Maruti Vitara Brezza Expert Review

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Introduction

The Vitara Brezza is Maruti’s crack at the high-volume sub 4-metre compact SUV segment. On paper, it seems to have the basics covered. The exteriors are bold and aggressive, the interiors have all the creature comforts you need and it also happens to be the most fuel efficient car in its class.

Pros
  • Loaded with features: touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, steering mounted controls, projector headlamps etc.
  • Styling. The Vitara Brezza looks muscular and brawny, just like a compact SUV should.
Cons
  • No automatic variant. Both the TUV3OO and the EcoSport offer the convenience of an automatic transmission.
  • No petrol variant on offer. The EcoSport gets two petrol engines to choose from.

Stand Out Features

  • Projector headlamps are exclusive to the Brezza in the segment as well.

    Projector headlamps are exclusive to the Brezza in the segment as well.

  • Dual-tone paint scheme is a segment first. The roof can be finished in white or black, in the top-spec ZDi+ variant.

    Dual-tone paint scheme is a segment first. The roof can be finished in white or black, in the top-spec ZDi+ variant.

CarDekho Verdict

The Vitara Brezza is a commendable effort from Maruti. The car is high on features and has practical touches too, such as the smart seating arrangement.

"The Brezza makes for a good no-nonsense package."

The proven and reliable engine, along with a strong after-sales network, make the Brezza an extremely attractive package. Maruti has entered a segment that is a buzzing favourite, and which everyone has their eyes on. The company has used all its experience to get the Brezza just right!

Exterior

Let us start with the fact that the Vitara Brezza, looks like no other Maruti on sale today! The proportions are well thought of and that definitely gives the compact SUV a really good stance. It is a sub 4-metre car, designed with a view of exploiting a rule that allows it to qualify for lesser taxes. Inspite of this, the design is proportionate and does not look quirky in any manner whatsoever.

The front is aggressive, with the muscular bumper taking up most of the real estate. The large airdam and the generous use of cladding help break the monotony of color. The grille too, is a departure from Maruti’s signature double chrome slat. The Brezza’s grille is almost a replica of the one of the XA Alpha concept it is based upon. 

The headlamps get a smoked finish and house projectors along with daytime running lamps.

The floating roof design adds oodles of character to the Brezza.

Exterior Comparison

Mahindra TUV 300Renault DusterMaruti Vitara BrezzaFord EcoSport
Length (mm)3995431539953999
Width (mm)1835182217901765
Height (mm)1839169516401708
Ground Clearance (mm)184205198200
Wheel Base (mm)2680267325002520
Kerb Weight (kg)--1195-
 

Over to the side, you’d instantly notice the floating roof effect Maruti is trying to pull off. The A, B and C pillars are blacked out, thereby giving the impression that the roof ‘floats’ over the car. There’s a fair bit of part sharing you’ll notice too. For e.g: the outside mirrors and the door handles are the exact same ones found on the Swift / Dzire / Ertiga. 

The flared fenders, dollops of black cladding and the large 16” wheels give the Brezza the SUV stance it boasts of. If we had to nitpick, we do not particularly like the squared off wheel arches. The squared wheel arches look rather weird, in an otherwise clean and likeable silhouette. 

The rear is clean and devoid of frills of any sort. The split tail-lamps flow into the rear hatch and look inspired from the Hyundai Creta. A large slab of chrome carrying a ‘Vitara Brezza’ embossing finds itself slap bang in the center of the hatch. The bumper gets a healthy dose of matte black cladding and a faux silver skid plate as well. Other noticeable elements include rear parking sensors, a rear wiper and a defogger. 

Boot space is rated at a respectable 328 litres. While it isn't as much as the TUV3OO, it still is a decent amount of storage space for something that is as compact as the Vitara Brezza.

Boot Space Comparison

Ford EcoSportMahindra TUV 300Maruti Vitara BrezzaRenault Duster
Volume346-litres384-litres328-litres475-litres

 

Interior

The interiors of the Vitara Brezza are neatly laid out. Amongst the first things you notice as soon as you step inside the cabin, is the color theme.

An all-black theme engulfs the cabin, with a few dull silver and piano black highlights thrown in, to liven things up a bit. We like how the dashboard simply ‘flows’ into the gear lever housing. The design reminds us of the Swift a fair bit, but we’ll let that slide since it is functional. 

Taking centre stage on the dash, is the 7” touchscreen infotainment system. This is the same unit we’ve seen in the Ciaz, Baleno and the S-Cross as well. The screen is broken into four quadrants and displays information for Music, Navigation, Phone and Calls. 

Right below the music system, sits an automatic climate control unit, with the largest ‘Auto’ button we’ve seen! We really like the attention to detail here. Small touches, like the chrome surround under the auto button and the temperature arrows being colored red and blue add a lot to the feel good factor.

The Brezza's party trick is the instrument cluster mood lighting. You can select between five colours of illumination.

The steering wheel is a direct lift from the Ciaz’ parts bin. It feels good to hold, but isn’t wrapped in leather. The wheel is adjustable for rake only and not for reach unlike the Baleno, that can be adjusted for both.

The instrument cluster too, is a funky looking two pod unit with an MID in the centre. The MID houses a digital fuel gauge, temperature gauge and can be used to cycle through a host of readouts like the time, ambient temperature, trip meters etc. 

In-cabin space and ergonomics are neutral. For example, you won’t have to ‘climb inside’ the Brezza as you do, in a TUV3OO. The front row of seats offer good support in the Brezza. The side bolstering hugs you nicely and there's adequate lateral support as well.

The rear bench can accommodate two adults with ease and three with a slight tussle. The TUV3OO remains the only one in the segment that can accommodate 3 people in the second row without any hassles.

Performance

1.3l - Diesel

The Vitara Brezza is available with only a diesel engine at launch. Maruti will follow up with a petrol engine, provided it sees enough demand for the same.

The compact SUV is powered by Maruti’s tried and tested 1.3 litre DDiS200 diesel engine. The motor has 89bhp of power and 200Nm of torque on tap and will return a segment best fuel efficiency of 24.3kmpl. 

Performance Comparison (Diesel)

Maruti Vitara BrezzaFord EcoSportRenault DusterMahindra TUV 300
Power88.5bhp@4000rpm98.59bhp@3750rpm108.45bhp@4000rpm84bhp@3750rpm
Torque (Nm)200Nm@1750rpm205Nm@1750-3250rpm245Nm@1750rpm230Nm@1500-2250rpm
Engine Displacement (cc)1248149814611493
TransmissionManualManualManualManual
Top Speed (kmph)175 kmph182 Kmph168 Kmph156 Kmph
0-100 Acceleration (sec)13.8 Seconds13.5 Seconds12.5 Seconds13.9 Seconds
Kerb Weight (kg)1195kg---
Fuel Efficiency (ARAI)24.3kmpl22.77kmpl19.6kmpl18.49kmpl
Power Weight Ratio74.05857740585773 bhp/ton---

In terms of dynamics, the Brezza is nimble off the line. Overtaking is a breeze. However, there is a bit of turbolag below 1500 rpm. With the rev meter ticking just over 2100rom at 100km/hr, the Brezza hunches highway miles easily while being efficient at the same time. 

Ride & Handling 

The Brezza is not the usual soft setup that you see with cars in the segment. The large wheels manage to iron out small undulations. However, hit something a bit deeper and it makes it's way in to the cabin. As the car is majorly going to be used in city conditions, we expected the car to have a softer set up. 

On the flipside, the car is feels great at high speeds & around corners. The steeing is a bit on the heavier side but nothing to complain about. 

Safety

All variants of the Vitara Brezza get a driver airbag as standard, while dual airbags are standard on the top variants. A passenger airbag can be added as an optional extra with the lower variants. While anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution come as standard with the ZDi and ZDi+, you can have them with the LDi (O) and VDi (O) as well. While parking sensors are featured from the VDi variant onwards, and the range topping ZDi+ gets reverse parking camera as well. Overall, the SUV does seem to have a good safety package

 

Variants

  • Diesel
Variants Features Price
LDi Driver's airbag, Suzuki TECT body , Audio with CD player, 7.19 Lakh*
LDi Option [ In adition to LDi ] ABS with EBD, Co-driver airbag, Front seat belt pre-tensioners, [ Variant LDi price ] + 13,000 =  7.32 Lakh*
VDi [ In adition to LDi Option ] Anti-theft security system, Key less entry system, Power windows, [ Variant LDi Option price ] + 42,000 =  7.74 Lakh*
VDi Option [ In adition to VDi ] ABS with EBD, Co-driver airbag, Front seat belt pre-tensioners, [ Variant VDi price ] + 13,000 =  7.87 Lakh*
ZDi [ In adition to VDi Option ] Piano-black side AC louver, Mood-lighting speedometer, Gun-metal roof rails, [ Variant VDi Option price ] + 80,000 =  8.67 Lakh*
ZDi Plus [ In adition to ZDi ] Smartplay infotainment system, Piano-black instrument panel, 5-door central locking, [ Variant ZDi price ] + 99,000 =  9.66 Lakh*
ZDi Plus Dual Tone [ In adition to ZDi Plus ] Automatic headlamps, Voice control, Navigation system, [ Variant ZDi Plus price ] + 22,000 =  9.88 Lakh*

Driver airbag is offered as a standard feature right from the base variant onwards.

The VDi (o) variant offers you the most bang for your buck! This compact SUV is offered in six variants namely LDi, LDi (O), VDi, VDi (O), ZDi and ZDi +. Going further into the details, the range topper ZDi+ gets best-in-class features like cruise control, SmartPlay infotainment system along with inbuilt- navigation.