Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Facelift First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

Ever since it was launched in 2014, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been one of the best-selling models in its segment. In fact, till date over 2.2 lakh units of the Ciaz have been sold till date and currently it has a market share of 34 per cent in the compact sedan segment which has some tough competition. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz had a classic look to it but it was getting long in the tooth. It was about time for Maruti Suzuki to update the Ciaz and so it did! The company launched the the Ciaz Facelift in India at compelling prices (more on that later). This is the first significant update that the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has received since it was launched four years ago. So, how is the new Ciaz different from the old model and is it better? We spend some time with the 2018 Ciaz facelift and here’s our review. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop,

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Look

Facelifts are often either too subtle to differentiate or so over the top that you have to ask, “Oh God, why?” But with the new Ciaz, Maruti’s struck a good balance. It’s sharper, more distinctive and while you can tell it’s the Ciaz, enough heads will turn to assure you that you’re driving something new.While the Alivio facelift (Alivio = Ciaz in China) took a leaf out of Lexus’ handbook and got a grille big enough to have its own pin code, the new Ciaz does the opposite.Its face sports a sleeker grille that drops the old quad-chrome slats for two slim chrome accents. Even the fog lamps get new and more aggressively styled enclosures. All of this comes together to make the Ciaz look less business-like and sportier.

It bedazzles too with not just LED projector headlights and DRLs but also, LED fog lights. Neat!The side profile remains largely identical, save for the new wheel designs. With no change in dimensions, the Ciaz is still the longest car in its segment, so the badi gaadi look stays uncorrupted.It’s at the rear that you get a throwback to the original Ciaz concept car. The revised tail light clusters now sport LED stripes, adding a dash of flash to an otherwise simple looking rear. There’s even some chrome around the rear reflectors which should tickle the Indian taste just right.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Comfort

Step inside, and everything around you is familiar. The layout remains identical, so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises here. You’d also appreciate how quickly you’d be at ease in the driver’s seat. All controls fall to hand easily, and more importantly, they’re placed just where you’d want them to be. Be it the interface for the climate control, the switches for the power windows or even the boot release button. From the driver’s seat, you’d quickly notice the new additions to the feature list. The new dials (with blue needles, no less) as well as the 4.2-inch coloured MID grabs attention. This display is similar to the one we’ve seen on the Baleno. And while the Power and Torque pie charts seem gimmicky, we still manage to crack a smile while looking at them.

Second, the right-hand side of the steering wheel is no longer blank. It houses buttons for a feature the Ciaz cried out for — cruise control. The eagle-eyed bunch will also quickly spot that the finish of the wood inserts is now significantly lighter. It’s now finished in a shade Maruti likes to call ‘birch blonde’. If you’re being chauffeured around, you will appreciate the sheer kneeroom the Ciaz has to offer. It’s right up there with the Honda City and can house two six-footers one behind the other without a hiccup.What should make that journey a tad more comfy is the added adjustable headrests at the rear. Frustratingly, it’s limited to the top two variants only. Also available on only the Zeta and the Alpha is the rear sunshade that should keep you cool when the sun’s bearing down.

As we’d expect from Maruti, the basics are done right. The floor hump isn’t too tall, the window line isn’t too high and there’s a fabric/leather elbow pad. What could be better though, is the headroom and the underthigh support. Sadly, these snags have been carried over from the outgoing generation along with the good stuff.Also, much like the outgoing generation, the Ciaz seems properly well-equipped for the price. Features on the inside include automatic climate control, a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), rear-AC vents, and a reverse parking camera. The luxury factor is upped by the leather(ette) upholstery, front and rear armrests as well as the leather-wrapped steering wheel. An addition like the sunroof would’ve sealed the deal, but Maruti Suzuki has surprisingly chosen to stay away from the fad.

Summing up, the cabin of the Ciaz is equipped well enough to keep the millennial happy, and spacious and comfy enough to make sure Papa bear doesn’t complain either. Thumbs up. Check for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Gearbox

So the most noteworthy change on the Ciaz is it’s new 1,462cc K15B petrol engine, with an updated Smart Hybrid system that uses an additional lithium-ion battery for deeper charge/discharge capabilities, resulting in being useful more often. The engine itself is very quiet and refined, but so much so that it’s probably verging on the edge of too mature in character for my tastes. For a comparatively large engine, it doesn’t have the outright bottom end you’d expect, instead offering just enough to get the job done. No harm there,I suppose. If you really want to add some excitement to your commute, you will have to rev it out but the motor does that willingly, feeling most alive between 2,500-5,500 revs. It did prove to be surprising in the 0-100kmph dash, posting a time of 10.2 seconds.

Importantly, the Smart Hybrid system does work. It’s seamless in its operation, though you might find yourself switching it off on a warm day, as the air-conditioning reverts to blower mode when you’re in traffic. This gets noticeable only if you happen to be in the same spot for over five minutes or so. By which point the you’ve already saved approximately 10ml of fuel, something I know because of that aforementioned 4.2-inch display. The Ciaz proved to be exceptionally frugal on the highway, at 21.9kmpl. While surprisingly in the city where you’d expect the mild hybrid to make the most difference, the Ciaz managed 12.8kmpl. Both are very good figures for such a large car. You can also feel the Smart Hybrid regenerative braking at work if you pay real close attention. As a result, the brake pedal offers the driver a good amount of modulation but doesn’t always feel the sharpest.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Rideing

Much has been spoken about the ride and handling of the Ciaz already but what you need to know is that it’s comfortable and very confident in the way it tackles bad roads. The suspension is set up on the soft side, but we noticed that the extra degree of plushness we loved went away when the tyres are inflated to the recommended pressures. Make of that what you will. A steering that’s heavy at low speeds adds up to the perfect weight for city and highway speeds. It’s not very communicative but the plus point is that it never feels fidgety or nervous. It also means that the Ciaz doesn’t like being thrown into corners, and takes some doing to get its 4.5m length rotated through a corner. For the odd burst of enthusiasm, it’s fine. But a calm and serene experience is what the Ciaz does best.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

While we sincerely hoped rumours about the Ciaz featuring six airbags were indeed true, that’s (sadly) not the case. It soldiers on with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and ISOFIX child seat mounts, which are offered as standard. Additionally, the sedan also gets a seatbelt reminder for both the front passengers as well as a speed warning alert.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 9,27,063 to 14,05,775 for variants Ciaz Sigma Petrol and Ciaz S Diesel respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is available in 13 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Ciaz price in Hyderabad at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Bottomline

The 2018 Ciaz facelift is an intelligent one. It wraps the Ciaz’ simple but proven package in a more emotive deal. What was once deemed a safe and predictable choice is now a car with some personality and one that makes a statement.Yes, they could’ve offered a variant with six airbags, a more pleasing petrol engine, an automatic transmission that’s more 2018 and maybe even a sunroof. But at its price, the Ciaz does undercut the competition while still giving you new reasons to consider buying one.The top-end Alpha petrol variant comes in at Rs 9.97 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai. For that price you do get a lot of car. The few areas we would hope to see improved, maybe in a plus variant, is in more airbags on offer.

Author Since: Aug 04, 2018

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