Mazda VX-1 Review
The Mazda VX-1 is the Indonesian version of Suzuki Ertiga. Both the vehicles have nothing to distinguish other than their names and governing company. The in body and designing parts are carried over by the Suzuki. It is based on the K-series engine and is driven over the gasoline fuel in Indonesia. This seven seater MUV is built over a monocoque chassis which is considered to be the first one in the segment. The Suzuki swift has given it its platform with extended wheelbase to fit the third row efficiently and the VX-1 has executed it quite nicely. As per the looks are concerned, the vehicle doesn't find any complaints, but being a hatchback derived vehicle, it also looks adjusted at times.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
The K-series gasoline engine on offer is a smooth machine which carries good amount of load for country rides. It has bucket full of power which can move around with family and without bearing any load on the engine. The 1.4 liter engine churns out 95 PS of power at 6000 rpm and the torque produced at the same time is 130 Nm at 4000 rpm. The engine runs smoothly and has the easy maintenance blessings from Suzuki along with a refined engineering underneath. In just 13.5 seconds, the Mazda VX-1 reaches the 100 kmph milestone from zero. The mileage acquired by the same is an appreciable 14 kmpl.
The Mazda VX-1 is inspired from the Suzuki Swift and hence it has a good number of bits carried over from the the latter. It has a redesigned headlight pair and bumpers units, while the rear has an upright position which is crafted to fit as many number of occupants. The car doesn't feels to be a big car from outside and seems to be having good proportions. The dimensions of the VX-1 are 4265 of length, 1695 mm of width and 1685 mm of height. The wheelbase is extended 2740 mm for its required purpose and the 185 mm of ground clearance is commendable. It wears 15-inch rims and the rubbers covering the same is sized at 185/65 R15.
The cabin is designed to be elegant and the equipment level is great. The quality of material used for the dashboard and stereo system's design is top notch for the category while the steering sees the Mazda badging planted efficiently. However, the car has been in the market from a long time and it looks slightly dated now. The audio player supports CD/ DVD, USB/ Aux, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity. Surpassing the competition, it has a respectable cabin quality. The seats at the first and second row are comfortable and made to be used for longer trips, but the last seat is definitely for the kids, due to poor leg room and comfort. The 185 liters of boot space is approachable with all three rows live, but with last row down the space maximizes to 735 liters.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The suspensions have played a good role in balancing this car; the McPherson strut at the front and non dependent torsion beam at the rear are good to hold the load. Its monocoque chassis is designed with high tensile strength steel to contribute for safety of the big families. Additionally, it comes with front passenger airbags, anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and three point ELR seatbelts. The driveability of the car is not the best, but it manages to cut safely on steep roads. The small turning radius allows it to move and maneuver like a small car.
The Mazda VX-1 is a proven car and performs well in all situations. It has a unique design which follows the foot prints of a hatchback's flexibility. The only thing that might disappoint you are the last row seats should be a bit more spacious.