The Maruti Suzuki Omni is one of the most popular vehicles in India due to the fact that it has been around since the mid 1980s and also due to the fact that it can be used in a variety of situations. The Omni has been used as a delivery vehicle, a people mover and an ambulance amongst others. That said, Maruti has not really updated the Omni for a long long time now considering the fact that this practical vehicle continues to sell in good numbers due to its price point and due to the fact that its practicality trumps styling and driving ergonomics.
The Omni is a Van, essentially a mono-box design that really has no real design elements that one can write home about. The flat panels on the side and front essentially mean that the Omni can be used to carry around large items with relative ease. The build quality, even on the newer cars is quite terrible, both on the outside and on the insides. On the interior front, the plastics are cheap and rudimentary with a barebones interior and no real creature comfort. The interior space is quite good but the seating comfort in general is quite bad which is mainly due to the fact that there is inadequate padding on the seats. The sliding doors, one of the most iconic features of the Omni do offer good access to the seats.
In terms of technical specifications, the Omni sports an 800cc 3-cylinder engine that traces its roots to the original Maruti 800. The engine makes a modest 35PS of peak power and drives the rear wheels. The engine is mated to a four speed gearbox and gives mileage of 14.7kmpl. The Omni is dangerously under-tyred and showcases poor handling. The Omni also has no safety equipment and is generally best kept as a inner city Taxi or a cargo vehicle. The Omni is priced at about Rs 2.50 lakhs.
People carrying ability, Mileage, Price
Safety, Performance, Lack of creature comforts
Its a cheap van. Best suited to the taxi market now
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