Maruti-Suzuki Dzire

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The Dzire con­tin­ues to im­press us with its in­cred­i­ble fuel ef­fi­ciency. Over the last two tank-ups we have recorded an ef­fe­ciency of 20.1kmpl. That’s bril­liant for car as big as the Dzire. But I must also add here that we have driven it very gen­tly with­out us­ing the man­ual mode. So over­all if you are look­ing at an ef­fi­cient sedan, the Dzire is surely worth a look.

The other toy which has got­ten me hooked is the voice com­mand func­tion. The sys­tem is op­er­a­ble via a cou­ple of but­tons pro­vided on the steer­ing wheel. This makes it highly ac­ces­si­ble on the go. It also means that one does not need to take their hands off the wheel or look any­where else. So press the but­ton and then one can voice their com­mand. I am happy to re­port that the sys­tem does have de­cent speech recog­ni­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and may be one out of ten times, things go hay­wire. But that’s ok. The sys­tem also comes alive on the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. So one can choose from the mul­ti­ple op­tions avail­able. Let me give an ex­am­ple. If you want to call of­fice and the sys­tem for some rea­son does not recog­nise it, it will list out what­ever comes close. Then the list is num­bered and the sys­tem asks you to se­lect from the list and call out the num­ber. So if ‘of­fice’ has turned up on num­ber five, just say five.

This is also the first time that I used the sat-nav on the Dzire. The rea­son for men­tion­ing it af­ter a few months is be­cause the car came with­out the map in­stalled. Now that we have been able to source an SD card, we got a chance to use it. It is quite handy and the large screen of­fers a clear view. Hav­ing such a thing handy is ex­tremely help­ful. One does not have to fid­dle with smart­phones and this makes driv­ing sim­pler and a lot safer.

The steer­ing mounted but­tons (above) op­er­ate voice com­mands via the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem (left)

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