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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 2020 Review: Prices, Features, Specs, offers and variants

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Apr 01 2020 Share this blog

With the Indian automotive market riding high on the compact SUV fever, Maruti Suzuki was late to the game but finally, it has arrived with its player, the Vitara Brezza. Compact SUVs today enjoy the same status and attention that the long sedans enjoyed a few years ago. Hence, the SUV craze does not seem to fade off anytime soon in the Indian market. This segment has also seen the most growth in terms of demand and many predict that it might even take over the hatchback segment in the coming years. Maruti Suzuki did not have any product in the market for quite some time to feed the SUV hunger of the Indians. With the Vitara Brezza, it seems to change all that and wants to acquire what it has lost to the new players in the market. With the introduction of a new BS6 petrol engine, the company has no plans to bring the 90PS 1.3-litre DDIS diesel engine under the BS6 norms. 


The Vitara Brezza, however, was Suzuki’s Indian project as it is a car designed and engineered solely in India. Since the inception of the Brezza project, it took the Suzuki team a full 3.5 years to be ready with a finished product. There is no similarity between the Grand Vitara and the Vitara Brezza except the name. Where the Grand Vitara was mostly an imported car the Vitara Brezza’s components are 98% locally sourced. The Vitara Brezza takes up arms against one of the cars which are responsible for igniting the very fire of compact SUV craze in India, the Ford’s Ecosport. The Vitara Brezza also rivals the newly launched Hyundai Venue and also Tata’s heavy hitter, the Nexon. Now with so many players in the game and new ones getting added every season, its time to see how good of a fight the Vitara Brezza can put up against its rivals.

What we like

  • An all-round compact SUV offered at a right Price 

  • 1.5-litre petrol engine with 4-speed torque converter automatic

  • Magnificent looks with  LED projector headlamps and a new grille

  • Gets better features like auto day/night IRVM and rain-sensing wipers

What we don’t like

  • Average interior plastic quality

  • Not the most spacious cabin

  • Stiff ride quality

  • One of the smallest boots on offer

What’s new in 2020 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza?

  • BS6 petrol engine and two transmission options

  • Gets facelift for 2020 with three new dual-tone paint shades

  • New 12-volt hybrid system

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Variants and Specs

While making the announcement about exiting the diesel engine market in 2020, Maruti Suzuki continues to provide the Vitara Brezza only with a diesel engine option. Strange isn’t it? Well, things are certainly about to change once the BS6 norms kick in. The Brezza BS6 gets a petrol engine under BS6 transition while the diesel engines shall not be transformed under BS6. Currently, the Vitara Brezza gets one engine option and two transmission options. It offers a total of 7 variants out of which 3 are the root variants and rest are the derivative of these there variants. These three are namely LDI, VDI and ZDI. The base variant is the LDI which is priced at Rs.7,62,742  (ex-showroom Delhi) and the top of the line variant is the ZDI+ with the AMT gearbox priced at Rs. 10,59,742 (ex-showroom Delhi) (Dual-tone).

Trim

LDI

VDI

ZDI

ZDI+

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

Rs. 7, 62, 742

Rs. 8, 14, 742

Rs. 8, 92, 242

Rs. 9, 87, 742

Price (Ex-Delhi) for AMT  in INR

NA

Rs. 8, 64, 742

Rs. 9, 42, 242

Rs. 10, 37, 742

Features 


Dual Airbag (Driver. & Co-Driver)

All features of LDI and :

All features of VDI and :

All features of ZDI and :

ABS with EBD

Anti-Theft Security System

Projector Headlamps

SmartPlay Infotainment System

Reverse Parking Sensors

Reverse Parking Sensor with Infographic Display

Front Footwell Illumination

Steering Mounted Calling Controls

ISOFIX (Child Seat Restraint System)

Rear Power Windows

Auto AC

Rain Sensing Auto Wipers

Front Power Windows

Keyless Entry System

60:40 Split Seat (Rear)

Cruise Control System

Tilt Steering

Keyless Entry System

Rear Seat Headrest

Automatic headlight


Front Accessory Socket

Upper Glove Box

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

Engine Push Start/Stop with Smart Key

Which variant to choose

The most value for money variant of the Vitara Brezza is the ZDI trim as it comes with all the necessary bells and whistles at Rs. 8 92 242. The top of the line variant, ZDI+, surely provides more features but is almost a lakh more expensive than the ZDI variant. Hence, the ZDI variant of the Brezza is not only the most value for money variant in its line up but also the whole segment. If you want the added convenience you can also go with the AMT gearbox at Rs. 9 42 242 for the ZDI variant.

Also Read:

How do Tata Nexon compete against this Maruti Suzuki compact SUV?

What is Hyundai's response to the new Vitara Brezza?

Will the dated Ford EcoSport still hold on to its position in the segment?

How good a performer Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is?

The Vitara Brezza is the only compact SUV in its segment which only comes with a diesel engine and no petrol motor is on offer yet. The diesel mill available with the Brezza BS4 is a 1.3 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged motor which produces 89 Bhp of power and 200 Nm of peak torque. This engine might just be one of the last diesel engines that will be rolling out of the Suzuki manufacturing plant in India. 

The all-new 2020 Vitara Brezza engine comes with a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine that churns out 105PS of power and 138Nm of torque.  Transmission duties are carried out by a 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic unit and a 12V mild-hybrid system that features torque assist, brake regeneration, and start-stop function. However, the hybrid system is availble with automatic variants only.

Brezza BS4 1.3 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged diesel motor


The biggest drawback of this engine is the turbo-lag, it is very prominent below 2000 Rpms. But once the turbo spools up the Brezza can zoom past any slow-moving traffic in a jiffy. Once on the highway, this engine feels even better. It can easily munch miles all day long and the turbo lag is not as annoying as it is in the city. You would have to keep the engine revving above 2000 Rpms in order to make a swift overtake. Once you tap on to the throttle there is a bit of delay in the power delivery due to the turbo lag. The clutch is quite light but the gearbox is a letdown. Shifts feel quite rubbery but what helps are the short throws. This gearbox cannot match the Hyundai like slick shifts which slot in like a rifle bolt. Nonetheless, this engine performs admirably especially after the turbo becomes active and even under a full load, the Brezza does not feel underpowered in any way.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza LDI

Tata Nexon XZA Plus

Hyundai Venue 1.0L Turbo DCT

Ford Ecosport S MT

Price (Ex-Delhi)  in INR

7, 62, 742

9,99,000

11,11,000

10,83,000

Engine

1.3L 4 cylinder

1.2L 4 cylinder

1.0L Turbo 3 cylinder

1.0 L GTDI 3 cylinder 

Transmission

5-speed MT

6-Speed AMT

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

5-Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

89 bhp

108 bhp

@5000 rpm

118bhp

@6000 rpm

123 bhp

@6000 rpm

Torque(N-m)

200Nm

@1750 rpm

170Nm

@1750 rpm

173Nm

@2000 rpm

170Nm

@1500 rpm

The Brezza provides the smallest power figures on this spec sheet. But while others provide a petrol engine option the Brezza only provides a diesel engine. It is speculated that Suzuki will be introducing the 1.0L Boosterjet petrol engine with the Brezza in 2020. Meanwhile, this engine too performs satisfactorily and the surge of power past 2000-2500 Rpms will be addictive for most. While the Brezza comes with an AMT gearbox, Hyundai has introduced a DCT transmission which is a segment-first. The AMT gearbox on the Brezza feels sluggish in comparison to the DCT available on the Venue. But the AMT on the Brezza performs better than the one on the Nexon. The AMT gearbox is tuned towards city use and performs admirably if treated with a light foot.

How quickly can the Vitara Brezza accelerate?

The 0-100 kmph timings was never a very important factor for the compact SUV space. But with the segment getting evolved and with the new entries, the performance of these SUVs is also improving. The Brezza does the 0-100 Kmph sprint in 13.33 seconds which is not too bad considering its power and torque figures. The Brezza is has a strong mid-range in which is responsible for most of the quick acceleration the engine offers.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza MT

Tata Nexon XZA Plus

Hyundai Venue 1.0L Turbo DCT

Ford EcosportS MT

0-100 KMPH

13.33

16.62 s

10.85 s

10.8

Engine

1.3L DDIS

1.2L Revotron

1.0L Turbo 

1.0 L Turbo TDCI

The fastest car in the segment is also the oldest car which is none other than Ford’s Ecosport. But the Hyundai Venue comes quite close to almost beating it in outright performance which is due to its superior DCT gearbox. The Brezza with the AMT gearbox does the 0-100 kmph in 15 seconds which more than second faster than the Nexon AMT.

How does the Vitara Brezza ride?

SUVs are known to provide excellent ride quality and the compact SUVs try to provide the same deal in a smaller package. As the Brezza was developed for India and by an Indian team, they seem to have given it enough arsenal to deal with the Indian road. The Vitara Brezza gets a well-damped suspension and within the city, it performs quite well. It soaks in all the bumps and potholes better than most hatchbacks or sedans. Only the sharp bumps or potholes creep into the cabin which is true for every other car in this segment. On the highway doing triple-digit speeds, the Brezza feels sure-footed and handles the undulations with ease. While dealing with the sharp bumps and potholes the suspension can get noisy which is the biggest drawback about the Brezza’s suspension. But overall it does a great job of keeping its occupants away from the nasty jerks caused by most undulations. The suspension is set up a bit on the stiffer side but not to a level where it gets bothersome. 

White colour Maruti suzuki Vita Brezza moving on road


While the ride quality is great for a vehicle of its size, the handling is just about average. The steering is light at city speeds that make it very easy to park it into tight spaces. Even nipping through the city traffic is quite easy due to the super-light steering. While in the city the steering feels at home, on the highway, it gains more weight once you pick up more speed. But the steering still remains quite light for our liking. It does not feel nervous but is not very confidence-inspiring. The steering is pretty much direct and lacks feedback. The body roll is minimal according to SUV standards and overall, the Brezza exhibits neutral driving dynamics.

Does the Vitara Brezza Brake as well as it accelerates?

Braking is not only important for the performance of a car but also its safety. As it is no secret that Suzuki cars come with a lot of part sharing, the Vitara Brezza comes with the same brakes as seen on the S-Cross. But where the S-Cross get discs on all 4 wheels, the Brezza only comes with disc brakes at the front. The rear brakes are only drum brakes but the Brezza comes standard with ABS and EBD as standard. The braking performance is nothing groundbreaking but feels adequate and brakes perform as expected.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Tata Nexon XZA Plus

Hyundai Venue  1.0L TurboDCT

Ford EcosportS MT

Front Brakes

Disc

Disc

Disc

Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Kerb Weight (kg)

1175

1695

1554

1265

The Brezza drops an anchor from triple-digit speeds without much drama. It stops in a straight line and the ABS is not very intrusive as it kicks in only under very hard braking. All its other rivals get disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear as well. Although the braking performance feels the best in the Ecosport.

How much mileage does the new Brezza SUV return?

The fuel efficiency figures are one of the most important aspects for many customers. Maruti Suzuki is known for providing one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the Indian market. Things are no different with the Vitara Brezza. It provides one of the best in class fuel efficiency figures which can put even some hatchbacks and sedans to shame. The Brezza returns an overall mileage of 24.3 Kmpl but it does not get any mild hybrid system like seen the Ciaz’s diesel engine.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Tata Nexon  XZA Plus

Hyundai Venue  1.0L TurboDCT

Ford Ecosport S MT

Mileage (Kmpl)

24.3

16.8

18.15

17.6

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

48

44

45

52

Range (Km)

1166

840

849.6

869

As the rivals play the catch-up game, the Brezza continues to provide the best in class fuel efficiency figures. This is due to its lighter kerb weight and we predict that the 2020 petrol engine would be coming with the mild-hybrid technology which other Suzuki cars get.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s Exterior Design and Styling

The latest updates on the Vitara Brezza exterior has refined the SUV's design. Now, the SUV is offered in three new dual-tone paint shades. It looks very balanced from most angels and does not attempt to do anything that has never been done before. From the front, it looks the most appealing with its high bonnet line and smart-looking project headlamps. The front bumper houses the fog lamps as well as the front indicators. Use of chrome has been kept under check in the front. From the side, the Suzuki engineers have done a great job of making it look different from a hatchback on steroids. 

new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza BS6 side front profile showcased at Auto Expo 2020


The bigger wheels help it give an SUV stance. The Brezza gets a big fat chrome strip at the rear of the boot lid which helps break the monotony. But the tail lamps look boring and simple. The Brezza looks almost like a hatchback from the rear and Suzuki could have certainly done a better job at the rear. Nevertheless, the Brezza does come with certain SUV elements like the Sporty roof rails and the black side cladding.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Tata Nexon XZA Plus (petrol)

Hyundai Venue  1.0L Turbo DCT(petrol)

Ford Ecosport S MT (petrol)

Kerb weight (kg)

1175

1252

1055

1261

Length(mm)

3995

3994

3995

3999

Width(mm)

1790

1811

1770

1765

Height(mm)

1640

1607

1605

1647

Ground clearance (mm)

198

209

200

200

Wheelbase (mm)

2500

2498

2500

2519

Normally every car manufacturer increases the ground clearance of their car before launching them in India. The Brezza provides the least amount of ground clearance when compared to its rivals. But it is nothing to worry about as the ground clearance is adequate even according to Indian road conditions. The Brezza is neither the longest nor the widest car in its segment but it loses out to some of its rivals only by a margin.

Exterior Features

  • Projector headlamps

  • Front and Rear Skid Plates

  • LED DRLs and positioning lamps

  • Rear window wiper

  • Front fog lamps

  • Roof rails

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Interior and Comfort

Once you step inside the Brezza you would be treated to a very familiar cabin. Even though the layout of the dashboard is not shared with any other car, there are a lot of plastic parts and even knobs and buttons that have been carried forward from other models. 

New BS6 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza interior dashboard


The cabin quality is strictly average with scratchy plastics used everywhere inside the cabin. There are ample storage spaces provided all around the cabin though and the ergonomics are well sorted. The overall visibility is also great and the high seating ensures you get a good view of the road ahead. The front seats provide ample under-thigh support and side bolstering. Seat compound is a bit on the stiffer side which is a good thing for long journeys. Side bolstering is just about adequate which could be a case of concern for large occupants. 

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza rear seating


The rear seat can seat 3 people with ease but the middle passenger would have to deal with the transmission tunnel. The knee room although adequate is not the best in class and the angel of the rear bench can feel a bit upright for some occupants. The shoulder room is excellent though and the under-thigh support at the rear is also good. Overall, the cabin is very user-friendly but does not exude the same level of premium feel that some of its rivals have to offer.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Tata Nexon XZA Plus

Hyundai Venue  1.0L Turbo DCT

Ford Ecosport S MT

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

The Brezza is not the most spacious car in its segment as that place has to be given to the Tata Nexon. On the other hand, the Hyundai Venue offers the most premium cabin experience with its well put together cabin and dashboard layout. Suzuki certainly needs to work more on improving the cabin ambience and quality.

Creature Comforts on offer

Suzuki has slightly updated the Brezza SUV with some significant upgrades over the previous year's model in order to catch up with its rivals. Hence, there is an extensive features list on offer. Although, the rivals seem to have caught up and rivals like the Hyundai Venue offers even more in terms of features now. 

Interior Features

  • Updated smart play studio 7-inch infotainment display

  • Steering mounted audio controls

  • Illuminated Glove Box 

  • Push-button Start/Stop

  • Cruise control

  • Automatic Climate Control

  • Height Adjustable Driver Seat

  • Upper Glove Box

How is the updated Infotainment System and Connectivity features?

Infotainment is one of the most important aspects of a car’s cabin experience. The Brezza comes with a modest 7-inch WVGA TFT touchscreen with Suzuki’s Smartplay software. It comes with all sorts of compatibility options like apple car play, android auto and even Mirror Link. 

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza 7-inch infotainment system

The infotainment system is quite fluid to use and there is less to no lag while operating it. It does pick up some glare though under bright sunlight.

Infotainment Features

  • 7 inch HD Touchscreen 

  • Android Auto and Apple car play

  • Mirror link

  • Maps with live traffic updates

  • Steering Mounted Audio Controls

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

Is the boot space sufficient to carry a good amount of stuff?

Compact SUVs are preferred by customers over hatchbacks due to their size and space. Boot space is a part of that factor as it adds up to the utility factor. The Maruti Suzuki Brezza comes with the smallest boot in its segment.

328 litre of boot space in Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza


Even while being the smallest, it can easily gulp in a weekend worth of your luggage. The boot lid is not on the higher side and the boot has a very practical shape.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Tata Nexon   XZA Plus

Hyundai Venue  1.0L Turbo DCT

Ford Ecosport S MT

Boot Space with rear seats up (Litres)

328 

350

350

346 

The biggest boot space is offered by the Tata’s Nexon which is a spacious car in general as well. Hyundai’s Venue is not the most spacious car certainly, but it offers as much as boot space as offered by the Nexon. Hence, both come out on top in terms of the boot space on offer.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Safety and Reliability

A lot of manufacturers have upgraded their cars in terms of safety and have made some safety equipment as standard on their cars. This is due to the introduction of safety norms in India recently. The Brezza then comes standard with dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard. It got a 4-star rating for adult occupancy in the Global NCAP crash tests and 2 stars for child safety.

 The rivals certainly offer more than the Brezza in terms of safety as Nexon gets a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP and the Venue offers 6 airbags on the top-spec trim.

Safety Features on offer

  • Dual front airbags

  • ABS+EBD

  • Reverse Parking Camera

  • Rear Parking Sensors

  • Front Seatbelt Pretensioner and load limiter

  • Isofix child seat mounts

  • Anti-Theft Alarm

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza against the rivals

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon vs Vitara Brezza


Tata has not been able to disrupt the segment with the Nexon but it certainly continues to sell in good numbers. It comes with a spacious cabin and an excellent ride quality. The Nexon also manages to stand out in terms of design and gets competent engine options too. When compared to the Brezza, it performs neck and neck in a lot of ways. But the AMT gearbox on the Brezza manages to perform better and the after-sales service of Tata Motors remains a hit or miss.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Vs Hyundai Venue

Hyundai Venue vs Vitara Brezza


Hyundai’s Venue is the new kid on the block and Hyundai seems to have given it a lot to disrupt the segment. It comes with a segment-first Dual-Clutch transmission and gets a lot of goodies like the sunroof and connected features. In fact, Hyundai claims that it is India’s first connected SUV. It also gets 6 airbags and traction control system. Hence, the Venue offers more than the Brezza in almost every aspect and we would need to wait for the 2020 Brezza in order for it to compete with the Venue.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Ford Ecosport


Ford Ecosport is the oldest offering in its segment but Ford has now updated it to keep it relevant. But largely the Ecosport has remained the same since its launch. It continues to get the basics right and offers a plush and a premium cabin. It also comes with the most sorted driving dynamics and it the most-fun-to drive car of its segment. But considering the price it comes at and the fact that Ford might be planning to exit the Indian market completely, the Brezza starts looking like a more lucrative offer.

Final Verdict

The year 2020 is witnessing a lot of changes being made by car manufacturers, especially due to the BS6 norms kicking in. Brezza too will be a part of this change, a change that will see the death of certain engines and a revival of some. As the new Brezza MY2020 gets a BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol engine and the current 1.3 L diesel will no longer be on offer. The Brezza is then an all-rounder but fails to bring something groundbreaking to the table. With the backing of Suzuki’s excellent after-sales service and an attractive price, the Brezza promises to offer an affordable fuss-free ownership experience.