Maruti has introduced the Ciaz hybrid diesel, undercutting the prices of the standard versions with the subsidy under the FAME initiative. The car is available in five variants with the new technology that makes the Ciaz the most fuel efficient car in the country with claimed figures of 28.09kmpl. We look at each of the variants to find out, which offers most value for your money.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz VDi SHVS – Rs 8.23 lakh
The entry-level version of the Ciaz has a decent features list, the door handles are body coloured, and so are the mirrors with turn indicators on them. The projector headlamps and rear AC vents are standard on all variants. The car has a basic music system with four speakers and two tweeters. It also gets power windows and electrically adjustable ORVMs and the only convenience feature missing is the height adjustable driver seat.
The biggest drawback, however, is the absence of safety features, the car does get a driver side airbag, but there is no ABS or airbags for the co-driver. The VDi variant is mainly to have a lower entry price; we will not suggest this, since the versions above get the necessary features.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz VDi (O) SHVS – Rs 8.37 lakh
There no changes in terms of features list, when compared with the VDi version. The only addition here is the safety features. The car gets ABS and front airbags for just Rs 14,000 over the base model. This is the variant to look at if one is on a budget; it gets safety features, music system and basic convenience apart from the height adjustable driver seat.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz VDi + SHVS – Rs 8.81 lakh
For the extra Rs 44,000 the Ciaz gets many additional features; firstly, the driver seat is height adjustable. There is AC with climate control and the 2-DIN music system is upgraded with Bluetooth audio and telephony that has controls on the steering wheel. It also gets rear parking sensors and cabin mirror with auto dimming function. While the car still runs on steel rims, the fog lamps are available in this variant onwards.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ZDi SHVS – Rs 9.59 lakh
With the ZDi badge comes with additional features that mainly improve the aesthetic appeal and comfort. On the outside, there are alloy-wheels and chrome ORVMs. Inside, the car gets rear sunshade, foot well lamps, rear reading lamps, sunglass holders and leather seats. The gadgetry includes start-stop function and a rear parking camera that has a display integrated into the cabin mirror.
Most of these features can be added as aftermarket fitments apart from the start-stop button. The version costs close to Rs 77,000 more than the VDi+, which is a lot considering the extra features.
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz ZDi+ SHVS – Rs 10.17 lakh
The top-end variant of the Ciaz is close to Rs 48,000 more expensive than the ZDi variant. For the extra money, Maruti Suzuki is offering bigger 16-inch alloy-wheels, leather interriors and an integrated touch-screen music system with navigation. When compared with the competition, the Ciaz ZDi+ looks quite reasonabl as it has all the features and is close to Rs 1,20,000 cheaper than the Hyundai Verna and Honda City. If you are looking at buying a feature-rich car, we will suggest buy the top-end instead of opting for aftermarket upgrades.