MS Ciaz Hy­brid

Auto Today - - Dashboard - Ab­hik Das Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent ab­[email protected]­to­day.com @Ab­hik616

The Ciaz is Maruti-Suzuki’s only sedan in its port­fo­lio. You can then imag­ine how much is rid­ing on its shoul­ders as a premium of­fer­ing that grad­u­ated to the man­u­fac­turer’s Nexa brand of show­rooms. Not just ful­fill­ing ex­pec­ta­tion as a flag­ship prod­uct, the Ciaz also has to com­pete with the likes of the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. In the Oc­to­ber is­sue of Auto To­day, our Road Test proved just how good the car is over its ri­vals, clear­ing them by a re­spectable mar­gin in the fi­nal points tally. But how is it to live with on a day-to-day ba­sis? For that, we have the next six months to gauge its per­for­mance as part of our long term fleet.

In just a cou­ple of days of driv­ing, I could tell that the Ciaz Hy­brid fo­cuses on one role only – to be a com­fort­able ex­ec­u­tive sedan. The plush ride qual­ity ex­em­pli­fies this trait fur­ther as it glides over the nas­ti­est of pot­holes, of­fer­ing op­ti­mal com­fort rather than sporti­ness. So as soon as you get in­side the car, there is a sense of pre­mi­um­ness that’s con­trib­uted to by the cabin’s beige and black con­trasts, ma­te­ri­als used and fit and fin­ish of com­po­nents. The new K15 en­gine is an­other gem from Suzuki. It is smooth, revs freely and is ab­so­lutely quiet at idle and low revs. The 4-speed au­to­matic gear­box how­ever, is a bit of a let­down. Mind you, this is a torque con­verter and I would rather pre­fer this to a CVT but the chink in the ar­mour for this trans­mis­sion is the four ra­tios in­stead of five or six. At slow, city speeds I could only hear the en­gine rev a bit more in third gear be­fore the trans­mis­sion en­gages fourth but when I would want to go faster, the lesser ra­tios trans­lates to the en­gine revving it­self out in each gear to be sit­ting at a leg­i­ble rpm in top gear. This was a bit an­noy­ing be­cause it clearly doesn’t help with fuel ef­fi­ciency or sub­stan­tial build up of speed. With a 5 or 6-speed trans­mis­sion, the K15’s real abil­i­ties could be ex­ploited fur­ther and the Ciaz would’ve been more ef­fi­cient and a faster car. But that’s where the “Hy­brid” tag comes in and more on that next time.

THE CIAZ

HY­BRID FO­CUSES ON ONE ROLE ONLY – TO BE A COM­FORT­ABLE EX­EC­U­TIVE SEDAN

Two airbags | Auto cli­mate con­trol | All Power Win­dows | Elec­tricORVMs || Au­dio sys with Blue­tooth,USB, Aux | Stan­dard War­ranty2yr/40,000 km I Ex­tended war­ranty avail­able Model RXZ AMTTest Started Dec, 2018/1,739km Ten­ure/Tar­get mileage6 months/6,000kmMileage this month537kmEf­fi­ciency this month13.7kmpl

The dash­board is driver fo­cused, of­fersa good bal­ance of prac­ti­cal­ity in its us­age and lay­out. Fit andfin­ish is top-notch

MID now shows a host of data, in­clud­ing work­ing of the hy­brid sys­tem. Also shows a help­ful drive sum­mary at en­gine shut off

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