Maruti Suzuki Brezza

Maruti Suzuki Brezza Waiting Period & Alternatives to Consider

The Maruti Suzuki Brezza is the best-selling compact SUV in an already crowded segment. In September 2022 alone, Maruti Suzuki sold over 15,000 Brezzas in the Indian market. What does it result in? A waiting period for the Brezza that can be anywhere between two months to ten months. Surprisingly, the slightly more expensive automatic version of the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza is one of the most sought-after variants, with a waiting period between seven to eight months. The fact that the new 2022 Brezza has already started appearing on the roads and looks one of the best in its segment, adds to the desirability quotient apart from being a Maruti car.

The base variant of the Maruti Brezza costs Rs. 7.99 lakh ex-showroom and the feature loaded variant goes up to Rs. 13.8 lakh. Both the extremes have the longest waiting period of seven to ten months, and the trims in between are available a little earlier. All the models of the new Maruti Brezza come with a standard 1.5-litre petrol engine that is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. This makes your life easy when choosing between an automatic or a manual and the features you would like to indulge yourself in. 

And, if you do not want to wait for an eternity before you can join the ever-expanding Brezza family, there are some very potent options to consider instead of a brand-new 2022 Maruti Suzuki Brezza. Some of these cars are grabbing more and more market share due to the never-ending waiting periods some of the top cars in this segment attract.

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Renault Kiger

Spinny Assured Renault Kiger compact SUV

With the booming compact SUV segment, every carmaker wants a share of it. Renault decided to enter this segment in 2021 with the Kiger. Renault banked a lot on the success of the Kiger and it has started to show results. Within 17 months of launch, Renault managed to sell over 50,000 Kigers in the Indian market. This might not be a lot when you compare it to the Brezzas, Nexons, and Venues of the world, but is a lot for the modest French carmaker that is still trying to make a mark in the Indian market. The Renault Kiger is available with two engine options – a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. The naturally aspirated engine is more affordable yet is more sluggish than the turbo variant. There is no option of a diesel motor in the Kiger. You can choose between a five-speed manual, a five-speed automatic and a CVT gearbox.

The entry-level Renault Kiger RXE comes at Rs. 5.99 lakh and the topmost Kiger RXZ with turbo petrol and CVT costs Rs. 10.62 lakh. The base level Renault Kiger is Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, and the most generous Renault Kiger is Rs 3.18 lakh cheaper than the top trim of the Maruti Brezza. Both cars are five seaters and offer brilliant value for money. The Brezza being the second generation of a very successful car, is more generous and has more to offer than the relatively new Renault Kiger across the range.

The waiting period for a Renault Kiger is just two to four weeks in most markets. Depending on if you want the 1-litre naturally aspirated engine or the peppier 1-litre turbo, you can save yourself many months of waiting for a car that does the same basic job at a much cheaper price. 

  • Engine: 1-litre petrol, 1-litre turbocharged petrol 
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual, 5-speed automatic, CVT 
  • Mileage: 19.17kmpl (1-litre MT), 19.03kmpl (1-litre AT), 18.24kmpl (1-litre turbo CVT)
  • Airbags: 2 airbags standard. Up to 4 airbags on the top-end variant
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Nissan Magnite

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As is the norm these days, different manufacturers have joined hands to make cars that share the same platform, engine, and many parts to keep the cost low and sell two options in the Indian market. Like Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza, others like Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun, Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue are just some of the examples of such collaborations. Nissan and Renault have been making cars together for a while now and the latest models to be born out of this collaboration are the Nissan Magnite and the Renault Kiger. After doing fairly well with its Sunny and Micra in the Indian market, Nissan has thrown its hat in the compact SUV ring with the Magnite. As expected, it has started turning the tables for the Japanese carmaker. Unlike the cars mentioned earlier, the Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite do not look like the same car with different badging. Sharing the parts and the technology with Renault has helped Nissan to keep the price of the Magnite quite competitive.

More Nissan Magnites are visible on the roads with each passing day as it provides a better value for money as compared to the more expensive compact SUVs that exist in the segment. Thanks to its alliance with Renault, the basic Nissan Magnite XE manual starts at a modest price of Rs. 5.97 lakh and the maxed-out XV Premium trim goes a little over Rs. 10.62 lakh. This makes the more modest variant of the Nissan Magnite almost Rs. 2 lakh cheaper than the cheapest Maruti Brezza. The most expensive Maruti Brezza is Rs. 3.18 lakh more expensive than a Nissan Magnite that has everything in it. Unlike the Renault Kiger, the Nissan Magnite has no option to choose from a five-speed automatic transmission, but it does have the five-speed manual and a CVT to choose from. The engine is the same 1-litre motor as found in a Renault Kiger.

Considering the variant you like and your geographical location, you can expect your Nissan Magnite awaiting you at the dealership in less than two weeks. If you are lucky, you might get one readily available. The Magnite is one of the cars with the minimum waiting period in the Indian market. If you do not intend to spend much on the more expensive compact SUVs in the market, the Nissan Magnite should be one of the cars to catch your attention.

  • Engine: 1-litre petrol, 1-litre turbocharged petrol 
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual, CVT 
  • Mileage: 18.75kmpl (1-litre MT), 20kmpl (1-litre turbo MT), 17.7kmpl (1-litre turbo CVT)
  • Airbags: 2 airbags standard
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Kia Sonet

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Kia has been riding high on the success it has been enjoying in the Indian market for a while now. The Korean carmaker started its Indian journey with the Seltos midsize SUV and struck gold. Since then, there has been no looking back for Kia and it continues to expand its market share with each passing day. The Kia Sonet is a sub-four metre SUV and is aimed at taking on the giants like the Marruti Brezza and Tata Nexon. The fact that it is one of the four top-selling compact SUVs in India proves that whatever the Kia Sonet is achieving to do, it is slowly and steadily heading there.

To keep the competition fair with the giants in the compact SUV market, the Kia Sonet begins with a humble price tag of Rs. 7.49 lakh for its base trim and goes up to Rs. 13.99 lakh for the overly generous X-Line variant with the 1.5-litre diesel engine and a six-speed automatic gearbox. To remind you again, the prices of the Maruti Suzuki Brezza for the two extremes are Rs. 7.99 lakh and Rs. 13.8 lakh. Considering the fact that the Kia Sonet is here to dethrone the Brezza from the top spot, expect the Sonet to provide more features for the similarly priced variants across the range. There are three engines to choose from – a 1.5-litre diesel, a 1-litre turbo petrol, and a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The 1-litre turbo petrol can be clubbed either with a six-speed iMT or a seven-speed DCT, and the five-speed manual is available only with the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The 1.5-litre diesel motor gets a choice between a six-speed manual, or a six-speed automatic gearbox. 

Considering the fact that the Kia Sonet is the fourth best-selling compact SUV in India, it still has a decent waiting period. However, it is still significantly less than a Maruti Suzuki Brezza. While some of the variants might make you wait a little longer, you can get some trims within 2 to 3 months. With the festive season gone, you can expect the waiting period to be lower in certain areas. 

  • Engine: 1-litre turbo petrol, 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed iMT, 7-speed DCT
  • Mileage: 18.4kmpl (1.2-litre petrol MT), 18.2kmpl (1-litre turbo petrol iMT), 18.3kmpl (1-litre turbo petrol DCT), 24.1kmpl (1.5-litre diesel MT), 19kmpl (1.5-litre diesel AT)
  • Airbags: 4 airbags standard. Up to 6 airbags on the top-end variant
  • Fuel Type: Petrol, Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Used Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

Spinny Assured Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza

There is no denying the fact that the Maruti Suzuki Brezza is the undisputed king in the compact SUV segment as of now. Yes, it is beginning to feel the heat from the Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, and Kia Sonet lately, but as of now, it remains on the top. With the latest facelift that looks nothing like the Brezzas of the yesteryears, we expect the Brezza to retain the top spot at least for a while. That is enough to make you want to get your hands on one. Apart from looking better than any of the previous Brezzas, the new Brezza has nothing exceptional to flaunt under the hood. Yes, it has refreshed interiors, a fine-tuned engine, and more tech and features, but it has the same length, width, and wheelbase as the previous versions, apart from being slightly taller due to the addition of the new roof rails. The old four-speed automatic gearbox has been replaced with a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. All the variants of the new Maruti Brezza now come standard with the mild-hybrid technology as opposed to the earlier version where it was available only with the automatic gearbox. 

So how do you circumvent an exceedingly long waiting period of literal months? Well, the used car market is always there to dig into if you are not hell-bent on buying the latest facelifted Brezza that has already started to roll on our roads. The used car market is swarming with Vitara Brezzas from a not-so-distant past with a negligible wait time. The new Maruti Brezza might be a must-have for those who already had the previous versions and now want to take their loyalty further by keeping up with the trend. However, if you do not have any such reason to compare the new vs the old, an old Maruti Vitara Brezza might be the dream car you were looking for all this while. After all, there has to be a reason why this car became the poster car of the compact SUV segment.

In the used car market, you can expect a Maruti Brezza starting for as low as Rs. 6 lakh. The prices will go up (or down) depending on the condition, variant, the year of manufacturing etc. etc. The availability of a diesel engine in the Vitara Brezza also might suit some buyers more than the current Brezza, which has no diesel engine. The fact that most of these cars will be in fairly decent condition makes it easy to consider one, especially when very little can go wrong with a car that was launched in 2016. If you think that a used Maruti Suzuki Brezza is your perfect entry to the world of compact SUVs, it is time you start looking at the used car market. 

  • Engine: 1.5-litre petrol, 1.3-litre diesel
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
  • Mileage: NA
  • Airbags: 2 airbags standard
  • Fuel Type: Petrol, Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Used Kia Sonet

Spinny Assured Kia Sonet

This is an interesting option to consider. Yes, the Kia Sonet is just two years old in the Indian market and might not be easily available in the used car market. But if you are lucky, this might be one of the best purchases you will make. Why? Because there has been no facelift of the Kia Sonet in the Indian market as of now. Which means, if your Kia Sonet is brand new or slightly old, no one would ever know just by looking at it. 

There is nothing much left to say here that we have not said earlier. It does look very different from a Hyundai Venue and rightly so. It not only captures your attention but holds it. It has a dynamic road presence for a compact SUV despite not looking very big on the roads. The interiors are in sync with the present time and depending on the trim, it can spoil you in its own unique way if you are lucky enough to find a top-spec Sonet in the used car market.

Thanks to Kia being the younger sibling of the reputed Hyundai, little is left to imagination about the reliability of Kia cars. With the Kia Sonet closing in on the top three compact SUV segment leaders, expect to find more used Kia Sonets in the near future. Should the waiting period of the Brezza continue to be long, the immediate availability of a used Sonet might be too attractive to resist.

In the used car market, finding a perfect Kia Sonet for yourself might not be as easy as it should be. The fact that it is hardly two years old, it is too soon for people to want to upgrade or move to a new vehicle. However, it is always a possibility. Expect a fairly new Kia Sonet in the used car market starting a little over Rs. 9.5 lakh. In all probability, it will be as good as new to say the least.

  • Engine: 1-litre turbo petrol, 1.2-litre petrol, 1.5-litre diesel
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 6-speed iMT, 7-speed DCT
  • Mileage: 18.4kmpl (1.2-litre petrol MT), 18.2kmpl (1-litre turbo petrol iMT), 18.3kmpl (1-litre turbo petrol DCT), 24.1kmpl (1.5-litre diesel MT), 19kmpl (1.5-litre diesel AT)
  • Airbags: 4 airbags standard. Up to 6 airbags on the top-end variant
  • Fuel Type: Petrol, Diesel
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Body Type: SUV

Summary

The Maruti Suzuki Brezza looks to continue the success of its predecessor while offering a fresh interior and exterior to keep pace with the competition. However, with waiting periods for the Brezza extending up to 7-8 months, the joy of owning a capable compact SUV can be spoiled by the long waiting period. The Brezza alternatives shortlisted here are just as feature-rich as the Maruti compact SUV and also allow you to skip the long waiting period entirely. In many cases, owning a car that you can drive is sometimes better than waiting to drive one.

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