2022 Maruti Brezza packs a ton of attractive features and styling elements to make it a desirable offering in the highly competitive compact SUV segment in our country.
Recently, we took a thorough test drive of the new 2022 Maruti Brezza, which we drove for half a day in the city as well as expressway traffic. Maruti is preparing an onslaught with SUVs to grab more market share with 4 launches planned in the next few months. Brezza was the first one on that list and it will swiftly be followed by the Toyota Hyryder-based mid-size SUV that challenges the Creta and Altos. Then there could be a crossover based on the Baleno and finally, the 5-door version of the Jimny. Let us see how well this plan gets implemented. For now, here’s our detailed 2022 Maruti Brezza test drive review in text as well as video format.
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2022 Maruti Brezza Test Drive Review
We drove the Brezza in manual and automatic variants. First, we got our hands on the manual version. The first thing to notice is that the steering is well-weighted and offers great feedback. The ride quality is improved and the handling around the corners is impressive. Brezza has a balanced suspension which absorbs the potholes on the road really well and still offers a pliant ride. The response of the gearbox is decent and the grip offered by the tyres is reassuring. Another aspect that offers reassurance is braking efficiency. The brake bite is great and confidence-inspiring. The NVH levels are quite low preventing too much noise from entering the cabin.
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Talking about the manual gearbox, the 5-speed transmission enables a decent performance from the get-go. The other option is the 6-speed automatic transmission. It is geared more towards fuel efficiency. Hence, the performance is not its strong suit as it upshifts quite promptly. You could use the paddle shifters to gain some control and that combines practicality with convenience. The mileage offered by the automatic will be slightly higher compared to the manual. In real-world conditions, you could definitely expect above 15 km/l.
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2022 Maruti Brezza Review – Interior and Features
The Brezza comes loaded with features like a 9-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System, S-Connect Connected Car Tech, Wireless Charging, HUD (Head Up Display), Flat-Bottom Steering with Controls, Cascading Dashboard layout with a combination of black, brown and silver with a matte finish, Cooled Glovebox, Sliding Armrest, Auto AC with physical buttons, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Electric Sunroof, Rear AC Vents, 360-degree Camera, Part-Digital Instrument Cluster, Cruise Control, Auto-Dimming IRVMs, Tilt and Telescopic Steering Adjust and more.
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The newly launched Maruti Brezza comes powered by a next-gen K-series 1.5-litre Dual Jet, Dual VVT engine with Progressive Smart Hybrid System that outputs 103 hp and 137 Nm of peak power and torque. There are options of a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The prices range from Rs 7.99 lakh to Rs 13.96 lakh, ex-showroom. The list of rivals includes Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Kia Sonet and Mahindra XUV300.