Review: 2017 Maruti Suzuki Ciaz SmartHybrid

31 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Suzuki Ciaz (also known as Suzuki Alivio) is a compact car produced by Suzuki, developed to replace the Suzuki SX4 Sedan in Asian and Latin American markets. In 2014, the Sedan version of the SX4 has been replaced by the Suzuki Ciaz. It comes with features like projector headlamps, new 16 inch alloy wheels, key-less entry, window blinds, a touchscreen infotainment system, rear parking camera, automatic climate control, ABS with EBD and two airbags, rear AC vents, push button stop-start system, etc. The Chinese Version of Ciaz has sunroof as an extra feature. The Suzuki Ciaz comes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) on all variants. It comes with Dual Airbags across all variants. The car gets a reverse parking sensors in V+ variant while reverse camera is available in Z and Z+ variants. The car was also tested by ASEAN NCAP and got a 4-star rating. The Ciaz seen here is the new facelifted version. The exteriors of the new Ciaz has received a lot of cosmetic updates over the older version including a slightly redesigned front grille, revised fog lamps with chrome embellishment, LED DRLs and HID projector headlamps. The new Ciaz also brings newly designed alloy wheels. The high-end trim also gets a sunroof. The physical tweaks have also been carried towards the rear profile which features a redesigned tail light cluster, with chrome accents, and a new rear bumper. A new ‘Nexa Blue’ color scheme is also added to the present color options. The facelifted Ciaz also has many safety features. Features like ABS (anti-lock braking system), dual safety airbags and child safety lock have been added as standard across all variants. On the inside of the car, the dashboard has got an all black theme along with a touchscreen infotainment system with AppleCarPlay connectivity. There are bottle holders on both the front as well as the rear door with cup holders on the rear centre armrest. There is an automatic climate control and remote control audio system of the integrated 2-DIN speaker system, integrated with Bluetooth and AUX connectivity.


The predecessor to the Ciaz was the Suzuki SX4 Sedan. The SX4 was initially released as a five-door hatchback body style, marketed as the SX4 Crossover. With boot space of 300 liters (270 liters VDA) and 60:40 split fold rear seats, they have a tumble/roll configuration that allows for a flat load area up to a maximum volume of 1,045 litres. The sedan model, marketed as the SX4 Sport, debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show and was released in Japan, India, and a few Eastern European markets. It replaced the Suzuki Aerio sedan and also the Daewoo-based Suzuki Forenza sedan and station wagon. Maruti Suzuki launched the Indian version of the SX4 sedan that same year with minor cosmetic differences compared to the models assembled and marketed elsewhere. Maruti introduced a compressed natural gas (CNG) factory fitted kit in August 2010. In February 2011, a diesel version was introduced, which ran on the same engine as the Fiat Punto and Linea Diesel.


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Electric Assist, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type 5 Speed Manual
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 16 inch 16 spoke alloy wheels
Rear Wheel Type 16 inch 16 spoke alloy wheels
Front Tire Type 195/55R16
Rear Tire Type 195/55R16
Front Brake Type Ventilated Disc
Rear Brake Type Drum
Front Suspension Type MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Type Torsion Beam
Suspension Features Stabilizer Bars, Coil Springs, Gas Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 176.8in, 4490mm
Width (in, mm) 68.1in, 1730mm
Height (in, mm) 58.5in, 1485mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 104.3in, 2650mm
Weight (lb, kg) 2502lb, 1135kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 1.3 litre 16 valve DDiS diesel inline 4 cylinder
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 89bhp, 90PS, 66kW @ 4000RPM
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 148lb-ft, 200Nm @ 1750RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 14.6 seconds
Top Speed (mph, kmph) 118 mph, 190 kmph
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 11.4 gallons, 43L
Fuel Type (AKI, RON) B20 Diesel
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 59mpg, 25kmpL
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 66mpg, 28kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cargo Space (ft3, L) 18ft3, 510L
Max. Cargo Space (ft3, L) 18ft3, 510L