Maruti Suzuki is surprisingly late to join the league of compact SUVs. Now that it has, let us see what Suzuki Grand Vitara has to offer. While compact SUVs are a rage in 2016, it is a difficult segment to crack.
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To build a compact SUV, the manufacturer has to combine the excellence and machismo of an SUV, and at the same time keep it smaller in size. That’s not all. It will have to beat the sedans in the area of performance as they come in the same price category. Suzuki Grand Vitara Brezza fits exactly in this class of vehicles. Its design and performance are backed by Suzuki’s excellent customer understanding. With an outstanding mileage of 24.3kmpl coming from a 1.3 liter DDiS engine, this compact SUV has already become a rage and if you are planning to buy this beauty you will have to wait for some time! The Suzuki Grand Vitara Brezza specs are not at all disappointing, and this fabulous car surely has a long way to go. Lets us get into a detailed Suzuki Grand Vitara review.
New Suzuki Vitara Specifications
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|DDiS 200, 1248CC, 4 Cylinder||5 MT||88 HP||200 Nm|
|0-100 KMPH||Top Speed||Body Style||KMPL|
|13.3s||169 KMPH||Compact SUV||24.3|
The chic compact SUV is priced from Rs. 6.99 Lacs to 9.68 Lacs, going from low to high with add-on features. The Suzuki Grand Vitara price is competitive enough to force its competitors to re-think their pricing strategies.
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A four cylinder 1248cc turbocharged diesel engine is precisely what you need for an all-rounder compact SUV. Suzuki Grand Vitara Brezza comes with a 5-speed manual transmission, which remains standard in Maruti’s cars. While the engine is nothing new, as it has been serving other cars of the same brand as well as others, the car still stands undoubtedly efficient. The 90PS power and a maximum torque of 200Nm make it a perfect package. Load the car with weight, and it will handle it well.
The fuel efficiency of this car is the most talked about. While the company claims it to be a whooping 24.3kmpl, the number varies with the average speed. The avid drivers would know that maintaining a speed of 80kmph on the highway gives the best mileage for any car, and so is the case for Vitara Brezza. Still, the mileage does not drop down significantly even at higher speeds and the range safely remains between 17.8 to 24.3kmpl.
With everything intact, the low torque range is a little turn off here. There is no issue in the mid-range torque. But in the low-end, which is most important in cities with traffic issues, shifting gears can get a bit tiresome. Rest assured, the DDiS engine is a refined one with minimal noise reaching the cabin and the impressive fuel economy makes it all worth it.
Suzuki Grand Vitara Exteriors
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Suzuki Grand Vitara Brezza has astounding exteriors and when spotted on the road can be mistaken for any luxury SUV. In the front you will find a chrome grille that gives a classy and premium look to the front profile of the car. The wide bonnet holds the stylish headlamps and silver skid plate, giving a full-fledged SUV feel to this compact version. Completing the sporty look are the metal roof rails on the sloping roofline.
In the top variant, you can pick from the dual-tone paint options – Blue-White, Yellow-White, and Red-Black, or opt for a personalized combination. Enhancing the beauty of the car is the chic rear of Vitara Brezza with attractive roof-end and chrome tailgate appliqué. This compact SUV has by far the best looks in its category, hands down.
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The dashboard and the touch-screen infotainment look similar to that of Ciaz and Baleno. The squarish centre is well fitted and finished, and has nothing to complain about. The steering wheel also comes with audio controls, cruise control, and of course the telephonic controls, like all latest cars by the company. There is no leather wrap on the wheel which takes off the luxury feel you might get from cars in its class.
The designers and engineers of the car have done a great job in taking out usable space in the cabin. Unlike other SUVs, the seating is quite low and makes it easy to get on and off through the large doors. The front seats have a luxurious legroom. In the rear, there is good legroom for an average adult as well, which is otherwise compromised in SUVs. The seat cushioning is soft and comfortable.
With a 328 liter boot and 60:40 split seat, the space is nothing to be concerned about in New Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Get all the space you want by flattening the entire rear for a huge space if needed. There are other storage areas for convenience and that includes bottle holders, under-seat storage, dual gloveboxes, and much more.
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The high performance of the car comes from its light body. But the light body can be not-so-pleasant on bumpy roads, especially for passengers sitting in the rear. The suspension thumps on jiggy roads and low speeds, and this can be a bit of a turn off for those who look for comfort all the time. And if that works for you, this compact SUV has a lot to offer.
The built of the car is more of an oversized hatchback, helping you with smooth ride in the city, especially while cutting around the corners. If you want to pack off with family for long distance vacations, the car is safe with no shocking surprises. The easy controls also make it a convenient ride for the driver.
From 100 to 0kmph, it takes about 39 meters for the vehicle to come to a dead halt. The stopping power is truly commendable for a car of this category. From interiors to exteriors and engine, the car offers a unique experience and justifies the brand name it holds.
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Depending on the variant you look at, Suzuki has two airbags and ABS to offer. The two airbags are placed for the front riders only. ABS comes in all the variants as standard. While some may feel that there should be traction control in vehicles of this class as a basic safety feature, 2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara Brezza has missed out on that.
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Entering the compact SUV market needs a game plan. The competition is fierce. Making a SUV less than 4 meters in length can be challenging, and New Suzuki Vitara has only three major competitors. They are Ford EcoSport, Mahindra NuvoSport and Mahindra TUV300. With the release of Brezza, EcoSport tightened its reigns and brought down their pricing to maintain their sales. With 50,000 bookings in the very first month of its launch, Vitara is slated to be a tough challenger this year.
2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara Verdict
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2016 Suzuki Grand Vitara Brezza is here to make the market more competitive. It is the first compact SUV from Suzuki and is bang on with its strategies. Priced aptly for its class, it has forced competition to re-consider their pricing strategies. A perfectly designed compact SUV, this car makes a mark in the first glance itself. The features are commendable and the comfort level is brilliant. With excellent fuel efficiency, Suzuki Grand Vitara is a winner. A perfect amalgamation of style and affordable luxury, this sporty-looking car is meant for every compact SUV lover.