The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz came to us just as the Hyundai Verna was leaving our long-term fleet. To keep things interesting, we even have a Honda City in the fleet. All these cars could not be different from each other. The Ciaz is a 4-speed automatic petrol. The 1.5-litre engine of this car makes a reasonable 105-bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. While these figures might seem below its rivals on paper, they are more than adequate for the Ciaz and we haven’t found any reasons to complain.
What the Ciaz excels at is in delivering a hassle-free driving experience and also the best back seat in the segment. It also boasts of plenty of tech, something that most reviewers don’t talk about. The Ciaz for instance is the only car in this segment to offer a mild hybrid system. Termed ‘SHVS’, this system will switch off the engine when you are stationary. It uses an extra battery pack, which stores up the energy and this helps improve the efficiency of the car. The system works seamlessly and is one of the best in the business. Our car is consistently delivering around 13.6kpl within city limits with the AC on. The only reason we switch off the automatic start/stop function is because of the sweltering heat in Delhi because the AC doesn’t work when the engine is off.
Talking about the heat, special mention must be made about the air-conditioning on the Ciaz. The AC cools the car really fast despite the fact that on most days, it is parked under the sun without any shade in 42 degrees heat. If you live in the northern part of India, then this is a feature you will appreciate. Just buy the Ciaz, it has one of the best AC’s around on any car and probably the best AC in this segment.
What most testers have jotted down in the logbook is the fact that the cabin feels really regal. Maruti designers have used the best combination of colours and even the faux wood gives the cabin an air of classiness. In fact, the Ciaz is a lot more affordable than its main rivals, something which you will appreciate even more when you get on the back seats. The back seats are the roomiest in this segment and the boot at a massive 500-litres is one of the biggest too.
What could be better?
Honestly, we can’t find any fault with the car that is worth mentioning or thinking over. After much thought, the only major negatives worth talking about are in the fact that the rear view mirrors are really tiny. You have to move around in the drivers seat to ensure you’ve go the full picture of what is behind you. This is something Maruti should fix, considering that Maruti has always been generous with the side view mirrors. The second knit pick we have is with the infotainment system. There is no physical button or rotary knob to turn the volume up or down.
Apart from these two small complaints the Ciaz has been performing brilliantly. Watch this space for more as we take the car out on a long highway trip soon and tell you how good it is when speeds rise in excess of 100kph.