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As Maruti Suzuki venture into the as yet unexplored luxury car segment with the Kizashi, the designers seem to have taken inspiration from an athlete in motion, to give the sedan the sporty look, rather than that of a run-of-the-mill saloon. The Kizashi’s three-dimensional curved bonnet lines make for a strong presence while giving the impression of forward motion. The headlamps with their elliptical rings add to the muscular look of the car, aided and abetted by the mesh-design front grille. The taut shoulder lines run from the nose to the tail, giving the car a dynamic and sporty stance from the side and, at the same time, making it look elegant. The minute you step inside the car, there is an unmistakable air of luxury emanating from the leather upholstery and the fit-and-finish of the plastics and the switchgear. One has never seen this kind of quality in any Maruti product in the past, not even in their high-end SUV.
The sportiness of the car is evident inside too as you get behind the leather-wrapped steering wheel and take a first look at the driver-centred instrumentation layout. The Kizashi hides a 2,400-cc, DOHC 16-valve J-engine under its hood, which develops a healthy 178 PS at 6,500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated either to a six-speed manual gearbox or, depending upon your choice, a continuous variable transmission (CVT) with a six-speed paddle shift on the steering. As I examined further, the rigidity of the body and suspension were a true revelation.
The straight under-floor members and comprehensively reinforced joints play an important part in increasing the tensional rigidity of the monocoque along with the reinforced pillars and suspension mounts. The suspension up front is standard McPherson strut and there is a multi-link set-up at the rear. The Kizashi is truly a sports luxury sedan and a fun car to drive right from the short-throw six-speed box to the 2.4-litre engine. The gear shift is slick and precise. The pull from this 2.4 engine is very strong up to 4,000 rpm and then it goes a little flat until it hits the rev limiter at 6,700 rpm. The ride is good too. The Kizashi now is only available on order. It is priced at Rs 17.6 to 18.2 ex-showroom New Delhi. For a detailed analysis read below.
Is well finished and quality loaded.
Not spacious as other D segmenters.
Looks muscular and well built.
Design is too generic.
Has loads of performance and is smooth.
Gearbox is a let-down4.
In the Kizashi both the manual and automatic give 12.45 and 12.53 kmpl, which is less and a diesel option is needed. Running cost is good as its a Maruti afterall.
Only in petrol the automatic is more frugal.
Not as efficienct as rivals and no diesel.
The Kizashi’s engine and gearbox lived up to its sports sedan billing, but it was the suspension and steering that really completed the sports package. The steering was light yet precise and gave an excellent feedback. The firm suspension set-up with 215/55/17 tyres gave the car a leech-like grip and it was put to full test when I took some of the corners well in excess of 170 km/h. Most cars behave themselves under normal circumstances, but I had to manoeuvre the Kizashi as I came round a corner in excess of 170 km/h and, ran into a stretch that was dug up.
Safety features and also good handler.
Steering lacks feedback.
The rigidity of the body and suspension were a true revelation. The straight under-floor members and comprehensively reinforced joints play an important part in increasing the tensional rigidity of the monocoque along with the reinforced pillars and suspension mounts. The suspension up front is standard McPherson strut and there is a multi-link set-up at the rear. The ride is plush and solid.
Bets ride for Maruti.
High speed ride could be better.
Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Fuel Efficiency,Comfort,
Esteem was my dream car since i was in the womb! Luckily, by now, i own a 96model esteem vx,white colour dashingly altered with alloys,leather seats,pioneer system and sporty vinyls. The shape,the design of the baby makes her an eye-turner.Alloys and the leather seats are her jewels. The vinyls make her look like a sports car...indeed she is..The 1.3L beast gets her meal from the carburetter to rev like a hunting cheetah. The 17 year old beauty still pleasures me by roaring upto 140kmhr with full control at fingertips and doesnt let any of your body parts vibrate..Thats the beauty of it..Full n finally,i do love my baby forever ..The crave to ride u never ends...!
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Pros Great Looks,Good Performance,Great Interiors,Comfort,It's just great on POWER, just release the clutch and feel it below the hood...
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,It moves toooooooooooo lesss for one liter of the petrol....
High in style, power and comfort, one can say just OWESOME.....
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Pros Great Looks,
Cons Average Fuel Efficiency,
I have had good experience with owning Maruti cars in the past and now that I have bought this car I have enjoyed driving as well. It is a sporty looking car and it is very modern in its style but interiors could have been better. It does feel premium but now when i look at new cars i dont think it is that premium. Service centre has taken good car of my car and i mostly use it for going to office itself. My drive drives me to office everyday but i have driven my car on many occasions as well. The engine performance is good but i think skoda is better but Maruti is reliable with its engines. I initially bought this car because i wanted something different and it was a good decision but i want to buy a new car now but now i am not getting good resale value for the Kisazhi. What should i do
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