Maruti Suzuki Dzire

For the first time since its ar­rival, the Dzire gets a chance to stretch its legs

Evo India - - EVO FLEET - Aninda Sar­dar (@anin­dasar­dar)

FROM THE TIME I AT­TENDED the first drive of the car in Goa, the Maruti Suzuki Dzire has proven to be an im­pres­sive city car. It has been re­turn­ing ex­cel­lent fuel econ­omy of around 20kmpl and has been tak­ing me ev­ery­where. Its com­pact di­men­sions mean it’s easy to ma­noeu­vre through peak traf­fic and park­ing isn’t too much of a prob­lem ei­ther. Es­pe­cially with that rather handy rear view cam­era with lane guid­ance and prox­im­ity sen­sors. At times I have even cursed my­self for fall­ing hook line and sinker for fea­tures that essen­tially make driv­ing easy even for the dumb­est of peo­ple. What I had not had the chance to try out at all was how good, or bad, such a thor­ough city car would prove to be out on high­ways.

So when the op­por­tu­nity ar­rived with a strate­gi­cally placed In­de­pen­dence Day that of­fered the chance of a long week­end, I grabbed it with open arms, loaded the Dzire and headed for the fam­ily’s favoured short haul des­ti­na­tion – Goa. The dis­tance from home to our ho­tel in South Goa was 472km, which would see me through open high­ways, nar­row B roads and the twists and turns of the Chorla ghat im­me­di­ately af­ter Bel­gaum.

Out on the open high­way, cruis­ing at around 100kmph, which I think is a com­fort­able pace to main­tain, the car feels in its com­fort zone with some mar­gin to spare. The smooth run­ning 1.3 DDiS en­gine has enough torque

Fto let me over­take slower ve­hi­cles by sim­ply dab­bing on the throt­tle a lit­tle harder. At that speed the car also feels re­mark­ably sta­ble in spite of be­ing much lighter than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion of the Dzire. Beyond that how­ever the steer­ing tends to feel overly light and if there are un­du­la­tions then the car feels floaty, which isn’t re­ally pleas­ant. What is re­ally pleas­ant though is the fuel ef­fi­ciency on of­fer when you keep cruis­ing at a com­fort­able pace. To give you a general idea of just how eco­nom­i­cal the car turned out to be, I started from Pune with a full tank of diesel. I did the en­tire jour­ney from home to the ho­tel, roamed around in Goa for two days and then had to fill fuel only on the third day on the way back! When I checked the trip read­ings I re­alised I had driven just over 700km on a tank­ful.

On the twists and turns of Chorla too the Dzire ac­quit­ted it­self re­spectably enough. Ad­mit­tedly it isn’t as much a driver’s car as some other ve­hi­cles might be but there wasn’t much to com­plain about. The other thing that stands the Dzire in good stead is the fact that in spite of be­ing a sub-4m com­pact sedan,

Date ac­quired Du­ra­tion of test

To­tal mileage Mileage this month

Over­all kmpl Costs this month June 2017 3 months 5,089km 1,185km 19kmpl Nil space isn’t at a premium in the car. At just a shade over six feet tall, I need my legroom. And right be­hind me my younger daugh­ter was strapped into her child safety seat (I never travel with­out it). There was suf­fi­cient space for me to be able to in­cline her seat when she dozed off at one point, with­out her tiny feet touch­ing the back of my seat.

But af­ter four months of use the Dzire’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has be­gun to show early signs of strain. There have been a cou­ple of times when the sys­tem has mal­func­tioned and I have been un­able to re­ceive or make calls via the Blue­tooth sys­tem. Some­thing that I in­tend to get checked at the car’s next ser­vice. Other than that there has been no trou­ble. Stay tuned for up­dates on life with the Dzire. ⌧

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