Maruti Suzuki has been the undisputed car manufacturer when it comes to selling cars in India. They’ve got multiple models for the buyer that includes hatchbacks, sedans, an SUV and MPVs too. Customers are lured towards the brand for its reliability, low maintenance costs and its massive dealership network. We shortlist some of their cars you can buy under the 10 lakh rupee mark.
1) Maruti Suzuki Celerio
When first launched in 2014, the Celerio was an instant hit because of its proportionate styling and well-made cabin. It definitely appeals to a global audience, thanks to its clean lines and surfaces. The facelifted version, that was launched some years later, featured updated bumpers, a new grille and tweaked tail light clusters. It is a car that has managed to attract a whole lot of buyers in the small hatchback segment.
The cabin is roomy, and being tall, headroom is great too. The front seats provide excellent support, surprisingly, and the space at the rear leaves you rather impressed. When seated, you feel comfortable with good under-thigh support. However, three occupants at the rear might be a tight fit, because of the not-so-wide cabin.
It is best used as a city car, the Celerio. It is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine that produces 67bhp and 90Nm of torque, paired either to a 5-speed manual or an AMT gearbox. At low engine speeds, it is moderately powerful and responsive. It’s also smooth and silent until you start pushing it hard.
2) Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Cars look quite different from its compact sedan derivative – and that’s a good thing. It has a nice, sporty bumper and an opened-mouth grille, and there is no chrome on the Swift. The side profile is exactly the same as that of the Swift, but the rear-end reflects it’s a proper hatch, and we like how the door handle is placed in the C-pillar. The new Swift is also lighter than the car it replaced.
The dashboard belongs to the Dzire, but there are some notable changes. It sports a lovely all-black cabin and the dashboard features circular central AC vents and controls along with silver inserts. The dashboard is simple but stylish and the big touchscreen infotainment system looks good. The finish of plastics could’ve been better. The seats at the front are comfortable and supportive. Boot space is great at 268 litres.
The Swift is powered by a 1.2-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol engine that produces 83bhp and 113Nm of torque, paired to a 5-speed manual and an AMT gearbox. Performance has improved, because of its lighter chassis and the engine responds well at low engine speeds. Its engine revs nicely and sounds sporty, and the manual gearbox is quick to respond.
3) Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The updated Vitara Brezza came with some notable alterations, in the form of a new front grille, a revised front bumper, LED head and tail lights and LED fog lamps. But the changes remain subtle, and definitely give it a newer look.
The cabin features small revisions too, and while a major part of the interior remains the same, what’s new is Maruti’s SmartPlay Studio featuring in the 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It gets features like automatic dimming rear-view mirrors, automatic wipers and headlights. The plastics feel a bit low-rent, making one feel the need for better quality.
No more diesel engines, so the Brezza facelift gets a 1.5-litre K-Series petrol engine that makes 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. There’s a good amount of grunt on offer, making it easy to drive in the city. On the highway, the engine pulls effortlessly and goes on to reach three-digit figures without any fuss. Refinement too is typical of that of Maruti’s petrol engines – silky smooth. The transmission shifts smoothly, but the 4-speed automatic can’t be compared with much better rivals like the Sonet and Magnate. But if you’re pottering about in the city, then the auto ‘box does its job well. This engine also comes with a Smart Hybrid system and manages a claimed figure of 17kpl, while the Smart Hybrid model will offer 18.7kpl. It loves being driven around enthusiastically, even at high speeds and feels quite stable too. We wish the tyres offered a better grip, and the corners aren’t the Brezza’s forte.