Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview
The C-segment sedan space is one of the most competitive so much so that there are eight cars fighting for volumes, the ninth to join is the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. We recently pitched all the eight C-segment cars against each other and it was amply clear that the top three in the shootout had a lot more to offer. India’s largest car maker is a master in offering more for less as so evident from a majority of its products but can the Ciaz break all moulds to become a success considering Maruti Suzuki’s image as a big car maker isn’t much to talk about. While this Maruti sedan is off to a good start in the Indian market, does the Ciaz have what it takes to rub shoulders with well established rivals and maintain the volumes? Maruti Suzuki Ciaz On road price starts from 7,85,585/–. Check for price details of Ciaz in CarzPrice.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Design
The design of the Ciaz is based on the Suzuki Authentics concept which was showcased first at the 2014 Shanghai Motor Show in April and then shown in production form as the China-spec Alivio sedan. It gets an aggressive front fascia with a trapezoidal front grille that features ample amount of chrome. The sweptback headlights and the elongated hood further enhance its street presence. The side profile is a rather conservative affair but one that works for Maruti Suzuki. It features delicately flared wheel arches, chrome door handles and a strong shoulder line which works well with the forward leaning stance of the car.
At the rear, the Ciaz gets the standard wrap around tail lamps which lend the car a premium look. The rear bumper is large and includes integrated reflectors. There’s also a lip spoiler and chrome badges across all variants.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cabin
With all that size on the outside, the cabin too is large and generous, resulting in ample amount of space for both front and rear occupants. But first, the dashboard, it’s a new refreshing unit and looks quite appealing with the use of wood, silver and of course beige. This cabin does use a lot of beige for that airy feeling and it works. The dual tone dash is nice to look at with the only sore point being the the parts which come from cheaper Maruti cars, like the steering wheel and power window controls. Talking about the steering, the placement of Bluetooth controls could be on the right spoke rather than between the first and second spoke for ease of use.
Quality inside the cabin is good with not much to fault but build quality isn’t as good as its rivals, we could hear some rattling from the dashboard on our test car which had done slightly more than 5000 kms. The seats are comfortable but finding the perfect driving position isn’t as easy as the driver’s seat is quite high, even when you adjust it to the lowest position. Even the rear seats lack on the comfort front, they just don’t have enough cushioning to keep you happy over long journeys. However, when it comes to rear legroom, the Ciaz is simply fantastic and there is so much space that even the tallest of people won’t have any room for complain. Headroom though, is in short supply, specially for tall people. The boot is big although it’s not the best shaped due to the protruding wheel wells. The electromagnetic tail gate opener isn’t the easiest to operate and sometimes you do have to push it twice.
The Maruti Ciaz has a generous equipment list and the car comes with ABS, dual airbags, climate control system, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless go, push button start, easy to read multi-information display, projector headlights, rear camera, reverse parking sensors, leathers seats and touch-screen infotainment system (gets navigation and MirrorLink) which is offered on the Z+ trim while our test car was a ZXi (O), making do with a non-touch based audio system that has CD, USB, AUX and Bluetooth audio options. This system doesn’t display the song name on the screen which is surprising as that’s a basic feature seen on most head units. Some nice touches include a rear windscreen sunblind and plenty of storage bins including large door pockets. The car gets side lights at the rear, thereby having a cabin light for each occupant but there is no vanity mirror on the sun visor. One thing we did not like about the keyless go is the cheap rubber button the door handle that just feels like it will come off. That said, the Ciaz makes for a fine car to be chauffeur driven in, the AC works well and the rear aircon vents do a good job too.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine
While the Ciaz doesn’t get an entirely new motor, it does get a fairly reworked version of Maruti’s own K14 petrol unit found on the Ertiga. The tweaks to the engine focus on improving driveability and maximising fuel economy. To achieve that, Maruti has modified the cylinder head to raise the compression ratio from 10:1 to 11:1 and the revised head design allows for a better tumble of airflow at low speeds. Also, the air inlet track has been lengthened to further improve low-end torque. To counter heating problems and engine-knocking, issues that are typically associated with higher compression motors, long reach spark plugs and a more efficient oil pump have made their way into the motor. Despite all these changes though, peak power and torque figures have pretty much stayed the same.
On the face of it, the petrol version doesn’t come across as enthusiastic since a power output of 91bhp (at 6000rpm) is a pretty ordinary number for a mid-size sedan. However, in-gear timings are good – the Ciaz is pretty responsive and has a nice urgency about town. The engine pulls quite well from
low revs and you don’t have to work the gearbox much; and even when you do, the light clutch and slick shifting ’box (albeit not as nice as the Swift’s) takes away the effort from city driving. But find an open stretch and explore the K14 motor’s powerband, and you soon realise the power delivery is pretty flat. The mid-range isn’t particularly strong; this engine doesn’t like to be spun hard and gets pretty noisy as the tachometer closes in on its modest 6,200rpm redline.
Flat-out performance is fairly decent, with the dash to 100kph taking 12.02 seconds. However, it’s the unenthusiastic way the Ciaz picks up speed that makes you feel that it’s not as quick as the numbers suggest.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving
Now if you like driving, the Ciaz might not be the car for you. It has a precise steering and you eventually learn how much steering input to dial in but it isn’t great on feedback. It just isn’t in the same league as the Volkswagens and the Skodas. But, if you are looking for a comfortable long distance cruiser, you will like the Ciaz’s easy nature. Good straight line stability and potent braking, is of course an added plus.
The Maruti Ciaz rides well too. It has been setup for comfort over all else and it’s evident in the way the car rides. It’s softly sprung, so at slow speeds and over broken roads, it remains comfortable. However, at higher speeds and particularly over undulating roads and with load, the Maruti Ciaz does tend to wallow.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety
Besides styling, lack of features was also one of the reasons the SX4 failed to bring in good numbers. The Maruti Ciaz address this, and how! It has nearly every feature in the book pertaining to this class of cars. From alloy wheels, steering mounted controls, climate control system and ABS and front two airbags to a high-end touchscreen audio system, navigation, electric ORVMs with auto fold, reversing camera and a retractable blind for the rear windscreen, the Maruti Ciaz in this Z+ trim has it all. It also gets rear AC vents, keyless entry and start, central rear armrest with cup holders and crucially, Bluetooth telephony. What we did miss are adjustable rear head rests and reach adjust for the steering
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Price
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 7,85,585/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 12,02,620/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Conclussion
The Ciaz is backed by the large dealer and service network of Maruti Suzuki, looks good, delivers good efficiency numbers and starts at a price tag of Rs 7.73 lakhs. Has an optional AT variant, petrol engine and a number of variants whose prices go all the way up to Rs 10.5 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Hyderabad).
In our books, Maruti Suzuki has come a long way than being a manufacturer that’s known for being cost efficient and deliver good fuel efficiency. The company still delivers on those promises and so much more.If you are looking for a sedan in the sub-10 lakh segment, then the Ciaz is definitely worth a shot.