Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Performance & Test Drive

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview

The Maruti Ciaz has always been a popular choice with customers looking to buy a C-segment sedan and it has given some sleepless nights to its rivals. The company is looking to increase its market share with the 2018 Ciaz which is basically a mid-life facelift that not only looks better but also is more powerful. New features too have been added to take on the competitors but are the new additions enough to make the 2018 Ciaz a better package, read on to know. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz price range in India is between 8,61,325 to 13,06,517, check for detail pricing of Maruti Suzuki Ciazin Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Design

There is no doubt in the fact that Ciaz is already a good looking sedan so do not expect any significant cosmetic updates to the exterior. However, to keep things fresh it will receive minor updates in the form of a new restyled grille with lots of chrome on it while you can also expect some chrome garnish to be present on the front bumpers as well. There won’t be any changes made to the side profile though, but you can expect the sedan to sport new set of alloy wheels while the door handles might also get a dash of chrome. Towards the rear profile, the car won’t receive much of a change either expects few updates here and there. Like the pre-facelift variant, the Ciaz will get fewer badges towards the rear because it is now being sold through their Nexa dealerships.

To sum up, Maruti will try every trick in their book to make their flagship sedan look premium and upmarket. The addition of chrome bits and less sticker work on the exterior will further help the Ciaz sedan feel more upmarket.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cabin

While Maruti has retained the basic layout on the insides, it has made subtle changes that make quite an impact. For starters, the dash gets a new Birch blonde wood grain insert that runs across the dash and the doors. While most wooden finishes end up looking tacky in everyday cars, we must say Maruti Suzuki has a done a great job. It looks and feels premium and matches well with the black and beige combo.

The other major change is the instrument console which looks fantastic and gets a bunch of new features. The most important addition is the 4.2-inch multi-information coloured TFT display just like in the Baleno. The screen shows various read outs like the hybrid drive operation, average fuel economy, total driving and idle time, acceleration and brake graphs and more. The new-look tacho and speedo with the black background looks good and is easy to read too.

The infotainment system remains unchanged and is one of the easiest to operate in the business. A host of connectivity options along with Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto make life extremely easy. The music system however leaves a lot to be desired especially if you are an audiophile. The front seats remain unchanged which is a good thing because they are extremely comfortable with good support all around. The legroom at the rear continues to be the highlight, but we still wish for better under-thigh support for more comfort over long journeys. Maruti has done a good job with updating the interiors and the Ciaz feels much more welcoming than before. For Maruti Suzuki Ciaz  check

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Performance

The 1.3-litre, DDiS diesel motor on the 2018 Maruti Ciaz is the same as before and produces 88.5 HP and 200 Nm of peak torque. Although it has a Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS), it is not the same as the on one on the new petrol engine. This engine is quite noisy and has a lot of turbo lag but offers good performance in the mid-range and scores high on the efficiency front. The new engine is a 1.5-litre, K15 petrol motor that for the first time comes with an SHVS. The SHVS on this one has a lithium-ion battery and in total, it produces 103.5 HP and 138 Nm of peak torque. This is an increase of 13 percent in power and 6 percent increase in torque figures than the earlier engine.

Coming to the real-world performance, the petrol motor feels very refined at low RPMs but becomes coarse post 4000 RPM. It has a punchy low-end but the mid-range is flat. The top-end is the same as any other naturally aspirated Japanese motor and it screams. The red-line comes in at 6500 RPM for the manual variant while for the automatic variant it is nearly at 6000 RPM. But this extends to about 6500 RPM in ‘L’ and ‘2’ modes. The manual gearbox is the one with more life here simply because of its slick shifts and a light clutch. The automatic gearbox is slow to upshift and downshift and you cannot take manual control of things.

Both the engines come with class-leading mileage figures and make the 2018 Ciaz, India’s most efficient sedan in its segment. The petrol engine returns 21.56 km/l and the diesel motor returns 28.09 km/l. This is partly thanks to the SHVS system that basically helps in three things, switching off the engine while at a traffic signal, regenerative braking which recharges the battery under braking and torque assist in which the system assists the engine in performing better. However, not much could be felt when we drove the 2018 Ciaz.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Rideing

The five-speed manual offers a better window to the K15 motors increased performance. While we did not notice a big jump in outright performance, drivability has definitely improved. However, do not expect this to be a performance oriented motor. Above 3000rpm, the engine starts getting thrummy and if you rev it further, the engine starts taking a coarse note. What also did not help are the speed warning beeps at 80 and 100kmph which got buzzing like an alarm clock post 120kmph. While we are sure these can be turned off from the settings, what was clear from the beeps and the engine note is that the Ciaz does not like to be pushed. At relaxed speeds, the engine turns lazily at just over 2500rpm with 100kmph on the speedo and that is where the Ciaz feels in its element.

Talking about ride and handling, the Ciaz soaks in the bad sections quite well and is extremely absorbing on the highway sections too. The steering though leaves a lot to be desired. It feels vague and is extremely disconnected. The Ciaz makes no bones about it not being an enthusiasts delight but as a comfortable car to commute in, we have nothing to complain.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety

Maruti Suzuki has gone ahead and updated the safety package of the 2018 Ciaz. The new systems on offer are speed alarm and seatbelt reminder for the front passengers. The speed alarm beeps every 60 seconds above 80 km/hr and starts beeping constantly post 120 km/hr. ABS with EBD comes as standard and there are still only dual front airbags. This is disappointing as its competition like the Hyundai Verna and Honda City offer up to 6 airbags. The automatic variants are installed with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for when the car begins to swerve around and Hill Assist. Not much needs to be said about the automaker’s service which has proven itself to be excellent.  View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Price

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On-Road Price in India ranges from 8,61,325 to 13,06,517 for variants Ciaz Sigma Petrol and Ciaz S Diesel respectively. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is available in 13 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz variants price in India.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Verdict

To sum the entire story, MSIL will be launching the Ciaz facelift in India within the next few months, and it will receive few cosmetic updates to the exterior as well as interior. The extra additions to the facelift variant interiors will perhaps include a sunroof, MID and new seat upholstery. The addition of the new 1.6 Litre diesel unit will be an additional boon for the customers.

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