Chosen Swift Dzire 2015 Sangria Red ZXi
Brief history: After met with fatal accident in Maruti Zen Carb which is great companion for more than 17 years, which is used to give 20kmpl at 100km speeds and never gave any problem. After the accident I would like to buy a car with air bags and abs
Selection criteria: Being a mechanical engineer and all the tools and the hydraulic jack available at home I used to do my car service, any repairs at home along with a Maruti show room mechanic who comes to home on Sundays. Plus one to that Maruti Suzuki is the only company which gives genuine spares to outside distributors, this particular aspect helped me to do any kind of work at home. I have not given my earlier car to service at MASS even after delivery, everything at home only.
So the selection is simple only Maruti Suzuki, Test driven three cars
1. Ciaz ZXI plus
Felt underpowered, cost cutting interiors and suspension
Want to upgrade from 1L so out of question
3. DZIRE ZXI
Felt excellent interiors, excellent pick up and excellent back seat comfort. Downside rear leg room and touch screen system.
Accidently test-driven Tata Zest not impressed with engine performance, gear box and seats. But interiors are good and well build.
Booking and PDI: I have my loan pre-approved so cash in hand I tried to buy the car immediately I have rejected three cars at stock yard. First one is with lots of scratches on the body, second one is with windshield pit and the third one got bumper damage. I have booked the car in three showrooms and used to roam between stockyards. Where ever I got the perfect car there I finalized and said go further and canceled other two bookings.
Delivery: Took the delivery of the car on 26-05-2015. At stock yard ODO is 6KM, at the time of delivery 16KM. Clearly told no Teflon coating, no under chassis coating and just wash and give the car. Delivery experience is not great at dealer all dumb people out there.
Newly tuned 2015 K12MN petrol engine feels quite powerful, felt excellent pick and excellent torque. I have driven many cars from yesteryears to present, the car nowhere behind its present rivals.
Even though it is three year old interior design, interiors are excellent and top notch nowhere behind its present rivals including Baleno.
Good seating, good back seat comfort, back leg room limited but it does not affect the back seat comfort.
Excellent suspension, handles big potholes and speed barkers nicely. Good ground clearance, brakes are good in ZXI.
AC performance is very good, With AC is on car is never felt underpowered even in Ghat sections.
Excellent ride and handling, very stable at three digit high speeds and good cornering capability.
Feeling sitting in big car than beleno due to height despite of baleno is wider.
Excellnt fuel economy I am getting 20kmpl on highway at the speeds 100kmph to 110kmph in city 16 with 100% AC.
Being a mechanical engineer I felt Engineer and technology is excellent and well designed in all aspects.
High seating position
Blind spots and poor visibility front and back
Lack of Touch Screen
NVH levels are bad, all surrounding noise creeps in, Bike horns etc. this is absolutely undesirable and cabin insulation is very very poor.
VVT makes continuously changing engine noise, engine noise creeps in at all speeds. It not linear or constantly growing noise when speed increases, but it is different from time to time due to VVT changes engine valve timing based on the real time driving conditions. This noise is irritating.
Rear leg room.
Sheet metal is very thin, 0.7mm thickness of the bonnet, a small fruit falling from a tree can cause dimple.
Did I miss Baleno not at all
Interiors are not premium, full thumbs down for inside feeling of the car
Back seat is not comfortable, bumpy ride for back seat travellers
Advantages are new design , less curb weight good performance due to less weight. But these factors not convinced me.