Maruti Suzuki Ritz
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: 2 Yrs / 40,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
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Strong Areas

  • Stylish demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Long equipment list
  • Quality cabin

Weak Areas

  • Small space 
  • Noisy diesel motor 
  • Cramped rear
  • Poor dynamics 
Maruti Suzuki Ritz

Maruti Ritz VXI ABS get an automatic gearbox for your convenience

Just a few years back it would have been unthinkable for hatchbacks to come with automatic transmission. Things seems to have changed dramatically, thanks to growing vehicle population creating congestion on the roads and chaning car buyers mindset seeking convenienvce even at the cost of few Kms shaved off from a cars mileage.



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Nothing can Beat the convenience of an automatic gearbox. If most of your driving is done within the confines of the city, the absence of a clutch pedal is always welcome. And put this convenience in the diminutive body of a hatchback, and it’s the formula for the perfect city car. There are a number of small automatic hatchbacks you can buy in India these days, and the latest to join the club is the Maruti Ritz.

The Ritz also recently underwent a mid-life upgrade. It has been given a slightly altered and lower – mounted nose with a one-piece grille. The fenders now rise up above the bonnet ‘V’, the headlights are sharper, and the interiors have received minor updates too. The rest of the car remains pretty much the same, which means the ride is comfy and it’s great for the daily commute thanks to its small dimensions.

The four-speed automatic gearbox is similar to the one in the Swift Dzire and A-star, and as a daily office commuter, the Ritz auto is a likeable car. It takes off eagerly from a standstill and even part-throttle responses are good. Thanks to this, you can easily keep up with other cars in traffic and it never feels underpowered. However, as you press on, there is a bit of a delay in the response and it takes time for the ‘box to drop down to a suitable gear. As the transmission has only four speeds, the gear ratios are quite tall. So every time the gearbox shifts to a lower gear it is usually at a very high engine rpm and consequently the engine also becomes very noisy.

Thanksfully the VVT-equipped engine revs freely and is quite refined right up to the redline (VVT or variable valve timing was introduced with the facelift). As with the other cars in this class, there’s no manual control or paddle shifters for the gearbox. Instead, you are left with the old-school ‘3, 2 and L’ gearlever configuration for added control.

At Rs 6.19 lakh (the Ritz auto is only available in one trim – Vxi ABS), it is very expensive. And when you consider that this is a whopping Rs 92,000 more than the much better equipped manual ZXi variant, it become even harder to justify the asking price. Further making life difficult for Maruti is the fact that the Honda Brio is cheaper and comes with more standard features too. And let’s not forget, there will be a drop in fuel efficiency compared to the manual version.

The Ritz was always a very good family hatchback, thanks to its perky responses, comfortable ride and compact dimensions, and now it has become more convenient too. We just wish it didn’t come at such a heavy cost.

Source: Autocar

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