Maruti Suzuki revealed the 2020 Brezza (facelift) at the Auto Expo, and it is now powered by a 1.5-litre, BS6 petrol engine only. The Brezza was earlier available only with a 1.3-litre diesel engine. The updated model features minor cosmetic tweaks and some new features. In this review, we’ll tell you whether you should put your money on the new Brezza or not.
2020 Vitara Brezza Facelift Dimensions
The Brezza belongs to the sub-4m SUV segment where it competes against the likes of the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Venue. In this segment, the XUV300 is the widest car followed by the Tata Nexon. Brezza stands at the third spot. As far as overall height is concerned, Brezza is only shorter than the EcoSport. At 2500mm, Brezza’s wheelbase is about the same as the Nexon and Venue, and it is the smallest in this segment. With the update, Brezza’s ground clearance has gone up from 198mm to 200mm, same as the EcoSport. As far as exterior dimensions are concerned, Brezza is larger than the Venue, but it falls short on some counts when compared to its other rivals.
2020 MARUTI VITARA BREZZA VS COMPETITION
EXTERIOR DIMENSION COMPARISON
Maruti Vitara Brezza
Tyre Size (max)
On the cosmetic front, Brezza gets a new headlamp design that now features two projectors and integrated dual-function DRLs. Other than the new headlamp internals, you also get a reworked front bumper and grille. The headlamps now get LEDs VXI variant onwards. All these changes make the Brezza look different from its pre-facelift version. However, the same can’t be said about the updates at the side and the rear. The only change on the side is the new design of alloy wheels. At the rear, you get different tail lamps and reworked faux skid plate. So, while the 2020 Brezza looks different compared to the older version, changes at the side and rear are minimal.
Inside you get adequate shoulder room for both the front passengers. At the rear, three people won’t have enough shoulder space. Headroom, both at the front and the rear, is fine for 6-footers. Talk of rear leg space, and you get enough room to seat a 6-foot person on the back seat with a similar-sized person at the front.
There’s hardly any difference in the cabin of the 2020 Brezza and the version before. It’s the same all-black cabin with some silver accents on the dashboard and doors, and glossy black finish around the infotainment system and air-con vents. There’s no shortage of storage spaces -- bottle holders in the doors, two gloveboxes, cupholders in the center console and a hook behind the driver’s seat.
Brezza now gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which was not on offer before. There’s also an auto-dimming IRVM now to make driving at night easier. We would have liked more changes in the cabin, like a flat-bottom steering wheel, a more informative or colourful MID or even a bigger touchscreen would have been welcome. For now, the Brezza’s cabin looks the same as the older version.
If you’re planning to buy the Brezza, note that despite being a sub-4m SUV it offers enough cabin space to seat four adults and the quality of interior is also satisfactory for a sub-Rs 10 lakh car. All we wish is for more changes inside the cabin of the 2020 version.
2020 Vitara Brezza Engine Specifications
Brezza’s 1.5-litre petrol engine is available with a manual transmission in all four variants -- LXI, VXI, ZXI and ZXI+. With the same engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission is also available, but in all variants apart from LXI.
2020 MARUTI VITARA BREZZA | 1.5L PETROL VARIANTS
Only Brezza and EcoSport now get a 1.5-litre petrol engine in this segment. All other cars get smaller displacement engines. Between the Brezza and EcoSport, the Brezza gets a 4-cylinder engine; EcoSport gets a 3-cylinder unit. With a larger displacement it’s able to deliver more power and torque than the Brezza. Maruti’s 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 105PS of maximum power and 138Nm of peak torque. Only the Venue 1.2 offers a lower power output than the Brezza, rest all cars in this segment are more powerful. We tested Brezza’s fuel efficiency as well, and it returned 13.63kmpl for a 30km run that lasted 1.5 hours. Maruti Suzuki claims ARAI fuel efficiency figure of 17.03kmpl with the manual transmission of this sub-4m SUV.
2020 MARUTI VITARA BREZZAVS COMPETITION PETROL ENGINE SPECS
Maruti Vitara Brezza
5-Speed MT & 4-Speed AT
6-Speed MT & 6-Speed AMT
6 Speed MT
5-Speed MT & 6-Speed AT
6-Speed MT & 7-Speed DCT
17.03kmpl & 18.76kmpl
17.2kmpl & 16kmpl
13.63kmpl & NA
2020 Vitara Brezza Facelift Performance
The first thing that you notice driving the petrol Brezza is the lightness of its clutch and accuracy of gear shifts. These obviously make frequent gear changes easy. Since it’s not a turbo petrol engine, you will need to downshift in most situations for brisk acceleration. While you do that, going beyond 3000rpm will make the engine noise audible inside the cabin. Despite being the largest engine in its segment as far as displacement is concerned (along with the EcoSport’s unit), Brezza’s engine is not the most performance centric. What it does best is, offer a refined and smooth drive experience. So you will have to set your expectations right when driving the petrol Brezza, it’s no more the zippy Brezza diesel.
Brezza petrol’s relaxed engine performance is matched by a soft(er) suspension setup compared to the pre-facelift Brezza diesel. It managed to deal with road uncertainties with ease, and the cabin remains stable as well. While its ride impressed us, Brezza’s braking needs some more bite to inspire confidence in the driver. So take into account the engine performance and the entire mechanical setup, it’s easy to conclude that Brezza petrol is a car that’s best enjoyed with a sedate driving style.
Vitara Brezza Facelift Price & Variants
2020 MARUTI VITARA BREZZA PRICE LIST EX-SHOWROOM INDIA | MAR. 2020
1.5L PETROL MT
1.5L PETROL AT
Brezza petrol is available in four variants -- LXI, VXI, ZXI and ZXI+. The entry-level manual version costs Rs 7.34 lakh and the top spec is priced at Rs 9.75 lakh. You can opt for an automatic transmission with the same engine, but only in VXI, ZXI and ZXI+ variants. The prices of the automatic Brezza start at Rs 9.75 lakh and go up to Rs 11.15 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
The most value pick of all Brezza variants is the ZXI. It offers the best mix of features and value. The second best pick will be Brezza LXI. It will be sensible to buy the LXI and personalise it over buying the Brezza VXI. Why do we say that? All the details in the “variants explained” story, here. For buyers seeking automatic Brezza, ZXI variants remains our top choice.
Most affordable variant with AT. Better upgrade to ZXI. Buy if you don’t want to stretch your budget any more.
The updated Brezza gets a makeover primarily at the front. We would have liked if there were some more cosmetic updates at the rear and inside the cabin as well. Maruti could have added some more features to make the package appealing for those who like to spend on luxuries.
By plonking a 1.5-litre petrol engine under the Brezza’s hood, Maruti Suzuki has given a clear message that it doesn’t want to compromise on performance to make the car cost effective or for the sake of fuel efficiency. Considering the engine performance and mechanicals, Brezza facelift is a car that will be best enjoyed when driven calmly. It’s a particularly refined vehicle and if refinement is one of the top attributes you seek for in a sub-4m SUV that you want to buy, Brezza should be there in your wishlist.
Maruti Suzuki offers six monotone exterior colour options in the Brezza -- orange, silver, white, blue, grey and red. The top ZXI+ variant doesn’t get the monotone red colour. There are three dual-tone exterior colour schemes on offer as well, which will set you back by Rs 23,000. These are red-black, blue-black and grey-orange.
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