VITARA BREZZA: MARUTI’S NEW STORY
The interiors are another strong point of the Brezza. The dashboard design looks a bit old fashioned and they have gone overboard with a unique texture on the top part, both of which aren’t to our liking. But, with that out of the way, you have to appreciate how well the rest of the cabin is designed. The seats are at the right height, the visibility is great and the controls are well laid out and easy to reach. The seats are supportive and offer good posture. There is sufficient width to the seat three at the rear and enough legroom for both front and rear passengers. The top one of the twin glove boxes is cooled and there are plenty of other storage spaces all around the cabin along with a 328 litre boot. The steering wheel is the typical Maruti one that is used in everything from the Celerio to the S-Cross. You will also get the common and user friendly touchscreen unit with Car Play and sat nav in the top of the line ZDI variants. A mention must be made of the fabric upholstery on the seats and the knitted roof lining which look like they belong to a more premium car.
There is only one engine the Brezza comes with and that is the familiar Fiat 1.3litre diesel with variable geometry turbo. It doesn’t get the smart hybrid technology that the Ciaz and Ertiga gets in the same engine but is still impressive. With 90 bhp and 20.4 kgm on tap, this engine post its 2000 rpm lag region, is mighty quick. The gearing is spot on, getting the car from 0-100 kmph in 12.88 seconds and doing 20-80 kmph in third gear in 11.78 sec both of which are noticeably faster than the new 99 bhp Eco sport. It is quite drivable at low speeds too, thanks to a light clutch pedal and reasonable low end grunt.