Dzire Facelift – Mature Looks but Lacks Big Upgrades

The 2021 Maruti Dzire facelift gets exterior styling changes, more features and improved fuel efficiency but performance and dynamics remain similar to before.


The Maruti Suzuki Dzire has been the best-selling compact sedan in India ever since its launch in 2008. In 2021, Maruti introduced a facelifted version of the third generation Dzire with updated styling and new features. Available with 1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel engines, the Dzire facelift aims to maintain its leadership position against the Honda Amaze and Hyundai Aura.

Build Quality

Structurally the Dzire remains unchanged and continues to be underpinned by the HEARTECT platform first introduced in 2017. The facelift is slightly heavier by about 15-20 kg. Fit and finish levels are decent but inconsistent panel gaps still remain an issue, especially around the boot. The paint quality shows good consistency though. Overall build quality has improved over the years but still not segment best.

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Exterior Design

Visually the updated Dzire gets a heavier makeover at the front. The grille is wider and gets chrome embellishments. The headlamps are also reshaped with integrated LED DRLs strip. Lower trims get halogen headlamps. At the rear, L-shaped LED tail lamps further accentuate the width. Bulkier front and rear bumpers add to the overall mass. 15-inch alloy wheels are standard across the range. Overall, the Dzire looks more mature and upmarket than before.

Interior Design

Inside the cabin, the Dzire facelift sports an all-black theme versus the dual-tone layout of the pre-facelift model. Plastics feel hard but textured materials on the dash lend a premium impression. Leather upholstery and wooden accents on the flat-bottom steering and doors also up the ambience. Front seats are comfortable with adequate side support. Rear seating space stays unchanged and can accommodate two adults comfortably.

Features and Practicality

Top end variants now get a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include push button start/stop, auto headlamps, and rear center armrest. However, the omission of rear AC vents is a miss. Storage spaces like the front cupholders feel cramped but door pockets and rear armrest are handy additions. The sloping roof eats away headroom for taller occupants though.

Engine and Performance

Both the 1.2L VVT petrol engine is carried over from the previous model. Power output stands at 88.5 bhp. A 5-speed manual and AMT are available. Performance is decent with the engine being smooth and responsive. Claimed mileage has also improved slightly to 23.26kmpl for petrol and 28.04kmpl for diesel.

Ride and Handling

The Maruti Dzire has always focused more on ride quality over handling finesse. The suspension dutifully soaks up road anomalies without unsettling passengers. The electro-mechanical power steering also makes maneuvering through city traffic easy. However, there is evident body roll around corners. Straight line stability is also affected at highway speeds due to the lightweight rear. Braking performance could be better too.

Price and Verdict

The Maruti Dzire facelift is priced between Rs. 6.52–9.39 lakh, ex-showroom. It receives modest upgrades over the older model. Buyers looking for a no-nonsense compact sedan with a value purchase price, spacious cabin and Maruti’s reliable after-sales service will find the Dzire appealing. However, other rivals offer more features, better performance and dynamics.

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