Vitara Brezza vs Dzire Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Dzire Comparison
Overall, contrary to what the readers wish to hear, it is the Dzire which convincingly wins this comparison. It has better drivability, performance, more features and yet costs around 40,000 less in terms of Total Cost of Ownership than the Vitara Brezza, looks notwithstanding, of course! But what beats the Dzire hollow is the Dzire AMT with just 20,000 Rs. extra in terms of Total Cost of Ownership over the manual Dzire (half of what you spend extra, while buying an AMT, will be recuperated when you sell it) and the escape from the hell of constant gear-shifting in your daily commutes. No we wait for the Vitara Brezza AMT with bated breath to reverse our verdict.

Vitara Brezza vs Dzire Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features: Surprisingly there's just 65,000 Rs. difference between the Dzire and the Vitara Brezza. Dzire’s top-most variant, the ‘ZDi’ diesel (maunal) retails for 7.91 Lakh, Ex-showroom, Delhi, which is not much lower than Vitara Brezza’s ‘ZDi’ diesel variant costing 8.55 Lakh. In spite of being cheaper, the Dzire ZDi also has better features as detailed below. (Dzire’s automatic-diesel ‘ZDi AMT’ variant costs 8.40 lakh)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Climate Control, Power Steering, Front Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Electric Tailgate Release, Fog Lamps, Alloys, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Steering Wheel Switches, Parking Sensors, Rear Defogger, Push Button Start & Smart Key
Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi): Projector Headlamps, LED DRLs
Extra Features in Dzire (ZDi): Push Button Start & Smart Key, 2 Tweeters, Electrically Folding Mirrors

Performance & Drivability: The biggest advantage that the Dzire holds over the Vitara Brezza is the AMT automatic gearbox which makes it immensely easier to live with in city traffic, by eliminating the need for endless clutching-declutching and gear-rowing. And the best thing is that the AMT does not even have any performance or efficiency shortfall compared with the manual version. Amongst the manuals, the Dzire has slightly better drivability than the Brezza thanks to a lighter kerb weight and slightly lesser turbo-lag. Mid-range performance and outright acceleration is evenly matched in both the cars.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 90@4000, Dzire (diesel) – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 200@1750, Dzire (diesel) - 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 1185, Dzire (diesel) – 1055
Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 76, Dzire (diesel) – 71
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel) – 169, Dzire (diesel) – 180

Fuel Efficiency: In our back-to-back tests, the Dzire was almost 1 kmpl more efficient than the Vitara Brezza. Petrol powered, manual geared Dzire was consistently 2 kmpl less efficient than the diesel Brezza while the petrol-automatic Dzire was 3 kmpl less efficient.
ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 24.3, Dzire – 26.59 (diesel manual & automatic)
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (Lakh): Vitara Brezza (diesel manual) – 2.38, Dzire – 2.18 (diesel manual & automatic)

Space & Comfort: Brezza has a noticeably larger cabin than the Dzire. Especially the knee room and leg-room for rear passengers is significantly better than the Dzire. Dzire’s rear seat is extremely cramped in terms of both leg-room and shoulder room, making it impossible to seat 3 passengers at the back. Even ingress-egress is more difficult than the Vitara Brezza, and outward visibility is also a little better. But that’s not all, Vitara Brezza also has a marginally bigger boot at 328 litres compared to the Dzire’s 316 liter boot capacity.

Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, Dzire - 3995
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, Dzire - 1695
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, Dzire - 1555

Ride Quality & Handling: However hard Maruti might try, the Brezza cannot challenge the dynamic abilities of the Dzire. Doing so would require bending of laws of physics themselves. Both cars have a slight harshness while going over bumps at low speeds but as the speeds rise the Dzire pliancy becomes much superior to that of the Brezza. Vitara Brezza is totally outclassed by the Dzire in corners. The steering response, grip and control over body roll of the Dzire is leagues ahead of the Brezza. Although the Brezza fights back with better suitability to rough roads and broken tarmac than the Dzire, thanks to a higher ground clearance.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, Dzire – 170

Tyre Size:
Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (Z, Z+), 205/60R16 (L,V)
Dzire - 185/65R15 (Z), 165/80R14 (L, V)

Reliability and After Sales Service: Both cars being Maruti-Suzuki products, are unquestioned market leaders when it comes to product reliability and service support in our country. Maruti has 2000+ touch points across the country and thankfully both cars have been saved from the Nexa nonsense, which limits the sales availability and increases the cost to customers without adding any value whatsoever.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh): Both the Brezza and the Dzire are bound to hold great residual value thanks to excellent fuel efficiency and unmatched after sales service.
Vitara Brezza (Diesel manual) – 5.15, Dzire (Diesel manual) – 4.75, Dzire (Diesel automatic) – 5.05

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Vitara Brezza (Diesel manual) – 5.80, Dzire (Diesel manual) – 5.35, Dzire (Diesel automatic) – 5.55

Verdict: Contrary to what the readers wish to hear, it is the Dzire which convincingly wins this comparison. It has better drivability, performance, more features and yet costs around 40,000 less in terms of Total Cost of Ownership than the Vitara Brezza, looks notwithstanding, of course! But what beats the Dzire hollow is the Dzire AMT with just 20,000 Rs. extra in terms of Total Cost of Ownership over the manual Dzire (half of what you spend extra, while buying an AMT, will be recuperated when you sell it) and the escape from the hell of constant gear-shifting in your daily commutes. Now we wait for the Vitara Brezza AMT with bated breath to reverse our verdict.

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