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Maruti Suzuki Dzire
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5.43 Lakhs-9.39 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Stylish Demeanour
  • Good Performance
  • Long Equipment List
  • Quality Cabin
     

Weak Areas

  • Low Ground Clearance
  • Noisy Diesel Motor 
  • Cramped Rear
  • Average Boot 
     
Maruti Suzuki Dzire
 
 

Expert Review Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2017

Dzire has been the top selling car of its segment. It was its refined performance traits and the trust in brand Maruti Suzuki that kept it going. In the third generation it has also become cosmetically superior and brings in the attraction of AMT with both petrol and diesel engines.


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Maruti has enjoyed great success with the sale of Swift Dzire and it did create an identity of its own – from being the boot added version of Swift to a compact sedan with distinct character. And in launching the third generation model for 2017 they have completely dropped the prefix Swift for this car. It is now called the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. There are as many as 14 variants on offer including diesel and petrol versions. The price range of 5.45 lakh to 9.41 lakh is also not very different from existing prices. 
                New-Dzire
The engines are still the same and that’s not a bad thing. So the Dzire comes with: 

?    1.2 litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine generating 83 bhp at 6000 rpm and torque of 113 Nm at 4200 rpm 
?    1.3 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine generating 74 bhp at 4000 rpm and torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm

These are mated to 5 speed manual transmission as in the older car. What’s new is the option of a 5 speed AMT that Maruti calls Auto Gear Shift (AGS). It comes with both the engines. 

Here is a detailed review of the newness that the youngest model of Dzire brings: 


The External Impression 

The car has been thoroughly updated even though its length remains the same at 3995 mm. It is more proportionate in its new body shell with soft curves and smooth lines all over. The wheelbase has been increased to 2450 mm.
              New Dzire Stylish-Front-Grille
On the face that looks more mature now the big chrome bordered grille with Suzuki brand logo has a floating appearance. Flanking this grille are LED (top end trims ZXi+ and ZDi+) projector headlamps with bracket shaped daytime running lights on the lower edge of the headlamp assembly. The chrome eyelid above the projector housing is also a new addition.  
 
The fog lamp housings have horizontal slats and round fog lights. L shaped chrome garnish further highlights this part of the bumper. Because of the wider grille, the new Dzire has an upright nose. The bonnet ends quite above the front grille. 
               New Dzire LED Projector Lampswith Signature Daytime Running Lamps
Inside the slightly beefed up wheel arches you will see new multi-spoke 15 inch 2-tone alloy wheels that are covered by 185/65 R15 tyres. For the V and L variants Suzuki offers smaller 14 inch rims.  
 
The A pillar is now in body colour and is not as steeply inclined as the older model. On the new outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) there are integrated side turn indicators. A chrome strip runs on the lower edge of the windows. There are request sensor buttons on driver and passenger side doors but the keyhole is available only on driver’s door for the top end variants.

                Dzire Enhanced Boot Space
When you look at the car from B pillar onwards you will notice that the boot integration appears natural and not an addendum. In its third generation the Dzire has a cleaner sedan silhouette instead of the notchback profile of the existing model. The radio antenna is placed on the rear side of the roof like the 2012 model’s layout. 

For the tail end you will see newly designed wrap around lights with LED light guide and honeycomb pattern in the stop lamp section. The new badge
DZIRE sits on the right hand side above the chrome garnish. The variant badge and mention of the transmission for Auto Gear Shift is also placed on the trunk lid. 
                Dzire LED Rear Combination Lamps
Dzire is available in six colours of which Oxford Blue, Sherwood Brown and Gallant Red are new options. The Arctic White, Silky Silver and Magma Gray have been carried over from the previous line up.


Inside the Cabin 

The cabin again gets black and beige dual tone theme. Dashboard layout is similar to that of upcoming Swift. There are faux wood inserts on the dash, steering wheel and the front door pads. Quality of plastics has improved from the current model but it is still a degree lower than that of Hyundai.

Some features of the interior distinguish the new Dzire from Swift. For instance instead of circular AC vents, it has wedge shaped openings. 
              Dzire Easy Access Controls
On the centre console that is slightly tilted towards the driver you will find the now familiar 7 inch Smartplay infotainment system. It has apple CarPlay Android Auto and Mirrorlink. Beneath the centre console are USB and Aux ports along with 12 V power socket.


There are cubby holes to keep small things in front of the gear lever. The glovebox is deep but narrow if compared to the one in current model.

The 3-spoke flat bottomed steering wheel is chunky to hold. It has switches for the infotainment system on its left side and there’s a mute button too. The telephony controls are integrated between the left and lower spoke of steering. On the new twin pod instrument console there is an MID screen in centre and above it is area for warning lights and indicators.


             Dzire Refined Speedometer with Satin Chrome Meter Rings
 

With the increase in wheelbase to 2450 mm (from 2430 mm in its predecessor) the Dzire is more spacious now. The new HEARTECT platform also makes the car wider. Front seats are comfortable, supportive and cushioning is softer than before. Driver’s seat has good range for height adjustment. The steering can be adjusted for rake and ergonomics are good to get into a comfortable driving position. 
 
The increased wheelbase has resulted in more legroom for backseat passengers. Maruti claims to have added 50 mm of legroom for the rear. Also the seats are now placed tad lower leaving more headroom for tall occupants. Shoulder room has also improved. One downer is that forward visibility for rear seat occupants gets blocked by front headrests.

Centre armrest has couple of cup holders. The dedicated AC vent for this part of the cabin adds to the comfort of the occupants.


               Dzire Dual Airbags
 

For the rear doors there are no faux wood inlays but they do have pockets that can hold 1 litre bottles. The AC housing also has a 12V power socket. 

This Dzire 2017 has a trunk space of 376 litres which is 60 litres more than its predecessor. A sign of cost cutting - there is no cladding on the inside of boot lid. The spare wheel is a steel unit.


Engine, Transmission and Performance 

Under its hood the Dzire has the same engines as in the older version. The petrol 1.2 litre unit yields 83 bhp and 119 Nm torque. The 1.3 litre diesel has specs of 74 bhp and 190 nm torque. Maruti claims that it has made these engines more fuel efficient. The economy is said to be 22 km/litre for petrol and 28.4 km/litre for diesel.

1.2 litre Petrol 

As in the earlier ‘Swift’ Dzire, the petrol engine sounds refined on ignition. You can hardly hear its purr at idling revs. But on the go it feels a little different. From a low 1200 rpm the unit builds speed – it has lost the mild lethargy displayed off the line earlier. The power delivery is smooth and linear. Maruti’s 1.2 litre K series engine has always been a great asset.
              New Dzire Petrol Engine
The AGS shifts up eagerly but the changes between gears are not really seamless as in torque converters and continually variable transmissions. 

You can manually shift gears using the Tiptronic mode. And you will need to use this mode for overtaking in city. Nevertheless, this petrol engine is still as refined as it has been. Daily city commuting is a smooth job for the new petrol Dzire. 

As was the earlier car, the MT variant is also good to drive. Gear throws are short and really smooth. The clutch action has also improved. 

There is a sporty sound once the engine goes over 3500 rpm and there is no lack of enthusiasm from it. It can pull up to 6000 rpm for peak power. This engine likes to be revved and there is lot of action near the redline. But it does sound a bit crude at high revs. 


1.3 litre Diesel 

The combination of the much loved 1.3 litre diesel engine with AGS will be the choice of majority of buyers particularly Maruti loyals. The Dzire indeed has the best application of Fiat’s engine. We too drove this one first. 

When you start the engine you will appreciate the improved refinement level. The motor settles into a good idle. There was a definite lag in the outgoing model but that has been rectified to a considerable extent now. 
                    New Dzire Diesel Engine
With the auto gear shift, driving the Dzire through city traffic is a breeze. Thanks to the continual torque surge the car is a good mile muncher and it does not ask for frequent downshifts to make progress. 

In everyday driving conditions the AGS is keen to upshift early. The artificial intelligence prompts the transmission to upshift below 3000 rpm with medium throttle input. 

A nifty feature of this automated manual transmission is the creep function that allows you to pull the sedan forward from nought in the 2nd gear. It is like moving in traffic on half a clutch. You can try this on the manual Dzire to appreciate the importance of an automatic. Hence while the MT diesel Dzire will still be mile-muncher on highways, the AMT-diesel is well suited for notorious traffic conditions in Indian cities.

The engine is very tractable in the turbo zone and that’s what makes the Dzire wonderful to drive on the highways. It is better to use the AGS in a semi-manual mode on these open roads though. This will allow you to downshift in time for overtaking. It will also help in holding on to upshifts and use the power band to reach the triple digit speed.   

The 0-100 km/hour now comes in 13.2 seconds. Despite being a diesel it is rev-happy. It is one of the best cars for long distance cruising. At 100 km/hour the engine spins at about 2300 rpm and the engine noise too is well under control. 

With the manual gearbox, the diesel Dzire is as fun to drive as it has been. Thanks to the HEARTECT platform, it is also lighter and therefore sprightlier to drive. If you prefer being in complete control of the car and like the diesels, the manual version is a good choice for you. 


Ride and Handling 

Maruti has softened the suspension of Dzire since the last generation model. The ride quality of this 2017 model car is significantly better than that of its predecessor. There are lesser jerks in the cabin as it goes over poor roads. It actually soaks up the tarmac undulations in a mature style and is not bouncy on sharp bumps. The common complaint of crashing into the potholes has been addressed. Ride is good at both low and high speed which also adds to the comfort of the cabin. 

For city driving the steering is neither very light nor heavy but it is easy to use. The turning radius is 4.8 metres. You will not have a problem in parking and taking U-turns. It is also steadier now and returns to its centre position without much driver effort. This inspires confidence.  Another improvement is in terms of stability. The car feels more planted at high speeds now. 

Braking is one department that has not got any better. Dzire still lacks the initial bite. In sudden braking action and it comes to halt only when you press the B-pedal hard. Although the car maintains its composure under hard braking, it is not really confidence inspiring.


Verdict 

When it was first launched in India, the Dzire did not have many rivals. Over the years however the sub-4 meter sedan segment has expanded and become a popular category in the market. Hyundai’s Xcent and that has recently got its facelift. Other competitors include Honda Amaze, Tata Tigor, Ford Aspire and Volkswagen Ameo. While these have their own USPs in one category or other, overall the Dzire will still retain its leading position in comparative reviews. 

What makes this car so ‘dezirable’? -  a combination of good engines, mature ride & handling characteristics with the unparalleled strength of Maruti’s reliable sales and service network. It has got a design makeover, new features and AGS option making it a stronger champion. Probably the car that will give it some serious competition from here will be its own hatchback sibling – the new Swift arriving in 2018. 

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