When you get to drive a car on the track that you have been driving every day, your perspective about it changes a little. Now, I have always felt that the petrol Brezza is a little too soft for me as if it has traded its razor-sharp handling for a bit of plushness. On the road, it, no doubt, feels comfortable because of that trade-in, but I think I have lost my confidence in it to hustle it around bends. Or so I thought, for all that changed when I got the opportunity to push it to its limits on the track. Our testing loop was a tight and twisty section of the BIC, and as soon as I let go of my inhibitions, the Brezza showed its true colours. In the right conditions, it still remains an able handler with the ability to quickly change directions. The engine, while muffled by BS6 emissions norms, still sings once it goes past 4,000rpm.
Off the track, the Brezza has gained value by offering a bunch of new features like a sunroof, a bigger touchscreen, and most importantly, features like a head-up display and 360-degree camera, which are segment-firsts. It’s not all hunky-dory though, for the Brezza continues with a very plastic-y cabin. Sitting inside it, it feels a few steps behind its competitors like the Venue. The touch points like the steering and gear lever, however, feel good to touch. The automatic version, which we didn’t have for the test, is a more comfortable option, but it does not offer the same sporty experience as a manual transmission. And honestly, given the lightness of the clutch pedal, you don’t really feel the need for the automatic transmission in the Brezza. The new design of the Brezza is another of its highlights and has in fact made it more polarising. The older car had a boxy feel to it, but the new design is edgy and could end up looking old sooner.
- 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza (Lap Time – 01:16.3)
|COMFORT / SPACE||5||4|
|RIDE & HANDLING||5||4.5|
|VALUE FOR MONEY||30||20|