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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
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Customer Rating
: 3/5
Expert Rating
: 8/10
Warranty
: 2 Yrs / 40,000 Kms (Whichever is earlier)
Ex-showroom price in 
Delhi
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8.19 Lakhs-11.38 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Good styling
  • Convenience of auto gearbox 
  • Quality interiors
  • Spacious cabin
  • Excellent fuel-efficiency 
 

Weak Areas

  • Mediocre quality
  • Slow touch-screen system
  • Low snob value
  • Average build quality
  • Mediocre performance
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
 
 

Maruti Ciaz The Most Fuel Efficient Sedan In The Country!

Maruti has launched the all new Maruti Ciaz after ditching the 1.6 engine of its previous sedan, SX4 as it had a thirst for fuel and re[placing it with a 1.4 litre petrol mill of K series from its Ertiga coupled with features that assure best performance, mileage, fuel efficiency and better driving experience, making it a best all in one package.


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Maruti Suzuki India, the biggest car maker in the country has launched the Maruti Ciaz today and is priced from Rs. 6.99 to Rs. 9.8 lakhs. According to sources, the car maker has spent Rs. 620 crore on this sedan, which is the highest investment so far by Maruti and this sedan is aimed at the mid sized car markets in India and China. The car maker has claimed that it offers space of about 10% to 12% more than the other mid sized vehicles in the market.
 
          Maruti Ciaz Expert Review
 
It has been seven long years for Maruti, as the car maker has not offered a proper sedan after launching it’s not so successful sedan, SX4. However, it has now entered the festive season with a brand new offering, Maruti Ciaz with which it hopes to regain the lost foothold in the sedan segment in the country. Speaking about the car maker, it has been a trusted one in offering small cars and compact cars. But the reputed Indian car giant failed to strike the sweet spot in middle sized sedan segment which were grabbed by the giants of Korea, Europe and Japan. Hence this latest offering from Maruti is considered as a do or die move as it aims at wooing the C segment car buyers with a tight budget. Hence it is sure that Ciaz is not just a sedan offered instead of the earlier SX4 but is also a tough competitor for the other sedans studded with lots of features in the car market. 
 
The present rivals for Maruti in the mid sized sedan market are Hyundai Verna and Honda City, as the fluidic design of Verna plundered a fair share which was held solely by Honda earlier. Though SX4 sedan sold well after its initial launch, but it did not shimmer well in the sedan market as it did not have a diesel variant and the expected amount of facelifts, which lowered its sales figure. Even though the diesel variant arrived in the year 2011 with a multijet power mill of 1.3 litres, the damage caused by the delay had already been done, as Verna was established as the King. This is why Maruti’s SX4 with a mild facelift features like front grille in chrome and an advanced infotainment system was not helpful in hiking its sales figures. 
 
The Maruti Ciaz was unveiled at the Auto Expo as announced earlier and it was touted as a stunning replacement for the 2007 sedan, SX4. This was a much anticipated sedan from Maruti and it grabbed more than 10,000 bookings within a few days of its launch. This sedan is offered in both petrol and diesel versions. A K14 motor of 1.4 litres powers the petrol variant and its diesel variant has a DDiS engine of 1.3 litres. Both these mills are rightly mated with a 5 speed manual transmission and the car maker is expected to offer its petrol variants coupled with a 4 speed AT later on. This aggressive sedan has some of its prominent features that makes it a  stylish one in the first glance such as projector headlamps, Smartplay infotainment system with touch screen support, AC vents at the rear and so on.   
 
So will the Maruti Ciaz upset the market share enjoyed by Honda City and Verna, as hoped by its car manufacturer? Our team of experts decide to drive it to find much more to decide whether this new sedan would live up to its maker’s hope. 
 
Taking a first look at the brand new Maruti Ciaz, it is certainly relieving to see that it does not resemble its sibling SX4 even in the slightest way. It looks like the designers at Maruti have lent this sedan a brand new look to make heads turn as it has stunning exteriors. It looks like Maruti has studied in details about its competitors before designing this sedan. 
 
Exterior Design
 
The cars from the stable of Maruti have never looked as stylish as the brand new Maruti Ciaz looks assertive and stylish in every angle. The front grille with four slat design in chrome finish looks very neat and the big double headlamps along with projectors also compliment it. Interestingly, all variants of this sedan are bestowed with these projector headlamps. The bumper with perfect mold adds a bit of zing to the front face and the fog lamps also enhances the look. However the chrome accents if found on the fog lamps like it looked on its concept car would have made it look much sportier.
 
        Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Expert Review
 
While looking at its side profile, the strong and sturdy shoulder line grabs your attention as it begins from the fender on the front and moves on to the tail lights balancing its overall appearance. When you look at the side of this sedan from Maruti, the blacked out B pillar, multi spoke alloy wheels in grey shade and beltline in chrome, which makes it catch your attention. 
 
The tail lamps resemble the ones found in Honda City 2014 but the rounded and bolder look makes it a prominent one. The tail lights have a thin chrome strip between them and the rear bumper flaunts a black inserts that makes it look sleek. It is also clear that this Maruti Ciaz arrives with an awesome road presence and an unmatched design. Though it might not be the best looking sedan in the Indian market, Maruti has bestowed it with some impressive design than the other ones under its production. This sleek sedan is a lengthy one and has fair amount of ground clearance which makes it fit for Indian roads. 
 
Interesting Interiors
 
Maruti has made sure that the interiors of this sedan lend a high value to the vehicle that places it on top of the premium mid sized sedan market. The cabin of this vehicle is styled in an elegant manner and is loaded with various standard equipments. The dashboard is made with a plastic material of premium grade, the dashboard has inserts in faux wood and the high quality light colored leather seats makes its interiors mesmerizing one. 
 
The SmartPlay infotainment system of 7 inches rules its centre console and it also has audio, Bluetooth, rear camera and navigation functions. The four sections screen to offer instant access ruling out the need to fiddle around to identify the controls. The driver of this sedan would have all functions as the switches are mounted on the steering and it also supports voice command. The drivers who are using the ZXi and ZDi trim variants are truly a blessed lot.
 
         Maruti Ciaz Interior
 
Though the dash board reminds us of the ones found in Swift, the durable plastic material, its colors choice, wood strips and highlights of chrome lends Maruti Ciaz a plush look. The fit and finish of the upholstery materials and the detailed attention inside its cabin is noteworthy. 
 
Speaking about its cabin space, the rear passengers can enjoy a comfortable ride throughout the travel as the cabin interiors are quite spacious. It has a long wheelbase and has a wider cabin which makes it a class apart than the rest. This explains why there is a lavish knee room for the passengers seated at the rear. The space availability is further utilized by the front seats on the scooped out design.  Even though the shoulder room and head room is not as huge as the knee room, we felt it is pretty decent. Another notable feature of rear seating of Ciaz is roomy and comfy.  However thigh support is not very impressive and it cannot be very comfortable during long rides for tall occupants. 
 
The instrument cluster has a small digital monitor that notifies you about the average consumption figures of fuel instantly such as distance to empty, temperature outside and trip meter. The steering wheel is adjustable and is draped in soft leather materials that makes it good to hold and bestows better grip. The seat of the driver has height adjustable feature and hence you get to enjoy a better position while driving the car. 
 
The centre console has good amount of storage space decked with cup holders that has a closing lid, which is a special feature spotted only in premium cars. There are other features such as sunshade at the rear, reading lamps for occupants at the rear, front seats have small pockets for placing the mobile phones, footwell lamps, electric boot lid opener etc which adds to the upmarket feel of Maruti Ciaz. However, we felt that the OVRM switches and the door panel design inspired by Swift do not merge well with its interiors.
 
         Maruti Ciaz Instrument
 
This brand new sedan from Maruti has the longest wheelbase of 2650 mm in the car segment and this explains why it has a spacious cabin space. You will find ample legroom at the rear even after pushing back the front seats fully. The rear occupants of Maruti Ciaz are pampered the most as they can enjoy the cool breeze of AC with standard AC vents at the back and their arm rests are designed with cup holders. It also arrives with a roomy boot space of 50 litres like its rival, Honda City. 
 
In addition, this sedan, Maruti Ciaz is powered with those features that its earlier sibling failed to have, which are the safety features. It has two airbags on the front, ABS, climate control system, keyless entry, central locking, engine immobilizer, side impact beams, air bags etc. which makes it a best one in the market. However we feel that the presence of head rests at the rear would have been made it more comfortable.  Hence it is clear that the car maker has made its interior ambience similar to a big sized upscale vehicle. 
 
Engine, Transmission and Performance
 
The petrol variant of Maruti Ciaz has the powerful K series power mill of 1.4 litres which can deliver a power of 92.45 PS at the rate of 6000 rpm and a torque of 4000 rpm. The engine has better shove to help you move across the Indian roads packed with heavy traffic or on the highway as you need not worry about the tires smoking away or make you put all your driver’s skills to practice. The diesel variant with 1.3 litre engine under its hood has a revised ECU and it exhibits excellent responsiveness through throttle mapping. The engine offers 90 PS power with 4000 rpm and a torque of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. 
 
The turbo lag can be noticed until it reaches about 2000 rpm and then the torque level just rises dramatically until it hits 4000 rpm. The Maruti Ciaz diesel variant accelerates in a swift manner and can cruise smoothly even up to 160 kmph and this engine quality is bound to make its owners beam with satisfaction. These engines are teamed up with 5 sped manual transmission and the petrol mill would also get the 4 speed auto variant too.
 
          Maruti Ciaz Diesel & Petrol Engine
It is also clear that this sedan from Maruti is developed on a lightweight platform adapting the total effective control technology of the car maker. The steel materials with high tensile ability on the body panels and its chassis make it body a durable one. This makes the petrol variant weighs 1010 kg and the diesel variant weighs 1105 kg. Hence it is evident that the Maruti Ciaz is the most agile and fuel efficient one among the rest in the market. 
 
Speaking of its acceleration, the petrol mill lets it to reach the top speed at the rate of 145 kmph to 155 kmph. In addition, it can pass the 100 kmph mark within 13 seconds to 14 seconds. And the diesel variant of 1.3 litres would require just 15 seconds to 16 seconds to cross the speed barrier of 100 kmph and it can gain a top speed of 155 kmph. 
 
Mileage is a prominent feature of all cars that roll out from the stable of Maruti and Honda captured this spot in 2013. However, it looks like 2014 is a lucky year for the Indian car making giant as its Maruti Ciaz has arrived a 26.21 kmpl ARAI figure (diesel). The petrol variant of Ciaz offers 20.73 kmpl that makes it the most fuel efficient sedan in the C segment in India. During our test drive, we found that the diesel variant of this sedan offered 22.7 kmpl, which is laudable. 
 
Ride and Handling
 
The way the car maker has tuned in the comfort of the occupants in line with the suspension shows up while riding this four wheeled beauty. We found that Maruti Ciaz was pretty smooth even while driving through rough roads, as the sedan maintained its composure even on road strips with rumbles. It is bestowed with tyres of 195 section which has a better grip in bends and curves. However we also felt a slight body roll while hard cornering. Also the steering effort was a bit hard but it is not the same while managing city traffic and gains better confidence even in high speed. But we can say that precision of steering is not the best thing in the market. Driving this car is high speed is a worry free experience e as the braking is smooth and the pedal feel is decent.
 
         Maruti Ciaz Steering
 
Even the well insulated cabin interiors that have the ability to curb the road noises, wind sounds and thuds of suspension, it is not able to cut down the noise of the engine which creeps inside the car and it applies to both the variants. The robust suspension mechanism also compliments its handling style as the front axle sports a McPherson Strut system while the rear axle is blessed with a system similar to torsion beam along with coil springs. 
 
Verdict
 
We can conclude that Maruti Ciaz has the right amount of ingredients that would coax a shopper looking for a premium sedan of mid size. Features such as eye grabbing interiors, spacious cabin and seamless exteriors make it a best contender in the market among its arch rivals in the industry. However, we must also take in to account the reputation enjoyed by Hyundai Verna and Honda City in the same segment, which means it is not easy for Ciaz to drive off with the crown. But, the strong brand image of its Indian car maker, its excellent after sales service and the one of its kind fuel efficiency would offer it a better edge than its rivals. If there is one car which can be considered as a revitalization aspect of Maruti, then Maruti Ciaz tops the list. This car is priced between Rs. 6.99 lakhs and Rs. 9.8 lakhs based on the ex-showroom in Delhi. 

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