Maruti Suzuki Gypsy Review

By Jeethu   |  October 24, 2013


Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is India's first off-road vehicle and was launched in 1985 at a time when India was evolving. It is a four wheel drive SUV that created waves in the Indian automobile industry at the time of launch. The Gypsy has written a long and illustrious history in the book of Indian automotive industry.

This SUV is designed on the platform of Suzuki SJ long wheelbase. It is a 4x4 off-roader available in the three variants, MPI Hard top, MPI Soft top, and MPI Ambulance. The excellent SUV beholds excellent off-road capabilities and is ideal for adventurous trips and off-road driving.

Powertrain & Performance

Under the hood, the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is equipped with a 1.3-litre MPFI petrol engine that churns out 80 bhp of power output. MPFI is multi point fuel injection system that ensures improved performance and fuel efficiency.

The engine is mated to a 5-speed all synchromesh manual transmission that offers nearly seamless shifts. It offers high cruising speeds and ensures better highway mileage. Furthermore, front and rear leaf spring suspension with double action damper helps improve handling and traction.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is a perfect car on any terrain under any weather condition. When driving on the hills, higher ground clearance ensures better off-road capability and the diaphragm spring clutch helps reduce wear of parts. When driving in snowy conditions the high thermal conductivity of the engine ensures that the engine is effectively ignited even in the midst of snow. Moreover, the lighter weight of the engine enhances power output, traction, and responsiveness. High thermal conductivity of the engine ensures that there is no overheating and the car drives smoothly even in the hot deserted areas. Gypsy also has a higher power to weight ratio that ensures faster and safer acceleration through streams and muddy terrain.

The SUV with a four-wheel-drive is a fun to drive on all journeys.

Build & Styling

The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is designed with simple yet powerful structure that beholds the traditional appeal of a SUV. It is a boxy like structure that is fitted with driver's side rear-view mirror, a spare wheel cover, front footstep assembly, and a foldable front windscreen on the exterior. The aggressive yet impressive fascia adds more expression to the appeal.

In the interior the car does not have much of amenities but still hold the basic Spartan features that are enough to make off-road driving a enjoyable experience. The standard features in the car are reclining and sliding front seats, fabric upholstery in the hard top, adjustable head restraints, a front package tray, a lockable glove compartment, floor carpet, steering lock, and an inside rear-view mirror.

Apart from the standard features there are certain distinctive characteristics in three different variants of the Gypsy. The Hard Top version of the car features fabric upholstery and a fibre reinforced plastic top while the Soft Top version has a foldable windscreen and a removable canvas top. The Ambulance version of the car is not for public used and is widely used in hospitals.

One key disadvantage of the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is that it lacks important safety features like airbags, anti-lock braking system, traction control, and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution. Even then it boasts of being a safe and reliable SUV.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Greater Responsiveness
    • Excellent Off-Road Capability
    • High Cruising Speeds
  • Cons

    • Uncomfortable Seating
    • Low Fuel Efficiency