Maruti Suzuki Ritz is for those buyers who are looking for a vehicle which has the same comfort and drivability of the Swift but are not quite impressed by its styling. It based on a marketing strategy just as the Estilio, which offered a similar alternative to the Wagon R buyers, a vehicle based on the identical aesthetics as the original car but with an altered visual characteristic. But by the looks of things, it feels like Maruti has somewhat forgotten about this hatchback amid the success of the Swift.
At the front the vehicle gets an aggressive grille and an air dam which follows a similar graphic pattern. It’s got big sweptback headlamps while the fog lamps are enclosed in a wing shaped housing. All of this combined gives the Ritz a familiar Maruti face. Looking at it from the side we see a slopping roof-line which ends at the back in the form of a spoiler. It has definitely got the tall-boy looks and a humped back end which is enhanced by the swelled wheel arches. Not all are impressed by the styling which this vehicle sports at the back. The boot lid is bend slightly in the middle towards the inside, giving it an angular look which is highlighted by the boomerang shaped taillights.
The cabin features a contrasting red and black colour scheme. The dashboard follows a waterfall design model with silver highlights around the air vents, centre console and instrument cluster. The separate tachometer which protrudes out of the dashboard looks somewhat sporty. The centre console gets a standard multimedia system and oval shaped air vents. Overall the cabin layout lacks the fun and feels bit dull. It will easily seat 4 adults in outmost comfort but accommodating 5 would be a slight squeeze at the back. The boot space ranks average on a scale of adequate and not acceptable.
Engine and performance
The Maruti Suzuki Ritz shares it engine line- up with the Swift. It gets the 1.2 litre petrol unit which after produces 84bhp and 114Nm or torque. The diesel powered Ritz come with a 1.3 litre unit which churns out 74bhp and 190Nm of torque. The petrol motor is mated to a 5 speed manual transmission while the diesel mil gets a 6 speed manual transmission. The petrol variant is also available with a 4-speed automatic transmission as well.
This Hatchback from Maruti competes with the Hyundai Grand i10, Chevrolet Beat and Honda Brio.