MS Ciaz Hybrid
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.
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