacturer have a wide variety of vehicles prevalent in the car market and one of them is the Maruti A-Star hatchback. This car was first introduced in the country's automobile market in year, 2008 and since then have been doing impressive revenue generation for the company. Gradually this hatchback has become one of the most admired and stylish hatchbacks in its segment. There are quite a few trims for the customers to select from and there is also an automatic trim, which is called as the Maruti A Star AT VXI . This compact automatic hatchback has been fitted with an energetic 1.0 L petrol drive train, which has been equipped with three cylinders and twelve valves. This lively power plant has been cleverly mated with a proficient five speed manual transmission gear box as well. Some of the most interesting comfort features that are integrated in this Maruti A Star AT VXI hatchback comprise of a central door locking system, a remote fuel lid opener, manually adjustable outside mirrors, a three spoke power steering wheel with a stylish cover, crimson illuminated instrument cluster and panel, a powerful air conditioning unit with heater, an integrated music system with remote and other input options along with two speakers and many more such incredible features that will definitely entice the customers. The company has also fitted this small car with quite a few crucial safety features as well. These include a highly developed total effective control technology, an advanced anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, a head lamp leveling function, a high mounted stop lamp, an advanced engine immobilizer, child proof safety locks for the rear doors, a pair of front wipers with wash function with an intermittent wiping feature and also a AT shift lock with a key interlock device as well.
The Maruti A Star AT VXI has been designed with a lot of hard work and has striking exterior features. The company has given this compact hatchback a bold and aggressive frontage with a neatly done up front radiator grille, which has a large emblem of the company embedded on it. The head lamp cluster has been equipped with high intensity lights, while the front body colored bumper has an air dam in the center, which helps to cool the engine quickly. The front wind screen has been made up of laminated toughened glass that has been equipped with a pair of intermittent wipers. The sides have black colored external rear view mirrors and door handles that add to the stylishness of this automatic hatchback. This hatchback has been fitted with a set of robust 13 inch steel wheels that have been further covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 155/80 R13 and are also fitted with full wheel covers. Apart from this, the company has also given a standard spare wheel, which is fitted in the boot compartment of this compact hatchback. The rear end gets a bright tail lamp cluster and a large wind screen as well.
The company is offering this automatic hatchback, Maruti A Star AT VXI in a host of lustrous metallic finish options. These exterior paint options include an arctic white metallic exterior finish, a graceful looking Glistening Grey metallic finish, a flamboyant Bright Red finish option, a dapper looking Caffeine Brown metallic finish, a stylish and trendy looking Silky Silver exterior finish option, a charming Midnight Black metallic paint option and also a lively looking Paradise Blue metallic finish option . This Maruti A Star AT VXI hatchback is pretty liberal in terms of leg room along with shoulder and head space. This compact automatic hatchback can easily accommodate five regular passengers without any trouble. The total length of this hatchback is 3500mm along with an overall width of 1600mm, which also includes the external rear view mirrors as well. The total height of this automatic compact hatchback is 1490mm and on the other hand this small car has a spacious wheel base of 2360mm, which is rather comfortable. The minimum turning radius of this Maruti A Star AT VXI is 4.5 meters, which help in handling this car easily in peak traffic conditions. This charming automatic hatchback as a centrally mounted fuel tank, which can store up to 35 litres of petrol. The minimum ground clearance of this hatchback is close to 170 meters, which is quite remarkable .
The company has done up the insides of this automatic hatchback with lavishness and comfort. The list of features that have been incorporated in this Maruti A Star AT VXI are a sun visor with ticket holder, assist grips for the front co-passenger and the rear seat passengers, a three position cabin light, a floor carpet , cup holders in the front console, extremely comfortable seats that are covered with premium fabric upholstery, front seat height adjuster, front and rear integrated head rests, a dial type climate control that makes the panel look brilliant, a digital clock, a map pocket, a bottle holder and a foldable and split spilt rear seat for bringing in more luggage, when needed.
Engine and Performance:
The company has fitted this compact hatchback with a peppy 1.0 L petrol drive train, which has been equipped with three cylinders that further have been housed with twelve valves. This petrol engine has been equipped with a multi point injection based fuel supply system , which helps in producing better mileage. This impressive performance packed petrol drive train has the ability to displace about 998cc , which is quite good. While, this petrol mill also has the capacity to churn out a maximum power output of 65.66 Bhp at 6200 Rpm in combination with a peak torque yield of 90 Nm at 3500 Rpm, which is pretty neat and impressive. This power packed lively engine has been mated with a proficient four speed automatic gear box transmission. The company claims that this compact hatchback has the ability to deliver a mileage of approximately between 14 – 16 Kmpl . This mileage has been approved by the reputed ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) and is credible. This engine has the ability to attain a top speed of 155 Kmph, which is quite thrilling and this power plant also has the ability to propel this compact hatchback from 0 – 100 Kmph in just about 14 to 15 seconds as well .
Braking and Handling:
The company has fitted this Maruti A Star AT VXI hatchback with a proficient braking system . The front wheels of this automatic hatchback have been equipped with ventilated disc brakes, while the rear wheels have been given solid drum type of a braking system. The company has also equipped this trim with the highly advanced anti lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, which will further augment the braking system. The company has also equipped this automatic hatchback, Maruti A Star AT VXI with a well balanced and strong suspension system. The front axle of this compact hatchback has been fitted with a McPherson Strut type of a mechanism, which also has a coil spring. On the other hand, the rear axle has been fitted with a isolated trailing link type of a system along with the similar coil spring and all the four wheels of this automatic hatchback has been fitted with gas filled shock absorbers, which further adds to the stability of this hatchback .
The company has fitted this Maruti A Star AT VXI with a very responsive rack and pinion based power assisted steering wheel to this hatchback, which makes it easier for the driver to maneuver this car. Apart from these, the company has also fitted this automatic hatchback with some other aspects as well, which aid in better handling, security and controlling of this hatchback. The list includes an advanced engine immobilizer, a highly developed total effective control technology, a head lamp leveling function, a high mounted stop lamp, ABS with EBD and brake assist . child proof safety locks for the rear doors, a pair of front wipers with wash function with an intermittent wiping feature as well.
This Maruti A Star AT VXI has been blessed with a lot of advanced and remarkable convenient features, which will certainly lure the customers. The list of these features include a proficient air conditioner unit along with a heater that cools the entire cabin within no time, a roof antenna, central door locking for enhanced security of all the passengers, a remote fuel lid opener, internally manually adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a three spoke power steering wheel with new upholstery, brilliant crimson color illuminated instrument cluster and panel, a door ajar warning light, an accessory socket for charging electronics, a key off reminder notification lamp, a remote tail gate opener, premium seat upholstery, an integrated audio system with FM Radio, CD MP3 player along with Aux-in input option, remote control and speakers, front and rear power windows, floor mats, a rear parcel tray for keeping many things at hand and a lot of other such convenient features, which will definitely entice the customers.
Pros :Good interiors and decent exteriors.
Cons :Mileage can be made better, internal space lesser for taller passengers.