War of the sedans 2: Maruti Swift DZire Vs Honda Amaze
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- 2 of 4The internal dimensionsMaruti Suzuki Swift Dzire has been given a recent facelift with mider dimensions, greater leg room space, and a 3-box sedan configuration unlike its hatchback which was slightly cramped up with the space factor. Also new are the dual toned dashboard, new steerling wheel, new audio system, and an auto climate control system which helps maintains the conditions within the car to perfectly comfortable levels. The only constraint is the rear boot space which is 316 litres now, compared to the previous model, which had over 400 litres.The Honda Amaze recieves much from its hatchback, the Brio, including the interior set up. But hopefully with aluminum body and longer length, the rear seat passengers are at a bit more comfort than they were in the hatchback edition of the car. Also the bootspace is much more, with the 3rd block added at the rear with a chrome strip alongside. Like the DZire, the Amaze gets similar kind of features like the 2-Din audio system will have USB, Aux-in and iPod interface, and steering controls, apart from safety net features like ABS, electronic brake force distribution system apart from the dual SRS airbags. Both the vehicles are pretty much neck to neck here, but Honda could get a upper hand owing to its brand pull.
- 3 of 4The EngineThe Honda Amaze sedan comes with the option of 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine, or the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The milage factor of the car remains a moderate at around 12 to 13 kmpl on the city roads, while the highway milage is naturally more decent at around 16 kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel edition is much better on pocket with better purchase of milage at 15 to 16 kmpl within the city range, and 19 to 20 kmpl on the longer and smoother highways.The Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire also comes with a dual option of 1.2-litre VVT petrol engine, and 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine. To keep things short, Maruti wins hands down on the milage factor of the car with the latest edition of the Dzire doing around 19.1 kmpl with the petrol, and 23.4 with the diesel engine.
- 4 of 4The price factorLike most other times, Maruti beats most foreign competitors on price. The Dzire range is available anything from Rs 4.79 lakh to Rs 7.09 lakh which includes both the petrol and diesel variants. The Honda Amaze price list is not out yet, but word is that Rs 7 lakh will be the starting range for the sedan, which might be too tight for the consumers of this class of the car.As per our assessment, Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire gets a good margin ahead of the Honda Amaze sedan. The price vis-a-vis the value for money works in its favor, which Honda will have a tough time to compete with, until it does something to bring down the prices lower. We have supported the Dzire here, but we think a part of the higher spending crowds could go for the Amaze, owing to the brand that Honda enjoys the world over. Perhaps a few months down the line, one could get a more accurate picture of the final result.
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