Maruti Suzuki has launched the new and updated Ciaz in India in the price range of Rs 8.19 – 10.97 lakhs (ex-showroom). With the update, the C-segment sedan gets additional features as standard across its variants and a new petrol engine. The refreshed Ciaz arrives just ahead of the festive season in the country. So here are all the cars that one must also consider before buying the new Ciaz.
The diesel trims of the Ciaz are priced exactly the same as the petrol automatics. The entry-level Sigma trim misses out on a few bells and whistles but it still has a lot of features as standard. For the price of the Ciaz Sigma, hatchbacks like the Maruti Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra and Ford Figo can be had in their fully loaded trim. Or for a slightly higher price, there are options of premium hatchbacks such as the Baleno and Elite i20 as well. The top-spec Hyundai Xcent SX (O) and Ford Aspire Titanium AT are two compact sedans which are also available in this price range.
The Delta trim of the Ciaz enters the top-spec price bracket of other compact sedans like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire ZDI+ and Honda Amaze V. The Polo GT TDI is the hot hatch option here. Another Volkswagen, the Ameo, is available in the Highline Plus trim with a diesel DSG for just under Rs 10 lakhs. But the Ciaz offers better features and has a more powerful motor compared to these cars.
As we move to the Zeta trim, Tata is offering its new baby crossover, the Nexon, which can be had in a top-spec trim. The Tata product offers AMT diesel options even in the XZA variant. But the better bet could be the Ciaz’s stablemate, the Vitara Brezza ZDi+ AGS which is priced a few thousand rupees under the Zeta diesel trim of the sedan. Or if you want the Ford EcoSport you’ll have to settle for the Titanium+ trim. The arch-rival Hyundai Verna can be had in the SX trim. Meanwhile, the Honda WR-V VX is also a Japanese brute that can be had at this price.
The top-spec Alpha trim of the Ciaz tops out at Rs 10.97 lakhs and is filled to the brim in terms of features. At this price bracket, the Renault Duster RXZ 4X2 is an off-roader with a decent amount of ground clearance. But the Ertiga ZDI + SHVS can seat seven and the Renault Lodgy 85PS RXL Stepway can seat eight at the same price of the five-eater Ciaz. The top-of-the-line variants of its rivals – Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento or the Skoda Rapid – are more expensive than the Ciaz Alpha. But if you are looking for SUVs, the Hyundai Creta in E trim, Renault Captur in the RXE trim and Mahindra Scorpio in the S3 trim are the only options at this price point.