The all-new Maruti Suzuki Brezza and the updated Hyundai Venue were just introduced in the compact SUV market. The new Brezza and the revised Venue will have their work cut out for them because this body design and size are still popular among consumers of automobiles and there are still a lot of competitors. On paper, we contrast the new Maruti Suzuki Brezza with all of its competitors to see how they compare in terms of dimensions, engine choices, features, and cost.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza versus competitors: dimensions
The new Maruti Suzuki Brezza sports a wheelbase of 2,500mm and dimensions of 3,995mm in length, 1,790mm in width, and 1,685mm in height. The height has grown by 45mm, mainly because a shark fin antenna has been added to the roof, while the vehicle’s length, width, and wheelbase are unchanged from the previous model.
The Brezza’s length ranks among the longest in this sub-4 m class, on par with most of its competitors. Insignificantly shorter are the Nexon, Magnite, and Kiger. But the new Brezza is in the middle of the pack in terms of width. It is wider than the Venue, Magnite, and Kiger, equal to the Sonet, and thinner than the Nexon and XUV300. It is also comparable in width to the Sonet and Urban Cruiser.
The new Brezza is the highest SUV in the group, measuring 1,685mm, 38mm taller than the Sonet in second place. With regard to the wheelbase, the XUV300 has a 2,500mm wheelbase, which is comparable to most other SUVs but 100mm shorter than most other SUVs combined.
The Brezza’s 328-liter boot is among the smallest in its class and is only 71 liters more than the XUV300’s. However, with a 48-liter gasoline capacity, the Maruti boasts one of the bigger fuel tanks. SUVs all have 16-inch wheels.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza vs rivals: engine options
The smaller displacement (1.0 liters and 1.2 liters) naturally aspirated engines, the turbocharged 1.0 liters, and 1.2-liter engines, and the bigger displacement 1.5-liter engines on the Brezza and the Urban Cruiser are the three main engine types in this compact-SUV market. Be aware that the Urban Cruiser is simply a Brezza from the previous generation.
In essence, the 1.5-liter engine cannot be directly compared to either the turbocharged or the lesser displacement normally aspirated engines. Nevertheless, all other naturally aspirated options in the market are outperformed by the Brezza and Urban Cruiser in terms of power. On the other hand, with the exception of the Magnite turbo and Kiger turbo, it is also less potent than its turbocharged competitors.
The Brezza’s 1.5-liter NA engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox by Maruti, which is a similar engine-gearbox setup to that of its competitors’ naturally aspirated models. Only the Brezza and the Urban Cruiser have a torque converter unit for the automatic transmission, and the former has a modern 6-speed gearbox while the latter uses an outmoded 4-speed unit. All other small SUVs come with a choice of iMT, AMT, CVT, or DCT transmissions.
The Brezza may have limited options for powertrains and overall output, but it more than makes up for this in terms of fuel efficiency. The new Brezza, available in both manual and automatic configurations, is the most fuel-efficient SUV in this market thanks to mild-hybrid technology. Only the AT version of the Urban Cruiser is equipped with mild hybrid technology, but even that model is improved by the new Brezza.
Because the Brezza is a petrol-only vehicle, the Venue, Sonet, Nexon, and XUV300 have not been included in this comparison despite having a diesel engine option.
Maruti Suzuki Brezza versus competitors, price
When compared to its predecessor, the new Brezza’s price has increased significantly. Although Brezza’s beginning price increased by just Rs 15,000, the top-spec ZXi+ AT variant now costs more than Rs 2.5 lakh than the previous model.
The Brezza petrol-manual has one of the highest starting prices, just below the XUV300 and the Urban Cruiser. Among all the compact SUVs, it is also the most expensive at the top end. Brezza automatic models have the highest beginning and maximum prices, making them even more expensive. The top-end Brezza automatic is actually more expensive than the top-end diesel-automatic versions of the Sonet, XUV300, and Nexon.
This is primarily because the Brezza has the largest engine of them all (1.5 liters), which disqualifies it from the excise duty advantages enjoyed by petrol vehicles with engines of 1.2 liters or less. Due to their smaller capacity engines, every other compact SUV, excluding the Urban Cruiser, benefits from cheaper excise duty. Brezza’s mild-hybrid technology and auxiliary battery raise the price as well “as read and reported by www.autocarindia.com”.