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Quick Summary of the Vitara Brezza: This has been one of the most awaited cars of 2016 and is a result of the XA Alpha concept shown to us at the 2014 Auto Expo. The Vitara Brezza made its global premier at the 2016 Auto Expo in Greater Noida and went on sale on 8th March 2016. We finally drove the car recently around Pune and here's a quick summary of what we think about it. You can also read our detailed review here (click to read).
The Vitara Brezza competes in the sub 4 meter compact SUV market which is currently dominated by the Mahindra TUV3OO and also has the Ford EcoSport for company. The Brezza is an all-new product based on an all-new platform and shares a lot in common with some of the other Maruti models but that's only on the inside. On the outside, this is a new SUV that looks smart and very urban. It is not really a true SUV but more like a grown up muscular hatchback. On the road, it has enough presence to make you take notice but Maruti should seriously consider offering the dual tone theme across the trim.
Step inside and you notice the similarity with the S-Cross. Seating posture is nice, visibility is excellent and the all-black color theme adds a touch of sportiness. Though space is more than ample up front, the same cannot be said about the quality of materials used. The top end version comes loaded with lot of creature comforts but yet, at the back, you do not get air-con vents. Speaking of which, space is good for two but just about ok for three at the back. What however will impress buyers is the versatility of the rear bench - it can folded in various ways to liberate lot of space for luggage.
The Brezza comes powered by a 1.3-litre diesel engine, the same found in other Maruti cars. In this case, it puts out 90PS of power and 200Nm of torque (and hence the name DDiS200). It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Maruti is not offering a petrol option as of now (which the EcoSport offers) or an automatic (the EcoSport has a petrol A/T, the TUV3OO has a diesel A/T). The engine is good for highway usage but suffers from turbo lag for city usage. It is very efficient though, something that Maruti cars have been known for.
While we like the Brezza for its high speed manners and ability to chew up off-road sections, slow speed ride in city is something that leaves a lot to be desired. Suspension is on the firmer side which means sharp undulations can be felt very easily.
At a starting price of Rs 6.99 lakh (ex-Delhi), it is more affordable than the EcoSport and the TUV3OO
Maruti Brezza vs Ford EcoSport comparison
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