Nearly a year, yet hardly a whim­per from one of In­dia's best sedans

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Aninda Sardar (@anin­dasar­dar)

Up­dates on two of the most prized pos­ses­sions in our fleet - The Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the TVS Apache RR 310

IIF YOU HAD BOTH­ERED TO ASK me what I thought would be the re­sult of the In­dian Car of the Year (ICOTY), be­fore the grand cer­e­mony that was held in Delhi, I would have told you with­out hes­i­ta­tion that it would go down to the wire be­tween the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. As a mat­ter of fact, it did go down to the wire with the Verna nudg­ing ahead of the Dzire by a sin­gle point in the fi­nal round of vot­ing and only af­ter the fi­nal vote had been cast by the fi­nal jury mem­ber. That fin­ish, the clos­est in the his­tory of ICOTY, was a proper nail biter. But what made me think that the Dzire was as wor­thy a con­tender as it turned out to be?

We all know about the Dzire's new plat­form, en­hanced per­for­mance, im­proved styling and so on. Reams have been writ­ten about it and own­ers speak about such stuff daily. There is noth­ing new there. What re­ally stands out for me though is the im­prove­ment in build qual­ity. I re­mem­ber hav­ing the first gen­er­a­tion Swift Dzire, again with the 1.3 DDiS un­der its bon­net, as my long term car in an­other pub­li­ca­tion. I have used my brother's sec­ond gen car (same en­gine again) each time I've gone home to Kolkata for va­ca­tion. None of them feel as solid as this new gen car. There's none of the tin­ni­ness my ears used to pick up each time I shut the doors of the first gen Dzire that I had on long term. There's none of the signs of fad­ing plastic that I've no­ticed on my brother's car. His car's plas­tics had started fad­ing by the end of a year of own­er­ship. In­stead, there's an im­pres­sion of ro­bust­ness that I've grown quite fond of over the past few months that I've been us­ing it.

And I've used this Dzire ex­ten­sively. I've taken it to Goa. I've done count­less runs to Mum­bai, zigzag­ging be­tween slow mov­ing trucks on the ex­press­way. I've driven it over fab­u­lous roads. I've driven it over thor­oughly bro­ken roads. I've parked it in the rain and I've left it parked in the sun. Yet, af­ter nearly ten and a half months of such hard wear­ing sit­u­a­tions, I'm happy to say that the Dzire is hardly worn out. Apart from the one oc­ca­sional squeak that comes from the left rear of the car, there are no squeaks, rattles or any sound in the car that shouldn't be there. And the plas­tics? They look just as fresh and as great as the day I got the car. Ex­cept for that layer of dust I can see. Time to clean things up then. Ciao. ⌧

Date ac­quired Du­ra­tion of test

To­tal mileage Mileage this month

Over­all kmpl Costs this month June 2017 10 months 14,379km 1008km 22.1kmpl Nil

‘Af­ter ten and a half months I’m happy to say that the Dzire is hardly worn out’

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