Maruti Suzuki Dzire 1.3 DDiS

Eleven months, 10,000km, more than 20kmpl and not much more than a squeak. It's been a fab­u­lous life with this sedan

Evo India - - CALIFORNIA SUPERBIKE SCHOOL - From su­per­sports to com­pact sedans, evo In­dia fleet is the most com­pre­hen­sive in the busi­ness MARUTI SUZUKI DZIRE 1.3 DDiS // MARUTI SUZUKI IG­NIS // FORD FIGO S Aninda Sar­dar (@anin­dasar­dar)

THE FIRST DZIRE I EVER HAD FOR any length of time was at a dif­fer­ent time, in a dif­fer­ent place. The year was 2009 and I was liv­ing in Delhi. That black car was brand new and in an era be­fore sub4m be­came an au­to­mo­tive phrase, the Dzire brought most of the good­ness of the Swift but with more prac­ti­cal­ity and more space. From an In­dian per­spec­tive it also brought a softer ride but be­ing an en­thu­si­ast, I didn't find that as­pect par­tic­u­larly charm­ing. Things like quick turn­around at the work­shop dur­ing reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing, re­li­a­bil­ity and fuel ef­fi­ciency were sur­pris­ingly con­sis­tent as­pects of own­ing the Dzire and quickly be­came an ex­pec­ta­tion rather than a talk­ing point. Yes, Maruti ser­vice did spoil us.

Nearly a decade later, I was once again given the keys to a Dzire. This car was ma­roon, looked much bet­ter and was shorter than four me­tres. Yet it turned out to be sur­pris­ingly spa­cious. And, un­like the old one of my me­mories, very well stocked when it came to fea­tures while qual­ity was up there with the best in its class. Per­haps even a smidge bet­ter. No, this was no up­date. This was a brand new car. The only thing that was shared with the old car was the name and the 1.3 DDiS en­gine.

Over the next 11 months of own­er­ship, I have used the car in a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions. The 40km home-of­fice-home com­mute through peak traf­fic, fre­quent runs to Mum­bai and the oc­ca­sional trip here and there, in­clud­ing one run to Goa and back. Hell, my col­league Aniruddha even took it to Chik­ma­galur to chase down rally cars and came back with a boot­ful of su­perla­tives. Dur­ing its time with me, the Dzire never once let me down. Not one hic­cup. Not even a punc­tured tyre! In fact, the spare wheel has never been taken out of the boot.

Un­like the old car that I re­mem­ber, ex­cel­lent qual­ity plas­tic has been used on the in­side. Which not only feels great, but also lasts and lasts. The dash­board, de­spite hav­ing been left out in the sun on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, sun­shine or rain, looks as fresh as it did the day it ar­rived. None of the fad­ing grey of below par plas­tic of yore. There are no rat­tles or squeaks ei­ther. Given that the car has been driven in all kinds of en­vi­ron­ments (in­clud­ing some very rough ones) at all kinds of speeds, this is a huge plus in my books and shows just how much the car's build qual­ity has im­proved.

What hasn't changed how­ever is its 1248cc turbo-diesel that con­tin­ues to of­fer a bal­ance of per­for­mance and econ­omy. Bar­ring one oc­ca­sion, I never saw the fig­ure on the trip com­puter dip below 20kmpl. I'm talk­ing about an 11-month pe­riod and a cu­mu­la­tive dis­tance of nearly 10,000km. The other thing that hasn't changed is the ser­vic­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Send the car to the work­shop in the morn­ing and you won't be wrong if you get up­set if the car isn't back by af­ter­noon. You see Maruti's quick turn­around does spoil you.

The only thing that has been trou­bling us over the past week or so is the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. Oc­ca­sion­ally, the Blue­tooth re­fuses to play me­dia and some­times the phone doesn't con­nect prop­erly. But frankly, I would think it's a soft­ware is­sue that can be fixed eas­ily. Be­sides, if af­ter 11 months, that's the only sigh of wear on a ve­hi­cle, I would def­i­nitely like to own one. ⌧

‘What hasn’t changed how­ever is its 1248cc turbo-diesel that con­tin­ues to of­fer a bal­ance of per­for­mance and econ­omy’

Above: The pro­por­tion­ately shaped boot can re­ally pack things in. Left: Cabin feels fresh af­ter al­most a year.Below: Fun, but not at the cost of econ­omy

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