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Maruti Suzuki Kizashi
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Strong Areas

  • Stunningly styled and executed
  • Performance oriented power plant 
  • Loads of safety and comfort equipment
  • Convenience of automatic transmission 
  • Most upmarket vehicle in Maruti‚Äôs entire portfolio

Weak Areas

  • Low mileage
  • High retail price
  • Spartan dash and console combo
  • Boot space is not well carved out
  • Fall short behind the luxurious aura of competitors
Maruti Suzuki Kizashi
 
 

Kizashi The Biggest Bet From Maruti

The new luxury sedan from Maruti Suzuki has been launched in two variants, manual and a CVT automatic, and it has already raised excitement among car enthusiasts.


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The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is the company’s most expensive and most ambitious plan in the country. The luxury sedan cars, both premium and entry, have been increasing at a massive rate and Maruti was bound to enter it someday or the other. The car has been priced very abrasively in the 15 – 20 lakhs bracket, maybe due to the recent failures of the Maruti Suzuki Cars. The new sedan from Maruti comes in two variants, 6-speed manual and a CVT, and they look absolute winner son paper. So let us have a look if they really are.    
 
Exteriors
 
The first thing you will notice is the pretty looking conventional nose of the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi. The car has some striking similarity to the Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The headlamps look pretty with their curvy style and they encompass the conventional halogen light. The meshed grilled looks very much in sync with the front bumper and there are fog lamps on its sides. The car has wheel arches which complement the 17 inch rims perfectly. The car has also turn indicators installed on the OSRVM. The front of the car looks very sturdy which is something the side view is absolutely not.  The Kizashi has very short overhangs which work well for it actually.
 
On the rear, the car is very much different from the ugly looking rear designs of the other Marutis. The rear end is much proportionated and creates a perfect balance between the sportiness and stubbiness of the vehicle. The rear has a small curve and a third light which amplify its beauty. The trapezoidal tail lights look very bland but this is overcome with the spoilers. The rear bumper houses two exhaust pipes which is something very exciting for a sedan.  
 
The Kizashi will work as a sporty alternative to the cars like Accord. The Kizashi is much more spacious and larger than its competitors. The car although is not as sporty as its international version and misses out on the Four Wheel drive system and also has 15 mm more ground clearance.   
 
Interiors
 
The interiors of the Kizashi are very conventional and come in the expected black and beige dual tone with the beige being in majority. This is a plain and simple dashboard with no use of fake wood and there is only a small waterfall center console which adds some spice to it. There is the retro instrument gauge from the US style, which comes with electro luminescent dials which looks superb. There is also a digital fuel gauge and a trip meter.      
 
The ergonomics of the car are very well taken care of. One must appreciate the simplicity of the car which has been done to ensure the comfort of the driver. All the controls of the vehicle have been optimized to keep them as close to the driver as possible. The buttons for controlling the radio, dual zone automatic climate control, headlights and wipers are very simply placed and very easy to find. The front seats are very comfortable which is made better by the seat adjustability and the telescopic and tilt adjustable steering wheel. The driver’s seat has eight-way adjustability and also it has three position memory settings for three regular drivers. The seats do feel a bit narrow and the back support as well as thigh support isn’t as good as one expects. The co driver’s seat is also very comfortable and power adjustable in four ways.  Coming to the rear one will be disappointed by the size. The seats are comfortable but lack in leg room space and they also miss out on the under thigh support. Due to the seats narrow width and high transmission tunnel it will be very difficult to seat a fifth passenger. Boot space is decent and can handle three huge or four medium suitcases.     
 
The Kizashi comes with a very powerful music system which has four speakers and two tweeters. The four channel amplifier and small subwoofer work very well to entertain you. The Indian version misses out on Sat-Nav and has no Bluetooth accessibility. But the music player is aux-in and USB accessible. The system lacks in bass but the clarity is good. In terms of safety, the Kizashi comes equipped with ABS, six airbags, ESP and a push button keyless Go. 
 
Engine, Transmission and Performance
 
The vehicle comes with an all-aluminum 2.4 liter engine which displaces 2393 cc. This is a front driven car and the engine has two overhead camshafts and there are two exhaust and intake valves on each of the four cylinders. The engine produces a maximum power of 178 PS at an rpm of 6500 and the maximum torque of 230 Nm is achieved at 4000 rpm. The engine is equipped with variable induction system and variable valve timing. The Marutis have never been famous for their adrenaline rush but as soon as one pushes the accelerate pedal there is a roaring sound from the exhaust which will excite the car enthusiast. The engine works very smoothly and will easily hit the 6000 rpm mark without causing any problems. The engine comes with a Japanese speed limiter, which means the car will not cross the 193 kmph mark on the speedometer (181 kmph in reality).      
 
The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi comes in two variants. One with a normal six speed manual transmission and the other comes with a CVT automatic transmission. First, let us talk about the manual. It works very fine and the gearbox works very positively. The car will hit the 100 kmph mark in just 9.13 seconds starting from a complete standstill. The 150 kmph comes up in 20.12 seconds. This is quite slower than the Skoda Laura which does that in 8.1 seconds and 18.5 seconds respectively. On the other hand, the performance of the CVT isn’t as good as one would want it to be. It takes the CVT 10.1 seconds to hit the 100 kmph mark after starting from standstill this is due to the CVT’s sluggishness. Although this is marginally improved when using the paddles in the manual mode but it is still disappointing. But there is less of the rubber band effect now and one has some amount of control over the gearbox now. Also, there is less sound produced which makes for a comfortable ride. There is although one advantage to the CVT, it is its fuel economy. The CVT in the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi gives a better fuel efficiency figure than any torque converter equipped auto. 
 
The manual mode of the CVT is more fun to drive and can be started by simply pushing the lever far back and towards your right. The torque from the engine can then be controlled manually and it is very easy for even an amateur to choose the best gear for mileage and power combination. The shift paddles on the steering wheel, with their (+) and (-) sign, make changing gear easier. 
 
Ride and Handling
 
The ride of the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is controlled by the 17 inch wheels and the low profile 215 / 55 R 17 tires. The car rides very easily over the potholes of our roads but not as good as the sonata or the Accord. The car runs very decently on low speed but one can still feel some minor glitches that tend to jostle up the passenger at the rear seats. This is maybe due to the stiff suspension system. But as the speed of the car is increased the ride becomes much better. The car works on a multi-link suspension system at the rear whereas the front comes with short and stiff springs which are enclosed under the McPherson technology. The ride is good for the driver and co-driver and improves as one increase the speed. The rear passengers will be a bit uncomfortable at low and medium speeds but this improves very dramatically and the dampers will soak up any pothole or bump on the road. The noise from the road is very well suppressed and there is no unwanted tire or wind noise.
 
The Steering of the vehicle has been very subtly designed. The car has extremely good straight line stability, which is one of the best seen in this Japanese car. The electronically assisted steering wheel provides very good although inconsistent feedback to the driver. The steering is light and at zero parking speeds the wheel requires absolutely no extra effort form the rider. When going at medium speeds the feel is absent and sometimes you miss the feedback from the road to the steering wheel. But as one goes higher up the speedometer the steering feels very perfectly weighted and the Kizashi is more fun to drive. Since the car houses stiffer springs, the car feels some amount of body roll while taking turns at high speeds. 
 
The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is one of the very few vehicles in India which come with disc brakes on both the front as well as the rear. The front is equipped with ventilated discs whereas the rear has solid discs. The braking feel of the car is very nice and the car stops very quickly without causing any jerks. The braking system comes equipped with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS). The pedals are very well connected with the ABS and one will not feel any brake fade while driving. 
 
Fuel Economy
 
Maruti Suzuki is a name popular in every household. The car is India’s first choice while considering a car and there is a good reason for it. The reason being, that the engineers at the company understand the importance of fuel economy in the Indian car market.
 
The Manual transmission offers a fuel economy of 11.5 kmpl at an average. The automatic CVT variant gives out a fuel economy of 7.9 kmpl in the cities and 12.2 kmpl on the highways.  
 
Verdict
 
The Kizashi is a grown-up Maruti and has a bigger engine and a larger body. The car has been engineered in a very sophisticated manner the car is very well prepared to rivals its competitors in the car market. The car looks attractive and with its strong performance and high standard amenities one can be sure it will be in everyone’s head while considering a luxury sedan. 
 
But the pricing is where the car is beaten. The engineers must have been very much confused while pricing this car as the final cost is too much for a compact sedan trying to replace the Laura and Civic. The car will cost you rupees 17.12 lakhs for the manual (ex-showroom price Mumbai) and the automatic CVT variant will cost you rupees 18.16 lakhs (ex-showroom price Mumbai).  
 
Comfort and ergonomics: 4.5/5
 
Refinement: 3.5/5
 
Safety: 3.5/5
 
Ride: 4/5
 
Fuel efficiency: 3/5 
 
Handling: 3.5/5
 
Value for Money: 3/5   
 
Overall: 3.5/5 

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