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Understated Charm – Suzuki Brezza full review.

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There has never been a better time for consumer to splurge than now , especially if you are in the market for something bigger, with a  higher ride height , and wanna a little bit of adventure, the segment is clustered and growing, SUVs ,crossovers are in and fast replacing sedans. Suzuki has found a way to exist and not only exist but make their presence felt in this segment and other smaller car segments.

Looks

The 1st thing that grabbed me by the scruff of my  neck was the 2 tone paint with floating roof look, my test mule wore my favorite combination, red and black, with gloss black alloy wheels(16”), at the front we had LED daytime running lights , LED headlights &fog lights which looked pretty cool. A high shine chrome grill tries to take away limelight from the lights but fails despite its good looks, the front bumper is enhanced by a satin chrome plastic piece that runs across the length of the bumper, it actually blends in quite well. At the rear LED rectangular LED taillight steal the show from the Brezza engraved chrome plate on the boot lid.

The Interior is splendid with an abundance of space, leg room and head is decent, nice materials are awash and feel good to touch, even the plastic bits have nice design finishes. Controls  are laid out nicely and the cluster has a dimmer switch which come in handy if its too bright or dim, the central console consists of a touch screen radio with USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and Android Auto + Apple car play compatibility . Park distance control and a rear view camera were nice additions, The unit  was very well specified , the only drawback was the upholstery seats, I expected leather as the standard of the cabin oozed a very matured state for the segment and the car.

The Drive

Suzuki has a fine art of giving us light cars matched with what seems like underpowered engines until you drive them, in the case of the Brezza you haul 1115kg vehicle with a 1.5Litre naturally aspirated  4cylinder engine with 77kw of power and 138nm of torque, this is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox that transfers power to the front wheels.  A push start button brings to life a mild but manly sound from the 4 potter, the ride is solid with minimum body roll, the power plant does a stellar job of delivery power even at low Rpms with a full load, the handling is good even for the 192mm ground clearance , it’s a good drive, and the GLX comes with a host of nice to haves , like cruise control , auto wipers, to mention but  a few.  The Brezza does quite a lot of things very well, so much that I imagined if anything would go wrong after a longer stay, I doubt it though.

Fuel consumption was good as well even with the hot temperatures we had , which lead us to much of the test period with AC in full use.  We covered just under 600kms with our stint and we had no range anxiety.

Priced at R289 900 for the GLX Manual, it makes a seriously compelling case for itself, it gets my nod on a lot of fronts, pity that locking mechanism when pulling is still not sorted, other than that it really is a great car. I will have mine in this Red/Black combo, for some peace of mind the Brezza comes standard with a 4year/60 000km service plan, and a 5year/200 000km warranty.

Thanks to Suzuki SA for the test unit.

Yours in Motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

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