Maruti Suzuki DZire Long Term Review

Maruti Suzuki DZire Long Term Review

By: || Updated: 11 May 2016 11:43 AM
New Delhi: The Maruti DZire is India's top selling car at times, even beating the smaller and cheaper Alto. The compact sedan is easy to live with and is light on the pocket, writes Indian automobile website MotorBeam.

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The Maruti Swift DZire is the largest selling compact sedan in India and in spite of new rivals, the sales are further increasing month on month. To give you a perspective, the sales of the DZire each month almost equals the combined sales of all the other compact sedans. The first generation DZire was introduced to replace the highly popular Esteem sedan in the Maruti stable. The second iteration had to carry the trust in the nameplate along with a compact sedan size. The DZire is hugely popular amongst both private and fleet buyers and MotorBeam finds out the reason behind its success by living with the car for a long while.

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The second generation Maruti DZire easily looks better than its predecessor that had an exaggerated tail. The sub-4 metre version looks a tad odd from the side profile but otherwise is a decent car to look at. To make it look fresher, Maruti had given it a facelift with sporty yet shiny styling cues. This includes healthy dose of chrome on the front and a leaner bumper along with sporty smoked dark headlamps. The side profile also looks more athletic with the sleek new alloys while the rear looks more or less the same with a slightly curved out bumper.

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The interiors are derived from the Swift hatchback but gets treated with beige colour for a better sense of space in the cabin. There are no cosmetic changes but a long list of convenience features make it a very user friendly cabin to be in. You get keyless entry and go with push button start that is still missing in many cars of this segment. The ORVMs are now power foldable and there are reverse parking sensors to tackle congested driving conditions easily. The DZire also gets a new cabin light at the front, which is a boon for front passengers.

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Bluetooth integration was sorely missed in the DZire but now you can play music and attend calls via Bluetooth seamlessly. To control the playlist and answer/decline calls you get a new set of controls mounted on the steering. In two out of ten occasions we experienced the system refusing to play music via Bluetooth but the quick fix is to reconnect the phone. The long term tester had some rattling noises near the glovebox that we fixed by placing a cloth near the closing but otherwise the fit and finish is above average and the quality feels up to the mark. The big seats are very comfortable but tall rear passengers would complain about the legroom. There is 315 litres of boot volume which is more than adequate for weekend getaways.

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The popular 1.3-litre diesel engine is quite versatile and offers excellent drivability on the highways. There is some lag under 2000 RPM but the turbo push post that is quite fun. NVH is superior at low revs but the noise is intrusive when you redline the engine. We tested the car with a good load of luggage and passengers but still the engine provided enough grunt to do triple digit speeds on the highway. The DZire has one of the best gearboxes in its class offering slick shifts along with a light clutch. The USP of this compact sedan is the fuel efficiency and in real world testing conditions with full load and air conditioning, we got an average of 17 km/l while the best mileage we got was 19.25 km/l.

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The Swift based DZire offers tremendous fun behind the wheel with its sharp handling. The car responds briskly to steering inputs and is quite fun around the bends. This doesn't mean it compromises with the ride quality. It is equally good when it comes to ride comfort as the suspension copes well with both high speed and low speed bumps. There is no bumpy movement and high speed stability is strong since it masks triple digit speeds very well. Brakes are quite strong and the ABS kicks in at the right time but pedal bite feels a bit spongy.

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Earlier the DZire only came with ABS and airbags as standard on the top variants but now Maruti is offering these safety features as an option on all the trims. The low maintenance cost and cheap running of about Rs. 2.58 per km makes it India’s favourite sedan. The convenience it offers now justifies its nameplate ‘DZire’. As we all are aware, Maruti's after sales is second to none and so is the resale value of the DZire. Now we know why this compact sedan sells in such high volumes. It offers something or the other to a wide range of audience.

Source : MotorBeam.com

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