I have seen vehicle in flesh today.
Seen Metallic Sangria Red colour variant Zdi and did test drive on white Zdi
-Car looks good,It will command good presence,but not any eye turner, Maruti definitely omitted "wow" factor seen in concept car
-Car is long and good and build quality seems good
-Seats are good. Backseat is the place Ciaz invites you more,with good comfort and surprisingly soft and good rear head rests.
-Soft release compartment infront of gearbox is nice and looks premium
-Instrument panel looks good and simply beautiful and not having wow premium look
-gear knob is looks nice and feels nice to hold also
-front arm rest is kind of a joke..did find any use .may be useful in long drives.
-Front seats are having good shoulder support for me.
-2 DIN audio system is OK Ok... sound is pathetic in stock speaker.. BASS kills your head. IMHO stock speakers are first to be replaced
- Overall driving experience is ok.
-Diesel engine looks more refined and pleasant to ears than in swift/ritz
-Gear throws are short for 1-3 and longer for 4-5
-Turbo lag is there and not as clearly evident as swift
-Breaking is good
-Steering is dissapointly light and give less confidence at speeds of 100+. Car feels as if not planted to ground may be Zdi has thinner tyre. Tyre upgrade will improve and give more stable driving experience
-Acceleration is more linear and engine lacks peppiness
I test drove vehicle with 3 persons with avg weight on board. I touched 100+ speed
Not able drive in bumper to bumper traffic as no heavitraffic in lunch time
-Best experience is noise levels inside cabin are low.(may be brand new vehicle just clocked 80km)
Pros for me
Features it offers giving a good feeling of VFM
Low noise levels inside car..Best NVH levels by Diesel maruti so far i think
Even though dashboard design is simple ,doesnt have cheap look. Looks premium
Biggest advantage ofcourse is BACKSEAT
Cons as for me
Steering is light . Tyre upgrade may solve with thicker rubber
-Price of ZDi with 1.3 DDiS
This car surely be a some number changer for maruti in a3+ segment but may not dethrone city. Honda still carries USP of premium brand