Maruti Suzuki Brezza 2022 First Drive review
Topped up and how
The outgoing Brezza sported a rather sober design, which wouldn’t have elicited many opinions in a discussion. But the new Brezza design compels you to take notice. While the dimensions remain the same, the design makes the SUV look wider, especially when viewed from the front and back.
Up front, Maruti has gone for a flatter and more upright nose, and a grille with much more detailing. In our opinion, the car looks better when seen from the rear, sporting sharp lines and slender tail lamps on either side of the ‘Brezza’ in-your-face lettering.
From the side, it looks similar to the outgoing model, except for the all-new 16in diamond-cut alloy wheels. The wheel arches though are a bit too spacious for our liking, and look like a tunnel cut into a mountain. In fact, the sheer size of the arches make the wheels look small.
Now this is where the Brezza gets quite the noteworthy upgrade, no doubt inspired by the Koreans’ philosophy. The 9in SmartPlay Pro+ infotainment screen is bigger than before, easily visible even under harsh sunlight, and offers a decent touch response. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support in wired form. The UI may lack a bit of refinement, but it does get the job done.
Another highlight feature is the HUD carried over from the new Baleno, which continues to look like something out of a Star Trek spaceship. It pops in and out with ease, shows the relevant info you need when driving, and lets you adjust the viewing angle and brightness.
Another interesting tech feature is the 360-degree camera that makes parking a breeze. The camera resolution is good, and your surroundings look sharp on the screen.
Maruti hasn’t revealed the brand of the audio speakers onboard, and instead says that the system is tuned by Arkamys. It sounds fine by default, and the majority won’t find much fault with it. Those who have a keener pair of ears, will end up playing around with the equaliser to tweak the audio to their liking.
When it comes to ride comfort and handling, Maruti has hit upon the right balance. There’s an emphasis on offering a softer ride, which translates to a cushioned feeling on bad road conditions. It also feels pliant on highways, even while cruising over 100 kph so stability isn’t compromised at the newly prescribed highway speeds across the country.
The massy SUV gets a big design upgrade along with a generous topping of tech features
|Engine:||1.5L 4-cyl petrol with mild-hybrid|
|Power:||103hp / 137Nm|
|Transmission:||5-speed manual / 6-speed AT|
|Boot Space:||328 L|
|Dimensions (LHW):||3995 x 1790 x 1685 mm|