Petrol variants of the Maruti Suzuki DZire have the option of ABS while the VXi, VDi, LXi and LDI have the option of dual front airbags with the manual as well as an automatic gearbox.
Push button start/stop adds to the convenience
Automatic transmission option on both diesel and petrol engines is unique in its segment
The Maruti Suzuki DZire is a compact sedan based on the Swift’s platform. The front and the sides are the same as the hatchback sibling, with the boot being the key differentiator. Measuring at 3,995 mm in length, the sub-4 metre sedan avails excise benefits. It is 1,695 mm wide and 1,555 mm tall. Maximum kerb weight of the Maruti Suzuki DZire is 965 kg for the petrol variant and 1,070 kg for the diesel. Overall, the exteriors are contemporary with a hint of chrome and with a ground clearance of 170 mm, getting in and out of this compact sedan is easy.
On the inside, the Maruti Suzuki DZire has a combination of black and beige – the dashboard being in a dual tone and the seats as well as door panels in beige. Silver accents on the center AC vents and the three-spoke steering wheel give the interior a more upmarket feel. A keyless push button start/stop button, 2-DIN integrated stereo with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls and automatic climate control all add to the convenience. Although, the rear is cramped for adults the Maruti Suzuki DZire is a practical car for a small family.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki DZire are two engines – a 1,197cc K-Series petrol engine and a 1,248cc diesel unit. The petrol generates 83 hp of power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the diesel produces 74 hp at 4,000 rpm and 190Nm at 2,000 rpm. Both engines offer decent performance and good fuel-efficiency considering the 965 kg kerb weight of the petrol version and 1,070 kg kerb weight of the diesel version.
The Maruti Suzuki DZire comes with four different transmission options – a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic torque convertor gearbox for the petrol; and a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT for the diesel. Gear shifts in the manual are seamless along with the automatic transmission on the diesel. The 4-speed automatic gearbox on the DZire petrol could use another gear, a need which becomes evident on the highway.
The Maruti Suzuki DZire has optional dual front airbags on the LXi, LDi, VXi, VDi, VXi AT. However, they are standard on the ZDi, ZDi AGS and ZXi trims. ABS is also an optional safety feature that can be taken up on the LXi, LDi, VXi and VDi variants. It comes as a standard equipment for the VXi AT, ZDi, ZDi AGS and ZXi trims. Along with this, the Maruti Suzuki DZire comes with impact absorbing beams and crumple zones. The ZXi, ZDi and ZDi AGS variants also come with reverse parking sensors for added safety as well as convenience.
Certified mileage of the Maruti Suzuki DZire is 20.85 km/l for the manual petrol, 18.5 km/l for the petrol automatic, 26.59 km/l for the diesel manual variants and an impressive 26.59 km/l for the diesel automatic. Considering the segment standards, these fuel-efficiency figures are impressive.