The Brezza has been the best selling compact-SUV since it was launched in 2016. Getting to the best selling position is tough but what is even tougher is to maintain that position. To match-up with new competitors and to comply with the BS6 norms, the manufacturer launched the facelift to the Brezza. One of the main highlights of the 2020 Brezza is it still continues to offer value for money that it offered when it was first launched. It is the value for money that made Brezza a big hit in the Indian market. So, what does Maruti Suzuki does to ensure that the Brezza continues to offer the most value for money?
Automatic transmissions are becoming more and more common. People want the convenience of driving an automatic transmission for their daily commutes. Most of the people are using their cars in cities where they face bumper to bumper traffic and the manual gearbox can become tiring after working the clutch for long periods. Here, what you need is a tried, tested and reliable automatic transmission. Maruti Suzuki also offers the Brezza with a 4-speed automatic torque converter gearbox which works smoothly. Usually, what used to happen was the automatic transmissions would return less mileage than their manual counterparts.
However, this is not the case anymore. The Brezza delivers a claimed mileage of 18.76 kmpl for the automatic transmission whereas the manual gearbox will deliver 17.03 kmpl. In manual gearbox, the mileage is hugely dependent on how well the driver is with the gear shifting, throttle inputs etc. but in the automatic transmission, the gear shifts are performed by many sensors and computers. So, theoretically, the automatic gearbox can also deliver more consistent mileage than the manual counterpart.
Well-equipped lower variants
We have seen this many manufacturers that do not offer much equipment and features with the lower variants and the base variant is just a bare bone. Most of the important features are offered only with the top-end variant which is priced very high. However, Maruti Suzuki has taken a different approach here because they know that not everyone can afford the top-end variant. So, they have equipped the LXi and VXi variant with most of the features that you would need on a day to day basis.
Even the LXi variant which is the base variant gets projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED taillamps, electric adjust for ORVMs, MID, illumination control, reverse parking sensor with infographic display, central locking, infotainment system, keyless entry, dust and pollen filter, front and rear power windows and tilt steering. It also gets the cosmetic upgrades such as floating roof design, rear spoiler, body-coloured door handles and ORVMs and chrome on the front grille as standard.
The VXi variant adds an upper glove box, automatic climate control, back pockets on the front seats, rear-seat headrests, engine push button to start/stop, smart entry system, steering mounted audio controls, rear defogger, Chrome on the gear lever, front footwell and glovebox illumination, fabric for the door armrest and electric foldable ORVMs. Moreover, it gets roof rails, wheel covers, LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs. That is a lot of equipment for a variant that sits above the base variant. This is the reason that the VXi variant is one of the most selling variants as it offers the most value for money.
Versatile and efficient engine
Due to the BS6 norms, the 1.3-litre diesel engine was discontinued and the Brezza was debuted with an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine that we have seen on other Maruti cars. The engine produces 103bhp of max power and a peak torque output of 138 Nm. The engine is known for its smoothness and rev-happy nature. There are no vibrations, the clutch-feel is light and the engine does not feel stressed when you are pulling from single-digit speeds in a higher gear. Even on the highways, the engine can cruise comfortably on triple-digit highways speeds without showing any signs of strain. Then there is the fuel efficiency of this engine. If you have a light foot on the accelerator and drive in a good fashion, you can easily extract a good mileage from the engine even in a city.
Low-cost of maintenance
Maruti Suzuki is known for its low and affordable maintenance vehicles and the Brezza is no different. Maruti’s engines are very reliable and require no special maintenance. The engine just requires regular maintenance like engine oil replacement, air filter, coolant etc. All of their earlier engines have proved the reliability. And even if you breakdown, you should be able to find a service centre eventually where you can get your car towed. Thanks to the vast service network of Maruti Suzuki. Moreover, their engines are easy to work on. So, in case you cannot find a service centre, you can get your car checked up by a local mechanic.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza is a great companion if you are looking for a compact-SUV for daily commutes. It has proved itself with several happy customers since it was launched. It is one of the compact-SUVs that offers the most value for money and the sales of the Brezza are still going strong which speaks for itself.