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Maruti Vitara Brezza review, road test

Diesel, compact SUV, Maruti. The ingredients are all there but do they make for the perfect recipe? We find out.

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On the Beaufort Scale, a 0 to 12 measurement of wind speed, a breeze which is ranked a gentle 2-6 seems an inappropriate suffix for the Maruti Vitara ‘Brezza’ (breeze in Italian). Given the way the Vitara Brezza is flying out of showrooms, it appears that Maruti’s first sub-four-metre-long, compact SUV is more like a force 10 gale. Within two months of its launch, Maruti has sold over 13,000 units, catapulting it to the top of the SUV sales charts. What’s even more impressive is that the Brezza has achieved this with just one engine and gearbox option – the ubiquitous 1.3 diesel mated to a standard five-speed gearbox. We’ve finally put Maruti’s hot-seller through a thorough road test to see if it warrants all the attention. 

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Vertical and upright stance, high ground clearance lend the Brezza its SUV credentials.
Dashboard design is devoid of design flair,is functional  and build quality is average.
Front seats are comfortable but a touch too soft to be supportive on long drives.
Adequate legroom and plenty of headroom; no rear AC vents though.
‘Squarical’ dials get mood lighting in five colour options. MID not as comprehensive as in Baleno.
ZDi+ trim Brezza has a very handy dual glovebox set-up, with the upper unit being cooled.
Boot is small at 328 litres but is well shaped and with a wide-opening hatch.
Thick chrome bar with the Suzuki logo dominates the front grille.
The LED front running lights are meant to resemble a bull’s horns.
Brezza tail-lights resemble those of its sibling, the S-cross.
Dual-tone paint scheme lifts up an otherwise straightforward design.
Large, squared-off wheel arches easily swallow 215 section tyres.
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Issue: 212 | Autocar India: April 2017

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