The compact sedan segment has been the most exciting and happening segment in India for some time. With the latest entry – Tata Zest – Hyundai Xcent especially has started to feel the heat. So here are the top four compact sedans in the Indian market available as of now – Tata Zest vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent vs Maruti Dzire comparison.
The newly launched Tata Zest comes with two engine options – the 1.3-litre diesel engine churning a maximum of 89bhp of power and a 1.2-litre petrol engine delivering also 89bhp of power. The design, class-leading equipment levels, refinement, suspension setup, build quality, and space make the Tata Zest a very competitive vehicle in its category and the sales volumes are agreeing to it. It also promises a bright future for Tata Motors and its loyalists.
The Honda Amaze is the second-best seller in its segment after the Maruti-Suzuki Dzire in our Tata Zest vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent vs Maruti Dzire comparison. This was the car with which Honda entered the diesel segment and, as most of us remember clearly, with a bang. The sought after engine here is the 1.5-litre diesel engine that delivers 98.6bhp of maximum power. Add Honda’s refinement to it, brilliant handling and a lot more space to the cute and potent Honda Brio and what you will get is a Honda Amaze.
The third contender here is the Hyundai Xcent which has been fighting with the Tata Zest for the number three spot for some time. The two engine options – the 1.2-litre petrol offering 82bhp and the 1.1-litre CRDi mill producing 71bhp – are available with the reliability factor that comes free of cost with Hyundai. The suspension, handling, drive quality are all top notch, and the only thing not-so-impressive is the responsiveness of the steering. The interiors and the features are pretty much in sync with the expectations, but the Honda Amaze wins over this one by a slight, but visible, margin.
Maruti Dzire has been enjoying the top spot from the time it was introduced in the Indian market. Carrying on the legacy created by the highly successful Swift, the Dzire has been received with open arms by the Indian audience. The new look is beefier than before, but space still remains the down side of this highly successful sedan from Maruti’s stable. Apart from that, there is nothing in this car that is not dynamic. The 1.2-litre petrol version delivers 84bhp of power and the 1.3-litre diesel variant produces 75bhp of maximum power. Suspension, drivability, refinement, interiors, features, handling everything is class leading and worth the money.