The AMT technology, dubbed ‘EZ Drive’, uses an electronic control unit to work the hydraulic actuators that engage and disengage the clutch. It is the same five-speed gearbox and clutch unit found in the manual version, a move done to minimise costs.
Slot the car into ‘D’ mode and after just the briefest of delays, it lurches forward. There is a noticeable action with every gear change as the car upshifts. The system has been designed to change gears at different RPMs depending on the throttle input and will downshift if you keep it pinned. It is a bit slow to respond but is more than enough for urban driving conditions.
You can also slot it into the manual mode and control the gearshifts yourself. The changes are instant and it holds the gears till you shift. As a safety mechanism, it will not allow you to drop too many gears in a single attempt nor will it allow you to stay in a higher gear at a lower RPM.
A significant amount of vibrations can be heard and felt in the cabin when the car is idling but this smoothens out when you press the throttle. The ARAI fuel efficiency figure is 23.1kmpl.
Small Maruti Suzuki cars have always been known for their decent ride quality and this is no different. Most of the bumps are absorbed pretty well and it is only when you hit a really bad pothole that a resounding crash can be heard and felt in the cabin.
The steering is heavy at low speeds but feels better as you go faster. The 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine produces 67bhp and 90Nm of torque. The latter has been spread out decently and there is a good mid-range which will allow you to move along in traffic smoothly and maintain decent highway speeds. The brakes have initial bite and are progressive up to a certain point but would require you to plan your moves in advance especially when travelling at higher speeds.
The seating position for the driver is typical Suzuki like, upright and close to the steering wheel. There is no height adjustment and so for taller people this may be a slight issue as they would have to sit closer for a better view outside.
The windscreen both in the front and back allow a good view of the surroundings allowing for ease of manoeuvrability in tight spots where all around visibility is a priority. In terms of ease of access, all the control surfaces are easily reachable ensuring that the driver will not have to remove his left hand from the steering wheel for too long or stretch too far.