It’s funny how time passes, and how quickly it does. I distinctly remember taking the keys to the Vitara Brezza, with its retina-searing Yellow hue and contrast roof, and using it as my daily drive. That was over a year ago, but it just feels like yesterday. To be honest, I did have a lot of expectations from the Brezza. It was the first SUV I was going to use for an extended period, and I was curious to see if this car could handle what our roads threw at it.
And the Brezza never disappointed me. Whether it was the practicality needed to fit in my kids and their myriad items of luggage before a road trip, or climbing steep hills when visiting a hill station or even my mundane daily commute – the Brezza handled it with aplomb. Add to it a very effective air-conditioning system, and comfortable suspension, and it just meant that I quickly grew fond of the Brezza.
However, one of the most stellar aspects of the Brezza was its remarkable fuel efficiency. I regularly saw figures hovering around the 17.5km/l mark in my daily use in urban traffic. And it went up to 24km/l on the highways. This naturally meant that the Brezza became the go-to car for my long road trips, as the cost of running was so low.
If there were any shortcomings of the Brezza, they were related to its size. Having been designed to avail the tax benefits of being under the 4m mark meant that at times, especially when there were five adults on board with luggage, the interior space did feel a little cramped. But, then again, you buy the Brezza for its compact size and this is a natural trade off you make.
Maruti Suzuki even enhanced the appeal of my Brezza a few months ago by giving it a bunch of personalisation options that I chose from the myriad choices available through the manufacturer. Which meant that not only was my Brezza unique, but also stood out. However, now is the time for the Brezza to be returned to Maruti, and I must say, I’m going to miss the comfort and reliability of the car.