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2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire review, test drive

Bigger, lighter and better, the new Dzire compact sedan is more grown up than before.

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What is it?

It’s incredible how the Swift Dzire has carved its own identity over the years, from being a sedan conversion of the popular Swift hatchback, to being an extremely competent sedan in its own right. No wonder it’s a household name now, so much so that for this third-gen car, Maruti has dropped ‘Swift’ from the Dzire’s moniker altogether. Maruti moves over 16,500 units of the Dzire each month, outselling all its competitors combined, making this the second bestselling car in the country.

The car you see here is all new and it has got the looks too. Sure, there’s little that Maruti could have done to increase its length if it still wanted to qualify for the tax benefits sub-four-metre cars enjoy, but this car looks a lot more proportionate than before; even the rear windscreen is steeper raked now, and the boot doesn’t look merely glued onto the hatch like the earlier iterations. The new body shell gets soft curves and flowing lines all over. The face looks smart and grown up, with almond-shaped headlamps, chunky chrome surrounding the grille with a Suzuki logo that appears to float, and L-shaped chrome inserts giving some definition to the bumper. The skinny, 165mm tyres and 14-inch wheels on the V and L variants look a bit small, though. The new LED tail-lamps look smart when lit up and there’s even a chrome strip connecting them. The rear stance, though, appears unusually raised.

What’s it like on the inside?

The insides of the car are as fresh as the exterior. The beige and black theme continues but the design is all new. Plastics are hard and quality isn’t too different from the outgoing car; in fact, several bits seem to be directly lifted from there. However, some bits feel really nice. The flat-bottom steering wheel, for example, looks and feels incredible; even the buttons on it are of high quality. The instrument console looks crisp and the needles at zero-degree position, like the Ignis, feel sporty. The new front seats are supportive and comfy, and the cushioning feels a bit softer than before. There’s ample height adjustment for the driver’s seat, and the steering gets tilt adjustment too. Ergonomics on the whole are agreeable, and there are a good amount of storage areas around as well. The audio system integration, however, feels like an after-thought and doesn’t gel well with the design. Also, the wood insert on the dashboard might pass of as being classy at first glance, but look closely and it feels a bit low grade. Then, there’s the inside mirror which is small and the large front neck restraints hinder visibility. The front passenger footwell eats into the legroom, resulting in a slightly off-centre seating position.

This new Dzire has a longer wheelbase of 2,450mm and, as a result, legroom has improved at the back. Two tall people can sit one behind another in reasonable comfort. However, headroom for taller occupants at the back is very tight. Despite being much wider than before and than the competition too, a third occupant at the back will be a tight squeeze. What’s nice is that there are air-con vents and a 12V power socket at the back now. The Dzire's boot has grown in size too, measuring a far more respectable 378 litres, and it is practically shaped too. The loading lip, though, is still a bit high.

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Price Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom price (Delhi) Rs 5.45 - 9.41 lakh

Engine

Fuel Petrol/Diesel
Type 1197cc, 4 cyls/ 1248cc, 4cyls, turbocharged
Power 83hp at 6000rpm/ 75hp at 4000rpm
Torque 113Nm at 4200rpm/ 190Nm at 2000rpm

Transmission

Type Front wheel drive
Gearbox 5-speed manual/ 5-speed AMT

Dimensions

Length 3995mm
Width 1735mm
Height 1515mm
Wheel base 2450mm
Boot volume 378 litres
Ground clearance 163mm

Chassis & Body

Weight 860-990kg
Tyres 165/80 R14

Suspension

Front McPherson strut
Rear Torsion beam

Steering

Type of power assist Electric

Brakes

Front Disc
Rear Drum

Economy

Tank size 37 litres
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Issue: 215 | Autocar India: July 2017

We’ve exclusively driven the third-gen Maruti Swift, compared the Dzire with all its compact sedan rivals, and tested the all-new Volvo XC60. That and lots more in the July 2017 issue!
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