People of today have very specific demands, like comfort, practicality, performance, quality or value for money. And after driving the Ciaz for the last few months, I have realised that for Indian roads it’s one of the best options available right now.
The 1.5-litre petrol engine is smooth, refined and delivers decent efficiency. While the 103bhp seems more than enough on our congested city roads and slightly crowded highways. The clutch is light and shifting through the gears requires a little effort.
The cabin itself is quite spacious and the seats are comfortable – five people can travel in the vehicle quite comfortably. But for long journeys, it is best to limit passengers to a maximum of four. The boot is very large and can carry a substantial amount of luggage.
Additionally, the convenience features like the Smartplay Infotainment touchscreen is probably the best in the business. Using Apple CarPlay, you never really need to pick up your phone while driving, as everything you might need can be controlled by the touch screen or by voice activation through Siri – even the native system works perfectly well. However, there are some nit-picking I could do, but I'll save that for next month’s report.
When it came: October 2018
Current Odo reading: 6,032kms
Mileage this month: 442kms
Fuel efficiency: 15.5km/l
What’s good: Cabin Space, comfortable seats
What’s not: Smart hybrid battery under front passenger seat