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Maruti Kizashi versus Honda Accord

  • Oct 31, 2011
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Maruti has finally launched their sports sedan Kizashi in India. It has been selling overseas in several countries with overwhelming response and has been a top selling sedan for Suzuki overseas from a couple of years now. Maruti decided to launch it in India and it has proven to be another feather in the cap for Maruti with the new sedan finding many buyers in India. We compare the Kizashi to the sports sedan from Honda which is hugely popular all over the world; the Honda Accord. Accord is one of the favorite cars amongst car buyers from the premium sports sedan segment and an excellent car to drive. We find out the difference between the two and help you decide which one you should go and buy.


Looks and design:


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Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is a hot new sports sedan to enter the sports sedan segment in India and create a storm. It sports an aggressive look from the front thanks to its large jewel like twin headlamps and the mesh grille which sports the Suzuki badge looks fantastic and adds to the sporty nature of the car. The fog lamps are in a rectangular cluster integrated into the body colored bumpers. It has led turn indicators which are housed in the headlamp cluster. Kizashi looks great from the rear as well owing to the nature of the rear design which looks wide and has two exhaust pipes at the rear to add to the sporty looks and has a spoiler on top of the rear hatch of the car’s boot. Maruti has ensured very good build quality for the car while the paintjob, fit and finish is top notch.


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Honda Accord has been a favorite amongst premium sports sedan owners in the country and has huge fan following in India. The newest variant adds more oomph to the car and looks incredibly good in its new avatar. It has chromed front grille with the huge Honda badge and stretched projector headlamps which look fantastic. The fog lamps are situated at the front and rear bumpers and seated in 3D styled housing. The car has spoilers below it, on all four sides that improve stability and style quotient. Accord also brings multi spoke alloy wheels which add to the overall sporty nature of the car. The newest variant is the 8th generation and the most aggressive looking Accord of them all. Honda has ensured that the build quality on the Accord remains top notch and the fit, finish and paintjob quality is superb.


Looks overall – Maruti Kizashi7.5/10
Looks overall – Honda Accord
8/10


Interiors – design, space and features:


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Maruti Kizashi brings excellent interiors and matches up nicely to its competition. Maruti has still a little catching up to do with its premium sports sedan but so far so good. It offers comfortable seats which provide excellent lumbar support and multi adjustable driver seats. It also includes features such as tild adjustable steering wheel mounted with audio controls and cruise control. Kizashi brings the latest in stereo music system with 7 speakers and CD/MP3/USB and Bluetooth compatibilities. It has smart-key keyless entry system and start system which automatically unlocks the door and is capable of starting engine without keys. There is plenty of cabin space in the sedan and it brings ample leg room and head room for its passengers with the front seats being the most comfortable ones. Kizashi has multiple airbags as a safety feature and plenty of storage space and a boot space of 461liters to carry your entire luggage.


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Honda Accord has beige interiors which add to the classy feeling of the interiors inside which already adorns super comfy seats and leather interior and offers excellent lumbar support to its passengers. Honda Accord has several interior features such as tilt adjustable steering wheel, foot light, map light with sun glass box, leather steering wheel, leather gear knob, vanity mirror for passenger and driver, front center armrest with multifunctional console, outside temperature gauge, digital clock, seat back pocket (driver & passenger), lockable glove box with illumination, front and rear door pocket, front and rear cup holder, rear center armrest with Trunk-through. It also brings excellent storage space in the form of its 460 liters of boot space to carry your entire luggage.


Interiors overall – Maruti Gypsy8/10
Interiors overall – Premier Rio
8.5/10


Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


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Maruti Suzuki Kizashi was brought to India with the same engine that is being used abroad in Japan and US and the petrol engine is a 2.4 liter, four cylinder 16 valve, DOHC engine which produces a maximum power of 175 BHP at 6500 RPM and a maximum torque of 230 NM at 4000 RPM. This engine gives the Kizashi ultimate performance and gives it loads of power to pull away from standstill against its competing rivals. This engine is also quite fuel efficient and manages to keep the running costs on the lower end by delivering a maximum fuel economy of 12.53 kmpl as rated by ARAI. This powerful engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission which provides excellent drivability to the car through its front wheel drive system or its options all wheel drive system.


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Honda Accord is available in two powerful petrol engine variants and the first one is powered by a 2.4 liter i-VTEC DOHC petrol engine that produces 176 BHP at 6500 RPM and a maximum torque of 222 NM at 4300 RPM. It offers stellar performance that leaves many other cars in dust. It doesn’t stop there as the second engine variant is a more powerful 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine that makes 270 BHP at 6200 RPM and maximum torque of 339 NM at 5000 RPM. This engine brings sheer outright performance that is unmatched in its class. The torque spread is excellent and the engines are available in manual and automatic transmission for total fun and ease of use. The 2.4 liter engine on the Accord has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 12.8 kmpl while the 3.5 liter V6 engine on Honda Accord delivers 10.2 kmpl respectively.


Engine overall – Maruti Kizashi 8/10
Engine overall – Honda Accord8/10


Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


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Maruti Kizashi has a very finely tuned suspension unit which does what it was meant to do perfectly well. It has excellent ride quality which is well cushioned and absorbs all the undulations and pot holes on the roads. Kizashi is also packed to the brim with features which enhance safety and improve stability of the car such as the traction control system, i-VSP intelligent vehicle stability program that is offered on the AWD models only, ABS with EBD and brake assist functions allows for complete control over the sedan’s handling everywhere. It has a direct steering unit which gives excellent feedback and is light enough to use in city without tiring out. Kizashi sports sedan is a fun car to drive and every owner will enjoy driving this car.


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Honda Accord is an agile performer and handles sharply around corners and loves to be driven in a spirited manner like most Hondas. It has a well tuned suspension that is slightly on the softer end to provide more comfort to passengers at slow to moderate speeds and ensures high level of stability and retains comfort levels at very high speeds. It offers advanced features such as ABS + EBD with breake assist which ensures that you have total control over the car’s handling at all times and these driver aids boost the braking capability of the car and therefore inspire confidence. Honda Accord also brings traction control system and vehicle stability assist system to the existing package.


Suspension overall – Maruti Kizashi – 7.5/10
Suspension overall – Honda Accord – 7.5/10


Value for money – sticker price, standard features:


Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is available in two different trim levels in India but these two are sufficient since they bring so much value. There are plenty of features, goodies and modern technology in the new Kizashi and since it’s from the stable of Maruti it comes with a possibility of a long trouble free ownership experience as well. Maruti Kizashi has been priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 16.50 lakhs for the base variant Maruti Kizashi MT and the top variant has been priced at 17.50 lakhs for the Maruti Kizashi CVT and that is very good pricing for the both cars considering all that they bring for the money being spent on it.


Honda Accord is good value for money as it brings a great combination of design, performance and luxury and has been well priced by Honda. Accord is available off shelf at an ex-showroom Delhi price of 19.60 lakhs for Honda Accord 2.4 M/T, 19.83 lakhs for Honda Accord 2.4 Elegance M/T, 20.36 lakhs for Honda Accord 2.4 A/T, 20.43 lakhs for Honda Accord Inspire M/T, 20.59 lakhs for Honda Accord Elegance A/T, 21.19 lakhs for Honda Accord 2.4 Inspire A/T. The more powerful 3.5 liter V6 engine is priced at 26.442 lakhs for Honda Accord 3.5 V6 and the top variant Honda Accord 3.5 V6 Inspire is priced at 26.97 lakhs.


Value for money overall – Maruti Kizashi – 8/10
Value for money overall – Honda Accord – 8/10


Verdict:


Maruti Suzuki Kizashi is a fantastic new sedan from Maruti and their first sports sedan in the Indian Market and they have seemed to pull this one off successfully. It brings sheer luxury at very good value and brings plenty of modern features in contemporary styling. Honda Accord is a fantastic car which has been around for years and is a tried and tested product. It brings two extremely powerful engine variants and offers decent fuel efficiency as well. Both these cars are amongst the best in the market and competing with them can be real tough. If you are planning to go with either of the cars, you couldn’t make a wrong choice there.












































































































































































































































Maruti Kizashi Honda Accord
Car version MT CVT 2.4 M/T 2.4 Elegance MT 2.4 Inspire MT 3.5 V6 3.5 V6 Inspire
Ex-showroom price 1650000 1750000 1960500 1974029 1970800 2600000 2600000
DIMENSIONS
Length 4650 4650 4950 4950 4950 4950 4950
Width 1820 1820 1845 1845 1845 1845 1845
Height 1490 1490 1475 1475 1475 1475 1475
Wheelbase 2700 2700 2800 2800 2800 2800 2800
Boot space 461 461 NA NA NA NA NA
Kerb Weight 1460 1500 1525 1525 1525 1620 1620
Turning radius 5.5 5.5 5.6 5.6 5.6 5.6 m 5.6 m
Tank capacity 63 63 70 70 70 70 70
Clearance NA 1565 155 155 155 155 155
ENGINE
Displacement 2393 2393 2354 2354 2354 3471 3471
Max. Power 178PS @6500rpm 178PS @6500rpm 180 PS @ 6500 rpm 180 PS @ 6500 rpm 180 PS @ 6500 rpm 275PS @6200rpm 275PS @6200rpm
Max. Torque 230Nm @4000rpm 230Nm @4000rpm 222 Nm @ 4300 rpm 222 Nm @ 6500 rpm 222 Nm @ 6500 rpm 339Nm @5000rpm 339Nm @5000rpm
Fuel economy 12.45 12.53 12.8 12.8 12.8 10.2 10.2
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 6 6
GEARBOX
Type Manual Automatic Manual Manual Manual Automatic Automatic
Speeds 6 NA 5 5 5 5 5
TYRES
Tyre 215 / 55 R17 215 / 55 R17 215 / 60 R16 Tubeless 215 / 60 R16 Tubeless 215 / 60 R16 Tubeless 225/50 R 17 225/50 R 17
SUSPENSION
Front McPherson Strut McPherson Strut Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Independent Double Wishbone with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Independent double wishbone with coil spring & stabilizer Independent double wishbone with coil spring & stabilizer
Rear Multi link Multi link Multi-Link with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Multi-Link with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Multi-Link with Coil Spring and Stabilizer Multilink with coil spring & stabilizer Multilink with coil spring & stabilizer
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