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July 2022 - Maruti Nexa Ciaz Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

In this variant explained article, you'll find out which variant of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz petrol you should buy based on the ex-showroom prices, variant-wise features and value for money. Here we compare and objectively analyse the Ciaz's petrol variants and the features to figure out which variant is worth buying for a good value for money and ownership experience. Then we will compare the engine specs, dimensions and mileage of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz with other petrol-powered C-segment sedans like Honda City, Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus and Hyundai Verna.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Updated: This update of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz variants explained includes the latest July 2022 prices of the Nexa Ciaz and accordingly-updated buying recommendation for each variant.

Also Read: 5th Gen Honda City Petrol Variants Explained - Latest Price

Volkswagen Virtus Petrol Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

Skoda Slavia Petrol Variants Explained - Buying Recommendation

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ciaz Petrol?

The pros or advantages of Maruti Nexa Ciaz are:

  • Fairly affordable C-segment sedan despite skyrocketing new car prices - especially the Zeta manual is a good value for money and still costs under Rs. 10.0 lakh ex-showroom
  • Reasonably loaded with features like cruise control, auto AC, leather upholstery, rear AC vents, rear sunshades, sunglass holder, touchscreen, 
  • Class-leading official mileage figure of 20kmpl+ even with a torque converter type automatic transmission
  • Maruti Suzuki’s wide service network makes it easy to find original and high-quality OEM-spec spares and competent mechanics

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz petrol has the following shortcomings or problems:

  • Turbo petrol, turbo diesel and full hybrid engine options aren’t available
  • Missing features like ventilated front seats, sunroof, tyre pressure sensors, front side thorax airbags, curtain airbags, wireless phone charger, cooled storage, boot light, 360-degree camera and head-up display
  • Old-school torque converter automatic with only 4 gear ratios
  • 170mm ground clearance is practical but considerably less than newer sedans like Virtus and Slavia, which have a towering, SUV-like, 179mm clearance

What Is The Price Of Maruti Suzuki Nexa Ciaz Petrol Variants?

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is available in 5 variants with a starting price of Rs. 9.0 lakh for the Sigma petrol-manual and the prices stretch up to Rs. 10.90 lakh for the S petrol-manual. The Alpha variant with the petrol-automatic powertrain is the most expensive and it costs Rs. 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom). A 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission is available in the mid-spec 3 variants. The ex-showroom price difference between the manual and automatic variants is constant at Rs. 1.20 lakh.

MARUTI NEXA CIAZ PETROL | PRICES

EX-SHOWROOM | JUL 2022

Variant

Manual

Difference

Automatic

Sigma

Rs. 8,99,500

-

-

Delta

Rs. 9,63,500

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 10,83,500

Zeta

Rs. 9,99,000

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 11,19,000

Alpha

Rs. 10,78,500

Rs. 1,20,000

Rs. 11,98,500

S

Rs. 10,89,500

-

-

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Sigma - Base Model Features

The base model of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is only available with a petrol-manual powertrain and costs Rs. 9.0 lakh (ex-showroom). The Ciaz Sigma has the following notable features:

  • Front armrest with storage and rear armrests with cupholders
  • Tilt steering
  • Power mirrors
  • Manual AC with rear vents
  • Colour LCD for MID
  • Rear defogger
  • Day/night inside mirror
  • Music system
  • Steering-mounted controls
  • 15-inch steel wheel with covers
  • Remote central locking
  • Halogen projector headlamps

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ SIGMA

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Functional

Adjustable front headrests

Front armrest w/ storage

Driver-side window w/ one-touch up/down

Rear armrest w/ cup holders

All power windows

2x 12V power socket

Rear AC vents

Tilt steering

Manual AC

Power mirrors

4.2-inch Full-colour MID

Dead pedal/driver footrest

The base variant doesn’t get the following important features:

  • Auto AC
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Fog lamps
  • Power folding mirrors

The base variant doesn’t get some important features, which you might miss in a sedan of this class. So, we’ll suggest even budget buyers to consider stretching your budget and buy a higher variant.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ SIGMA

BASE MODEL STANDARD FEATURES

Safety

Entertainment

Style

Halogen projector headlamps

Music system

Indicators on outside mirrors

Remote central locking

Steering-mounted controls

Cabin chrome garnish

Rear Defogger

Bluetooth, USB, FM

Chrome front grille

Day/night inside mirror

4x speakers

Body coloured bumpers, door handles, mirrors

Anti-theft alarm

2x tweeters

15-inch steel wheels

Std. safety features

 

Wheel covers

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Sigma vs Delta Variant - Price, Features Comparison

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Delta costs Rs. 9.64 lakh with the manual and Rs. 10.84 lakh with the automatic. The Delta variant is Rs. 64,000 more expensive than the Sigma. For Ciaz automatic buyers, this is the most affordable variant. The torque converter type automatic transmission carries a premium of Rs. 1.20 lakh over the manual and this price difference is consistent across all variants. This additional price is a little higher than the industry standard, especially considering that the automatic has only 4 speeds. However, the automatic transmission also offers safety features like ESC and hill start assist, which are not available with the manual transmission.

Over the base Sigma variant, it adds the following notable features:

  • Front fog lamps
  • Auto AC
  • Cruise control
  • Alloy wheels
  • Height-adjustable driver seat

While the Delta variant covers the basics quite well, you may still miss the following features in this variant:

  • Rear camera
  • Touchscreen
  • Rear window sunshades
  • Adjustable rear headrests

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ SIGMA vs DELTA | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Sigma

Difference

Delta

Petrol-Manual

Rs. 8,99,500

Rs. 64,000

Rs. 9,63,500

Difference

-

 

Rs. 1,20,000

Petrol-Auto

-

-

Rs. 10,83,500

The Delta variant justifies the cost over the Sigma variant with its additional features. However, we’ll not recommend the Delta variant of the Ciaz either for manual as well as automatic buyers. Now, let’s see the additional features of the Ciaz Zeta variant.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ DELTA

FEATURES OVER SIGMA

Safety

Functional

Style

Front fog lamps

Auto AC

15-inch alloy wheels

Hill start assist (Auto only)

Height-adjustable driver seat

Silver front and rear bumper accents

ESC (Auto only)

Cruise control

 

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Delta vs Zeta Variant - Price, Features Comparison

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Zeta costs Rs. 6.47 lakh with the manual and Rs. 6.97 lakh with the automatic. The Zeta variant is Rs. 48,000 more expensive than the Delta.

It adds the following notable features over the Delta variant:

  • Rear camera
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror
  • Auto headlamps
  • Rear reading lamps
  • Front footwell lamps
  • Adjustable rear headrests
  • Sunglass holder
  • LED projector headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • LED fog lamps
  • Keyless entry with push-button start/stop
  • Rear window sunshades
  • Power folding mirrors

In this variant, you may miss features like:

  • Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Machined alloy wheels
  • Front side thorax airbags
  • Cooled storage
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Boot light

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ DELTA vs ZETA | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Delta

Difference

Zeta

Petrol-Manual

Rs. 9,63,500

Rs. 35,500

Rs. 9,99,000

Difference

Rs. 1,20,000

 

Rs. 1,20,000

Petrol-Auto

Rs. 10,83,500

Rs. 35,500

Rs. 11,19,000

This variant offers important features, which are essential for a sedan ownership regardless of whether you’re planning to drive the car yourself or have a driver chauffeur you around. Moreover, on the value front, the Zeta variant offers the best bang for your money and therefore it earns our top recommendation. Even if you’re on a tight budget, we’ll strongly suggest you stretch your budget and buy the Zeta variant. Especially with the manual transmission, a sub-Rs. 10.0 lakh price will also result in lower taxes and registration fees.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ ZETA

FEATURES OVER DELTA

Style & Safety

Functional

Rear camera

Auto headlamps

Power-folding mirrors

Chrome outside door handles

Rear window sunshades

Keyless entry w/ push-button start/stop

LED projector headlamps

Auto-dimming inside mirror

Adjustable rear headrests

LED DRLs

Rear reading lamps

Front footwell lamps

LED tail lamps

Sunglass holder

 

LED fog lamps

   

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Zeta vs Alpha Variant - Price, Features Comparison

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Alpha variant costs Rs. 10.79 lakh with the manual and Rs. 11.99 lakh with the automatic. It’s Rs. 79,500 more expensive than the Zeta trim and gets the following notable additional features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Larger 16-inch machined alloy wheels with wider tyres
  • 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • Leather steering wheel cover
  • Chrome accents on the exterior

Even in the well-loaded Alpha trim, you may miss features like:

  • Ventilated front seats (especially because of the non-breathable leather upholstery)
  • Tyre pressure sensors
  • Sunroof
  • Front side thorax and curtain airbags
  • Cooled storage
  • Boot light

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ ZETA vs ALPHA | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Zeta

Difference

Alpha

Petrol-Manual

Rs. 9,99,000

Rs. 79,500

Rs. 10,78,500

Difference

Rs. 1,20,000

 

Rs. 1,20,000

Petrol-Auto

Rs. 11,19,000

Rs. 79,500

Rs. 11,98,500

The Alpha variant justifies the incremental cost over even the base Sigma variant, but it doesn’t offer the kind of value for money that the Zeta does. The Alpha is a value for money variant. However, you should buy it only if you can easily afford this variant and absolutely want these features. For better value, you can also consider the higher S variant. Let’s see what additional features it offers.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ ALPHA

FEATURES OVER ZETA

Entertainment

Style

7-inch touchscreen infotainment

16-inch machined alloy wheels

Wired Android Auto

Chrome on door, boot lid, bumpers

Wired Apple Carplay

Leather upholstery

 

Leather steering wheel

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol Alpha vs S Variant - Price, Features Comparison

The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz S variant is only available with a manual transmission and costs Rs. 10.90 lakh, which is Rs. 11,000 more than the Alpha variant. It gets mostly cosmetic features like black interior, black upholstery, spoiler, rear bumper skirt, side skirts and grey alloy wheels.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ ALPHA vs S | PRICE COMPARISON

 

Alpha

Difference

S

Petrol-Manual

Rs. 10,78,500

Rs. 11,000

Rs. 10,89,500

Difference

Rs. 1,20,000

 

-

Petrol-Auto

Rs. 11,98,500

-

-

These are all design features but they more than justify the Rs. 11,000 incremental price premium over the Alpha variant. So, if you’re planning to buy the Alpha manual variant, and like the S variant’s design, then this variant is an easy choice. It offers better value than the Alpha variant with some exclusive style features.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ S

FEATURES OVER ALPHA

Style

Black leather upholstery

Piano black outside mirrors

Grey alloy wheels

Piano black front bumper accents

Black side skirts

Black rear spoiler

Black interior

 

22+190=212

=1.16

4+4+2.5+5+

1+0.5+5

Which Variant Of The Maruti Nexa Ciaz Petrol Should You Buy?

The base Sigma variant of the Ciaz doesn’t get a few important features. The Delta variant justifies the upgrade cost but still doesn’t add some important features, which are essential for an upmarket ownership experience of a sedan owner.

The Zeta variant not only offers these features, it also offers a phenomenal value for money. So for a good ownership experience as well as better value for money, we’ll suggest all Ciaz buyers to at least buy the Zeta variant. It’s also our top recommendation for all Ciaz petrol-manual buyers.

From there, the Alpha can’t quite match the Zeta’s VFM (value for money) score but overall, it’s not a bad option either. You can consider buying the Alpha variant if you want the unique features of this variant and can easily accommodate the Zeta variant in your budget. However, if you like the unique style features of the S, then for a small extra cost, you should buy the S variant, which offers better value than the Alpha variant with all of the Alpha’s features.

MARUTI SUZUKI NEXA CIAZ MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Sigma

Rank 4

Rs. 8,99,500

Not recommended. Stretch budget for Zeta.

Delta

Rank 3

Rs. 9,63,500

Not recommended. Buy Zeta.

Zeta

Rank 1

Rs. 9,99,000

Top recommended

Alpha

Rank 3

Rs. 10,78,500

Worth considering for unique features.

S

Rank 2

Rs. 10,89,500

Suitable for Alpha buyers who like the design of the S variant.

Similarly, for Ciaz automatic buyers, the Delta variant is not worth buying as the Zeta offers far better value for money and will provide better ownership experience as well. The Alpha variant is slightly expensive but worth considering if you want Alpha’s unique features like touchscreen, machined alloy wheels and leather upholstery.

MARUTI NEXA CIAZ AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

Variant

VFM Rank

Price

Recommendation

Delta

Rank 2

Rs. 10,83,500

Not recommended. Buy Zeta.

Zeta

Rank 1

Rs. 11,19,000

Top recommended.

Alpha

Rank 3

Rs. 11,98,500

Worth considering for unique features.

What Are The Engine Specifications Of The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Petrol?

The 1.5L mild-hybrid petrol engine of the Ciaz has the lowest power and torque output among C-segment sedans. It especially pales in comparison with 1.0L turbo petrol engines of the Virtus, Slavia and Verna, which promise much better torque output at lower RPMs for far better drivability.

We’ve not included the engine specs of the Virtus and Slavia 1.5L turbo and City 1.5L hybrid, which are a few notches above Ciaz’s figures and offer class leading performance.

In terms of mileage figures, though, the Ciaz is still the segment leader if we keep the City hybrid out of the scope of this comparison. Only the Verna turbo, Virtus and Slavia twins with their 1.0L turbo manage to come close to the 20kmpl mark. Meanwhile, the Ciaz is safely above this number even with the gas-guzzling torque converter type automatic transmission.

MARUTI SUZUKI CIAZ VS RIVALS

PETROL ENGINE SPECS COMPARISON

 

Ciaz

Virtus/Slavia

New City

Old City

Verna

Engine

1.5L Mild Hybrid

1.0L Turbo

1.5L Normal

1.5L Normal

1.5L Normal

1.0L Turbo

Displacement

1462cc

999cc

1498cc

1497cc

1497cc

998cc

Cylinder

4

3

4

4

4

3

Maximum Power

105PS @ 6000rpm

115PS @ 5000rpm

121PS @ 6600rpm

119PS @ 6600rpm

115PS @ 6300rpm

120PS @ 6000rpm

Power:Weight

99.06PS/t

104.54PS/tt/-

104.94PS/t

109.07PS/t

99.91PS/t

100.42PS/t

Peak Torque

138Nm @ 4400rpm

178Nm @ 1750 - 4500rpm

145Nm @ 4300rpm

145Nm @ 4600rpm

144Nm @

4500rpm

172Nm @ 

1500 - 4000rpm

Torque:Weight

130.19Nm/t

161.82Nm/t/-

125.76Nm/t

132.91Nm/t

125.11Nm/t

143.93Nm/t

Manual 

5MT

6MT

6MT

5MT

6MT

-

Manual FE

20.65kmpl

19.4kmpl/19.47kmpl

17.8kmpl

17.4kmpl

17.4kmpl

-

Auto 

4TC

6TC

CVT

CVT

CVT

7DCT

Auto FE

20.04kmpl

18.12kmpl/18.07kmpl

18.4kmpl

18kmpl

18.45kmpl

19.2kmpl

What Are The Dimensions Of The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz?

As the recent C-segment sedans like the new City, Slavia and Virtus break the 4.5m mark to technically enter the D-segment, the Ciaz still manages to stand its ground with a length, which is only 1cm shy of the 4.5m mark. Moreover, it can also challenge the Virtus and Slavia on the wheelbase front as the wheelbase of the Ciaz measures only 1mm less than that of the latest sedans.

In terms of boot space, again, the Ciaz offers 510 litres of storage, which is comparable with the 4th-gen City, 5th-gen City, Virtus and Slavia. The Ciaz also has a width, which is not class-leading but comparable with the new larger sedans like the 5th gen City, Virtus and Slavia. Despite its age, it’s surprising to see that the Ciaz can stand its ground against larger C-segment sedans, which are technically breaking into the D1-segment space with their 4500mm+ lengths.

MARUTI SUZUKI NEXA CIAZ VS COMPETITION

DIMENSION COMPARISON

 

Ciaz

Virtus

Slavia

New City

Old City

Verna

Length

4490mm

4561mm

4541mm

4549mm

4440mm

4440mm

Width

1730mm

1752mm

1752mm

1748mm

1695mm

1729mm

Height

1485mm

1507mm

1487mm

1489mm

1495mm

1475mm

Wheelbase

2650mm

2651mm

2651mm

2600mm

2600mm

2600mm

Boot Space

510L

521L

521L

506L

510L

465L

Ground Clearance

170mm

179mm

179mm

165mm*

165mm

165mm

Fuel Tank

43L

45L

45L

40L

40L

45L

Tyre Size (Base)

185/65 R15 

205/55 R16

195/65 R15

185/60 R15

175/65 R15

185/65 R15

Tyre Size (Top)

195/55 R16

205/55 R16

205/55 R16

185/55 R16

185/55 R16

195/55 R16

What Are The Colour Options Of The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz?

The 2022 Ciaz is available in the following 7 colours:

  • Dark blue
  • Black
  • Red
  • Brown
  • Grey
  • Silver
  • White

Note: Here is a quick look at our length-based segmentation of cars to give you an idea of how we are classifying cars based on their size.

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS

SEGMENT

SUB-SEGMENT

LENGTH

EXAMPLE

A Segment

A

< 3699mm

Alto, Kwid (Exception), Santro, Celerio

       

B Segment

B1

3700 - 3850mm

Ignis, Grand i10, Nios, Swift, Tiago, Punch

       

B Segment

B2

3850 - 3999mm

Altroz, Baleno, Dzire, Amaze, Nexon, Brezza

       

C Segment

C

4000 - 4499mm

Exception: Slavia, Virtus, New City

Creta, Seltos, Compass, Ertiga

       

D Segment

D1

4500 - 4750mm

Octavia, XUV700, Harrier, Hector, Innova, Kodiaq, Scorpio N

       

D Segment

D2

> 4750mm

Fortuner, Superb, Gloster, Camry, Carnival

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mahesh Yadav

Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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