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2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs Rivals: Spec Comparison


We pit the Ciaz facelift against its rivals to see who comes out on top, on paper

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2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz vs City vs Verna vs Yaris

Maruti has launched the Ciaz facelift in India. With the facelift, the Ciaz is expected to take on the increasingly competitive segment head-on. Can the Ciaz facelift now take on the more premium competition like the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Toyota Yaris? Let’s find out by pitting them against each other on paper.

Also Read: Real-world comparison of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris!

Price

  Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Honda City Hyundai Verna Toyota Yaris
Price Rs 8.19 lakh to Rs 10.97 lakh Rs 8.77 lakh to Rs 13.88 lakh Rs 7.89 lakh to Rs 12.85 lakh
Rs 8.75 lakh to Rs 14.07 lakh

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz continues to enjoy an advantage in terms of price. It is the most affordable car in the segment. While this characteristic has been carried over from the pre-facelift car, does the Ciaz offer more bang for the buck now?

Features

Not in terms of flash value - the Ciaz still misses out on a sunroof (which both the Honda City and the Verna get), all-LED headlamps (which the City gets) and ventilated seats (which the Verna gets). The only convenience feature not offered on the Ciaz is a rain-sensing wiper (the Yaris gets it).

Otherwise, the Ciaz offers everything that the competition does. As standard, it is equipped with a manual AC, electrically adjustable ORVMs, a non-touchscreen-based music system and power windows all around. The Hyundai Verna is not offered with a head unit on the base variant.

The Ciaz trumps the others by being the only car to offer rear parking sensors as standard. While it matches the rest by offering ABS+EBD and dual front airbags as standard. The Yaris one-ups by offering 7 airbags on the top-of-the-line variant.

While all the cars get touchscreen infotainment systems, the City and the Toyota Yaris miss out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The Yaris stands out with its gesture control feature.

In conclusion, the Ciaz is no longer lacking in features as compared to the competition. Considering the fact that the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offers so much at a competitive price, it has, in fact, become more appealing.

Dimensions

  Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Honda City Hyundai Verna Toyota Yaris
Length 4490mm 4440mm 4440mm 4425mm
Width 1730mm 1729mm 1695mm 1730mm
Height 1485mm 1475mm 1495mm 1495mm
Wheelbase 2650mm 2600mm 2600mm 2550mm

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is the longest, both in terms of overall space and in terms of wheelbase. It is also the widest in the class along with the Yaris. It compromises on overall height by 10mm as compared to the Verna and the Yaris. Overall, the Ciaz is one the more spacious cars in the segment, at least on paper.

Petrol Engine

  Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Honda City Hyundai Verna Toyota Yaris
Engine Capacity 1462cc 1497cc 1591cc 1496cc
Power 105PS @ 6000rpm 119PS @ 6600rpm 123PS @ 6400rpm
107PS @ 6000rpm
Torque 138Nm @ 4400rpm 145Nm @ 4600rpm 151Nm @ 4850rpm
140Nm @ 4200rpm
Transmission 5MT/4AT 5MT/CVT 6MT/6AT 6MT/CVT
Mileage (claimed) 21.56kmpl/20.28kmpl 17.4kmpl/18kmpl 19.1kmpl/15.92kmpl
17.1kmpl/17.8kmpl

*note, Verna’s 1.4-litre engine not compared because of displacement disparity

The Ciaz now gets a more powerful petrol engine in the form of the K15 1.5-litre motor. But it is not designed for performance; the engine is paired with a micro-hybrid system which utilises a motor generator, lithium-ion batteries, a start/stop system and brake energy regeneration to improve efficiency. The Ciaz takes top spot in the efficiency game, though the Verna MT is not too far behind.

Diesel Engine

  Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Honda City Hyundai Verna Toyota Yaris
Engine Capacity 1248cc 1498cc 1582cc NA
Power 90PS @ 4000rpm 100PS @ 3600rpm
128PS @ 4000rpm
 
Torque 200Nm @ 1750rpm 200Nm @ 1750
260Nm @ 1500-3000rpm
 
Transmission 5MT 6MT 6MT/6AT  
Mileage (claimed) 28.09kmpl 25.1kmpl
24.75kmpl/21.02kmpl
 

The Toyota Yaris is the only car here not be offered with a diesel engine. Considering the demand for petrol engines is higher in the segment, this may be a smart move. The Ciaz continues to be powered by the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre MultiJet motor paired with a ‘SmartHybrid’ micro-hybird system as was available on the pre-facelift version. The Ciaz again triumphs in the efficiency department, but at the cost of a huge compromise in performance.

The Hyundai Verna is the only car in this comparison to be equipped with automatic gearboxes for both petrol and diesel engines, offering more choice to customers who prefer driving convenience.

In conclusion, the Ciaz continues to be the car to go for if you are on a tighter budget but do not want to miss out on owning a large-ish sedan.

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