Here is the car that started it all. The concept of a compact sedan based on a highly successful hatchback. No wonder the Maruti Suzuki Dzire reminds one of the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Honda Amaze does the same with respect to the Brio. Keeping up with the pace of the industry, Maruti Suzuki launched the third generation of the Dzire in February. So we decided to do our Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Review and figure out if the change is worth it or not.
Instead of doing a normal done-to-death kind of a review, we decided to take the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire to the Buddh International Circuit for our Swift Dzire Review and in order to know how this car meant for daily use fares on a race track.
Considering the fact that the Dzire uses the same engine as the Tata Zest, and also considering that it’s tuned to produce 15 horsepower less, it was way quicker during our Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Review than the Tata Zest around the track. Probably because the chassis of the New Maruti Suzuki Dzire feels a lot more chuckable and willing than Zest’s. And, secondly, it’s about 100 kilos lighter – which is something you certainly notice once you are on the track. In fact, the Dzire (and the Swift that it’s based on) were clearly the most fun cars to pilot during this test. They both take corners exceptionally well, and are willing to get the tail out slightly to set up a better exit coming out of corners. Among the competition, this is the chassis that seemed happiest to dance around a corner when asked to do so.
The Dzire is also the most familiar car of the lot. Maruti was the first company to really popularise this unique breed of sedan. With this generation, they squashed the boot that little bit more to take advantage of the sub-four metre excise duty norms. But, despite the fact that the Swift has been around for a long time – in roughly the same shape and size – there’s still some novelty to the way it looks. The Dzire, however, continues to have looks that only a mother could love. Not to say that this aspect has hurt its prospects on the showroom floor whatsoever – it’s still the bestselling car in its segment!
And there are plenty of reasons for why that is. Firstly, it’s backed by Maruti’s reliability and serviceability. Secondly, it’s quite spacious and comfortable. And, in this Maruti Swift Dzire Automatic Review, it was fun to pilot while driving – which certainly counts for something. It may not have been exceptionally fast, but it’s proven that it has some life left in it yet.
- Maruti Suzuki Dzire 1.3 DDiS
Engine: 1,248cc / 4 Cylinders / 16 Valves / Common Rail Direct-Injection / Turbocharged
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual / Front-Wheel Drive
Power: 74bhp @ 4,000rpm
Torque: 200Nm @ 2,000rpm
Price: Rs.7.8 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi)