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)