The Vitara Brezza is Maruti Suzuki’s first sub-compact SUV, or essentially the first SUV, bar the Maruti Gypsy, that the company has made recently. In fact, with a lot of research and testing done in India, it’s quite a special vehicle. And not only has commercial success followed,but the Maruti Vitara Brezza has also been critically acclaimed through multiple awards and more importantly safety ratings. It’s by far one of the safest cars by Maruti as tested by Global NCAP.
With the mental peace that it’s a fairly safe car, the Vitara Brezza also gives an impression that it’s quite a sturdy one, too. The sub-four-metre dimensions might not do it any favours there, but the squared wheel arches and an upright stance ensure that it’s getting noticed for the right reasons. What can not be overlooked is its dual-tone paint scheme which the buyers can specify at the time of booking their car or through the company’s iCreate personalisation programme. To complement that, the extra-wide 16-inch tyres make the Brezza’s SUV character seem more pronounced.
The muscular styling on the outside is replicated by a simple-looking dashboard layout. But that’s not as bad as it sounds, because the Brezza makes up with a long list of features. For instance, you get a smart infotainment system, cruise control, cooled glove box, and snazzy mood lights for the instrument cluster. Owing to the tall roof the cabin is roomy and even when you’re not driving, you’re likely to enjoy spending time in the Brezza. And lest we forget, it’s even got a ‘curry hook’ on the front seat backs.
If you’re wondering how wide a range of powertrain choices the Vitara Brezza has, then do yourself a favour and not expect much. Because while it’s an important product for the company, Maruti knows that the best-selling choice will be a diesel. Which is exactly what it has offered — and that’s all!
The Maruti Brezza can be bought only with the 1.3-litre diesel engine. Again Fiat-sourced, the unit might be inching towards its final years, it works impeccably on the Brezza. At 88.5 bhp and 200 Nm, there’s enough grunt to push this 1.2-tonne vehicle. While the 5-speed manual gearbox is no bad choice, you can also opt for the automated manual transmission, should your commute pose a threat to your left leg.
The ex-showroom prices start at Rs 7.58 lakh and go all the way up to Rs 10.55 lakh. Which if you consider the overall capabilities of the vehicle is a fair deal. That its rivals, mainly the Ford EcoSport, are in the same price bracket ensures that the Brezza deserves a second look. The close proximity of larger vehicles like the Hyundai Creta certainly has some effect on the Brezza’s sales. Also,the Creta feels more premium, looks fresher and comes with larger engines.