Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview
Believe it or not, Maruti Suzuki India Limited has never tasted the same glory in the C segment of cars. Its small cars have been ruling the charts successfully till date. Hence, the country’s largest automaker, in a bid to stay alive in the competition, launched the Ciaz sedan in the country. Being unveiled globally at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, the Ciaz sedan is the Maruti’s latest offering in the mid-size premium sedan segment. The sedan replaces the not-so-successful SX4 sedan in the country, which has been phased out due to lackluster character and lack of firepower. As per the company claims, Maruti Ciaz is its most aerodynamic product till date. Not to mention, the sedan got a thundering reception in the country with registering as many as 10K advance bookings.Check for Maruti cars Price, Review, & Specs at CarzPrice
Maruti has launched the Ciaz sedan across four trims in both petrol and diesel guises – V, V+, Z and Z (O). It takes the total variant count to 10 as there are two automatic transmission variants in the petrol fuel trim as well in the form of V+ AT and Z AT. The Ciaz comes loaded with several best-in-the-segment offerings, like extended wheelbase, impeccable fuel efficiency and exceptional safety features. The name ‘Ciaz’ refers to Comfort-Intelligence-Attitude-Zeal and the designing cues are inspired heavily from the west. Inside the cabin, it carries several top-notch comfort features to raise the overall premiumness of the product. Powertrains are directly sourced from the Ertiga MPV, while the boot space too is massive.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Exterior
The Ciaz definitely looks premium and it proudly carries itself well too. There is a large chrome grille in the front placed between and the headlamps. The front end is attractive and it stands out in a crowd. The long bonnet makes the car look big too. The Ciaz also gets premium paint quality. It uses metallic colours mostly.The Ciaz actually feels from a segment above, such is its premium feel. The rear portion has a modern design too but it resembles the Honda City to a great extent. From a distance both cars look identical, from the rear. Overall, the styling of the Ciaz is refreshing and sophisticated.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Interior
With all that size on the outside, the cabin too is large and generous, resulting in ample amount of space for both front and rear occupants. But first, the dashboard, it’s a new refreshing unit and looks quite appealing with the use of wood, silver and of course beige. This cabin does use a lot of beige for that airy feeling and it works. The dual tone dash is nice to look at with the only sore point being the the parts which come from cheaper Maruti cars, like the steering wheel and power window controls. Talking about the steering, the placement of Bluetooth controls could be on the right spoke rather than between the first and second spoke for ease of use.
Quality inside the cabin is good with not much to fault but build quality isn’t as good as its rivals, we could hear some rattling from the dashboard on our test car which had done slightly more than 5000 kms. The seats are comfortable but finding the perfect driving position isn’t as easy as the driver’s seat is quite high, even when you adjust it to the lowest position. Even the rear seats lack on the comfort front, they just don’t have enough cushioning to keep you happy over long journeys. However, when it comes to rear legroom, the Ciaz is simply fantastic and there is so much space that even the tallest of people won’t have any room for complain. Headroom though, is in short supply, specially for tall people. The boot is big although it’s not the best shaped due to the protruding wheel wells. The electromagnetic tail gate opener isn’t the easiest to operate and sometimes you do have to push it twice.
The Maruti Ciaz has a generous equipment list and the car comes with ABS, dual airbags, climate control system, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless go, push button start, easy to read multi-information display, projector headlights, rear camera, reverse parking sensors, leathers seats and touch-screen infotainment system (gets navigation and MirrorLink) which is offered on the Z+ trim while our test car was a ZXi (O), making do with a non-touch based audio system that has CD, USB, AUX and Bluetooth audio options. This system doesn’t display the song name on the screen which is surprising as that’s a basic feature seen on most head units. Some nice touches include a rear windscreen sunblind and plenty of storage bins including large door pockets. The car gets side lights at the rear, thereby having a cabin light for each occupant but there is no vanity mirror on the sun visor. One thing we did not like about the keyless go is the cheap rubber button the door handle that just feels like it will come off. That said, the Ciaz makes for a fine car to be chauffeur driven in, the AC works well and the rear aircon vents do a good job too.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine & Transmission
Maruti Ciaz has been presented in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The engines, in both the guises, have been taken from the Ertiga MPV. The petrol variants are powered by the next generation K14 VVT, 1.4-litre K-Series engine, which dishes out a maximum power of 91 bhp at 6000 rpm in accordance with a peak torque of 130 Nm at 4000 rpm. This 1373 cc, 4-cylinder motor is mated with a 5-speed manual transmission, while there is also a 4-speed automatic gearbox on offer with the automatic variants. On the other hand, the diesel variants come loaded with Fiat-sourced, DDiS200, 1.3L MJD engine, which is good enough for making out a maximum power output of 89 bhp at 4000 rpm and a peak torque performance of 200 Nm at 1750 rpm. It is paired with the company’s conventional 5-speed manual gearbox to maximize fuel efficiency. There is no automatic transmission on offer in the diesel guise
The Ciaz is one of the best products from Maruti, ever. This sedan is a complete departure from what Maruti has earlier offered. . Maruti Suzuki claims that the Ciaz delivers a mileage of 26km/l. In real driving conditions, it returns about 17km/l in the city and about 19.5km/l on the highway. As the sedan is now having SHVS technology on the diesel engine, its fuel efficiency has improved..
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving Dynamics
Maruti Suzuki had a very clear agenda when designing the Ciaz, it wanted to woo the family audience with this car. Thus, the vehicle’s set-up is such that most people will like the way it drives, handling is neutral, ride quality is fantastic and the brakes work very well too. The vehicle features a rear anti-roll bar and the chassis in typical Suzuki fashion is stiff, thus the suspension has been kept soft for a terrific ride quality. After driving on almost all kinds of roads, we simply were left praising the car’s ride, it just deals with the imperfections of our roads brilliantly. Even high speed stability is very good.
However, for enthusiasts, there is some disappointment in store. We have been driving Suzuki cars since a long time now and the Swift is one of the best handling cars in its class, the Ciaz doesn’t stay upto that promise. It simply doesn’t handle like a Suzuki car should, there is plenty of body roll and the steering doesn’t have much feel or feedback. At low speeds, the steering is a bit heavy and doesn’t weigh up accurately as you get to triple digit speeds. Grip levels are good thanks to the wider tyres on the Z trims. That said, most buyers would be happy to trade off the handling for the amazing ride quality of the Ciaz. The ground clearance is ample for our roads and we didn’t scrape the underbelly even on the worst of speed-breakers.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Braking and Safety
Maruti has incorporated an efficient braking system in the sedan with front brakes being ventilated discs and the rear ones being drum brakes. The aforementioned primary braking system is backed extensively by the duo of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), which acts as a secondary braking system and is available across every trim, sans the entry-level V trim.The base V trim doesn’t get any sort of safety features and is quite important as far as safety is concerned. Various other safety features available in the Ciaz are dual front airbags, seat belts with pre tensioners and force limiters, and reverse parking sensor and camera. The company’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) platform, which has high tensile steel deployed extensively across the body panels of the Ciaz, further makes it stronger and stiffer. In terms of the security of this sedan, the company has introduced an engine immobilizer and anti-theft security system as standard features across the entire variant range.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in Chennai ranges from 7,92,550/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 11,93,799/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Chennai
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Conclussion
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz was launched with high hopes and it manages to live up to it. This car doesn’t try to be everything, it is aimed at comfort and delivers that in good measure. Yes, it’s not a handler and the looks aren’t going to make you stop and take notice either. However, for most buyers in this segment who want a well specced car with acres of room, fantastic ride quality and frugal engines, the Maruti Ciaz is difficult to beat. When you factor in the pricing, which is a good Rs. 1 lakh plus cheaper for certain variants over the segment leader Honda City, you realise that the tradeoff in brand image might be worth the money saved for some. The Maruti Ciaz doesn’t come across as exciting but is certainly a very practical choice in the overcrowded C-segment.