Finally, Maruti has launched the third gen Dzire which claims to be the best ever version of the sub-four meter sedan which has been now positioned as a premium entry level sedan. At least that is what we could figure out after the prices were revealed. The new Dzire starts from INR 5.45lakhs going all the way to INR 9.41 lakhs for the top variant. This brings us to a question whether the buyer should buy the Dzire or opt for the bigger and premium sibling, Ciaz which now retails through the NEXA dealerships. So the question arises; it worth to buy the Dzire or you should consider the Ciaz? Let us get you all facts at once.
Dimensions and Styling
The new Dzire stays less than 4 meter in length and stands at 3995mm which makes it significantly shorter than the Ciaz which stands at 4490mm in length with a longer wheelbase of 2650mm which is full 200mm longer than the wheelbase of Dzire. However, the Dzire is 5mm wider than the Ciaz at 1735mm due to its new platform which also makes it lighter in comparison to Ciaz. The Ciaz comes standard with 15-inch wheels while the top variant of Dzire rides on 15-inch wheels and comes standard with 14-ich wheels while the Ciaz sports 16-inch wheels in its top variant. The longer body of Ciaz also gives it an advantage of having a larger capacity of 510L in comparison to Dzire which has a boot capacity of 376L.
Interiors and Features
The new Dzire shares its flat bottom steering wheel with the new Swift and gets complete new beige and black colored dual tone interiors with faux wood styling. The instrument dials are also similar to the new Swift while few buttons have been shared with the Ciaz. The Ciaz surely has better overall package inside with better built quality and material used inside. The Ciaz also offers more legroom than Dzire and fulfils the role of a perfect family car than Dzire.
As far as features are concerned, the new Dzire gets almost all the features available in Ciaz and both cars share features such as auto-climate control with rear A.C vent, electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs with integrated side indicators, push button start, alloy wheels, smart play infotainment system with steering mounted controls, projector headlamps, rear parking sensors and camera. Also the Dzire come standard with ABS and Dual front airbags same as Ciaz which makes both of them a great value for money. The only additional feature you get in Dzire is the addition of LED DRL in its headlamps while the Ciaz has better leather upholstery inside.
Engine and Gearbox
Both cars available with one engine each of petrol and diesel. The Ciaz has the more powerful 1.4L, 91bhp petrol engine with an utmost torque output of 130Nm while the new Dzire retains its 1.2L, K-series petrol engine which has a power and torque output of 83bhp and 113Nm respectively. Both Ciaz and Dzire come powered by a same 1.3L, Multijet diesel engine but in different states. The Ciaz churns out a peak power and torque output of 89bhp and 200Nm while the Dzire has a maximum power and torque output of 74bhp and 190Nm respectively. Both cars offer both of their engines with 5-speed manual gearbox while the Dzire has an advantage here of having a choice of 5-speed AMT gearbox available with both of its engines. The Ciaz only offers 4-speed automatic gearbox with its petrol engine.
The new Dzire becomes the most fuel efficient car in the country with its diesel engine and now comes with an ARAI mileage of 28.4km/ltr which is slightly more than the 28.09km/ltr mileage of Ciaz while the petrol unit of Dzire and Ciaz return a mileage of 22km/ltr and 20.7km/ltr respectively.
Certainly the new Dzire is better than before. It looks premium from inside out, offer more spacious interiors and boot capacity and is packed with numerous premium comfort features. Moreover, with its standard safety package and exclusive features, it is more desirable now but this all improvement has come at a higher price. This price range of Dzire brings it into the territory of Ciaz which is slightly expensive than Dzire per variant wise. In-fact the top end variant of Ciaz diesel is just 16K costlier than the Dzire AMT diesel. Same is the case with the petrol variant where the manual Ciaz is merely 40K expensive than Dzire. The slight price difference is enough for us to conclude that it does not make much sense to buy Dzire top end variants over Ciaz until and unless your prime requirement is AMT gearbox. Why not spend slightly more over Dzire and get a proper full size sedan which is more powerful, looks better, offer more space and similar features and most importantly is almost equally fuel efficient. We would recommend going for Ciaz over Dzire if you have to buy a Maruti within 10lakhs.
Words- Sunil Kumar