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Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo is a small hatchback designed specially for city driving and is perfect for the small families. The car resembles Suzuki MR Wagon in overall styling with slight differences in the technical specifications and engine type. Zen Estilo is equipped with Suzuki's revolutionary K series engine that also features in the Maruti Wagon R, A Star and other vehicles from Maruti's stable. From exteriors, one may find new Zen Estilo small; however it still manages to accommodate five adults comfortably. An effective mileage in city traffic, lower price bracket coupled with Maruti's unmatched service network and brand image, makes it a very popular car in the Indian market.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Launch History

For a long time Zen remained Maruti's premium segment hatchback in India. The company was forced to discontinue production of Zen in 2005 with arrival of a wide array of hatchbacks from different manufacturers. However, Maruti realised that it can still cash the brand image of Zen and launched Zen Estilo in December 2006, which had nothing but its name common with the predecessor. Again in August 2009 due to some reasons, Maruti Suzuki re-launched the vehicle, striking off 'Zen' out of the name and it is now known as Maruti Suzuki Estilo.

Later in August 2010, Maruti Suzuki launched the CNG variants of its cars, which included a variant of Zen Estilo. New Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo comes with AC, power steering (excluding the base variant Lx) and the upper variant even has ABS as part of advanced breaking system.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Variants

All the variants of new Maruti Zen Estilo 2011 are equipped with common standard accessories and engine. The chassis, instrumentation panel, AC vents and space remain constant; however, there are additional safety systems and comfort accessories included in the higher variants with minor cosmetic changes in exteriors. Details of the variants of new Zen Estilo are discussed below:

Variant Key Specifications
Zen Estilo Lx            Base variant of Zen EstiloSide door beamsHigh mount stop lampChild lock(rear door),iCATS
Zen Estilo Lxi           BS IV compliant Zen Estilo variantBody coloured bumpersPower steeringCentral lockPower lock and key
Zen Estilo Vxi           Top-end Zen Estilo variantSRS airbagABSDefoggerFog lampSecurity lock
Zen Estilo Lxi CNG Newly launched CNG variantiGPI technologySame specifications as Lxi

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Pricing

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo price varies ranges from Rs.3.3 lacs to Rs.4.7 lacs. The prices may vary with inclusion of optional accessories and taxes levied by the states.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Review

Initially there was a mixed response due to car’s marketing as a Zen, which evidently was not a very successful gimmick. However, its second facelift as Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo has been very successful with a lot of automotive magazines and TV shows, describing it as a fierce competitor in the lower segment. It has been compared with Hyundai i10 and Chevrolet Spark, which belong to the same segment. New Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo is available just above Alto’s price bracket and offers value for money.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Used Car Market

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo is comparatively a new entrant in the market and even its oldest models are generally in a better shape. Hence, if someone is planning to get a second hand Zen Estilo then it is a very bright option. Moreover, Maruti has a very large used car market in the country. According to company's reports by 2009, it had established 304 'True Value Dealerships' in 179 cities across the nation. These dealerships organise the used car market by correct evaluation of the engine and car's overall condition to offer best exchange prices. The Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo cars, like all Maruti cars, generally have a good resale value.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Specifications

New Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo 2011 is a powerful hatchback that performs well on city roads, highways and even in hilly terrains. The engine, chassis, suspension and transmission, all have gone through considerable improvements in the past years to make it one of the fastest selling vehicles in the Indian market.

Major drawback of previous versions marketed as 'Zen Estilo' was its clumsy gear and transmission, which used to cause a lot of trouble, especially in city traffic. New Zen Estilo 2011 is equipped with advanced systems that have improved the driving experience. The cable type transmission provided as a change to the existing synchromesh, improves gear shifting by reducing the loss in transmission of previous mechanical system.

A 'detent pin' gear shift and select mechanism also works in tandem to make gear shifting effortless by converting the sliding friction into rolling friction. Other specifications of Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo are mentioned below:

Criteria Specifications
Engine Type All Aluminium light weight K10B
Swept Volume 998cc
Emission BS-IV compliant
Maximum Power (Ps/ rpm) 68/ 6200
Maximum Torque (Nm/ rpm) 90/3500
No. of Cylinders 3
No. of Valves in each cylinder 4
Drive 2WD
Transmission type 5 speed MT
Clutch type Dry, single disc, diaphragm type
Steering type Electronic power steering (Lxi & Vxi)
Kerb weight (in kg) 845,(Lx, Lxi), 865 (Vxi)
Gross Vehicle Weight 1275 kg
Brakes Front – Ventilated disc, Rear- Drum

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Exteriors

New Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo does appear a lot different from the other hatchbacks of this segment. The small car has trendy and proportionate exteriors that are designed to suit Indian sensibilities.

Exterior Appearance

New Zen Estilo cars have an aerodynamic design, which looks like a scaled down version of any premium segment MUV. It is not as bold as Swift and yet is not very dull. One can see that Maruti has done a lot of work in over all styling which includes body coloured bumpers, prominent wheel arches, distinctive large perforation radiator grille and unique head lights.

Similarly, the stylish wheel covers also add to the class of Zen Estilo. Rear designing is more contemporary and the smaller boot door gives an idea about the limited space. However, it is the profile of new Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo, which attracts most of the people. It is tall but not as much as Wagon R and at the same time is more curvaceous at ends.

Exterior Dimensions

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo is compact hatchback, which can easily accommodate five passengers. Other dimensions of this Zen Estilo car are mentioned in the table below:

Criteria Measurements (in mm)
Length 3600
Width 1495 (Vxi)
1475 (Lx, Lxi)
Height 1595
Wheelbase 2360
Front Tread 1295
Rear Tread 1290
Minimum Ground Clearance 165

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Interiors

New Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo car is undoubtedly an improvement with better upholstery and best possible use of available space. Things are kept simple and does let one remain comfortable throughout the drive.

Interior Appearance

The new age interiors of Zen Estilo are miles ahead of the low grade plastic interiors of Maruti 800’s and even its predecessor Zen. One can simply recline in the dual tone comfortable seats that have adjustable headrests. General convenience features like cup holders and instrument panel pocket add to the convenience of the passengers. Upholstery of Zen Estilo car has been improved a lot to compete with other hatchbacks in this segment.

Three-spoke steering wheel is beautifully crafted and resides near the illuminated instrument panel, which gives accurate information about car’s fuel level with its digital display. The highest variant of New Zen Estilo 2011 carries a tachometer, which is a very useful device if someone wants to extract maximum from the car.

Interior Comfort

Like all modern hatchbacks, Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo carries all necessary accessories like electrically operated ORVM (outside rear view mirrors), power windows and steering, cup holders and even vanity mirrors. All these accessories allow driver to control most of the car’s functionalities at the touch of a button.

Steering tilt adjustment and driver’s seat height adjustment are two important features loaded in Zen Estilo cars. An ash tray has been provided but again on misses the cigarette lighter, which is not included as a standard accessory. Overall it might not disappoint the new users who are accustomed to Maruti 800 and Zen.

Interior Dimensions

The headroom of new Zen Estilo car in India seems to be just fine and the overall space might be a notch bigger than one expects from its exteriors. Nonetheless, Zen Estilo doesn’t have extraordinary boot space and might cause a bit of discomfort for the rear seat passengers over a long journey due to very limited knee room. Needless to say, for city driving and office going purpose, Zen Estilo car remains best vehicle in the class.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy

As per company claims, BS-IV compliant Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo cars offer a healthy average of 19 kmpl in petrol variants. It doesn’t vary a lot even with air conditioning, which is a remarkable accomplishment. However, the figure might change with driving conditions and style. The CNG variant of new Zen Estilo car is also available, which is an excellent option, as it reduces the running costs by as much as 60 percent. Maruti’s new technology called iGPI ensures all safety and improvements in chassis of the cars (to bear additional weight of CNG system) to maintain performance levels.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo On Road Drive

One has to really drive a car to get the feel, which cannot be by mere facts and figures. On papers Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo might appear just another car with a K series engine; however it’s a pleasant surprise as soon as one puts the feet on accelerator. The Zen Estilo car is lighter and leaner than most others and swifts past with extraordinary pace on highways. The cabin is adequately insulated from outside noise and one hears a very low mum of the engine even at high revs.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo comes with power steering and ABS in high end version, which proves more than effective on slippery turns. Its overall design is a fine example of Japanese engineering, which provides enough stability in all conditions. Suspension has been designed specially for Indian roads and the ground clearance is just fine to tackle most of the speed breakers that appear intermittently on city roads.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Power

Like other cars in Maruti’s inventory new Zen Estilo cars 2011 are fitted with BS-IV compliant 998cc K series engine. Delivering 67 hp at 6200 rpm and a peak torque of 90 Nm at 3500 rpm, this engine might appear similar to others; however it has been tuned to offer maximum mileage. The engine has a light weight aluminium body, which provides best power to weight ratio.

Plastic engine manifold, advanced injectors, an intelligent distributor less ignition system with dedicated plug top coils and innovative rocker-less dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) are salient features of this powerful engine. The power of new Zen Estilo car proves to be more than sufficient on city roads and on highways one can achieve more than 100 kmph speeds easily with its five speed manual transmission.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Acceleration and Pick Up

Zen Estilo cars 2011 don’t get too many references in talks pertaining to pick up of the car. Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo cars are decent performers in terms of acceleration and are perfect for city driving where one has to drive between the frequently occurring traffic lights. One can easily cross the 100 kmph mark before 17 seconds with this car, which if not better is comparable to the acceleration of other cars in same category. The performance of new Zen Estilo car is much better in the 40 to 100 kmph range.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Safety & Security

New Zen Estilo cars are equipped with advanced safety and security systems. These systems have gone through rigorous research and testing to insure they are unfailingly responsive at the right time. One of the most advanced safety features is Anti-Skid Braking System, which is used in the braking of cars and has been made available in Zen Estilo Vxi as an optional safety system. Apart from prevention of skidding at slippery turns this prevents wheel lock up during panic braking.

TESS (Total Effective Strength Structure) is another safety feature equipped in Zen Estilo cars in India. This structure refers to the chassis of the car, which has been fabricated on the basis of advanced safety studies conducted to ensure occupant safety. Another optional safety system offered in the Vxi is dual airbags. These supplemental restraint systems are very effective in reducing severe frontal injuries during head on collisions.

ICATs (Intelligent Computerised Anti-Theft System) make it impossible to start this Zen Estilo car with counterfeit keys or by hot wiring. The computerised systems requires a communication between the mini transponder incorporated in the car's keys that hold a unique code that is recognised by cars on board computers. In case of loss of keys a new key could be issued only by the authorized dealer which again has to be configured for the car. Security Alarm is perhaps the most common and evident security system of Zen Estilo cars, which is offered as a standard security system in new Zen Estilo Vxi.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Comfort & Convenience

Maruti has become more concerned with detailing of interiors after the launch of Swift and its cabin accessories are increasing with every successive launch. Zen Estilo cars, though just above the Alto’s price bracket have a lot of added features that might improve the overall drive experience and comfort levels. Keyless entry, power windows and locking, electrically operated ORVM, remote backdoor and fuel lid opener are few such accessories, which were unheard of a decade ago in most of the lower segment Maruti cars.

Even small details like front door pocket and vanity mirror are included which might add to the convenience of passengers. Cup holders are provided as standard accessory in all the variants and rear luggage shelf is useful for concealing expensive luggage from prying eyes in the parking areas. All variants of Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo cars come with power steering and air conditioning which have become ‘must haves’ of Indian cars in the last decade.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Wheels & Suspension

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo cars come with tubeless tyres and central tap wheel covers excluding the highest variant Zen Estilo Vxi, which comes with full wheel cover. These wheels combined with gas filled suspensions offer a stable ride even on treacherous roads. Other details of about wheels and suspensions are mentioned below:


Suspension FrontMcPherson Strut with torsion type roll control deviceSuspension RearCoil spring, Gas filled shock absorbers with three link rigid and isolated trailing armShock AbsorbersGas filledTyre (Tubeless)155/80 R13Steering TypeRack & Pinion, Power assisted (excluding Lx)
Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Stereo & Accessories
All the variants of Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo have a provision for attachment of speakers, though these don't come as part of standard accessory.
Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Dealers
Maruti Suzuki has the widest sales network in the country with more than 900 dealers in 666 cities across the nation that is involved in making delivery convenient to the customers. Moreover, company has more than 2900 authorised service stations spread all over the country. New Zen Estilo car prices may vary according to taxes levied by the states and other business policies of the dealers. Some of the authorised dealers of new Zen Estilo car in four metropolitan cities are given below:
New Delhi

Mumbai Kolkata Chennai
T R Sawhney Motors Pvt. Ltd. Vitesse Private Limited Bhandari Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. Popular Vehicles Services Ltd.
Competent Automobiles Co. Ltd. Sai Service Station Ltd. T R Sawhney Motors Pvt. Ltd. Abt Ltd.
Rana Motors Pvt. Ltd. Sah Sanghi Auto Agencies (P) Ltd. Machino Techno (Sales) Ltd. Cars India Pvt Ltd (Crescent Auto Rental Services India Pvt. Ltd.)
Rohan Motors Ltd. S K Wheels Pvt. Ltd. Auto Hitech Pvt. Ltd. Vishnu Cars Pvt. Ltd.
Marketing Times Automobiles Pvt. Ltd. Automotive Manufacturers Ltd. Dewar Garage Kapico (India) Private Limited
Magic Auto Pvt Ltd Fortpoint Automotive Cars Pvt.Ltd. Mohan Motor Udyog Indus Motors Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Competent Automobiles Co. Ltd. Excell Autovista (P) Limited Jalan Distributors Khivraj Motors Ltd.
Bagga Link Motors (P) Ltd. Spectra Motors Limited Premier Carworld Pvt. Ltd. Khivraj Holdings Ltd.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Company Quotes

At the launch of Zen Estilo in December 2006, Mr. Jagdish Khattar, the Managing Director of Maruti Udyog Limited said, “...Young people in India today desire products with contemporary styling and international appeal. The new Zen will appeal to this new India, just as the original Zen appealed to the India of the mid 1990s. It incorporates features and attributes that are uniquely suited to India and valued by Indian car buyers...”

Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, M.D. & C.E.O of Maruti Suzuki India Limited at the launch of new BS-IV compliant Maruti Suzuki Estilo in August 2009 commented, "...The new Zen Estilo, with a new technology engine and a new transmission, is sure to delight the customer. We are confident that the new Zen Estilo with its bolder new design and interiors will add to the competitive edge of Maruti Suzuki in compact car segment...Product upgradation is an integral part of Maruti Suzuki's business strategy and future plans. This is a way to include feedback from the customers and offer better products that match their tastes..."

At the launch of CNG variant, Zen Estilo Lxi in August 2010, Mr. Shinzo Nakanishi, M.D. & C.E.O. of Maruti Suzuki India Limited said, “...The development is significant on multiple counts. This is the first instance when a car manufacturer has developed and launched factory-fitted technologically superior CNG engines in India. Compressed Natural Gas is environment friendly and also reduces country's dependence on imported fuels. Maruti Suzuki's big ticket entry into CNG fuel segment augurs well for the environment.”

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Competitor Analysis

New Zen Estilo is offered in a very competitive price bracket and gives strong competition to the other vehicles from its own family. Estilo’s main competitor is Wagon R, which has same engine and almost same dimensions, though it appears roomier with exceptional overall height. Even the technical specifications of the two cars are very similar, but somehow the boot space and over all comfort level of Wagon R is much better. On the other hand, new Zen Estilo car is more stable at turns and high speeds.

Even the engine noise levels of Zen Estilo are lower, which is surely achieved by better tuning and improvements in the engine. Zen Estilo appears to have a lead in terms of initial pricing, which has been kept quite low considering the high standards of the car. One may also like to compare new Zen Estilo with Hyundai Santro and i10 cars. These cars surely have a better engine with exceptional pick up and even the mileage seems to be fine. Luxury and comfort features again are of better class in the Hyundai cars. Moreover, i10 comes with audio system (with controls on steering) and bluetooth connectivity; features that are absent even in higher segment cars of Maruti. However, all these advantages get reflected in the prices of these cars.

Chevrolet Spark seems to be the only contender outside Maruti's inventory, which gives strong competition to the new Zen Estilo cars. Spark is neck to neck in most parameters and even better than the Zen Estilo at some. Even then Chevrolet does not have a big fan following as in India, which gives Zen Estilo cars a slight edge. Zen Estilo price in India might suit the budget of most of the service class and enjoys unmatched support of Maruti’s sales and service network.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo LPG/CNG version

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Lxi CNG variant is based on revolutionary iGPI (intelligent gas port injection system). This variant has been specially designed by the manufacturers, in such a way that it causes no adverse affect on the engine performance. Moreover, it reduces the running cost of car by 60%. Special switch has been provided in these cars to switch from CNG mode to petrol mode and vice versa. A special switch mechanism is provided to the driving control panel which facilitates switch over from petrol to CNG mode and vice versa.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Pros

New Zen Estilo cars have a powerful engine, better mileage, effective air conditioning and superb control provided via wider wheel base and power steering. Even at high speeds the new suspensions provide better stability over the potholes. One needs to consider its unmatched price range, resale value and Maruti service network before striking off this vehicle out of available options.

Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Cons

New Zen Estilo 2011 is small even for small families, with very little boot and leg space at the rear seats. Interiors even after having a dual tone designing aren’t much different from previous versions and the plastics in dashboard don’t have an upmarket feel. Zen Estilo cars do get a little out of control at high speeds and needs more refining in the suspensions and maybe chassis. For city driving it might be a good option considering the price range it comes in, however long excursions can be very tiresome wMaruti Suzuki Zen Estilo Conclusionith this vehicle.

New Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo 2011 is a perfect entry level luxury car, which offers air conditioning, five speed transmission and power steering at a very economical pricing. Like all Maruti cars that perform well in Indian conditions and offer unmatched mileage, new Zen Estilo is also fine tuned to meet expectations of the middle class families. Although, it is not meant for long tours there isn’t a better option for city driving and office going purpose for youth.

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