Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS Review: A True-Blue Sedan That Delivers With Luxury
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
Up until a few years ago, when you would think Maruti Suzuki, chances are that a hatchback would come to mind. Something, that clearly stresses a lot on fuel efficiency and tries to be as cost efficient as possible. Clearly, that formula has worked wonders and the company has been unbeatable in the hatchback segment in the country. So, it was time to look at the higher segment – Sedan.
It started with the Maruti Suzuki SX4 and the company, in that segment, is currently represented by the Ciaz. Interestingly, the Ciaz also has a clever hybrid system variant that promises to deliver fuel efficiency unlike any other offering in the segment, making it probably one of the best value for money sedan in the country. There’s also an ‘RS’ variant which looks way sportier than other models. So, we got our hands on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS ZDi variant to find out how it fares.
The design approach to the sedan is very ‘sedan’ like, with clean, long creases across the body. The front end sort of slopes down towards that large chrome grille, giving the car a planted stance. The 16-spoke alloy wheel goes a long way into giving some character to the car and the projector headlamps with large fog lamp housings are neat additions.
When it comes to the rear profile of the Ciaz, it has an unmistakable similarity to one of its closest competitor. We wouldn’t want to get into who came first because then it’ll be the ‘chicken first or egg’ story, but in simple words, it’s got presence and it looks good.
The ‘RS’ variant adds a relatively large spoiler at the back with side, front and rear under spoilers. The interiors are all-black with a grey chrome finish around the centre console.
The most impressive part of the Ciaz has to be the quality of the interiors. Maruti Suzuki has definitely upped the ante when it comes to going the extra mile when it comes to designing the interiors, a similar case to when we reviewed the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10.
The quality of materials used is top-notch and the car comes loaded with features like a concealed console box with illumination, reverse parking camera with parking sensors, keyless push start with smart key, steering mounted audio and call controls and finally, the 7-inch TFT infotainment system called ‘smartplay’, which supports Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, AUX, USB and has an SD Card reader for navigation. The feedback on that infotainment system is seamless.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS interiors. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
It also gets front and rear armrest, reading lamps and thankfully, rear AC vents. In terms of safety, the car gets ABS with EBD and dual airbags in the front.
What’s Not So Cool?
The Ciaz is powered by a 1248 cc Diesel SHVS engine that deliver 88.5 horsepower at 4000 RPM and 200 Nm of torque at 1750 RPM, as signified by the DDiS 200 badging on the car, and comes connected to a 5-speed manual transmission.
There’s also a 1373 cc petrol engine variant of the car with optional 4-speed Automatic Transmission, but misses out on the SHVS technology.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS has rear AC Vents. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
We tested the Diesel variant and the car delivered ample power whenever we needed, but it didn’t feel as planted as we wished and the steering felt light after speeds of around 110-115 km/h.
When you have such a feature loaded car, then the things it misses out on is felt dearly as well, like the option of having a sun roof.
The SHVS Technology
The star of the car, though, has to be the SHVS technology that the car has. What it basically means is that the car gets an Integrated Starter-Generator (ISG) instead of a conventional automater to help it perform start-stop functionality while using the energy regenerated during deceleration of the car.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS has 510-litre boot space. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
In simple words, the car will shut down the engine when the car is stationary to save fuel and start back again when you press the clutch upon the need for acceleration. It takes getting used to at the first couple of times but then you’ll stop noticing it after a few kilometres.
The SHVS advantage aligns with Maruti Suzuki’s strongest suit – Mileage. The company claims a figure of 28 km/l. Of course, real-world mileage depends on the driver, and during our testing, the mileage never went below 20 km/l.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SHVS gets ample leg room at the back and the front. (Photo: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
The Ciaz’s biggest and direct competitor has to be the Honda City, which currently enjoys the position of being the segment leader in this price bracket.
The Ciaz is backed by the large dealer and service network of Maruti Suzuki, looks good, delivers good efficiency numbers and starts at a price tag of Rs 7.73 lakhs. Has an optional AT variant, petrol engine and a number of variants whose prices go all the way up to Rs 10.5 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
In our books, Maruti Suzuki has come a long way than being a manufacturer that’s known for being cost efficient and deliver good fuel efficiency. The company still delivers on those promises and so much more.
If you are looking for a sedan in the sub-10 lakh segment, then the Ciaz is definitely worth a shot.