Maruti-Suzuki Dzire

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We bid farewell to the Maruti-Suzuki Dzire this month. Over a pe­riod of six months, var­i­ous mem­bers of the team have helped rack up close to 15,000km. And through it all I don’t think any­one has ever man­aged to go lower than 18-19kmpl in terms of fuel ef­fi­ciency. These aren’t even high­way fig­ures, mind you - we reg­u­larly man­age this ef­fi­ciency in the city! In fact, since I’ve man­aged to steal the key fob from Rahul, I’ve been see­ing up­wards of 20kmpl. Sure, I have less traf­fic on my com­mute but I also ex­er­cise less re­straint on the throt­tle pedal so it re­ally is a very, very fuel ef­fi­cient car. Like, our de­signer Gur­deep found on a re­cent 2,000km plus road­trip, where he man­aged over 22kmpl, in­clud­ing high­way us­age.

The fact that it’s also an au­to­matic makes it even more sur­pris­ing. Granted, some­times the Au­to­mated Man­ual Trans­mis­sion lurches in first gear, or on the shift to se­cond, if you aren’t smooth with throt­tle in­puts. When that hap­pens, it re­ally re­moves you from the oth­er­wise stress-free ex­pe­ri­ence the ‘box af­fords. We’ve found this be­hav­iour to oc­cur rather ran­domly in traf­fic and has no dis­cernible con­nec­tion to am­bi­ent tem­per­a­tures, the car be­ing warmed up, or even hav­ing put some kilo­me­tres on the car now, so it just might be an is­sue spe­cific to our car. Most times, take-off from stand­still is smooth, with a hint of the typ­i­cal AMT ‘head-nod’ be­tween shifts. I’m will­ing to


live with that given the stress-free con­ve­nience and fuel ef­fi­ciency it still man­ages to af­ford.

On other fronts, the Dzire has been al­most the per­fect car. Though the light in­te­ri­ors show dirt quite eas­ily, they do make the cabin feel spa­cious and pre­mium. In fact when the Dzire had first come out, on more than one oc­ca­sion, valet park­ing at­ten­dants re­mem­bered me by the fact that I was driv­ing the all-new Dzire, also re­mark­ing on how nice it was in­side. That isn’t some­thing that hap­pens of­ten, even if you’re driv­ing much more ex­pen­sive cars, so its tes­ta­ment to what a good job Maruti-Suzuki have done with one of its best-sell­ing cars in the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. With a height ad­justable driver’s seat and steer­ing ad­justable for rake, I’ve found a per­fect driv­ing po­si­tion. The seats of­fer good un­der thigh sup­port and even long drives have me step­ping out feel­ing fresh. Which brings me to the ride qual­ity. When new, it felt slightly stiff over bumps, now there’s a smidge more com­pli­ancy as the sus­pen­sion has set­tled. It still al­lows for good body con­trol un­der hard brak­ing and while cor­ner­ing, it’s just that the slightly harsh edge has smoothened out. Till now, apart from reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing, the only re­place­ment on the car has been an air fil­ter el­e­ment, changed 10,000km early due to re­ally dusty con­di­tions here in Delhi-NCR. I have a feel­ing the Dzire will soldier on very well, even if it’s not un­der our care.

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