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
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