With a stylish look, upmarket features and improved safety the all-new Dzire could snatch away a number of buyers from the Ciaz
Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Ciaz are positioned in different segments, but they are leaders in their respective spaces. Now, with the Indo-Japanese automaker having given the Maruti Suzuki Dzire a complete sedan look and equipped with upmarket features, the 2017 Dzire comes more attractive than before.
While the Ciaz has been the proper sedan from Maruti Suzuki, the Dzire too now comes pretty much appealing to those customers who seek to have a comfortable daily mover. While the Ciaz comes priced between Rs. 7.73 lakh and Rs. 10.52 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), its compact sedan sibling Dzire is priced between Rs. 5.45 lakh and Rs. 9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
With such effective pricing, the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire could snatch away a number of customers from the Ciaz. Why we think this could be the possibility? Here, we explain that in this spec-sheet based comparison between the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Ciaz.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Exterior
The all-new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with a completely overhauled appearance compared to the previous model. It received a fully refreshed front fascia incorporating sharper headlamps with projector units and integrated LED daytime running lights. The front grille too appears completely different looking and larger than the previous model. It gets plenty of chrome garnishing and horizontal slats. The front bumper looks is muscular and stylish and it comes with larger air intake and chrome trims around fog lamps with black housing.
The side profile of the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes with new design alloy wheels, rounded fenders, body coloured door handles, chrome trim at the glass area, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, nicely crafted roofline, blackened pillars. Despite being inspired by the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift, the distinctiveness in this compact sedan is clearly visible.
Rear profile of the new generation Maruti Dzire gets LED taillight with wraparound appearance, a thick chrome bar running between the taillamps and a crafted bumper as well. Based on the Baleno’s lightweight and new platform, the new generation Dzire comes significantly lightweight and offers greater handling capacity. Compared to the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the premium offering from the brand in the midsize sedan segment, the Ciaz comes much sharper and suave looking. It reflects the elegant style that catches attention at the very first glimpse.
Up front, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets chrome garnished front grille with horizontal slats. The sharp headlamps with projector lamps enhance the appeal further, and they come with integrated daytime running lights. The front bumper looks sculpted with a large black air intake flanked with blackened fog lamp housing. The hood gets subtle creases running toward the nose section.
At the side profile, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz gets stylish alloy wheels, crisp character lines with chrome finished door handles, turn indicator integrated ORVMs, chrome trim highlighting the blackened glass area and a nicely curved roofline. Rear fascia of the midsize sedan gets wraparound rounded taillights, a sleek chrome bar running between the taillights and a sculpted looking bumper and registration enclosure.
In terms of design, both the compact sedan and the midsize sedan come with stylish eye-catching appearance. However, the Ciaz is better, sharper and more elegant compared to the Dzire, but the latter one too impresses us with its new look.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Dimension
Dimensionally, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes positioned under the sub-four meter segment. It appears with a length of 3,995 mm, 1,735 mm of width, 1,515 mm of height along with 2,450 mm of wheelbase. The sedan offers 163 mm of ground clearance, while offering 378-litre of boot space capacity along with a fuel tank capacity of 37-litre.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Turning Radius||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Turning Radius|
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz midsize sedan comes with a length of 4,490 mm, 1,730 mm of width, 1,485 mm of height and 2,650 mm of wheelbase. Like its compact sedan sibling, the Ciaz too comes with 170 mm of ground clearance, while the boot space capacity on offer is 510-litre and it gets a fuel tank 43-litre capacity.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz|
|Length – 3,995 mm||4,490 mm|
|Width – 1,735 mm||1,730 mm|
|Height – 1,515 mm||1,485 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,450 mm||2,650 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 163 mm||170 mm|
|Boot Space – 378-litre||510-litre|
|Fuel Tank Capacity – 37-litre||43-litre|
So, it appears that Ciaz is 495 mm longer than Dzire, 5 mm slimmer in width and 30 mm shorter in height. The Ciaz gets extra wheelbase, while the boot space on offer with this midsize sedan is 132-litre larger than Dzire. From the dimensional figures on paper, it is clear that the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz comes offering more leg space for the occupants with its greater length and significantly larger wheelbase. On the other hand, the new generation Dzire comes with better headroom for the occupants thanks to its 30 mm extra height than Ciaz.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Interior
Compared to the outgoing model, the new generation Maruti Suzuki Dzire arrives much more appealing and attractive with its new interior design and all the upmarket features on offer. It gets a new sporty flat-bottom multi-function steering wheel, dual-pod instrument cluster with analog dials and a digital MID at centre. The centre console comes more in line with the new generation Maruti Suzuki Swift and there is a large touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto enhancing the compact sedan’s premiumness.
The faux wooden trim at the steering wheel and dashboard are something that increase the style further and you may mistake them as real wood if you don’t touch them. The AC vents come with silver accents highlighting them. Interior of the midsize sedan sports dual-tone colour theme and the seat and upholstery material quality have been improved. It offers generous space and comfort to the occupants.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been designed to deliver the Maruti customers a feel of premiumness and elegance. Interior of this sedan blends style with technology and comfort efficiently. After being sold through the regular outlets till last month, this car has moved to the Nexa retail, which is the brand’s premium car dealership. This clearly shows that how Maruti Suzuki positions the car at a premium level.
This midsize sedan comes with a dual-tone interior theme. It gets a three spoke multi-function steering wheel, dual analog dials and a digital MID at the instrument cluster. The centre console looks very stylish with the large touchscreen infotainment system at the centre console with various connectivity options.
Quality of materials used in seat and upholstery is pretty impressive and being a premium sedan from the Indo-Japanese automaker, this car offers generous amount of space and comfort to the occupants. The chrome finished inner door handles and plush leather seats enhance the style and premiumness. Also, it gets front armrest with storage, rear AC vents etc.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Powertrain
On the powertrain front, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire is equipped with the same engine options like its predecessor, which are a 1.2-litre K-Series VVT petrol motor and a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. Transmission options are same as well and they include a 5-speed manual gearbox, a 4-speed automatic unit and an AMT as well, which the brand calls as AGS (Auto Gear Shift). The 4-speed automatic gearbox is available in the petrol variant only, while the AGS is available in diesel model only.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine|
|1.2-litre K-Series petrol
1.3-litre DDiS diesel
1.3-DDiS diesel hybrid
The Maruti Suzuki Dzire petrol churns out 84 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm, while the diesel model is capable of kicking out 75 PS of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque at 2,000 rpm. On the fuel efficiency front, the Dzire petrol manual model delivers 22 kmpl, while the automatic model returns the same. The diesel model generates 28.4 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Transmission||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Transmission|
4-speed AT (Petrol only)
AGS (Diesel only)
4-speed AT (Petrol only)
Speaking about the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, it is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol model is powered by a 1.4-litre engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox and there is a 4-speed automatic gearbox on offer as well. It churns out 92 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Maximum Power||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Maximum Power|
|84 PS @ 6,000 rpm (Petrol)
75 PS @ 4,000 rpm (Diesel)
|92 PS @ 6,000 rpm (Petrol)
90 PS @ 4,000 rpm (Diesel)
The diesel powered Ciaz on the other hand gets a 1.3-litre DDiS engine paired with a 5-speed manual transmission and it kicks out 90 PS of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque from 1,750 rpm. The most interesting fact here is that the Ciaz diesel comes with a hybrid technology that incorporates an electric motor alongside the diesel engine.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Maximum Torque||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Maximum Torque|
|115 Nm @ 4,000 rpm (Petrol)
190 Nm @ 2,000 rpm (Diesel)
|130 Nm @ 4,000 rpm (Petrol)
200 Nm @ 1,750 rpm (Diesel)
On the fuel efficiency front, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz petrol MT delivers 20.73 kmpl, while the petrol automatic returns 19.12 kmpl. The diesel variant on the other hand delivers an impressive 28.09 kmpl of fuel efficiency. So, it appears that Maruti Suzuki Ciaz kicks out more power and more torque output than the Dzire on both the petrol and diesel variant.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Fuel Efficiency||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Fuel Efficiency|
|22 kmpl (Petrol MT)
22 kmpl (Petrol AT)
28.4 kmpl (Diesel)
|20.73 kmpl (Petrol MT)
19.12 kmpl (Petrol AT)
28.09 kmpl (Diesel)
Apart from the manual gearbox, the Dzire also receives 4-speed automatic transmission on the petrol front just like Ciaz. But, on the diesel front the compact sedan gets an edge with the AGS, which offers convenience of dual-pedal technology without drinking too much fuel like fully automatic transmission. However, both the cars are equipped with decently powerful engines and come with good power-to-weight ratio.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Safety
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire is equipped with various top-notch safety measures like dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensor, ISOFIX mount, engine immobilizer and a tougher body structure.
The Ciaz also comes equipped with pretty impressive in terms of safety. It gets dual airbags, ABS with EBD, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters. Also, the car gets reverse parking camera, reverse parking sensor, auto dimming IRVM, engine immobilizer.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Price
The all-new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes priced between Rs. 5.45 lakh and Rs. 9.41 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), while its larger and more premium sibling Ciaz is priced between Rs. 7.73 lakh and Rs. 10.52 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The top-end trims of Dzire and the mid level Ciaz variants are very closely priced.
|2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire||Maruti Suzuki Ciaz|
|Rs. 5.45 lakh – Rs. 9.41 lakh||Rs. 7.73 lakh – Rs. 10.52 lakh|
* All prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi.
2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz – Comparison Verdict
Clearly, the customers of both the cars are very different in terms of their nature. While the Dzire customer wants the comfort and convenience of a sedan, but can’t afford to spend much, the Ciaz customers want a premium looking sedan with style, technology, comfort at one single package and that too at a price around Rs. 10 lakh slab.
Now, with the new Dzire receiving a refreshed stylish appearance and all the upmarket features you would love to see in your car’s cabin, it comes raising the bar. Also, with the pricing bit lower than the Ciaz, some customers can shift their attention towards the compact sedan, as they many features Ciaz can offer at a lower price.
This fact surely can help the Dzire to snatch away a number of customers from Ciaz, but the number wouldn’t be too great as Ciaz has established itself as a premium midsize sedan and the pricing different is not very significant when it comes to comparing some of the variants. It depends on the preference and how the car is going to be used, whether in traffic or on B-roads.