Just came back from a visit to the Maruti dealer in my vicinity. I have all my Maruti cars from that dealer.
They have the Red dual tone on display and the yellow dual tone for TD. Saw both of them. The red looks great, but I like the yellow more. The white roof looks better. I was trying to have a look at the blue dual tone but they did not have it.
My observations so far. Did not do a TD, will do it on Sat or Sun.
- The car has a big stance. Wide and tall, better than the competitor that is the Ecosport.
- There is oodles of space inside. And that may just be my perspective as I am 5'8" and my wife is 5'2" and we have a small kid. So definitely loads of space for us 3. At my comfortable position the guys on the rear bench can have a pet table placed in between to serve tea lol.
- The fit and finish is typical Maruti. I have a Swift Zdi and in comparison I will say the Brezza has a better finish inside. I am not wowed but neither am I displeased
- The cooled glove box is a plus. The armrest is wide enough for the driver to place his arm comfortably and it can be adjusted for length range. The cabin inside is deep and can hold a lot of belongings.
- The normal glove box is deep and wide as well. That will store a few things along with car documents easily.
- There is a nice deep coin holder to the right bottom of the steering wheel where you can put those coins and all. It can even accommodate a small cellphone if you so like. And it is angled downwards so nothing will shake and fall in the foot well.
- The side mirror controls are above that storage cubicle. Won't be easy to reach if you are sitting in a relaxed position and driving. You have to bend forward to manage that. Would have been better to have them on the driver door armrest.
- You can see the whole bonnet from your seating position at the lowest setting.
- The roof is tall, no worries for taller passengers who end up hitting their heads on the roof of smaller cars. Front or rear bench.
- The area near the handbrake has 2 cup holders as well, good and wide. No cover on them so you can expect dust to settle in those easily. Get that vacuum cleaner ready.
- The boot is almost at the level of the rear edge, so no issues putting and pulling your luggage out. And it is spacious. Not cavernous if that is what you want. But if you want a perspective, you can fit 4 Airport sized bags in there and still have room for other small bags and stuff.
- The spare is well placed with the tools on top of it in their own small compartments. The boot also has 2 small boxes on both sides. More like cubby holes. Not sure what you can put in there. Maybe put some sand and grow a couple of sunflowers in there.
- The side view mirrors are wide and have a good view range. The inside rear view mirror is tiny though. No auto dimmer, its the standard: flip the knob for night/day vision control. It is wide and you can see end to end of the rear glass, but not tall enough and is going to be of no help in reversing the vehicle. You will need reversing sensors if not a camera.
- The tyres are wide and big enough for that SUV stance and the wheel wells are well clad. They fill the wheel wells pretty neatly and the vehicle looks good and proportionate from this perspective.
- The steering wheel is the same that you will find in other Marutis, I have the swift and it's the same as that. The grip, without a leather wrap on it is flimsy. Feels like you are holding a circular straw. Definitely calls for a leather wrap, albeit a good one. It has the usual audio controls. The call control buttons are a set of 3 peeping in from under the steering wheel at the left spoke. Looks neat and nice. If I am not mistaken there is a chrome surround around the audio control buttons on the steering wheel, as much as I remember now if my memory doesn't defeat me.
- The build quality is acceptable. More solid that the Swift that I have. The rear hangar door definitely is heavy, and I do mean heavy. Takes some effort to close it shut, so that is not going to rattle anytime soon.
- Safety features are there. Not too many airbags in there apart from the driver and passenger side. I will say this, no matter what variant you go for, get the 'O' variant in that. There is no compromise with safety of yourself and your family. It is a must have. Don't skimp on that.
- Overall I feel this is a very good package from Maruti. Comparing it to the premium European brands may not do it justice. They are on a different league altogether. But considering that I have had a Swift for almost 5 years now and we have a few other Marutis in our family, along with a recent acquisition of the Baleno, this car is right in the 'above acceptable' range.
- I am debating it out with my wife to switch from the Maruti Swift to the Brezza Zdi+ dual tone. Will see how that goes. But if you frankly ask me, this is a good buy and at that price point, it clearly beats the competition. It looks like an SUV: tall, beefy, sporty and spacious(unless you are planning on having a kitty party in yours).
I will post back after I get the TD done. Eagerly looking forward to the T-Bhp official review.
P.S. I did not get a chance to test the Audio system prowess of the car. That is the most important thing for me. I love my car to be a disco on wheels. Did a fair bit on my Swift(Blu-T). I have kept the audio test for the day of the TD as that is something I take my time to review and make my decision. The issue here is that, with the inclusion of rear view camera and Apple Play, it takes out my option of getting an aftermarket system. Maybe I can work on the speakers, sub and amplifier. But that is about it. I'll post about that too, let us see how good/bad the default audio unit is.
Last edited by iFuel : 22nd March 2016 at 18:31.