Let’s comprehensively study about the design, features and price of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – The Underrated Sedan and what it offers to the Indian market.
Maruti has been pioneering almost all the segments in the Indian car market for a very long time now, but that was not the case in the premium sedan segment. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz became fairly popular when it was launched in the segment due to its competitive pricing. But the rivals were already established and preferred over the offering by Maruti.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a premium offering which is sold through ‘Nexa’ outlets. The facelift gave the sedan a fresh look which catered to the needs of the Indian market. Let’s take a look and find more about the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Starting with the front, the Ciaz looks sharp. Chrome garnishing have been used around the foglamp housing which enhances the appeal of the car. The gloss black grille with a touch of chrome looks modern and premium. Headlights look crisp with LED DRLs and LED projectors. The bonnet is contoured and portrays a unique design. Overall, Ciaz’s front looks impressive and sharp.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is a long car and the length is visible from the side profile. It boasts of the longest wheelbase in the segment and it shows. The sides look neat with a distinct shoulder line running all the way to the rear. The 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels enhance the look and make it classy. It has large doors and windows which aids to the airy feel inside the car. The thin chrome strip along the window sill is a sophisticated touch.
Coming to the rear, the Ciaz looks proportionate. It gets chrome surrounds for the reflectors on the bumper. The bumper itself has some unique cuts and creases to contribute to the design. The taillights look premium with a signature LED strip inside. Overall, the Ciaz has a sophisticated design with great proportions.
Interior and Features
Maruti has kept the interior of the Ciaz minimal. The cabin is visually pleasing and has some nice distinct features. The wooden trim inside the cabin looks and feels plush. Quality levels inside the cabin are satisfactory. Hard plastics are used all over the cabin but the fit and finish levels are good. The cabin feels solidly put together and the switchgear feels tactile. The 7-inch touchscreen sits in the middle with the controls for the automatic AC down below. The front seats are supremely comfortable with great cushioning and are height adjustable. The steering is leather wrapped with mounted controls for the infotainment.
Ciaz’s instrument cluster houses two analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer and a digital multi-information display in the middle. Maruti has equipped the Ciaz with a host of features. Some of them include, keyless entry, push button start, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rear AC vents, automatic climate control, cruise control, reverse parking camera with sensors, air quality control, voice commands, automatic headlamps, leather upholstery, navigation with live traffic update and more. However, it misses out on a sunroof and automatic wipers. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is well equipped and scores high when it comes to the experience inside the cabin.
Performance and Ride Quality
Maruti has now discontinued diesel engines and removed them from their portfolio. The new Ciaz comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine which churns out 103 bhp and 138 Nm of torque. This engine comes paired to a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed torque converter AT. This engine is very refined, peppy and has a linear power delivery. It has adequate power for city driving and performs beautifully on the highway. The vehicle does not feel underpowered at any given moment. The feel and feedback from the steering is adequate as well, it is light at low city speeds and weighs up nicely as the speed increases.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz boasts of the longest wheelbase has an impressive rear seat. It has acres of kneeroom, however, headroom and under-thigh support could be a problem for taller passengers. The rear seats have proper cushioning and it can house three adults at the back but only for shorter journeys. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has a very matured ride quality. It gobbles up potholes and bumps with relative ease with only the sharpest ones making their way into the cabin. It has a composed ride at triple digit speeds which makes it a formidable highway cruiser. Overall, the driving dynamics of the Ciaz are impressive and the frugal characteristics will appeal to the Indian consumer.
Maruti has equipped the Ciaz with ample safety features. The list includes ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, anti-theft device, child safety locks, two airbags, anti-theft alarm, cruise control, reverse parking camera with rear sensors, side and front impact beams, crash sensor, engine immobilizer, ISOFIX child seat mounts and hill assist.
Below is the price list for the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
|Sigma||Rs 8.52 Lakhs|
|Delta||Rs 9.16 Lakhs|
|Zeta||Rs 9.85 Lakhs|
|Alpha||Rs 10.30 Lakhs|
|Delta AT||Rs 10.36 Lakhs|
|S||Rs 10.41 Lakhs|
|Zeta AT||Rs 11.05 Lakhs|
|Alpha AT||Rs 11.50 Lakhs|
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is one of the best offerings from the car manufacturer. The design is premium with a well-built interior along with attractive pricing. The Ciaz is a value for money option for a person who wants a midsize sedan but doesn’t want to spend a premium. With a refined engine, supreme highway performance and a spacious backseat, the Ciaz is an option worth considering.