2018 Maruti Ciaz Review: Revised Exterior and Incredible Fuel Efficiency

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Maruti has launched the mid-life facelift version of its popular premium hatchback - Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The 2018 Ciaz comes with a revamped exterior and improved performance. Let's find out what is new on this new Ciaz.

Maruti knows exactly the way to meet the need and desires of India customers. Maruti has got it right with almost every car it makes, and with the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Maruti has once again confirmed its powerful brand name. Released in August 2018, 2018 facelift Maruti Ciaz, a C-segment sedan, has successfully made its way to the top spots in the sales chart. 2018 Maruti Ciaz Facelift is promised to bring in a new stylish look along with powerful performance. In this review, we will find out the charm of the Maruti Ciaz.

1. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 Exterior

Maruti Ciaz facelift has gone under a slightly revised look. Overall, the Ciaz still inherits the core design features of the older version but gets some minor changes. For example, on the front face, the Ciaz sports a new chrome treatment grille flanked by the headlights. The blackout air dam is replaced with chrome accent. The fog light housings are also different, larger and of course, with chrome touch. It also gets LED highlights with DRLs and LEDs on the fog light units. Noticeably, the cut and ceases on the bonnet is strongly emphasized. Compared with the simple front, the 2018 Maruti Ciaz is tuned for a sportier and more youthful appearance.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz blue color front look

Maruti Ciaz 2018 mostly resembles the older version but gets some minor changes, especially on the front face

To the side and rear of the new Ciaz, there aren’t as many twists as on the front. The sides of the Ciaz is almost the same except for the adoption of the new wheelset. On the top variant, Ciaz will come with 16-inch alloy wheels, and the lower variants get smaller 15-inch alloy wheel. The base variant only receives steel rims. The rear keeps the same design except for the addition of chrome treatment on the rear fog light. What’s more, the newly-added LED headlights increase the premiumness for the exterior.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz blue color rear look running on road

The side and the rear of 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is basically the same as in the previous model

2. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 Interior

2.1. Interior Design

Just like the outer appearance, the interior cabin keeps the same layout while integrating some small changes on the dashboard. The light colour theme will create a pleasing impression right at the first moment you step into the cabin. The new dashboard gets new faux wood treatment. At the centre console, you will find a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The best part is that this unit comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation function provided by MapMyIndia. On the instrument cluster, the 4.2-inch digital MID gets bigger in size, and surely more modern in style. The sad news is this unit could not be seen on the diesel variant.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 dashboard

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz keeps the same interior layout but puts some small twists on the dashboard

2.2. Seating and space

Talking about the space, the rear seat could comfortably accommodate three people at best. Especially it feels ultra-comfortable with the ample legroom. The rear passengers will not be interrupted by the intruding centre console. Moreover, with a flat floor, it will allow them to find a good seating position. However, it would feel more pleasing with adjustable headrests which aren’t offered at the lower variants. Another downside of the seating is the not-so-good height support and cramped headroom.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz interior space front and rear row

The interior of the Ciaz offers a comfortable space in both the front and rear row

2.3. Features

Here we come to the most talked-about part of the new Ciaz – it’s the feature package that it offers.

Like the previous version, 2018 Maruti Ciaz is going to be well-equipped with a long list of features. Here are some noticeable features on the new Ciaz:

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Connectivity

  • Rear-AC vents

  • Reverse parking camera

  • Keyless entry

  • Push-button start

  • Cruise control

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 7-inch infotainment system

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 gets a 7-inch infotainment system

2.4. Safety features

Coming to the new version of Maruti Ciaz, you can expect to see some new safety techs which include speed alarm and seatbelt reminder for the front passengers. With the speed alarm, you could not cross the 120 kmph without the alert ring blasting out. Besides, the Ciaz also offer ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across the range. It is a big disappointment that the Ciaz doesn’t offer six airbags as its rivals like Hyundai Verna and Honda City.

3. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 Performance

Diesel engine

Maruti Ciaz continues to be powered by the 1.3-litre, DDiS diesel motor which could release 88.5 HP and 200 Nm. This engine comes most powerful at the mid-range and but below that point, turbo lags and engine noise is still evident.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 front and rear look on road

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 keeps the 1.3 diesel engine from the previous version

The 2018 version gets help from the newly-added Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) which smartly help to improve the fuel consumption. In fact, 2018 Maruti Ciaz is among the most fuel-efficient models in the market. The diesel variants are ahead with the claimed mileage of 28.09 kmpl while the petrol engine could return 21.56 kmpl. How does the SHVS bring in such fuel-efficient performance? The secret is that this tech will stop the engine if the car is at idle, store kinetic energy generated by braking.

Petrol engine

The petrol variants get a new engine which is the 1.5-litre, K15 petrol motor. This unit is paired with a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic transmission. With the help of the lithium-ion battery from the SHVS, the petrol Ciaz could provide 103.5 HP of power and 138 Nm of torque. The engine feels most refined at the lower range with punchy performance, and as it passes 4000 RPM, it becomes less smooth, especially at the high range, the engine gets really vocal. The manual gearbox could work the engine for about 6500 RPM in the "L" and "2" gear. The gear shifting and clutch in the manual version works faster and responsive than the automatic version. It is obviously the manual that wins hands-down.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 front angle city background

The petrol Ciaz gets power from 1.5-litre, K15 engine paired with both automatic and manual gearbox

Handling and riding quality

The 2018 Ciaz is given a reworked suspension system and the changes have really worked out on the new Ciaz. Now, the car could handle most of the road condition with confidence and compliance. The good ride quality makes the Ciaz an ideal pal on the bad roads of India. However, it comes at the expense of the handling. You can feel a considerable body rolls. Besides, the steering lacks response and feedback.

4. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 Specifications

Engine
 Fuel Type Diesel   Petrol
 Engine  1.3-litre DDIS 200 Engine 1.4-litre K15B VVT Engine
 Power  88BHP  103BHP
 Torque  200Nm  138Nm
 Mileage  28.09 kmpl  21.56 kmpl
 Transmission  5-speed manual

 5-speed manual

4-speed automatic

 Dimension
 Length x Width x Height  4490mm x 1730mm x 1485mm
 Wheelbase  2650 mm
 Ground Clearance   170mm
 Tyre size 16 inch/15 inch
 Boot space 510-litres
Suspension, Steering and Brake
Suspension

Front: MacPherson Strut

Rear: Torsion Beam

Steering  Power
Brake

Front: Ventilated Disc

Rear: Drum

Features
  • Power Steering

  • Power Windows Front and Rear 

  • Automatic Climate Control

  • Air Quality Control 

  • Accessory Power Outlet

  • Rear Seat Headrest

  • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts 

  • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest

  • Rear A/C VentsCruise Control

  • Rear Parking Sensors

  • Control-mounted Steering Wheel

  • Navigation

  • Engine Start/Stop Button

  • Keyless Entry

  • Gear Shift Indicator

  • Electric Adjustable Seats

  • Leather Seats

  • Tilt Adjustable Steering Column

5. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 2018 Price

Models Diesel   Petrol 
 Maruti Ciaz Signma  9.19 Lakh  8.19 Lakh
 Maruti Ciaz Delta  9.80 Lakh  8.80 Lakh
 Maruti Ciaz Zeta  10.57 Lakh  9.57 Lakh
 Maruti Ciaz Alpha  10.97 Lakh  9.97 Lakh
 Maruti Ciaz Delta Automatic  -  9.80 Lakh
 Maruti Ciaz Zeta Automatic  -  10.57 Lakh
 Maruti Ciaz Alpha Automatic  -  10.97 Lakh

6. Verdict

New Maruti Ciaz edges out most of its competitor with its unbeatably high mileage, not to mention its new posh look and ample interior space. It will be a good sedan for families with a high score on practicality.

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