Theres a new SUV on the market.A review by our resident petrolhead, Reba.
It places between the Ignis and Vitara, making it an affordable entry into Suzuki’s SUV range. The vehicle launched here in SA in 2021, and for it to come here is because this model is the best-selling SUV in India, since its inception in 2016.
I had the pleasure of testing it for the week and it thoroughly impressed me. The manual 5-speed is smooth, but a 6th gear would have been nice as a resting gear. The engine is a 1.5litre 4-cylinder engine which churns out 77kW/138Nm, making it a punchy and eager little engine. The fuel economy in a Suzuki has always been my favourite as you will never break bank when owning one, I poured about R200 on my last few days with it and it made a huge difference, as I travelled from JHB to Mabopane and back with that amount.
The interior is super cute! Youre greeted by a 7inch fully touchscreen infotainment system which has Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The leather trimmed steering wheel has many functionality buttons, making it easy for you to change songs while focusing on the road. Other features include keyless entry, automatic wipers, cruise control, reverse camera and a push start button. The car is comfortable, the seats are a little plush yet firm, but not all too bad. Exterior styling is very striking, with a chrome like grille, fog lights, roof rails and wheel arch extensions, making it look quite executive. You do have an option of daytime running lights and LEDs in the GLX model. The Brezza rides on 16inch alloy wheels.
Pricing for the Brezza starts at R244 900, making it an affordable entry into the SUV market. It is a good car for yourself or if you have a little family. The GLX derivative I tested costs R289 900 for the manual, add an extra R20 00 you can get yourself the automatic one. The Brezza comes with a 4 year/60 000km service plan and a 5 year/200 000km warranty.