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Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent vs Maruti DZire – Spec Comparison


Hyundai Xcent

The sub 4-metre compact sedan segment is India’s most growing segment currently offering the prestige of owning a sedan, coupled with low service and maintenance costs. The Maruti DZire and Honda Amaze are two success stories that showcased the potential this segment had. Now Hyundai too has joined the bandwagon with the Xcent sedan with a killer price tag and it is getting tough for you to choose the right car. We compare the newly launched Hyundai Xcent to the Honda Amaze and Maruti DZire in the sub 4-metre category to tell you which is the best compact sedan for your money.

Hyundai Xcent SideMaruti DZire Review2013 Honda Amaze Side

Design – The Hyundai Xcent is a sedan with a boot stuck on the Grand i10 hatchback. The car remains the same up till the C-pillar, thereon it gets a sizeable boot and a quirky tail light design. The Maruti DZire on the other hand features the same design as the hatchback, but the boot looks to be pushed-in for the excise benefit and not a wholesome design. The winner in the design department is definitely the Honda Amaze. It looks well proportioned, the rear has been very well integrated than the other two, while the front has a chrome garnished grille visibly different from the Brio.

Hyundai Xcent DashboardMaruti DZire vs Honda Amaze Dashboard2013 Honda Amaze Interiors

Features – All these cars come loaded with features but the Honda Amaze trails the other two in terms of equipment. The Maruti DZire is decently loaded with kit but the Hyundai Xcent is just ahead of the other two, offering a plethora of features, some of which are not even seen in a segment up. Stuff like push button start, keyless go, 1 GB storage for the audio system, Bluetooth telephony, rear AC vent, etc. are unique to the Xcent. Both the DZire and Amaze will get a minor update in features later this year.

Hyundai Xcent Rear SeatMaruti DZire vs Honda Amaze SpaceMaruti DZire vs Honda Amaze Rear Seat

Space – In terms of the overall size of the sedan, all the three cars fall short of the 4-metre mark at nearly 3995 mm. In terms of wheelbase, the Xcent measure 2425 mm, the DZire 2430 mm and the Amaze 2405 mm. However, in spite of the DZire having the longest wheelbase, the Amaze has scooped out more space with better ergonomics thanks to Honda’s man maximum philosophy. The Xcent looks visibly spacious, with more headroom as well. All the three cars get a rear seat armrest but the DZire misses out on cupholders.

Powertrain – All three models have petrol and diesel engines on offer. The Hyundai Xcent is powered by a 1.2-litre, 4-cylinder engine producing 83 PS at 6000 RPM and 113 Nm of torque at 4000 RPM. The DZire uses a 1.2-litre K-Series mill, producing 87 PS at 6000 RPM and 114 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. The Amaze however, is the most powerful on paper with 88 PS at 6000 RPM and 109 Nm of torque at 4500 RPM from its 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine. All the three engines get variable valve timing and are mated to 5-speed manual transmissions. While the Dzire and the Xcent get a 4-speed automatic gearbox as well, the Amaze gets a 5-speed auto unit. The DZire however is the sportier one to drive.

With the diesel engines, the Xcent uses the 1.1-litre 3-cylinder CRDi engine producing 72 PS at 4000 RPM and 180 Nm of torque at 1750 RPM. The Amaze comes with the biggest engine of all, the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder, Earth Dreams, i-DTEC engine with 100 PS at 3600 RPM and 200 Nm of torque. The Maruti DZire stays in the middle of the two with 75 PS at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. Honda’s upper hand with added performance definitely shows up, while the Xcent is peppier to drive in the city. However the Xcent lacks power in front of the other two and the three-cylinder engine isn’t as refined as others. The Amaze is the noisiest of the three.

Maruti DZire PriceHyundai-Xcent-RearHonda Amaze Durability Report

Fuel Efficiency – When it comes to petrol, both the Xcent and Dzire have a claimed fuel efficiency of 19.1 km/l for the manual variant, whereas the Honda Amaze falls short at 18 km/l. However, the i-VTEC engine is the most refined of the lot. For the diesel counterparts; the Amaze wins the show with a claimed efficiency of 25.8 km/l, the Xcent comes in second giving 24.4 km/l and the Dzire third at 23.4 km/l. (All figures are ARAI certified).

Price – Hyundai launched the Xcent sedan at a killer price tag of Rs. 4.66 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi) undercutting the Maruti DZire which starts at Rs. 4.85 lakhs and the Honda Amaze which has a base price of Rs. 4.99 lakhs. With the more popular diesel engines too, Hyundai has priced the Xcent more competitively starting at Rs. 5.56 lakhs. The DZire diesel range starts at Rs. 5.79 lakhs, while the Amaze diesel starts at Rs. 5.98 lakhs. In fact, the Xcent diesel is only marginally more expensive than the Amaze petrol. However, considering the Xcent prices are introductory, a revision is sure to come in a few months.

Overall, the Hyundai Xcent is a very capable product when it comes to competition and will surely attract buyers with its lucrative price tag and features. So does the competition need to be alert? Well yes, considering the fan following Hyundai shares in offering more car for the buck. Will it unsettle the other two? Yes very much, but we think there is enough room in this segment for all the three to survive.

Maruti DZire vs Honda Amaze Shootout

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  • Iftikat March 17, 2014, 10:40 pm

    motorbeam do you have any review about hero karizma , cbz xtreme, achiever ???

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    • Faisal Khan March 18, 2014, 10:58 pm

      Yes we have, search using top right.

      Reply
  • shashwat kumar March 17, 2014, 11:26 pm

    Well it seems to be that Hyundai Xcent has a lot of features, but what is use of these goodies If the Engine is Under powered.

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    • Faisal Khan March 18, 2014, 11:00 pm

      Agreed, they should have given it the 1.4 diesel.

      Reply
  • crazywheels March 18, 2014, 1:48 pm

    3 cylinder engine vs 4 cylinder ones…is it the real way to cut price?

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    • Faisal Khan March 18, 2014, 11:07 pm

      The savings are substacial indeed but it’s also about mileage.

      Reply
  • nj March 18, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Amaze-S/Dzire-VXI/Xcent-s which petrol variant would you suggest keeping TCO/Maintenace/Durability/Sustainbility in view.. Mostly for city drive

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    • Faisal Khan March 18, 2014, 11:07 pm

      All three cars rank well in the parameters you are looking at, I would personally pick the Amaze.

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  • Apurv March 18, 2014, 3:16 pm

    HI , I am looking to buy Amaze petrol SMT and the use would predominantly to go around Mumbai on Weekends. My preference is to power , efficiency , looks and features in that order. My budget is 7.5 Lac.
    Do I have a better option..

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    • crazywheels March 18, 2014, 4:46 pm

      1. Amaze, 2. Linea
      City is the ultimate choice.

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    • Faisal Khan March 18, 2014, 11:12 pm

      Nope, the Amaze is a good car.

      Reply
  • Bhargav March 19, 2014, 5:28 pm

    I have zeroed upon Honda amaze but I am also looking to buy Honda city whose sv version is priced at 10L. Which one is better, amaze top end model or Honda city sv?

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  • gaurav March 19, 2014, 9:59 pm

    My honda amaze gives mileage of 24implementation

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  • ranjit pardeshi March 21, 2014, 12:27 am

    I like to hudai xsent cumpar to amez

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  • john March 21, 2014, 11:31 am

    Hi faisal when ur review about xcent coming, waiting from 10 days
    Want to buy dezire ldix or xcent s

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    • Faisal Khan March 21, 2014, 11:56 am

      Xcent review end of the month.

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      • julu March 23, 2014, 9:42 pm

        Don’t wait ,book dzire the leader in sedan segment.
        xcent petrol is good but disel is a below average car.

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  • amol shah March 21, 2014, 2:42 pm

    xcent top end or amaez top end disel version which one i should go for?

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    • julu March 23, 2014, 9:44 pm

      Offcourse amaze…xcent is a 3 cylinder 1.1 engine below average performer.

      Reply
  • sathya March 23, 2014, 10:46 pm

    Hi. I am looking to buy either amaze or xcent ..diesel.. Which one you would recommend…

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    • Faisal Khan March 23, 2014, 10:56 pm

      What are your requirements?

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      • sathya March 24, 2014, 9:00 pm

        It would be for a daily use in city. Also i will travel long distance often. I am actually looking for a good performance car with nice features added. Really confused whether to go for Xcent diesel or Amaze.

        Thanks,
        Sathya

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        • Faisal Khan March 25, 2014, 11:14 am

          Amaze is a good car and in diesel, it has more power than rivals butttttt it lacks features which are present in the Xcent.

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    • Faisal Khan March 25, 2014, 11:18 am

      I would recommend Amaze but it lacks features compared to the Xcent.

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      • sathya March 25, 2014, 5:46 pm

        What would you prefer xcent which has a better features or Amaze which has good engin and performance :-)
        Thanks.

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        • Faisal Khan March 26, 2014, 12:26 am

          I don’t like the styling of the Xcent, I would pick the Amaze.

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  • Saurabh March 24, 2014, 6:26 pm

    Hi, plz let us know which one is better 1. Amaze SMT Petrol or 2. Hyundai Xcent – S petrol?

    Saurabh

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    • Faisal Khan March 25, 2014, 11:17 am

      Amaze.

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    • Aashish April 1, 2014, 11:25 am

      Well to answer all of your questions, I think xcent would be a smart choice. Reasons?
      1)better after sale service than honda
      2) high quality interiors
      3)alotttt of features(Useful features)
      4)service cycle for Xcent is every 1 year or 10k kms (amaze is every 6 months)
      5)Parts are way cheaper than honda
      6) Resale value better than honda.
      Honda amaze is a very good car too but, If you need a proper package then I advice the Xcent. I dont think 2 or 3 bhp less should make a difference. If you are planning for a petrol vehicle then you can close your eyes and opt for the Xcent

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      • Faisal Khan April 2, 2014, 10:19 am

        Agreed but in diesel the Amaze is a cylinder up with much more power.

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  • Prerana Kothawade March 28, 2014, 11:40 am

    I want to buy a petrol car with budget of 7-8 lakhs , mostly for city drive , which is the better option?
    Amaze or Xcent or any other option

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  • Aashish March 31, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Well to answer all of your questions, I think xcent would be a smart choice. Reasons?
    1)better after sale service than honda
    2) high quality interiors
    3)alotttt of features(Useful features)
    4)service cycle for Xcent is every 1 year or 10k kms (amaze is every 6 months)
    5)Parts are way cheaper than honda
    6) Resale value better than honda.
    Honda amaze is a very good car too but, If you need a proper package then I advice the Xcent. I dont think 2 or 3 bhp less should make a difference. If you are planning for a petrol vehicle then you can close your eyes and opt for the Xcent.

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  • gp April 2, 2014, 11:15 pm

    i want to buy a car in 5.50 to 6.5 lacs range, should i go for petrol or desal version

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    • Faisal Khan April 3, 2014, 11:20 am

      Diesel won’t fit in that price bracket, get petrol.

      Reply
  • gp April 2, 2014, 11:17 pm

    should i go for amaze or xcent

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  • manav April 3, 2014, 5:42 pm

    I want to buy a petrol car and my budget is 6-6.5 lakh. I use the car only on weekends. I am confuse weather should I buy Grand i10 Asta or Xcent S(o). could you please advise

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  • lovneet syal April 6, 2014, 8:43 am

    I am planning ti buy petrol base model of amaze.planning to upgrade it musuc sys from outside.. What do you say?

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  • raghav April 12, 2014, 11:56 pm

    i m confused between amaze and xcent
    as i m thinking to buy a diesel model in this variant
    as i got to know that at d speed of 120 or something amaze starts to vibrate and become unmanangeable
    is dat true?
    and what about the amaze sound that it makes?
    and i am looking for diesel model
    in weekdays city purpose around 1negable
    an in d weekends fr long drive on highwa
    performace, comfort, power

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    • Faisal Khan April 13, 2014, 11:05 am

      Amaze has no issues at high speed, go for it.

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      • raghav April 14, 2014, 11:19 pm

        thanks bro,
        and if i compare amaze with dezire in diesel variant
        which one is better
        as i m looking
        fr comfort, power, milage

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  • Ronak April 17, 2014, 12:32 am

    In petrol automatic which one is good…xcent or dzire ?

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    • Faisal Khan April 17, 2014, 7:23 am

      Amaze is better than both.

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      • Ronak April 17, 2014, 8:06 am

        Ok…if I have to choose in diesel automatic then..?

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        • Ronak April 17, 2014, 5:04 pm

          should I wait for tata bolt and zest….aur should I go for any one of these three cars..?

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  • Rajesh.A.S May 2, 2014, 10:23 pm

    xcent is a Superb car.Bought recently. Petrol is a Cool buy. Who will give Such features. Interior s. U will b a Satisfied person for True True Value for money.

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  • Rohan Jhaveri May 14, 2014, 5:01 pm

    Hi I want to purchase a petrol car and i have also taken a test drive of honda amaze , hyundai xcent &maruti dzire,but i am confused which one in three of this is best in milage & maintainance. plz somebody expert can answer me its urgent for me.

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  • Bhardwaj June 16, 2014, 10:12 am

    I also want to buy a Petrol Car. But which one? I drive about 20 Km a day with occasional long drives. Apart from features,Running & Maintenance Costs are deciding factors. Please advise regarding Amaze, Swift Dezire or xcent – which is a bettr but and why?

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  • g v vilayil June 25, 2014, 12:04 am

    i want to purchase a car ..within 7-8 lakhs..i am very much like amaze..but last days i heard…amaze engine has very noice…could you recomend..any other option….

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