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Swift DZire Test Drive Review2013 Honda Amaze Performance

The competition in the sub 4-metre segment has started gaining momentum. Some manufacturers are trying fit in compact SUVs like the Mahindra Quanto and the upcoming Ford EcoSport, some are planning for jacked up hatchbacks like the Volkswagen CrossPolo and Tata Vista D90 Xtreme while some are struggling to add a boot to their hatchbacks under the 4-metre category to enjoy the excise benefits offering attractive price tags. The real competition lies is the case of Maruti Suzuki and Honda, where the segment leader Maruti Swift DZire will compete head on with the Honda Amaze in terms of pricing, design as well as engine options.

Starting from the tech specs, the Maruti Swift DZire is powered by two engine options including 1.2-litre K-series petrol engine and 1.3-litre CRDi diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol motor produces 86 BHP of maximum power at 6000 RPM and 114 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM, while the 1.3-litre diesel engine is good for 75 BHP of maximum power at 4000 RPM with 190 Nm of peak torque at 2000 RPM. Both the engines are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard with 4-speed automatic transmission being optional with the petrol motor. The petrol version returns 19.1 km/l of fuel efficiency, while the diesel version returns a fuel efficiency figure of 23.4 km/l.

Maruti DZire Features2013 Honda Amaze Interiors

The soon to be launched Honda Amaze is the first diesel Honda, which is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol motor and the latest 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The 1.2-litre petrol version is capable of producing 88 BHP of maximum power at 6000 RPM and 110 Nm of peak torque at 4800 RPM, while the 1.5-litre diesel churns out a class leading 98.6 BHP of peak power at 3600 RPM with 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 RPM. The petrol engine comes mated to an option of a 5-speed manual and automatic transmission, while the diesel engine is coupled to only a 5-speed manual gearbox. The petrol powered Amaze returns a fuel efficiency figure of 18 km/l and the diesel powered version returns a whopping 25.8 km/l.

Maruti DZire Rear Seat LegroomHonda Amaze Rear Legroom

Thus in terms of powertrains alone, Honda has an edge. While the petrol motors are on par when it comes to output, Honda offers a better automatic gearbox, which has an extra gear over the DZire. In terms of diesel engines, Honda’s engine is slightly noisier but offers better performance thanks to an extra 25 PS of power, while at the same time returns higher mileage.

Maruti DZire Review2013 Honda Amaze Side

In terms of styling, adding a boot to the Maruti Swift DZire looks like an afterthought, which makes the compact sedan look quirky, while the Amaze has been sculpted neatly and looks well proportioned from all angles. Coming to the interiors, the DZire lacks some cabin space but the styling looks premium when compared to the Amaze which carries over the basic interior elements of the Brio but is comparatively spacious with larger boot space and legroom. While the Maruti Swift DZire comes with a starting price of Rs. 4.81 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), the Amaze is expected to come with a slightly premium price tag of Rs. 5.25 lakhs for the base petrol version.

Overall on paper, the Honda Amaze does have an advantage and can really unsettle the DZire. However Maruti Suzuki’s widespread dealership network and image of cheaper spare parts will be hard to beat. Factoring in everything, this is the closest fight in years in the Indian automobile market and the winner is only going to be the consumer. On 11th April 2013, we will know whether Honda has created trouble for Maruti Suzuki or not, when the prices are announced, one of the biggest factors in compact car purchase.

Maruti DZire PriceHonda Amaze Diesel Performance

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  • Ben

    I do not want to comment on the the features on paper because it will take at least 1 year for proving that. we are all aware about the case with xuv500. But when it comes to looks amaze is looking so good than the dzire. So it is going to be a real threat for maruti.

    • No One

      XUV may have few niggles with its electrical gizmo but as per the specifications and vehicle goes, it is quite good as it was on paper.. Now when talking about Honda, they have a long history of success and perfect niggle free products..

    • Rajan

      I see lot of XUV’s in the Sunday classifieds and it indicates only one thing – the customers are not satified with it. Today i was a second owner selling his 2011 XUV – two unsatisfied customer in a span of two years is not a coincidence. The euphoria on XUV craziness is dying down and when it comes to new product it is better wait and watch its performance.

    • Crazywheels

      A lot of complaints are coming from XUV and Safari owners. While Honda has always an edge over the other companies. Thats why they are called the Mercedes benz of japan. Even with only petrol mill City is already a success in the current market.

    • No One

      Rajan, what are the main issue which forced you to sell your less than a year old vehicle, the XUV ??

    • No One, I think it could be the mechanical issues.

  • Beamer

    Aariz Rizvi, can you rename the diesel engine thats used in Swift Dzire? Its Fiat’s 1.3 Multijet right? I see here it as CRDi!

    • Sugu

      Isn’t multijet also a CRDI engine ?
      Its just a different name what Fiat has given.

    • Beamer, its the same thing. Its a CRDI heart, Multijet, JTD, etc.

  • Rajan

    The scooped back seat in Amaze give the impression of huge leg space but otherwise both DZire and Amaze looks teh same. Maruti should take this cue and implement in their lineup

  • Nikhil

    No doubt Amaze is a good product but the claims of unsettling the Dzire might be too tall and especially depends on how Honda is gonna price it. Hope Honda learns from their previous mistakes.

    Also, I think the big secret towards the huge interior space in amaze is the less encroaching dashboard and the thin seats. But hats off to them for the 400 liters of trunk space.!

  • Rks

    No body in car market can beat Maruti, in terms of dealership network they have. as far as Honda is concerned, the car is good looking, no doubt in that but in case of diesel, every one know require frequent visits for maintenance, so wait for one year. please also keep in mind that Brio is not a big success.

  • Deepak Arora

    I want buy new car I have two options dezire or Amaze & Micra or Etios

    • Deepak, checkout the Amaze, its very good compared to its rivals.

  • arvind kumar


    • Aravind, the Amaze is a better package than the DZire. If you are looking to buy a compact sedan, then the Amaze is the best option out there.

  • Anhat Vatsal

    well 4 a price sensitive market like India….here is a cache…..Metallic colour which has become standard now….and comes at no extra cost for a Maruti Dzire…..for the same Metallic colour in Honda Amaze one has 2 shell out 5000/Extra….will that 2 some extent go in favour of Dzire…I think so…..and add 2 it the expected cash discount of around at least 5-10000 which Dzire can come up with….to match the onslaught of Amaze as well as Eeco sports….around 10-15k difference will be a significant one….add 2 it the longer waiting period for an Amaze as well as Eeco Sport….the competition to Dzire will not be that easy…..combine it with a 170mm ground clearance of Dzire to 165 mm of Amaze…..and considering the Indian roads…..I think the Jury is yet 2 be out as 2 how much challenge Amaze can pose 2 Dzire in the long run…..although in the short run Amaze appears 2 be a clear cut winner….

  • Anhat Vatsal

    @ Faisal Khan…What do you think of my assessment ? Although I must appreciate you have done a brilliant article…..and an excellent comparison….I agree with your findings in totto….the Dealership Network of Maruti as well as cheaper spare parts….thus leading to overall far lower cost of ownership than an Amaze are a few factors other than what I have mentioned above which can go in Dzire’s favour….I have just taken a common sense approach and the limitations of Honda in not being able 2 manufacture a/c 2 the demand..thus leading 2 longer waiting period……Your take on this….

    • Anhat, Swift DZire is not as cheap to maintain as it appears. Besides waiting period is also an issue with DZire.

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