MS Dzire

Auto Today - - Dashboard - Sim­ran Ras­togi Se­nior Cor­re­spon­dent sim­ran.ras­togi@in­to­day.com @run­sim­run

While the all-new Dzire has been in our long term fleet for a while now, this past month was the first time I’d driven it on a day-in-day-out ba­sis. As a re­minder, we have the ZDI+ diesel vari­ant equipped with the 5-speed AMT, which Maruti-Suzuki have af­fixed with the foolproof AGS (Auto Gear Shift) badge. I’ve driven the car pre­vi­ously on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, within the city and in traf­fic con­di­tions and the gear­box, while a lit­tle slow to re­spond in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions or jerky in oth­ers, was def­i­nitely an ad­van­tage. There is some low speed jud­der while ne­go­ti­at­ing heavy traf­fic, es­pe­cially be­tween first and sec­ond gears but I’ve found that the best way to min­imise that is to man­age the car’s speed by lift­ing off the throt­tle, us­ing en­gine brak­ing in­stead of us­ing the brakes. This only works well in first gear traf­fic though.

That aside, I love the sim­ple fact that the en­gine start/stop but­ton is lo­cated to the right of the steer- ing wheel. That’s the place where you’d nat­u­rally look to­wards to start your car and it’s rather in­tu­itive. What isn’t in­tu­itive at all is that the lock/un­lock but­ton doesn’t also un­lock the boot, like it does on most cars with said but­ton. In­stead, there’s a man­ual re­lease lever be­low the driver’s seat. There is an un­lock re­quest but­ton on the boot lid but that only works if you have the key in your pocket. As you can imag­ine, this led to a few un­com­fort­able sit­u­a­tions at se­cu­rity check­points where I was asked to open the boot.

I love the sim­ple fact that the en­gine start/stop but­ton is lo­cated to the right of the steer­ing wheel. That’s the place where you’d nat­u­rally look Two airbags | Auto cli­mate con­trol | All

Power Win­dows | Key­less en­try | Elec­tric ORVMs | Pro­jec­tor head­lamps, LED DRLs

| Au­dio sys with CD, USB, Aux | Stan­dard War­ranty 2yr/40,000km

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