Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Review & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was originally launched in 2014 and since then the Ciaz sedan has been a strong performer in its segment and has been the sales leader too, consistently beating the Honda City and previous Hyundai Verna. Recently though, the Honda City got a facelift and the new Hyundai Verna too was introduced. Even Toyota entered this segment in India with the Yaris sedan, making it critical for Maruti Suzuki to give the Ciaz an update. Finally, after weeks of speculation, the company has launched the 2018 Ciaz facelift and we drove it around Bengaluru to find out if the updates are going to be enough to keep the competition at bay or not. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Style

The new Ciaz then, certainly comes as a breath of fresh air when it comes to its refreshed design. Although the changes are not very extensive, but the new front-end design – especially the new grille, chrome elements and the new LED headlights – is rather sleek and works well for the overall design of the car. The new dual-tone 16-inch alloys are also well styled and with wide 195-section tyres, lend the car quite a balanced and muscular stance. The rear taillights have also been upgraded to LED units and look pretty good, although to be honest, I’ve never been a fan of the plastic inserts into the edges of the rear bumper – I just think they look too fussy for no significant design benefit – and in this version, the chrome added to them does not make them any better, to my eyes at least.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Space

Changes inside the cabin are even fewer and, therefore, easy to miss. The faux wood trim is now done in beige and sports a matte finish. It looks upmarket and makes the cabin appear cheerful. The petrol-powered Ciaz also gets a new instrument cluster with coloured MID borrowed from the Baleno. The MID looks chic and reads out a lot of info, like fuel saved by auto start/stop, instantaneous power and torque output, range and time (clock). It also displays real-time engine and battery usage, much like it is on stronger hybrid cars. Rear passengers now get adjustable headrests — a feature that was sorely missed on the Ciaz’ otherwise inviting backseat.Since the Ciaz has always had a comfortable and spacious cabin, there was very little for Maruti to fiddle with. But some of the smaller but almost insignificant issues, since these won’t impact the buying decision, could have been addressed with the facelift.

Things like a missing pull-strap on the rear armrest, inconsistency of backlighting on the instrument console and steering-mounted buttons, non-sliding and relatively small front armrest, no USB port for rear passengers and others are all minor add-ons but could have added significant value to the package.The 2018 Ciaz would still remain one of the top picks when it comes to backseat comfort but we would have liked some more under-thigh support on the rear bench.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine

This is the area, which has witnessed a transformation in the new Ciaz and the changes are quite nice. The old 1.4 litre petrol engine has been replaced by the new K15B 1.5 litre engine, which is not only more powerful but offer higher fuel-efficiency too. The previous engine was adequate at best for the Ciaz but always left one wanting for a bit more. With a power output of 103 hp and 138 Nm of torque the new engine resolves that issue and does a good job of moving the Ciaz with more ease now.

The engine is smooth and is happy to rev to about 6,000 rpm and offers linear acceleration. Achieving triple digit speeds is easier now and overtaking on the highway is also quicker. The other big addition is the SHVS technology across all variants. Unlike the previous system’s larger lead-acid battery, the new system gets a lead-acid and lithium-ion battery. The system not only provides assist during acceleration but also has brake energy recovery and start/ stop. As a result of this, the new Ciaz despite being heavier than the older one by about 30 kg offers higher fuel-efficiency of 21.56 kmpl (claimed).

Gearbox options include a five-speed manual with reworked ratios, especially the 2nd gear, which is shorter now to improve drivability. The unit works well and changes are smooth and the throws are quite short, which coupled with a light clutch makes driving very easy. The automatic option includes a four-speed torque-convertor, which is well-suited for urban environments but fails to hide its limitations of ratios on highways, past 120 kmph. That said, the unit works well in traffic, giving no reasons to complain. The good thing about the 4-speed AT is that it now comes with ESP and Hill-Hold Assist, which improves the safety quotient of the Ciaz along with front dual airbags and ABS.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving

Of course, the five-speed manual of the Ciaz remains a pretty good gearbox, but the four-speed automatic turned out to be a bit of a mixed bag. It works quite well for being just a four-speed – important to mention when the competition has moved to six-speed and CVT’s – but mostly in urban conditions. Take it out on the highway, and under high speeds, the gearbox struggles with the power delivery and the engine feels quite stretched. On the other hand, one exemplary feature of the Ciaz is its ride quality which is simply outstanding. No matter the road surface, the car handles varied surfaces very effectively and feels supremely comfortable for the occupants. The good amount of interior space and quite NVH of the petrol engine also helps in this respect.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

Whatever safety-related features Maruti had to put in the Ciaz, it has given in right from the base variant. There are two airbags for the front passengers, ABS with EBD, seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, ISOFIX anchors, rear defogger, day/night IRVM, parking sensors, seatbelt reminder and speed alert system. While the standard safety net is decent for a compact sedan under Rs 10 lakh, we would have liked to see six airbags, at least in the top two variants, given the focus on backseat. One key missing feature has to be the telescopic steering.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,02,179/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 12,01,563/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ciaz price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Conclusion

The new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift is a better car in multiple areas, especially the engine and safety ones. The car, which has always been positioned as a comfortable, practical and elegant car now builds further on its strengths. However, the car isn’t short of drawbacks that have been discussed earlier in this article. This brings us to the price and this is where Maruti Suzuki claws back lost ground with a starting selling tag of Rs 8.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi with the top petrol AT and diesel variants costing Rs 10.97 lakh. For its price, the new Ciaz offers exceptional value-for-money and I won’t be surprised if the new Ciaz becomes the best-selling sedan in its segment in the months to come.

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