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BUYER’S GUIDE: 2018 Suzuki Dzire

The Philippine automotive industry has a tightly-contested subcompact sedan segment. These type of cars are a common sight in local roads due to its reasonable price point, decent body dimensions, and fuel-efficient engines. The 2018 Suzuki Dzire is one of the locally available subcompact sedans. This car is competing against the likes of the Mitsubishi Mirage G4, Honda Brio Amaze, Mazda2, among others. What does the Dzire have to offer? Can it be considered as a ‘desirable’ choice if you’re on the lookout to buy a brand-new subcompact sedan? Here’s a rundown of the notable features of the Suzuki Dzire.


The 2018 Dzire is available in two variants with a starting price of PHP638,000 for the 1.2L GL MT variant. On the other hand, the top 1.2L GL+ Auto Gear Shift (AGS) variant is priced at PHP698,000. With these figures, you can say that the Dzire has a competitive pricing. To put things in perspective, the top variant Dzire is PHP71,000 cheaper as compared to the top-of-the-line Mirage G4.

The Dzire is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that puts out 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque. The GL variant is connected to a five-speed manual transmission, while the GL+ is mated to a 5-speed AGS. In case you’re wondering, AGS is an automated manual transmission featuring an Intelligent Shift Control Actuator. It automatically operates the clutch and shifting transmission. Suzuki says AGS delivers a smoother and more fuel-efficient drive. In terms of dimensions, the Dzire is 3,995mm long, 1,735 mm wide, and 1,515mm tall along with a wheelbase of 2,450mm.


The exterior of the all-new Dzire is well-composed and has a better aesthetic appeal as compared to the outgoing model. Up front, it is fitted with a chrome grille, multi-reflector headlights, a distinctive bumper, and fog lamps* (*GL+ variant only). The side of the vehicle is characterized by straight lines and it sits on a set of 15-inch alloy wheels.

The rear of the 2018 Dzire is arguably the area that received the most stylish makeover–considering how the rear of its predecessor looked like. The rear appears to be longer and it is equipped with redesigned combination taillights with LED.


Inside, the Dzire features a black interior theme and a straightforward design. The controls on the center console are grouped together nicely, which is a welcome sight for individuals who prefer less interior clutter. The vehicle also features a D-shaped steering wheel, fabric seats, and a white-on-black instrument cluster for easy readability. It also comes with with a rear aircon, which comes in handy especially during summer time.


Cargo space is listed as 378 liters, which is 73 liters more than its predecessor–that’s enough room to store up to four overnight bags. Road trips with friends wouldn’t be a problem then as the Dzire has an ample cargo area.



The Dzire is designed with a light and impact absorbing body. Suzuki says this car is integrated with Total Effective Control Technology (TECT), which absorb impact on the body and disperse the collision energy across the frame. The Japanese automaker claims that TECT minimizes damage to the car and to the occupants in the event of a crash. The Dzire also comes with dual airbags, anti-lock brake system, rear parking sensors*, Isofix child seat, immobilizer, and a security alarm.

Our Verdict

Considering all the mentioned features, we think that the 2018 Suzuki Dzire is among the ideal choices in the subcompact sedan segment. It has a well-composed exterior design along with a generous cargo space. This car also has decent safety features and the top variant comes with the new AGS transmission tech. Not to mention, the 2018 Dzire also has a competitive price.

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