Vitara Brezza vs Ciaz Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Ciaz Comparison

Overall, the Ciaz petrol-automatic is the best city car amongst this group. It is also reasonably priced and surprisingly fuel efficient. However, the Vitara Brezza is an undeniably attractive proposition, thanks to its attractive pricing, maneuverability of a sub-4 meter car, suitability to Indian road conditions and last but not the least, its mini-SUV looks. The Ciaz diesel is admittedly more efficient by a very small margin, dynamically better sorted but it falls short on maneuverability as well as suitability to rough roads and thus loses out to its new stablemate.

Vitara Brezza vs Ciaz Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: Vitara Brezza’s top-most variant, the ‘ZDi+’ diesel retails for 9.54 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi, which is a whopping 65,000 Rs cheaper than Ciaz’s ‘ZDi+’ diesel variant (costing 10.18 Lakh), thanks to brezza's sub 4-metre length. In spite of being cheaper, the Vitara Brezza has more features than the Ciaz, which are worth around 10,000 Rs. making the Brezza 75,000 Rs. cheaper than an equivalent Ciaz. (Ciaz petrol-maunal ‘ZXi+’variant costs 9.07 lakh & petrol-automatic ‘ZXi AT’ variant costs 9.65 Lakh)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth, 7” Touch-screen, Navigation, Apple CarPlay + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable & Folding Mirrors, Electric Tailgate Release, Fog Lamps, Alloys, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, 2 Tweeters, LED DRLs, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors & Camera, Rear Defogger, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Projector Headlamps
Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi+): Cruise Control, Auto headlamps, Auto Wipers
Extra Features in Ciaz (ZDi+): Leather Upholstery, Rear AC Vents, Rear Sunshade

Performance & Drivability: The Ciaz petrol-automatic is by far the easiest car to drive around town, and that too by a huge margin. Sadly, the Vitara Brezza is not available with an automatic gearbox yet and we are sure Maruti is working around the clock to AMT-ify it. The manual Vitara Brezza, and both the manual geared Ciazs, are deficient in low-end torque, making them a chore to drive in traffic. However once the roads open up the Brezza & Ciaz diesels utilize their potent mid-range, and pull a big advantage over the petrol Ciaz. Amongst the diesels the Ciaz holds a miniscule power advantage over the Brezza, thanks to a lighter kerb weight. The 1.4 litre engine powering the petrol Ciaz is incredibly refined and free revving. While the Fiat sourced 1250 cc Multijet diesel powering the Brezza, as well as Ciaz has been sound deadened into submission, towards acceptable levels of refinement for the B+ segment.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 90@4000, Ciaz (diesel) – 90@4000, Ciaz (petrol) – 92@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 200@1750, Ciaz (diesel) - 200@1750, Ciaz (petrol) – 130@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 1185, Ciaz (diesel) – 1125, Ciaz (petrol) – 1020
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 76, Ciaz (diesel) – 80, Ciaz (petrol) - 90
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 169, Ciaz (diesel) – 178, Ciaz (petrol) - 127

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, the Ciaz was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the Vitara Brezza. Petrol powered manual Ciaz was consistently 2 kmpl less efficient than the diesel Brezza while the petrol-automatic Ciaz was 3 kmpl less efficient.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 24.3, Ciaz – 28.09 (diesel manual), Ciaz (petrol manual) – 20.73, Ciaz (petrol automatic) – 19.12
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 2.38, Ciaz – 2.06 (diesel manual), Ciaz (petrol manual) – 3.32, Ciaz (petrol automatic) – 3.60

Space & Comfort: Ciaz has a noticeably larger cabin than the Vitara Brezza. Especially the Knee room and leg-room for rear passengers is significantly better than the Brezza. That being said, the Brezza itself has more than adequate space for 5 adults inside the cabin and is much better than the Ciaz in terms of ingress-egress. However, Brezza's 328 litre boot is no match to Ciaz's capacious 510 litre boot capacity.

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, Ciaz - 4490
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, Ciaz - 1730
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, Ciaz - 1485

Ride Quality & Handling: Ciaz has an edge over the Vitara Brezza when it comes to dynamics. After all nothing can defy the basic laws of physics. A car with low CG (centre of gravity) has lesser body roll to control and thus can have softer springs making the ride more pliant and also better grip around the turns. That being said Maruti have really tried their level best to give car-like handling to the Vitara Brezza as far as possible. It is safe and stable around corners as well as at high speeds, but at the end of the day it is no match to the Ciaz.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, Ciaz – 170
Tyre Size: Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (Z, Z+), 205/60R16 (L,V), Ciaz - 195/55R16 (Z, Z+), 185/65R15 (V, V+)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both cars being Maruti-Suzuki products are unquestioned market leader when it comes to product reliability and service support in our country. With 2000+ touch points across the country and thankfully both cars have been saved from the Nexa nonsense.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Both the Brezza and the Ciaz are bound to hold excellent residual value thanks to excellent fuel efficiency and unmatched after sales service.
Vitara Brezza (Diesel manual) – 5.75, Ciaz (Diesel manual) – 6.10, Ciaz (Petrol manual) – 5.20, Ciaz (Petrol automatic) – 5.55

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Vitara Brezza (Diesel manual) – 6.20, Ciaz (Diesel manual) – 6.15, Ciaz (Petrol manual) – 7.15, Ciaz (Petrol automatic) – 7.70

Verdict: The Ciaz petrol-automatic is the best city car amongst this group. It is also reasonably priced and surprisingly fuel efficient. However, the Vitara Brezza is an undeniably attractive proposition, thanks to its attractive pricing, maneuverability of a sub-4 meter car, suitability to Indian road conditions and last but not the least, its mini-SUV looks. The Ciaz diesel is admittedly more efficient by a very small margin, dynamically better sorted but it falls short on maneuverability as well as suitability to rough roads and thus loses out to its new stablemate.

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Comments

  1. which car is better on high speed and good grip?? Ciaz or brezza??

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    1. Ciaz being a low-lying sedan, it is better in terms of high-speed stability than the Brezza. But the Brezza itself is not lacking at all in terms of its high speed behaviour.

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