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Maruti Vitara Brezza Review – A Good Value For Money Car

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review: With a great design, several segment first features, a highly fuel-efficient powertrain, decent overall performance and of course very competitive pricing, the Maruti Vitara Brezza surely is a great value for money product.

  • Vikas Yogi
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Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

The Maruti Vitara Brezza is the first MSI product that has been developed entirely by the company's Indian R&D Team.

I finally got behind the wheel of the car for which ‘the nation wants to know’ (quite literally) – Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The reason I say this is because of the fact that ever since its global unveiling at the Delhi Auto Expo 2016, we, at ICN, have received hundreds of queries related to the product and thousands of people have shared our detailed report on different social media platforms to date. This shows the kind of buzz Maruti Suzuki’s first ever sub-4 metre SUV has been able to create.

The Maruti Brezza isn’t just yet another sub-4 metre SUV, this is indeed quite a special and a crucial product. Special – because it’s the first Maruti product, ever since its inception, developed entirely by MSI’s Indian R&D team with no validation from the parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC). This makes it a genuinely ‘made in India’ and ‘made for India’ product. Crucial – because this product will now decide the future course of the segment that came into existence only after the Ford EcoSport and is still not that big. Over 5600 bookings within just 2 days of its launch and the EcoSport prices coming down drastically (by up to Rs 1.10 lakh) right after that, shows how significant this product is both for the industry and Maruti Suzuki.

Read: Maruti Vitara Brezza Variant-Wise Prices, Features & Other Details

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Read: Maruti Vitara Brezza Vs Ford EcoSport Vs Mahindra TUV300

Coming straight to the product, the Brezza is built on Suzuki’s Global C platform which is the same that underpins the international Vitara compact SUV. Though the engineers had to make several changes to make it compatible for India. Just so you know, the Brezza is about 180mm shorter than the global Vitara and is made specifically for Indian consumers. So, kudos to the folks at Maruti Suzuki India that kept working on it despite all odds and came up with a product that has been making headlines ever since its announcement.

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Vs Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Review

Also Read: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Vs Renault Duster Vs Hyundai Creta

The Brezza shares several of its components with other existing Maruti Suzuki products. It features the same 1.3-litre multijet diesel unit that does duty in the Ciaz and the S-Cross, and is good for 89bhp and 200Nm. But does it have what it takes to become the segment leader (not just in sales numbers), let’s find out.

Here’s A List of Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India in 2016 -2017 

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review – Design

Maruti Vitara Brezza unquestionably is a crowd puller, thanks to its standout design. When we were driving the car on the outskirts of Pune, at least half a dozen people stopped and enquired us about the product and almost everybody turned their heads as we crossed them. This proves that the Maruti’s compact SUV has a universally acceptable design, though I personally find the Ford EcoSport a slightly more SUV-ish than the Brezza due to the former’s aggressive front fascia and a sportier rear profile with a tailgate-mounted spare wheel. The Brezza, however, looks overall more proportioned in design than the EcoSport, and all the credit for this goes to Maruti Suzuki’s India team that managed to design a great looking product while still keeping it under 4 metres.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Review road test

Some of the most interesting bits in the overall design of the car are its ‘bull horn’ headlamps with LED strip, single slat front grille in chrome finish, fog lamps with plastic surrounds, and of course the roof rails. While the front looks quite sporty, the rear profile is just average with a plain square-shaped two-piece tail-lamp and a horizontally placed chrome strip with the BREZZA embedded on it. There’s nothing special about the rear profile. The side profile, however, is no nonsense with sloping roof line, multi-spoke alloy wheels, strong character lines and plastic cladding spread across the lower body portion.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

The vehicle’s cabin feels a lot like Swift, possibly due to the all-black dashboard and similar steering wheel. What makes it different though is the instrument cluster that comes with multi-colour light options. One can set the light of the instrument cluster as per their taste. The top-of-the-line ZDi+ variant, the one we drove, also features a SMARTPLAY infotainment system with Apple CarPlay support and satellite navigation.

Maruti Vitara Brezza interior

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review – Performance

Maruti Vitara Brezza feels just like any other Maruti Suzuki product, and that’s largely due to the same engine – 1.3-litre multijet diesel which powers several Maruti Suzuki cars including the Swift twins, Ciaz and S-Cross. This engine feels alive only after 1800-2000rpm with all the aforementioned cars, and below that there’s quite significant turbo lag. The Vitara Brezza too isn’t any different at initial RPMs, thus requires frequent gearshifts in heavy city traffic. But I must say, the turbo lag in this car is less than the Swift and the Dzire.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza road test review

As soon as you cross the 1900-2000rpm mark, this engine feels like a breeze. It offers a strong and punchy mid-range performance and does its job just well (if not exceptional) at higher RPMs too. Thanks to its light weight of 1197kgs, the Brezza probably offers better acceleration than both of its rivals – EcoSport and the TUV300. Though with 89bhp and 200Nm, the Brezza surely feels underpowered against the Ford EcoSport that has a 100bhp, 205Nm 1.5-litre diesel unit.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review

One thing that impressed me most in the Brezza is its very well tuned suspension setup. The suspension not only takes care of all sorts of undulations with ease, it also helps in offering great performance around corners despite the higher centre of gravity due to its massive 198mm of ground clearance. It also weighs up the steering wheel, which gives you the confidence to go up on RPM range. Having said that, the steering feedback still needs improvement especially at lower speeds. The vehicle felt great till about 120kmph, but took on a slightly nervous tone once past it and the engine too felt panting.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Review

Last but not the least, the vehicle’s engine feels quite refined throughout the RPM range and the company’s engineers have worked superbly well to keep the NVH (noise, voice and harshness) levels under control.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review – Practicality & Comfort

Practicality is one aspect for which most Maruti Suzuki cars are known, and the Brezza takes it to yet another level. The sub-4 metre SUV offers its buyers multiple storage spaces, 1-litre bottle holders in all doors, cooled glove-box and the 60:40 split rear seat with fully-flat rear seat. Out of all the aforementioned features, I was impressed most with the fully flat split rear seats that literally turns the vehicle into a mini truck. You can actually carry 5-6 proper big size suitcases and other stuff when needed.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review detailed

A compact SUV buyer is the one who is either driving a B-segment hatchback or a sub-4 metre sedan, and now he wishes to own a car that gives him higher seating position, higher ground clearance and of course SUV-ish look. While the Brezza fulfils all these requirements, the rear seat comfort is an issue that it fails to address. The stuff that has been used to make the rear seat feels little hard, and this could actually be tiring for long drives. Thigh support and leg room too could be a problem for tall passengers, but it’s more than adequate for people with average Indian height. The front seats of the Brezza, on the other hand, are probably best-in-class; they are quite sporty and hold both the driver and co-passenger quite well. I thoroughly enjoyed being on the driver’s seat.

Maruti Vitara Brezza first drive report

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review – Verdict

With a stylish look, multiple segment first features, a highly frugal powertrain and decent overall performance, the Maruti Vitara Brezza surely is a great value for money product. Having said that, rear seat comfort, stability on higher speeds and turbo lag at initial RPMs are the three things that the Indo-Japanese carmaker need to work on.

Maruti Vitara Brezza Review report

I’ll give it a strong 3.5 out of 5 stars! 

Maruti Vitara Brezza Variant-Wise Price List (ex-showroom, Delhi)

LDi – Rs. 6.99 lakh
LDi (O) – Rs. 7.12 lakh
VDi – Rs. 7.62 lakh
VDi (O) – Rs. 7.75 lakh
ZDi – Rs. 8.55 lakh
ZDi+ – Rs. 9.54 lakh
ZDi+ (Dual tone) – Rs. 9.68 lakh

Maruti Vitara Brezza Specifications

Engine – 1.3-litre Multijet Diesel
Maximum Power – 89bhp at 4,000rpm
Maximum Torque – 200Nm at 2,000rpm
Transmission – 5-speed manual
Drivetrain system – 2WD (two-wheel drive)

Mileage – 24.3kmpl (ARAI certified)
Boot Capacity –
328-litres
Seating Capacity – 5 Passengers
Turning Radius – 5.2 metres
Ground Clearance – 198mm



 

COMMENTS
  1. Pradeep Singh
    March 15, 2016

    Is the MARUTI VITARA BREZZA contains rear ac vents & cool glovebox?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 15, 2016

      Hi Pradeep

      The compact SUV is not available with rear air-conditioning vents. The top-end variant of the SUV comes equipped with cooled glovebox; however, this feature is not available in lower and mid-level variants.

  2. vikky
    March 15, 2016

    Maruti suzuki vitara brezza VDI O

  3. RAFIQ SHAIKH
    March 16, 2016

    Is there bed facility of rear seats ?
    Roof is there ?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 16, 2016

      Hi Rafiq,

      The rear seats can be folded fully flat to accomodate more luggages.

  4. arvind
    March 16, 2016

    When is the AMT model expected? Will it be available in both disel and petrol? Will it be available in the top model?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 17, 2016

      The company hasn’t said anything about the AMT version as of now, we’ll let you know as soon as there’s an official confirmation on this.

  5. Anil Ghai
    March 16, 2016

    Maruti Vitara Brezza is just a good car and in no way a SUV !

  6. SATYANARAYANA
    March 16, 2016

    How many airbags in top variant?

  7. Vipin verma
    March 17, 2016

    One of the excellent reviews i have ever gone through of a car,really appreciating,enriching indeed, further u seems to have good knowledge about brezza kindly tell me it is worth buying brezza over baleno ,iam from shimla, i mean geographical conditions and all ,pls gudie me on that keeping in view the budget and all, and if brezza than which model ,pls regards vipin verma

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 17, 2016

      Hi Vipin,

      First of all thanks for your kind words. 🙂

      Coming to your query, both the Brezza and the Baleno would suit your geographical conditions. The Baleno, despite being a hatchback, offers an excellent ground clearance of 170mm thus can handle all sorts of undulations with ease. The Brezza, on the other hand, offers 198mm of ground clearance. If you need a vehicle that offers you a higher seating position and SUV-ish look, the Brezza can become an excellent choice. While if a more premium vehicle is what you need that offers a sporty performance as well, the Baleno would fit your requirements. Fuel efficiency wise, both the vehicles are great.

      If your budget is around Rs 8 lakh – Rs 8.5 lakh, you can go for Brezza LDi optional. In the same budget, you can buy the Baleno Delta MT as well.

      Regards & thanks

  8. Jayesh
    March 17, 2016

    Whenever they launch amt(ASG) version of brezza………. i want to know about it….

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 17, 2016

      Hi Jayesh,

      We’ll update you on this if the company decides to bring in such a verison.

  9. Shaheer
    March 19, 2016

    Hi Team,
    my usage is yearly one to two month only (2500 Kilometers) please advise better I buy petrol or diesel

    Thanks
    Shaheer

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 19, 2016

      Hi Shaheer

      The Vitara Brezza is only available in diesel version; however, the company is planning to launch the petrol powered model later this year. Going by your yearly run, we suggest you to go for any petrol car available in our market including Ford EcoSport or even Hyundai Creta.

  10. Ashish
    March 19, 2016

    Hi
    Brezza zdi+ n ciaz zdi+ both m getting in same price… Which car I should buy.. Value for money n comfort with features m looking for

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 20, 2016

      If you want a car that’s comfortable and offers you huge space, the Ciaz will fit all your requirements. While if you want a car that looks like an SUV and offers you a high seating position, the Brezza could be an apt choice. Feature-wise ZDi+ versions of both the cars are quite loaded.

  11. Pronay Dutta
    March 21, 2016

    how much HP is the bitara brezza???
    What’s the top speed??
    0-100 in how many secs??

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 21, 2016

      The Brezza’s 1.3-litre diesel engine develops 89bhp, and does 0-100kmph in about 13 seconds. The car cruises to 140kmph quite easily.

  12. Satish
    March 21, 2016

    Do they have plans for 6/7 seater version or should I wait for BRV?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      March 21, 2016

      Since it’s a sub-4 metre SUV, the company may not bring any 6 or 7 seater option of the car.

  13. RS Bist Dehradun
    March 24, 2016

    when this car will available in CSD ?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      May 2, 2016

      Hi RS Bist

      The Vitara Brezza is currently not on sale through CSD outlet. We suggest you to contact nearest CSD canteen for more updates on the same.

  14. Dr Ashish
    March 25, 2016

    Is tht smartplay in top version worth spending or v shud go for 2nd top???

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      May 2, 2016

      Hi Dr. Ashish

      It depends upon your usability. The Smartplay infotainment system gives you several features like Apple CarPlay, Navigation, Voice command, Bluetooth Music streaming and it also serve as a display for rear parking camera.

  15. Manju
    March 31, 2016

    i dont think brezze is better than ecosport

  16. rajesh
    April 12, 2016

    need to buy within 12 to 13 lac car in diesel. Please suggest as my run is appx 80 km per day. 50 on highway and 30 in city

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      If your budget is around 12-13 lakh, you can go for the Hyundai Creta. It’s quite comfortable, feature-loaded and offers decent mileage. If outright performance is your requirement, you can also look for the Duster/Terrano.

  17. Gaurav
    April 17, 2016

    Hi Vikas,
    Its a very good article.
    Can you plz suggest me a compact suv in budget of 10.5 lakh. I have my office vehicle hence this car would only run twice or max. thrice in a week that too only in city i.e. 40km around. Apart from this 2 long drive (1500km approximately each)annually is due for awaited car. My requirements are performance, comfort n joy of riding. Can you plz suggest me out of these two i.e.top diesel model of vitara brezza and top model of duster petrol, just ignoring mileage point. Other suggestions are also welcome. Thanks in advance.

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      Hi Gaurav,

      If your daily run is really less, a petrol car would be ideal. In terms of performance and drivability, the Duster, surely, has an upper hand over the Brezza. Though the Brezza’s seats are more comfortable and being a Maruti, it’s obviously much easier to maintain.

      Regards

  18. Gaurav
    April 17, 2016

    Hi Team
    One more query is there any rear ac vent in vitara brezza, if no, then how is auto ac performance in peak summer? Thanks in advance.

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      April 26, 2016

      Hi Gaurav

      The vehicle do not have rear air-conditioning vents. However, the air-conditioning system in the SUV is good enough to keep the cabin cool even in peak summers.

  19. nagendra
    April 26, 2016

    i want to know that what will be the real average in city and highway of breeza vdi.
    company claim 20 in city and 24 km on highway.is it true. on real performance

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      April 26, 2016

      Hi Nagendra

      The Brezza will return close to 18-20kmpl in city roads and around 22kmpl on highways.

  20. rohit
    April 28, 2016

    Hi.
    Please advise me to make a choice between Breeza and BRV. We want to have a family car, upto 11 lacks. Our monthly running is about 1500 km. Is it not advisable to have a Diesel car for so much of runnin ? Whether Diesel cars are still stigmatised like before ?

    thanks

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      If you need a car that can accommodate 7 people along with 2-3 large suitcases or bags, the BR-V makes more sense. However, if you are just 5 people in the family, the Brezza would fit your requirement. Also, the Brezza costs much less than the BR-V, offers better fuel efficiency and is easier to maintain. If you drive around 1500kms/month, you should for a diesel vehicle.

  21. Dr M.L. Arora
    April 29, 2016

    I am interested in Petrol version only with luxurious interiors and a a real SUV,

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      April 30, 2016

      Hi

      The Vitara Brezza is currently available in diesel version only. However, the company is also planning to introduce the petrol version of the SUV by the end of this year. It will get a 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine that is good for 110bhp of power and 175Nm of torque.

  22. Surjeet Singh
    April 29, 2016

    My best car. Brezza is a compact SUV

  23. Manojkatyal
    May 6, 2016

    Brezza patrol price?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      May 13, 2016

      Hi Manoj

      The petrol version of the Breeza is yet to go on sale. Likely to be launched towards the end of this year or early 2017, the Breeza petrol is expected to be priced around Rs. 7 lakh.

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      We expect the Brezza petrol to be priced between Rs 7 lakh – Rs 9 lakh (ex-showroom).

  24. rishi
    May 7, 2016

    Plz suggest maruti breeza zdi or Hyundai creta base diesel?

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      The Brezza ZDI, being the top-end variant, obviously comes with several advanced features that the base variant of the Creta won’t offer. If you want lot of features, then sticking to the Brezza ZDI will be a more sane decision.

  25. sandesh katle
    May 9, 2016

    My daily running is 10-15 km and may be long drive once in year less than 1000-2000 km plz advice me car — diesel or petrol — i am intreseted with spoty/suv look

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      May 10, 2016

      Hi Sandesh

      We suggest you to go for diesel SUV as it will give you around 20kmpl of fuel efficiency. You can also opt for petrol version, but Brezza is only available in diesel version.

  26. Abdul jabbar
    May 30, 2016

    Which car comparison best i20 or baleno

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      If you want a car that offers great mileage, easier to maintain and is affordable – the Baleno could be the right pick. And if you want a more powerful vehicle, the i20 could be the best bet. In terms of features, both the cars are great.

  27. rishi patil
    June 6, 2016

    I have alto k10 2010 model. I want upgrade to maruti breeza ldi+. My budget is low .can I go to breeza zdi ?to much 1.4 lack extra pay. Or breeza ldi

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 11, 2016

      If your budget is low, it will be sane to stick to the Brezza LDI that will cost you less and comes with decent features.

  28. Himanshu
    June 19, 2016

    Hii vitara brezza vdi or zdi, which varient is value for money.

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 19, 2016

      Both the variants offer decent features in the price they come. Value for money is basically how much features you get in certain amount.

  29. Aamir
    June 26, 2016

    Hello
    A few questions please.

    1. How about the maintenance cost of a diesel brezza as compared to a petrol suv like creta etc ? I have heard after 3 years the maintenance becomes expensive for diesel cars.

    2. In terms of resale will i get more in diesel or petrol suv ?

    3. What would be the estimated on road fuel average and on road price of the petrol brezza when launched ?

    4.also what is the on road average for a petrol suv like bev and creta ?

    Thanks

    • Editorial Team

      Editorial Team
      June 27, 2016

      A Maruti Suzuki product will anyway be better than any other cars in terms of fuel efficiency, maintenance and re-sale value. A petrol model of a car usually has better re-sale value than the diesel version of the same car. Of the two cars you mentioned – Brezza and Creta – the Brezza will be higher on mileage and lower on maintenance. The Brezza petrol will be launched towards the end of this year.

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