Is the Maruti Kizashi a good buy at Rs. 11.5 lakh?

Maruti has officially decided to stop importing the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi and only import the car on order, as the car was just not selling. To clear existing stocks with dealers, the company is offering a whopping Rs. 5 lakh discount on the vehicle-in fact, the discounts have been upped in the last few days!

So now, hold your breath, the base  version of Kizashi is being offered at Rs. 11.5 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi.

After this discount is the Kizashi worth buying? We take a look.

The Maruti Kizashi when launched in February 2011 was priced at Rs. 17.5 lakh for the manual transmission variant and at Rs. 18.5 lakh for the automatic transmission variant. The Kizashi was meant to be Maruti’s entry into the luxury car segment. But sadly, it has found no takers, selling only 2-3 units every month. Also read: Maruti Suzuki Kizashi road test and video review

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Some years ago Honda brought in the Honda Civic Hybrid (petrol-electric) and priced it at Rs. 23.5 lakh. The car found very few takers. Within a year’s time Honda indulged in a distress clearance sale and sold the car at Rs. 13.5 lakh (about the same price as the regular Honda Civic), and it was lapped up by lucky buyers. The Maruti Kizashi is going the same route.

Worth buying for its performance

The Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is a very understated car. It does not have a very flamboyant design, but what it does have is a very capable engine and excellent handling. The car is as good or even better than the Honda Accord 2.4, but at a much lower price.

The Kizashi is powered by a 2393 cc petrol engine that puts out 176 bhp of power at 6500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 4000 rpm. It comes with a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed CVT automatic with paddle shifts. The car is well equipped with dual-zone climate control, multi-information display, six airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, power adjustable seats, power folding mirrors etc. In terms of comfort too, the car has ample space and comfort for four, although five would be uncomfortable due to the high transmission tunnel. Also read: How to extract maximum performance from your car

What’s exciting about the car is the way it drives. It has excellent handling, great steering feedback and good pick up with the manual variant. The automatic variant, being a CVT has a bit of a rubber-band effect, where the car would rev really high before it actually picked up speed.

If you were looking for a sporty petrol car under Rs. 20 lakh, this was one of the best you could get. And now with the discount (on on-road price), you can pick one up for about Rs. 13 lakh. At that price you are getting a car that competes with the likes of the Honda Accord, at the same price level or less than a Chevrolet Cruze or Hyundai Elantra.

 

Maintenance concerns

However, the one factor that may make you drop the idea of owning a Kizashi is maintenance. Now Maruti may have the largest service network in the country, but this is one Maruti you can’t service at all service stations. Given that very few cars were sold, and being a completely-built unit (CBU) import, only a limited number of spares were brought in. If you have to get your car serviced or repaired, be prepared to wait for a few weeks for any parts that are not readily available – as they need to be imported from Japan. Also read: Accord prices to crash as Honda may discontinue car

So while the car is a great performance machine, and will give you that certain degree of exclusivity, it isn’t a great idea to buy a Kizashi, due to maintenance concerns. For that kind of money you will easily get a used Honda Accord, that’s not more than a year or two old. Our advice, it’s not really worth it in practical terms, unless you want exclusivity.