Maruti Suzuki is one of the most successful automakers in India, registering one of the most enormous volumes of car sales in India. But you’d be surprised to know that until now, none of its cars offered a company-fitted sunroof. But all that is about to change with the launch of the all-new Brezza.

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The Brezza is the first ever Maruti to offer a sunroof as standard, which might sound crazy, but it is the truth! Nonetheless, there is much more to check out about the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza so let’s drive straight into it.

Exteriors

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The Brezza has undergone a lot of changes on the outside. Starting from the front, it looks sharper with its new dual LED projector headlights and a revised grille finished in gunmetal. The overall front sits pretty upright compared to it being more curvaceous before. Move over to the side, and you will notice the new 16-inch alloy wheels sitting inside the square-shaped wheel arch, which does look decent, but I personally am not a massive fan of the side profile of the Brezza. What impressed me the most was the rear end design of the Brezza with its distinctive looking horizontal LED taillights and faux skid plate at the rear. It packs off the rear end design very neatly, making the Brezza look extremely charming and handsome from the back compared to the front end design.

Interiors

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Move to the inside of the Brezza, and things are pretty similar to its pre-facelift sibling. Although what will impress you is the features list on the interiors. Sitting front and centre is the 9-inch SmartPlay Pro+ touchscreen infotainment system with inbuilt Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 360-degree reverse camera system and a heads-up display system are both first in this segment. A wireless phone charger is also on offer. But as I mentioned at the start of the review, the most important feature that the Brezza now offers is a sunroof that many owners will compliment.

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Nonetheless, the interior design of the Brezza is very stylish and classic, with a few modern touches such as the ambient lighting and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The front seats are also extremely comfortable with the right amount of cushioning, and the black and brown interiors really accentuate the interiors. Moving onto the rear seat and passengers will admire the width of the Brezza offering decent shoulder room, although the thigh support of the rear bench could have been slightly better compared to how it is now.

Driving

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Maruti has updated the petrol engine we used to get in the earlier Brezza. It now comes with a 1.5-litre K15C Dualjet four-cylinder petrol with a mild hybrid system. It produces 103PS and 136.8Nm and comes mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. On the first impression, the engine feels somewhat lethargic as it only offers power in the lower end of the rev range. While driving in the city, you will not feel the engine struggling so much for power, but head to some open roads and the moment you floor the throttle, you are bound to feel how lethargic the engine feels and how long it takes for the engine to build speed.

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That is because this engine is catered to offer more fuel economy than performance, and along with its assisted mild-hybrid system, Maruti claims that Brezza can return nearly 19.80 kmpl in its automatic guise. But while we were testing, we got an average of 14 kmpl, including driving in the city traffic and out on the open roads. Speaking about its automatic gearbox, it does shift smoothly when you’re at city speeds and do not feel any jerkiness, but out on the highways, when you pin the throttle to make a overtake, the speed at which it downshifts is slow, and the same is for when it upshifts on heavier throttle usage. So it is clear that Brezza focuses more on the city driving environment than highway drives.

Nonetheless, the Brezza does offer a decent ride quality, with it soaking up bumps on the road quite well, and the suspension setup is set on the softer side, making the ride highly comfortable for passengers. Due to its softer setup, you cannot expect to corner hard on the Brezza as you do feel a slight amount of understeer, but that is normal from a car of its capabilities. On the other hand, the brakes are extremely good on the Brezza, offering decent feedback and bite even during an emergency braking situation.

Verdict

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Well, the Maruti Suzuki Brezza was always a good option for someone looking to purchase a compact SUV. Still, in recent times it did start to show its age compared to its competitors. But now, with all the updates Maruti has given to the Brezza, it certainly becomes a good alternative for someone not wanting to buy Korean. That being said, since it still doesn’t offer a diesel engine, it might be tough for buyers to choose a petrol engine due to the ever-increasing fuel prices. Still, its competitive pricing compared to its rivals will attract customers. More importantly, Maruti states that they might launch a CNG variant of the Brezza somewhere down the line, making it the only compact SUV to offer a factory-fitted CNG kit when it does launch.

I advise anyone looking to buy the Brezza to go ahead only if their primary use is for the city and doesn’t consist of a lot of highway driving. Because the Brezza feels extremely good as a city car but misses the mark for being a complete package by a very slight margin.

Specifications

Engine: 1.5-litre K15C Smart Hybrid Petrol
Power: 103PS @6000rpm
Torque: 136.8Nm @4400rpm
Gearbox: 6-Speed Torque Converter automatic

Price: Rs 13.80 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai)

For – Space, Features
Against – Engine performance,