Tata Zest Vs Honda Amaze Vs Maruti Dzire Vs Hyundai Xcent Comparison

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The compact sedan segment in the Indian market is a highly competitive space, with quality offerings from at least four major manufacturers in the country. Cars in this category need to meet a variety of customer requirements, but often the most important is value for money.

We bring you a quick, easy-to-read comparison between the best compact sedans available in India today, so do read on and see how these cars stack up against each other.

1. Price

The most important part of a car, its sticker price (base models shown here, all prices ex-showroom Delhi):

  • Tata Zest: INR 4,85,519
  • Honda Amaze: INR 5,18,900
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: INR 5,20,631
  • Hyundai Xcent: INR 5,85,609

You can have the Tata Zest for the lowest base price amongst the four here.

2. ARAI mileage (petrol versions)

  • Tata Zest: 17.6 kpl
  • Honda Amaze: 18 kpl
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 20.9 kpl
  • Hyundai Xcent: 19.1 kpl

The petrol car that should give you the best mileage is the Maruti Swift Dzire, but remember that ARAI figures are indicative, and not representative of real world conditions.

3. ARAI mileage (diesel versions)

  • Tata Zest: 23.0 kpl
  • Honda Amaze: 25.8 kpl
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 26.6 kpl
  • Hyundai Xcent: 24.4 kpl

The diesel car with the best mileage is the Maruti Swift Dzire again.

4. Visual Rating

  • Tata Zest: 4/5
  • Honda Amaze: 4/5
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 3/5
  • Hyundai Xcent: 3/5

We feel the Tata Zest is the most attractive car of the four compared here, but understand that this is entirely subjective. What do you think?

5. Key specifications (petrol engine versions)

  • Tata Zest: 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 89 bhp @ 5000 rpm, and torque of 140 Nm @ 1750 rpm, kerb weight of 1115 kg, and ground clearance of 175 mm.
  • Honda Amaze: 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 86 bhp @ 6000 rpm, and torque of 109 Nm @ 4500 rpm, kerb weight of 950 kg, and ground clearance of 165 mm.
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 83 bhp @ 6000 rpm, and torque of 115 Nm @ 4000 rpm, kerb weight of 935 kg, and ground clearance of 170 mm.
  • Hyundai Xcent: 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 81 bhp @ 6000 rpm, and torque of 114 Nm @ 4000 rpm, kerb weight of N/A, and ground clearance of 165 mm.

The Tata Zest has the most powerful 89 bhp engine, but is also on the heavier side, tipping the scales at over 1.1 tons. Therefore the winner in this category is the Honda Amaze, which has the best balance of power and weight.

6. Key specifications (diesel engine versions)

  • Tata Zest: 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 74 bhp @ 4000 rpm, and torque of 190 Nm @ 1750 rpm, kerb weight of 1152 kg, and ground clearance of 165 mm.
  • Honda Amaze: 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 98 bhp @ 3600 rpm, and torque of 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm, kerb weight of 1060 kg, and ground clearance of 165 mm.
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder, developing 74 bhp @ 4000 rpm, and torque of 190 Nm @ 2000 rpm, kerb weight of 1045 kg, and ground clearance of 170 mm.
  • Hyundai Xcent: 1.1-litre, 3-cylinder, developing 71 bhp @ 4000 rpm, and torque of 180 Nm @ 1750 rpm, kerb weight of N/A, and ground clearance of 165 mm.

The Honda Amaze eclipses the others again with regard to its technical specifications, with the highest power and torque by far, along with a relatively low kerb weight.

7. Base model key feature list

  • Tata Zest: Power steering, power windows, air conditioning, central locking
  • Honda Amaze: Power steering, power windows, air conditioning, central locking
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: Power steering, air conditioning
  • Hyundai Xcent: Power steering, power windows, air conditioning, central locking

    The Zest, Amaze and Xcent are similarly equipped but the Swift Dzire is desperately lacking features in its base variant avatar.

8. Boot space

  • Tata Zest: 320 litres
  • Honda Amaze: 400 litres
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 320 litres
  • Hyundai Xcent: 407 litres

You can store the most luggage in the Hyundai Xcent, as it features the biggest boot with capacity of 407 litres.

9. Fuel tank capacity

  • Tata Zest: 44 litres
  • Honda Amaze: 35 litres
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 42 litres
  • Hyundai Xcent: 43 litres

The Tata Zest wins this competition by a narrow margin with the biggest fuel tank (44 litres) of the lot.

10. Warranty

  • Tata Zest: 3 years/100,000 km
  • Honda Amaze: 2 years/40,000 km
  • Maruti Swift Dzire: 2 years/40,000 km
  • Hyundai Xcent: 2 years/unlimited

Tata Motors is extremely confident of the Zest's offering of long-term quality, and easily has the best warranty, which is valid for 3 years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first.

11. Our verdict. And yours?

Overall, we feel the Tata Zest wins the value-for-money contest here. The Honda Amaze does come very, very close, but the Zest's combination of good looks, a spacious interior, best warranty, impressive feature list, and decent engine gives it top rating. Best of all, it's all-Indian!

However, we understand that everyone will have unique needs from their compact sedan, so it will finally come down to your choice. Just make sure you pick the car that comes the closest to meeting all your needs.

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Story first published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 18:09 [IST]
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