With the facelift, Maruti Vitara Brezza gets a new petrol motor that replaces the old oil burner. But, which one's faster of the two? We drag raced them against each other to find out.
Maruti Vitara Brezza is one of the top-selling compact-SUVs in India. It has been recently updated with subtle cosmetic tweaks and a new petrol heart, which replaces the old diesel motor. While the new petrol engine is high on power, the diesel motor boasts of bigger torque figure. Thus, in a bid to find out which one’s faster in the real world, we thought of putting the two against each other in a quarter-mile drag race. Before we start, here’s how their engines fare against each other. The smaller 1.3L oil burner is a turbocharged unit, which puts out 90 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of max torque. The petrol motor, on the other hand, is a naturally aspirated setup, churning out a rated power and torque output of 105 PS and 138 Nm, respectively.
Coming back to the drag race, both the iterations of the Vitara Brezza pulled up close to each other at the start line. With a go shouted out loud, drivers dumped the clutch and off they went darting straight towards the finish line. The petrol-powered Vitara Brezza facelift was won the race by reaching the finish line first. However, the diesel-powered pre-facelift version made a great initial start. It was lugging ahead of the facelifted model, thanks to its higher torque output. But, since it misses out on the top-end power, which facelifted Vitara Brezza has, its lead on the tarmac was fairly short.
During the drag race, we managed to record the 0-100 kmph timing for both the cars. The suit was similar here. The petrol Vitara Brezza took 11.72 seconds to complete the sprint to 100 kmph mark from the standstill, while the diesel iteration of Vitara Brezza took 13.12 seconds. The difference between the two isn’t groundbreaking, but for sure petrol-powered Vitara Brezza proved to be the faster one here. Also, it should be noted that the diesel version has nearly 70,000 km clocked on the odo reading, plus the tyres showed some sign of wear. Hence, it can be contemplated that if the diesel model was as new as its petrol counterpart, the difference between the two’s performance would’ve been smaller.