Maruti Suzuki Ciaz: 1000km Long Term Review

We welcome the 2014 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ZXi+ petrol sedan to the ZigWheels garage. Plenty if detailed user reviews coming up.

2014 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ZXi+ petrol sedan user review

The parking lot has been a bit empty since the Octavia left, so to fill that space as our daily runner we have a the 2014 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz with us. Although, we usually prefer a diesel variant for the kind of miles we clock on the car, we thought it’s time to check how a Petrol fares for a change.

What we have with us is the top spec Ciaz, in the ZXi+ trim. Powered by a 1.4-litre K-series petrol engine, the car packs 92PS of power and 130Nm of torque. So these numbers aren’t very impressive on paper for a mid-sized sedan, but for a car that weighs just 1,010kg it might just be enough to be a good city car. The 5-speed manual gear box has short throws and slick shifts and is quite easy to use in the city.

Coming to the looks, the Ciaz is a smart looking sedan. ‘Upmarket’ and ‘Premium’ are the words you can easily relate to this car. And the feeling continues when you step inside too. ‘This car does not feel like a Maruti’ is what most people say who have experienced rest of the Maruti Suzuki range for years. The Ciaz is spacious on the inside, and once in the back seat, the amount of leg room you get is quite overwhelming. You get AC vents in the rear, a 12V socket, centre armrest and seats two very comfortably though three is a squeeze.

In the driver’s seat, the airy feeling continues. Leather seats and beige upholstery makes the car feel very European. Dashboard design is simple and clean and quality of materials used is good. The Z+ trim also gets an AVN system along with climate control. Although, this AVN does not doesn’t fall short of features, the User Interface (UI) isn’t the best and neither is as intuitive.

The features list on the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is pretty long as well. Apart from the mentioned AVN system and climate control, the Push start ignition with keyless entry, steering mounted controls, auto-folding OVRM’s and rear parking sensor with camera round up the list. On the safety front The Ciaz Z+ trim comes with ABS with EBD; and dual airbags.

All this is what you get when you pay Rs 9.56 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). So, is the Ciaz the perfect ‘City’ car? We hope to find out in the coming months.

Total km to date: 4,035km
Efficiency: NA 
Date acquired: July 10, 2015
Costs: Nil
Cheers: Roomy  Interiors, neat  dashboard  layout    
Sneers: Touchscreen user interface