Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > Team-BHP Reviews > Official New Car Reviews

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10th May 2009, 21:35   #91
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Chandigarh
Posts: 182
Thanked: 0 Times

Some time Back, i was waiting for the launch of Splash (Ritz in india). But then i could not wait for long and bought a Swift VDI and frankly now after see real pics of Ritz I am felling happy that i bought Swift and not waited for Ritz. Shape from back is too bad or i should say shapeless a bit like Wagon R.
From front also it looks like the combination of Swift/Astar and few other Maruti models. These are my views, I know many people would be liking it but then every one has a right to share his views.
tarunmadhok is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th May 2009, 21:38   #92
Pashin's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 57
Thanked: 14 Times

Great Review GTO. The car looks great except for the motorcycle tyres that spoil the show. It seems Maruti is going the TATA way. Grest looking cars, excellent exterior, and super cheap interiors. Any news on the pricing? I think the ZDI would be too expensive and

Frankmehta : I fully agree with you. I drove a year old swift a few days back and by God, the doors rattled like they were about to fall off.
Pashin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th May 2009, 22:10   #93
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 183
Thanked: 5 Times

Superb (or should it be 'ritzy') review GTO. And hopefully the rumors that you heard about the pricing being lower than the Swift should be true .

I may be in a minority here, but I quite like the shape, looks modern and the front end does have an element of style. Dont know if it will age as well as the Swift though.
Volt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th May 2009, 23:40   #94
d3mon's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 424
Thanked: 386 Times

A little Off topic !

It just struck me that the dash mounted tacho might actually be saving Maruti some money after all!

In mass production, volumes are everything. So instead of having to go with two different instrument clusters for the lxi and the Vxi, they have the same ones.

Cheaper to source, and better to look at!

And as far as mounting the tacho is concerned, it only requires stamping out a hole in the dash !!

Brilliant, right?
d3mon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th May 2009, 23:57   #95
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5,613
Thanked: 2,434 Times

GTO a superb report, Thank you

Looks like Maruti's have started a new segment "Hunchbacks"

Ritz looks rather ugly, i liked the Wagon-R better.

Maruti's are just riding on the Fiat Engine wave so far.

Sorry Maruti, With great engines you need to produce good looking cars too.
PAVAN KADAM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 09:20   #96
schitre05's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 413
Thanked: 49 Times

I have seen the car in person! and for me it does not look bad at all infact it has a "I am different appeal" which i am sure will be loved by many once it rolls out on the road.
I was a bit disappointed to see the overall size of the car and expected it to be a bit wider and roomy.
The interiors look good and the finish is better and improved over previous models in maruti stable. Whether it rattles or not? only time will tell.
Just wanted to ask whether Euro 4 norms specify ABS as a standard safety fitment in cars?
schitre05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 11:15   #97
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: noida
Posts: 1,047
Thanked: 295 Times


Euro 4 norms are for emissions . They are not safety norms . NCAP norms are for safety. However, I am not sure about the NCAP rating of the Ritz.
rajneeesh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 11:24   #98
tinnieboy's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Delhi
Posts: 72
Thanked: 0 Times

Yiiikes !!! what really did happen to the rear end of a beutiful nosed car. The rear end seems to have been kicked hard to bear a linfelong dent it seems. Though might still be accepted with time if the mileage and performance score as suggested in the review. The tyres upsize seems to be a mandatory exercise one will have to adopt to while buying this one it seems. Over all I would have expected this as a Wagon R replacement with a premium of maybe 30k but it seems they intend to place it above Swift that might be a little too much to shell out for this dudette (The curves make it look very feminish in my opinion. Just my perspective.)
tinnieboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 11:31   #99
vivekanand005's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Chennai/Tirupur
Posts: 82
Thanked: 0 Times

wonderful review thank you very much.
vivekanand005 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 12:11   #100
mahadev_kc's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Bengaluru
Posts: 316
Thanked: 24 Times

You know who is in trouble now? Guess....

Autocar, overdrive, bsmotoring etc..
So in very much detail.. much more than the magazines available in the market..
mahadev_kc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 12:13   #101
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 388
Thanked: 19 Times

Thanks for the review, GTO. Good to hear that the petrol engine is a gem (who wants to rev up beyond 5k after all in a tall boy?).

The rear for sure looks very ugly to me. My initial thoughts were: This will not fly. Swift looks way better. But then, I thought of the original zen, Santro the same way and then was proved terribly wrong!

Pricing will decide the fate of this car.

The rear seems to have taken inspiration from one of the Renault models that sold in decent numbers in the UK.

p.s. Seems the rear seats do not offer enough thigh support?

Last edited by Jeep : 11th May 2009 at 12:14.
Jeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 12:16   #102
Senior - BHPian
finneyp's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 2,582
Thanked: 125 Times

Superb review there GTO!
I guess T-BHP should publish a Auto mag, it will be a success!

Another average job by the Maruti Suzuki design engineers, the rear of Ritz looks ugly!
A practical family car indeed.

Last edited by finneyp : 11th May 2009 at 12:27.
finneyp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 12:17   #103
BMW-X5's Avatar
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 187
Thanked: 9 Times

Great job GTO !!!

I liked the car except for those skinny tyres. Back doesnt look so bad either. If was about to buy my first car I would have defenitley thought of it.
BMW-X5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 13:07   #104
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Pune
Posts: 508
Thanked: 0 Times

Great review GTO - covered all that I wanted to know. You mean the test car itself had aftermarket touch-screen ICE? I thought that was standard! :(

I didn't like RITz much - the rear is plain ugly. Swift looks much better - I just hope they come up with Swift ZDI with two tone interiors (no blue please), steering mounted controls and Alloys. If they rpice it around 6.5 L OTR, I am queing up with my cheque.

Now, waiting for GP to launch - I hope it will be better in flesh.
manish7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th May 2009, 13:15   #105
guptad42's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 75
Thanked: 14 Times
Default Good package, needs minor fixes.

About 25- 30K above the WagonR should work wonders for Ritz demand. I don't think Maruti will try to do anything as spupid as placing Ritz above Swift. This is good time to pick up the latent demand - all the deferred car buying due to the econmic slowdown- and actually increase marketshare profitably. Not many people are keen on paying a premium these days at the mass consumption end of any market these days. Applies to small cars as well.

I found the design interesting, and the package will appeal to families if priced well. The lack of security features as standard is a strong negative in my book, but does not affect sales in India.

Absence of a remote boot release in difficult to understand. It's very common to have security open up the boot while entering an office block or a shopping area these days. Having to shut-off the engine, get down/hand over the key, get the boot checked and then restart the engine for the last hundred meters to park the car -this one is a major nuisance. The scenario applies the most to young professional families - the primary market segment for Ritz.

Maruti, please add the remote boot release.
guptad42 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Maruti Swift : Test Drive & Review GTO Official New Car Reviews 2778 12th October 2016 17:35
Maruti WagonR : Test Drive & Review Eddy Official New Car Reviews 647 23rd September 2016 20:14

All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 08:39.

Copyright 2000 - 2016, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks