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Maruti Suzuki Ciaz 1.5 DDIS 225 test diesel review


Maruti Suzuki until now used to source its diesel power from the tried and trusted Fiat brand. However with time came age and the home-grown automaker desired to have its own diesel engines and not rely on another brand.

Having burnt the fingers with the two cylinders motor that was used in the Celerio, the task wasn’t an easy one, but that didn’t mean the car maker would give up. This time around Maruti Suzuki decided to focus on larger capacity engine that would eventually replace the 1.3 litre engine under the hood of the Ciaz.

The result is an allumium unit that is a testament of offering optimum balance of enhanced performance with best in class fuel efficiency. The motor makes use of lightweight allumium casted cylinder head and block along with optimized engine calibration.


The 1.5 litre DDIS 225 diesel engine

The 1.5 litre diesel churns out 94bhp of power at 4000rpm and 225 Nm of torque at 1500rpm to 2500rpm. Out on the highway the motor feels punchy and ample enough to get you going at moderate speeds, however if the need arises to spice things be sure to get the gearbox to work. Speaking of which the new 1.5 motor is now mated to a brand new 6-speed manual gearbox that is slick and smooth to use along with the light clutch. But shifting to 1st gear does require some more effort as it doesn’t slot in easily.

The steering though precise and straight pointed does tend to oversteer at sharp turns which kind of cuts down the confidence to attack corners at higher speeds. Where the Ciaz diesel scores the most is on refinement, the cabin of the Ciaz is amongst the quietest in its class with even triple digit speeds not echoing through. This has been possible only through advanced sound deadening material and a dual mass flywheel used in the engine to make it quiet. Engine1498ccPower94 bhp at 4000rpmTorque225 Nm at 1500-2500rpmGearbox6-speed manualKerb weight1125kgFuel tank43 litresMileage26.82kmplVariantsDelta/Zeta/Alpha


Maruti Suzuki also claims an ARAI rated mileage of 26.82kmpl from the DDIS225 diesel engine which though down a few figures from the 1.3 is still better in its segment.

The ride quality though plush isn’t the most settled, sure at low speeds the Macpherson strut at front and torsion beam at the rear do their job of handling the bumps and potholes, but build speeds up and it will crash into the potholes that isn’t pleasing at all.

Overall the new 1.5 litre DDIS 225 is a much deserved motor in Maruti Suzuki’s engine line-up. Under the hood of the new Ciaz it makes the midsize sedan feel like it finally got a powerful motor to power it. The new 1.5 litre Ciaz DDIS 225 has what it takes to create quite a stir in the storm with the rivals such as the Hyundai Verna, Honda City, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.


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