Finally, the Vitara Brezza is here but the question remains, is it worth the wait and the hype? The Vitara Brezza is the first compact SUV offering from Maruti so while it may be late to the SUV party, it has come now with all guns blazing. The Vitara Brezza has competitive pricing but the appeal of this SUV goes beyond that. Unlike some of its recent products, the Vitara Brezza would be sold via the 1799 Maruti dealers across India. It has also been entirely developed in India with 98 percent localization. The Brezza is available in 6 colours and 3 dual-colours with 6 trim levels.
Powertrain and Performance
Power comes via the much popular 1.3 DDiS 200 diesel engine with 89 bhp and 200Nm of torque. At the moment there is only a diesel with a petrol version coming in later this year. The familiar characteristics of this engine remain which means there is slight lag at the start but the strong mid-range more than makes up for it. What you will also like is the slick 5-speed manual which offers nice and crisp shifts. In the city the Brezza is easy to drive and at high speeds, it is quite stable too. Maruti has also done a pretty good job of isolating the cabin from road noise plus the healthy 198mm ground clearance means it swallows bad roads quite well though, slight hint of firmness aside. The claimed efficiency figure for the Vitara Brezza is 24.3 kmpl.
Build and Styling
Exterior styling is the biggest draw of the Vitara Brezza, no doubt. It looks bigger than its rivals and in the flesh it looks even better. The design is nice and clean with the clear agenda being a butch SUV look rather than crossover. The butch SUV is courtesy the short overhangs, square wheel arches and an upright hood has been done to make it standout from its rivals. The front is the best bit with the well designed LED headlights (designed to look like a bulls horns) and the chrome grille plus a healthy dose of SUV design elements like the scuff plate gives it plenty of presence. The rear is slightly plain in comparison to the front but it is nicely designed nevertheless. Maruti is also offering the Vitara Brezza with three theme based personalization options. The Brezza has 16 inch wheels and overall build quality is quite good.
Step inside and you have an airy cabin with the square shaped centre console being the main highlight along with a few bits and pieces from other Maruti cars. The black interiors with a dash of silver looks sporty plus we like the instrument cluster with mood lights. The Brezza is also well equipped with the SmartPlay infotainment system which includes Apple CarPlay, navigation, mirrorlink, reverse camera display etc. Elsewhere you have push button start, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, steering controls amongst others. A driver airbag is standard while front passenger airbag along with ABS and EBD is optional from the base variant. Despite being under 4m, the Vitara Brezza is reasonably spacious (certainly more than some of its rivals) plus the 328 litre boot space can be increased by folding down the rear seats.
The arrival of the Vitara Brezza will mean bad news for its rivals as this is a carefully executed plan by Maruti to conquer the compact SUV segment. It does well in all departments with the only weakness being no automatic or petrol option but other than that the Brezza ticks all the right boxes. It looks good inside out and is feature packed plus being quite spacious (for a compact SUV) along with having an efficient diesel engine with more than satisfactory performance. The fact that it is a Maruti and is priced well is the icing on the cake. We recommend a buy.