Maruti Suzuki Dzire launched: Is the new compact sedan better than Hyundai Xcent and Tata Tigor?
We stacked the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire against an April-launched Hyundai Xcent and a March-launched Tata Tigor “Styleback”. What’s the verdict of the compact sedan competition in 2017?autos Updated: May 17, 2017 12:08 IST
Maruti Suzuki has finally announced the prices of its new Dzire -- petrol range between Rs 5.45 - 8.41 lakh and diesel range between Rs 6.45 - 9.41 lakh, heating up the competition in the compact sedan segment, where Hyundai Xcent, Ford Figo Aspire, Honda Amaze and Tata Tigor “Styleback” are the popular contenders.
All these cars are very differently styled -- some minimalistic, some classy and some ornamented with loads of chrome. They come from companies which make cars with different philosophies and have their distinct brand image. However, they cars cater to the same set of car-buyers with same purpose -- a family car.
But the latest of the lot -- the Tigor launched in March, the Xcent in April and now the Dzire in May -- are the rivals to watch out for in 2017. Let’s stack these three compact sedans against each other and find out which one to buy for:
The three cars are designed with different philosophies. Tata Tigor is based on the same platform as Tiago, but is coupe-styled with the roofline sloping till the edge of the boot. The face is almost similar to the Tiago, but the rear is fresh, and quite unlike a Tata car.
The Xcent is based on the new Grand i10’s platform as well as design, though the boot gets more distinct a change than the face. The tail-lamps, now in two parts, are more “fluidic” as Hyundai’s design philosophy goes.At the front, the polygon gets a cascade grille with horizontal slats, with the overall face remaining quite the same.
The face of the Dzire launched on Tuesday is similar to the new upcoming Swift, but it’s not quite the same. Also, Maruti Suzuki has redesigned the compact sedan completely on a new Heartect platform, so, as the company puts it, the Dzire is “not just a Swift with a boot”. The designers have been too generous with usage of chrome around the grille and near fog lamps, which can catch the fancy of some, while others may find it tacky. But it does add to the up-market feel of Dzire, distancing it by miles from the taxi version -- Dzire Tour.
On the rear, all three cars get a thick chrome slat running across the boot.
While Tigor is the most stylish one of the three, Xcent is decently styled for a typical family sedan, while Dzire too feels bigger and more premium than the outgoing version.
All the three sedans are largely black and beige, but Tigor comes with a full black cabin with inserts of the body colour. The most striking feature of the Dzire’s cabin is the wooden finish on the dash as well as on the flat-bottom steering wheel. The Xcent too gets a dual tone dash with black and beige.
While both Dzire and Xcent get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity, the Tigor comes with a 5-inch Connectnext infotainment system by Harman which requires a ConnectNext app download.
The steering wheel is embedded with all the controls required to for music and smartphone call controls.
While all cars now come with automatic climate controls, only Xcent and Dzire offer a separate aircon for rear-seat passengers.
Some of these convenience features are available only in their top variants.
Engines and mechanicals
Maruti Suzuki has not ditched its 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engines in the new Dzire. Both of them are either mated to a five-speed manual or an Auto-Gear-Shift AMT gearbox.
Hyundai has retained the 1.2-litre petrol motor but has enhanced the diesel powertrain --from the 71PS, 1.1-litre to a 75PS, 1.2-litre one. Besides the 5-speed manual, the petrol version gets a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Tata has put the same mechanicals in Tigor as the Tiago -- 1.2-litre Revotron petrol and 1.05-litre Revotorq diesel engines mated to 5-speed manual gearbox. Tigor also offers two drive modes -- City and Eco, which tweaks engine power and torque to suit driving conditions.
So only Dzire comes in an AMT, Xcent offers a petrol automatic while the Tata Tigor comes only in manual transmission.
Here are the facts of the three sub-four-metre sedans stacked side by side:
|Features||Maruti Suzuki Dzire||Hyundai Xcent||Tata Tigor Styleback|
|Dimensions in mm (LxWxH)||3995 x 1735 x 1515||3995 x 1660 x 1520||3992 x 1677 x 1537|
|Petrol: Engine||1.2 litre K-Series||1.2-litre Kappa: 83PS / 114Nm||1.2-litre Revotron: 85PS / 115Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT, AMT||5-speed MT, 4-Speed AT||5-speed MT|
|Prices in Rs (ex-showroom Delhi)||5.45 - 8.41 lakh||5.38 - 7.51 lakh||4.7 - 6.19 lakh|
|Diesel: Engine||1.3-litre DDiS||1.2-litre CRDI: 72PS/180Nm||1.05-litre Revotorq: 70PS / 140Nm|
|Transmission||5-speed MT, AMT||5-speed MT||5-speed MT|
|Prices in Rs (ex-showroom Delhi)||6.45 - 9.41 lakh||6.28 - 8.41 lakh||5.60 - 7.09 lakh|
At first glance, Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes out as a winner, given the proven engines, the brand’s success and options of both MT and AMT gearboxes in both petrol as well as diesel.
However, Xcent is a likeable family sedan too. It’s has got new styling with more boot space which may upend Dzire’s design. Plus, there’s an automatic variant too, which many sceptics of AMT technology would opt for.
Tigor is the best priced car in the category yet, with great styling and features. But it misses out on an AMT or an AT variant. Plus, it has its own infotainment system, as against the industry trend of going for Android and Apple compatible consoles.
Keeping all the aspects in mind, the competition boils down to two things -- how do you want to drive -- automatic, manual or AMT, and the brand you have preference for. Given the drive options, fuel economy, looks, safety and features, and banking on Maruti Suzuki’s strong after-sales, Dzire could be the segment’s best buy on paper.
But the forever long waiting periods for Maruti Suzuki cars has always pushed buyers to other potential options.Dzire has already received more than 33,000 bookings, which translates to almost eight weeks wait. You could get an Xcent or the Tigor quicker than that, according to the respective dealerships.
Go for an Xcent then. It’s at par with the competition, well-priced and loaded with everything you need.
But if you want more style, great boot space and save half-a-lakh, Tata Tigor is your car.
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First Published: May 17, 2017 12:08 IST