Like the elegant exterior, the cabin of the new Dzire looks more mature and upmarket. The layered dashboard is uncluttered with the large touchscreen infotainment system dominating proceedings. The touchscreen system on the top ZDi+ variant also features Apple CarPlay and the screen itself is crisp and functionality is easy too. The leather wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel is great to hold and the faux wood finish looks convincing too. Quality has improved considerably over the old car and choice of materials and panel gaps are much more consistent than before. But the Hyundai Xcent still holds an edge as far as fit and finish is concerned and things like the glove box opening, door pad materials and attention to detail is not as good.
Thanks to the larger footprint the roomy cabin doesn’t come as a surprise. The front seats are big, supportive and have acres of legroom. Thanks to the height-adjustable driver seat and the steering which adjusts for rake, finding an ideal driving position is easy. Even at the rear, the sense of space is really good and three adults can sit in decent comfort. The rear bench is well shaped and the backrest angle is ideal too. The addition of AC vents at the rear enhances the rear seat experience further and now the Dzire works well as a chauffeur driven car too. On the downside the seat squab is on the shorter side (compromises thigh support), the seat cushioning is too soft and headroom especially for tall passengers is limited. There are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin in form of four bottle holders, four cup holders and multiple cubbies for knick-knacks, but the glove box is a bit too shallow and it doesn’t get cooling function too. The boot at 376 litres is big and the large boot opening makes loading large bags quite easy too.
In the top ZDi+ trim the Dzire comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, navigation and a music system. Apart from this the Dzire gets all the basics like climate control, key-less go, reverse camera with sensors, auto headlamps, daytime running lamps and a comprehensive trip computer flanked by a fantastic new instrumentation. In terms of safety, Maruti sets a new benchmark by offering two airbags and ABS as standard across the range. The new Dzire is also compliant with the upcoming safety norms, which adds to its feel-good factor.