Maruti Vitara Brezza Long Term Review
The Maruti Vitara Brezza impresses with its performance, efficiency & robust nature
I am not a fan of compact SUVs because they are not true-blue SUVs and just don’t have that go-anywhere feel. Before the Maruti Vitara Brezza entered our long term fleet, I had driven the Maruti Ciaz for 6 months as my daily drive and I sort of started liking the car a lot because it was really comfortable, loaded with a lot of features and the 1.3-litre DDiS engine was quite fuel efficient. So, I was quite happy to have the Brezza as my new daily drive.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of how this car looks. The design feels rather plain and simple to me. Not that it looks bad, but it doesn’t look exciting either. Maruti has this iCreate platform for Vitara Brezza owners where customers can customise their cars by adding accessories to the exteriors and interiors. Our test car was already customised by Maruti before we got it. Hence, it comes with some additional chrome on the outside, cheesy looking stickers on the body and roof, additional body cladding, new seat covers and plastic trims on the door panels and dashboard.
The Vitara Brezza has functional and practical interiors. The dashboard carries a simple layout and most of the parts feel familiar. The steering wheel and switches shared with the Swift, while the SmartPlay infotainment system is shared with the Baleno, S-Cross, Ciaz, Ertiga, Ignis, etc. Quality on the inside is just about decent. Fit and finish feels good but our test car is making a couple of annoying rattling sounds. The first one was coming from the metal number plate at the rear and I sort of fixed the rattle by sticking a thick double-sided cello tape behind the number plate. The second rattle is coming from the left side of the parcel shelf and it makes a constant noise whenever the car goes over a pothole, speed-breaker or broken road.
I had driven the Vitara Brezza last year when it was launched and loved the fact that the cabin has so many cubby holes and bottle holders. There are so many storage spaces and I can comfortably keep my phone, wallet, keys, etc. in different spots. I’ve dedicated one storage area just for keeping coins. All the doors have bottle holders and space to keep other nitty-gritties while you also get bag-holders behind the front seats, which come in really useful when you’re carrying some take-away food. I had loved the large and comfortable seats of the Brezza earlier but now our long-termer has got new seat covers made of a thick material and while they look really good, the support from the seats has been completely robbed off and I’m considering going back to the stock seats.