Over the years, Omni has undergone various changes, although it still looks quite dated in terms of looks. Inside, there is comfortable space for five and an option for eight-seat layout as well. For power generation, it uses a 796cc petrol engine coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox. It is essentially a basic people mover that comes in four variants including the five-seat, eight-seat, cargo and ambulance trims.
The Maruti Omni has undergone few cosmetic changes in the recent times. The four wheeler looks impressive with rear hatch tail gate, two exciting rear sliding doors and its brilliant box-shaped body. There are well-placed headlamps surrounded with black plastic. The car is integrated with the front indicators on the front bumpers. The car sports large rear windscreen and tail lamps added with clear lens. The thermoplastic front bumpers, a bigger bumper and 13-inch tyres are quite impressive in this micro-van. The vehicle gets straight rectangle headlamps and vertically-stacked tail lamps with clear lens. It features chrome grille at the front, body-coloured side view mirrors, tail lamps and black bumpers. The car measures with a length of 3370 mm and width of 1410 mm. The car has a wheelbase of 1840 mm and a height of 1640 mm. The car comes with a kerb weight of 785 kg.
The Maruti Suzuki Omni features a very basic interior. Earlier models did not even have a fan blower as standard. The dashboard now has two air vents a 2-spoke dashboard. The seats have a two-tone design. Space wise, the Omni is one of the most spacious vehicles available. The 5-seater has acres of legroom. In the 8-seater, the space between the front seats and rear bench has a backward facing bench. Even this configuration, legroom is plenty.Equipment wise, the front seats get reclining front seats with adjustable head restraints. The driver’s seat gets a sliding facility. The car also gets glove compartment with lock, cup holders, cabin light and a demister. Unfortunately, air conditioning is still not available in the compact van
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION ;
Maruti Suzuki Omni is available in petrol engine and a LPG fuel option. Powered by a 0.8-litre, 4-stroke cycle, 6 valves, in-line engine, it delivers a maximum power of 32.8bhp at 5000rpm with 57Nm of torque at 2500rpm. It has a displacement capacity of 796cc. Mated with a 4-speed manual gearbox, it returns a fuel economy of 10kmpl in regular city traffic and 14kmpl on highways. The LPG variant is equipped with a 796cc, 0.8-litre, 8-valves LPG engine that offers a peak power of 27bhp at 4500rpm. It delivers a mileage of 10km/kg. The MUV can achieve 0-100kmph in 20 seconds
PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING ;
This is a basic car and its engine is best suited for city driving. The vehicle reaches 0 to 100 kmph mark in about 20 seconds and claims a top speed about 126 kmph. In terms of the suspension system, the car uses the leaf springs with shock absorbers at the rear and the McPherson Struts for the front wheels.
SAFETY FEATURES ;
The Omni is equipped with basic safety features such as 3-point seatbelts, side impact beams, high mounted rear stop lamp, two speed windshield wiper, headlamp leveling device, three-position cabin light, front seat belts (ELR) and multi-function levers, while the rear seat belts (static) are available on the E MPI STD BSIV variant only
Although, the car does not come with any safety features, the 12-inch cross ply tyres do not have that good a grip on the road, and the car has simple interiors and exterior; but it does fall in an affordable price range, a great family car (8-seater), a cargo van and also an Ambulance. So, apart from the shortcomings, it is a perfectly affordable car to commute people or goods from point A to point B.