Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels
12 Aug 2020
Maruti Dzire is a popular subcompact sedan that is in its third-generation avatar and has held on the number one spot in the sales chart for quite long now. In this first look review of Maruti Dzire, we take you through its first model to the current one, its features, engine options, prices and its rivals.
Maruti launched the Dzire in 2008 which was basically a successor to the Swift but in a sedan form. It wasn't a compact in its form as it measured 4,160 mm in length which attracted more taxes for the commercial segment.
Moving forward to 2012 when Maruti launched the Dzire in its second-generation avatar. The length got reduced to 3,995 mm while a subtle increase of 5 mm in width and 25 mm in height was observed. The decreased length benefitted to the low prices and attracted tax benefits. Here, in this variant, Maruti brought in the AGS gearbox with the diesel engine in 2015.
The third generation which is also the current one in the facelifted version dropped the 'Swift' as first initials and continues with 'Maruti Dzire' only. It is based on the Heartect platform which first made its debut with the Baleno. The styling is improved as it gets projector headlights, LED taillights, LED DRLs and among other features.
When the Swift Dzire was first launched it came with a 1.3L DDiS turbocharged diesel which was the same as Swift. It also got a 1.3L petrol engine which then got replaced by a 1.2L K-series petrol engine. This one made 86 bhp with 113 Nm of peak torque while the diesel made 75 bhp with 190 Nm of torque.
In its second iteration, Maruti brought a four-speed automatic option available only with VXi variant. Then in 2015, the diesel engine got an AGS gearbox in the ZDi variant followed by an AMT unit later on for VDi, VDi+, ZDi and ZDi+ for its third generation unit.
Sharing details on the latest generation of the Dzire, it first came with both diesel and automatic providing a 5-speed manual as standard and an AMT unit for both petrol and diesel engines. However, with the country moving towards BS6 emission norms, Maruti dropped the oil burner for a 1.2L petrol only. Now, with the facelifted version, the 1.2L unit makes 90 PS of power and delivers an ARAI certified mileage of 24.12 km/l which is highest in the segment considering it is a petrol unit.
The current-gen facelifted model features a redesigned grille with tweaked front and rear bumper design. There's also a new fog light housing with L shaped chrome strips. The chrome treatment is reserved for the front grille and it gets LED projector headlights with integrated LED DRLs. The side profile comes with 15-inches alloy wheels, and the rear profile gets LED taillights. Overall, the silhouette of the sedan looks pleasant and gives us the old school vibe with loads of space on the inside.
Maruti continues with the beige and black colour scheme from its second-generation avatar and the wood shades present at the centre console and dashboard now seems in a lighter tone. The SmartPlay infotainment system looks good with the dashboard. The rear seats have ample amount of space and get a rear armrest too for added comfort.
Maruti Dzire now features a new SmartPlay infotainment system which gets modern connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also gets a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control, keyless entry, engine start/stop, auto-folding ORVMs, a colour TFT screen for the MID and more.
Safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, high-speed alert system, front seat belt reminder, rear parking sensors are standard for all variants. The higher variants also get a reverse parking camera for added safety. The AMT version gets Electronically Stability Programme and Hill Hold Assist as additional safety features.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire prices start from Rs 5.89 lakh and go up till Rs 8.81 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. It rivals with Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor and Hyundai Aura. Below is the table showing the prices of its rivals!
|Maruti Suzuki Dzire||Rs 5.89 lakh - Rs 8.81 lakh|
|Honda Amaze||Rs 6.15 lakh - Rs 9.99 lakh|
|Ford Aspire||Rs 6.04 lakh - Rs 8.64 lakh|
|Tata Tigor||Rs 5.75 lakh - Rs 7.49 lakh|
|Hyundai Aura||Rs 5.81 lakh - Rs 9.24 lakh|