There is no doubt that the Ciaz has been a selling sticker for the brand in India, since its first introduction in 2014. Offering a combo packing of comfort, space, features, and being a Maruti Suzuki, value for money as well, what else a consumer dig deep for, if it isn’t these parameters. And it had it all, but with time, the competition was getting so intense with new features and eye rolling designs of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and recently launched Toyota Yaris, to which Maruti came out with the Ciaz facelift, having cosmetic tweaks, added features and more interestingly, a new petrol engine. So, let’s find out the on paper power of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift against its competition.
Just like its predecessor, the new Maruti Ciaz retains its charm of being the longest and widest car among its rivals and not just that, it also has the longest wheelbase in the segment. So, interior spacing could never be an issue, be it the front or rear row (with family members of five, including you as well). Honda here is the narrowest of all, still feels airy with its wheelbase stand at 2600mm, however, the Yaris is the smallest, when it comes to length and wheelbase. Another point of interest is that, except from the Yaris that rides on 15 inchers offered on the top-spec variant, rest all here ride on 16 inch wheels for their high-end variants.
A major change that Maruti Suzuki made in the 2018 Ciaz facelift is the new 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine with micro-hybrid tech that replaces the 1.4-litre petrol motor that catered the outgoing model. The new petrol engine makes 103bhp and 138Nm of peak torque, whereas the older one use to develop 91bhp with 130Nm. And it is not just the figures that added to the power output figures, but also to its fuel efficiency, despite having an increase in its displacement. Maruti claims it to return an ARAI-certified mileage of 21.56kmpl for the manual and 20.28kmpl for the automatic. Though, the power figures are not impressive, but fuel economy speaks of it.
21.6 Km/litre MT
17.4 km/litre MT & 18.0 km/litre CVT
17.7 c MT & 15.92 km/litre AT
24.75 km/litre MT & 21.02 km/litre AT
17.1 km/litre MT & 17.8 km/litre CVT
5-speed manual & 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual & 7-step CVT
6-speed manual & 6-speed automatic
6- speed manual & 7-step CVT
The diesel engine is the same Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre engine that belts out 89bhp with 200Nm. Maruti is working on a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that will make its way in a couple of months. It still comes with the same 5-speed manual transmission setup.
Honda City comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine with 118bhp and 1.5-litre diesel engine with 99bhp of power. For the petrol version, the transmission duties are carried out with either a 5-speed manual or a 7-step CVT (paddle-shifters for a more sporty feel as well). The diesel variant of the City is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox and no automatic transmission is available with this one.
Here Hyundai takes on all of its rivals with a variety of engines, offering three engine options for the Verna – a 1.4-litre petrol engine with 99bhp, 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine that makes 121bhp and 126bhp, respectively. The power figures can never go unnoticed, as these are best in its segment. For the transmission duties, the 6-speed manual transmissions is offered as standard across the model line-up, while the big 1.6-litre engines are also available 6-speed torque converter automatic.
The Yaris is the only model to be offered with just the petrol engine – a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, though it is a bit powerful than the new Ciaz, but the figures are less than the Hyundai’s 1.6-litre engine and Honda’s 1.5-litre. Toyota Yaris comes paired with 6-speed manual as standard and an option of a 7-step CVT with paddle-shifters is available.
Cabin and features
Maruti Suzuki has added more features to this new one, but still stick to offer only two airbags in the entire range of the 2018 Maruti Ciaz. In this part of the story, the Yaris takes the lead with seven airbags offered as standard across the range. Though, Honda and Hyundai also offer dual airbags but as standard, but going towards the top-ranging variants of both the City and Verna comes with six airbags. However, the new Maruti Ciaz now comes packed with a Speed Alert System (SAS) and the system comes into play at a speed of 80kmph and above that, a beeping sound will alert. The automatic variants offers hill-hold assist and Electronic stability program. All the range topping variants gets myriads of features like touchscreen infotainment system, leather upholstery and rear AC vents, especially the roof mounted aircons in the Yaris. In this segment, the sunroof is offered on the City and Verna only. However, it is the Yaris that gets segment-first features gesture control for the infotainment system, front parking sensors, powered driver’s seat adjust and a tyre pressure monitoring system.
The base version of the Maruti Suzuku Ciaz starts at Rs 8.19 lakh (ex showroom, Delhi), where prior to this, the same variant was priced at Rs 7.83 lakh. Though, you will find a raise in the price of the petrol version, basically due to the introduction of the new and bigger engine. On the contrary, the price of the diesel models has gone down, as the starting price of the Ciaz diesel variant is now offered at Rs 9.19 lakh, compared to the Rs 9.50 lakh price of its outgoing model. Hyundai Verna with the 1.4L petrol engine is the only one that undercuts the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, starting at Rs 7.90 lakh to Rs 9.20 lakh. Other petrol rivals such as the Verna 1.6L gets a price range Rs 9.81 lakh to 12.66 lakh, Honda City with a range of Rs 8.77 lakh to Rs 13.76 lakh. Honda City’s price goes closely higher than the Hyundai Verna, but the range-topping variant has a of over Rs 1 lakh. Toyota Yaris with Rs 8.75 lakh – Rs 14.07 lakh. However, it is Toyota Yaris, which is the most expensive product in this segment.