Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Overview
Maruti Suzuki introduced the Ciaz in India in 2014. And in the last 4 years, it has managed to carve a niche for itself amongst established players like Honda City and Hyundai Verna by offering an inviting cabin, promising low running costs and delivering value for money. To hide its wrinkles and to remain in contention until the new generation arrives, the Ciaz now gets a new face, more features, a new petrol engine and mild-hybrid tech. Are the changes enough to keep the package appealing then? Let’s find out. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Style
Most of the visual changes in the new Ciaz have been made at the front and the car looks sharper and more upmarket now. The headlamps gets a smoked treatment with a new cluster and a sleek design. The addition of a single streak LED DRL gives the Ciaz a more modern and premium appeal and the tastefully done chrome on the grille and fog lamp bezels adds some freshness. On the side, the only but striking change is the new smoked machine-cut alloy wheel design, which compliments the Ciaz’s elegant character.
Changes at the rear are limited to new LED tail lamps and chrome inserts in the bumper. However, the LED bars in the tail lamp look exceptionally good in dark surroundings, making the rear noticeably different from the previous Ciaz.Overall, design changes in the new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift are subtle yet evident and effective in uplifting the premium appeal of the car. However, I personally think that for a mid-cycle facelift the car should have had a few more changes, especially on the sides and rear to make it look more different than the older version.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Space
Changes inside the cabin are even fewer and, therefore, easy to miss. The faux wood trim is now done in beige and sports a matte finish. It looks upmarket and makes the cabin appear cheerful. The petrol-powered Ciaz also gets a new instrument cluster with coloured MID borrowed from the Baleno. The MID looks chic and reads out a lot of info, like fuel saved by auto start/stop, instantaneous power and torque output, range and time (clock). It also displays real-time engine and battery usage, much like it is on stronger hybrid cars. Rear passengers now get adjustable headrests — a feature that was sorely missed on the Ciaz’ otherwise inviting backseat.
Since the Ciaz has always had a comfortable and spacious cabin, there was very little for Maruti to fiddle with. But some of the smaller but almost insignificant issues, since these won’t impact the buying decision, could have been addressed with the facelift.Things like a missing pull-strap on the rear armrest, inconsistency of backlighting on the instrument console and steering-mounted buttons, non-sliding and relatively small front armrest, no USB port for rear passengers and others are all minor add-ons but could have added significant value to the package.The 2018 Ciaz would still remain one of the top picks when it comes to backseat comfort but we would have liked some more under-thigh support on the rear bench.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets a new 1.5-litre, K-Series petrol engine with maximum power of 103 bhp at 6,000 rpm against 138 Nm torque at 4,400 rpm. The diesel variants continue to use a 1.3-litre DDiS oil burner with 89 bhp and 200 Nm torque. Interestingly, the new engine also comes with Suzuki’s Smart Hybrid (SHVS) system. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual and a four-speed auto gearbox.The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz mileage for the new petrol engine is rated at an impressive 21.56 km/l, whereas the diesel engine delivers 28.09 km/l in ideal conditions.
Gearbox options include a five-speed manual with reworked ratios, especially the 2nd gear, which is shorter now to improve drivability. The unit works well and changes are smooth and the throws are quite short, which coupled with a light clutch makes driving very easy. The automatic option includes a four-speed torque-convertor, which is well-suited for urban environments but fails to hide its limitations of ratios on highways, past 120 kmph. That said, the unit works well in traffic, giving no reasons to complain. The good thing about the 4-speed AT is that it now comes with ESP and Hill-Hold Assist, which improves the safety quotient of the Ciaz along with front dual airbags and ABS.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Driving
There is no change in terms of performance as far as the diesel version is concerned. As for the petrol version, it is hands down better than the previous 1.4-litre unit.While the suspension setup on the new Ciaz is the same as the old one it has been tuned for more comfort. The change is quite evident and the Ciaz now pretty much glides over small surface undulations. Larger potholes are dealt with in a much better manner and the overall ride quality feels more cushioned too. The improved ride quality along with the impressive rear seat comfort makes the Ciaz a great option for people looking to be chauffeur-driven.
However, one thing that felt amiss was the steering, which feels strangely heavy while operating when not in motion. The feedback too felt lesser than that offered in the previous Ciaz. A company spokesperson confirmed that no changes have been made to the steering unit and the additional weight of the steering wheel could be due to the additional weight of the car upfront as the engine alone is about 20 kg heavier than the older unit.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Safety
Whatever safety-related features Maruti had to put in the Ciaz, it has given in right from the base variant. There are two airbags for the front passengers, ABS with EBD, seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters, ISOFIX anchors, rear defogger, day/night IRVM, parking sensors, seatbelt reminder and speed alert system. While the standard safety net is decent for a compact sedan under Rs 10 lakh, we would have liked to see six airbags, at least in the top two variants, given the focus on backseat. One key missing feature has to be the telescopic steering.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Cost in Hyderabad
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 8,13,624/- (Ciaz Sigma Petrol) to 11,93,026/- (Ciaz S Diesel). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ciaz from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Ciaz price in Hyderabad at Carzprice
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Conclusion
The new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz facelift is a better car in multiple areas, especially the engine and safety ones. The car, which has always been positioned as a comfortable, practical and elegant car now builds further on its strengths. However, the car isn’t short of drawbacks that have been discussed earlier in this article. This brings us to the price and this is where Maruti Suzuki claws back lost ground with a starting selling tag of Rs 8.19 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi with the top petrol AT and diesel variants costing Rs 10.97 lakh. For its price, the new Ciaz offers exceptional value-for-money and I won’t be surprised if the new Ciaz becomes the best-selling sedan in its segment in the months to come.