Best Priced Car - Is Maruti Ritz a serious blow to Hyundai i10?
I test drive Maruti Ritz in a Maruti showroom in Delhi yesterday and here is my review on that.
Ritz versus i10
Maruti Ritz is a very cool and nice car but, I do not feel that Maruti Ritz has given a serious blow to Hyundai i10, which is enjoying good overwhelming sales up until now.
Previously people were thinking that Ritz will be like Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo, and Fiat Punto, but when Ritz was launched in April 2009, they were surprised to see that Ritz is just targeting Hyundai i10 and this seems really interesting, as i10 is selling like some hot-cake up until now. Maruti Ritz is a bit smaller than Maruti Swift but it is bigger than i10 against which the Maruti Company had actually placed it.
Ritz has 2 engine options that are petrol and diesel whereas i10 is offering 2 petrol engines.
Ritz's size and competitive price backed up with Maruti's service are some plus points.
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Ritz versus Swift
If you will compare Maruti Ritz with Maruti Swift, it just has the same functions, which the Swift is having like the pickup, diesel engine, etc., but it is more comfortable to drive than Swift. It is more spacious than Swift. The boot space and the rear space also. The gearbox is too small and very comfortable to use and it gives Ritz a sporty look. The gearbox is same as in I-10.
Maruti Ritz has an advantage the same way the Swift has, as it is built on an advanced technology than the Swift. It has an option of folding the rear seat with 60-40% ratio, the width of the rear seat is only 130 mm less than that of the Swift, higher roof, cost is less than that of Swift, greater mileage than Swift, dashboard mounted gear, etc.
Ritz's equipment is same as the Swift.
Engine performance is almost the same. In Ritz, the 60:40 rear seat split enables you to increase your boot space when you are driving with extra luggage. The two-tone dashboard looks kind of okay with tachometer placed on it. The upper handles in the cabin are foldable unlike in Swift.
Driving quality of Ritz
The driving quality is somewhat same as Swift, but I felt handling is at its best in Swift. It has an amazing mileage and is perfect for city driving with its super-smooth gearshifts and an extremely light steering, which is also required by a car for its performance.
Ritz's 1147 cc engine has a good pickup and acceleration too. One more aspect where Maruti Ritz really scores is the color option. It has some amazing colors like racing green, bakers chocolate, and blue blaze.
Disadvantages of Maruti Ritz
1. Ritz engine is only 1147 CC whereas that of Swift is 1300 CC.
2. Ritz is having a good looking front-end but the back with boomerang-shaped tail-lamps and angle of rear windshield with tailgate is really weird.
3. Due to Ritz's 1147 CC engine, it lacks the punch at higher speeds.
At last, I would say that Maruti Ritz is not a great problem for Hyundai i10.
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