Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire : Competition Check

  • Feb 27, 2015
Maruti Suzuki has recently updated its segment topping Swift DZire compact sedan with cosmetic enhancements as well as a few additional features. This moves comes in their right time as Honda has updated its Amaze with a new infotainment system while the newer Hyundai Xcent and Tata Zest pack in some interesting new features. This then is the opportune time for Maruti to have introduced the face-lifted Swift DZire.

Lets take a closer look as to how the new Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire compares against its rivals.

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The first thing that hits you when you look at new Swift DZire is the thick strip of chrome on the grille, followed by the chiseled sides of the front bumper. These and the new black background headlamps, chrome fog lamp housings and larger air dam are the changes to the front profile of the updated Swift DZire. The car also gets a new set of ‘motion themed’ alloy wheels, new chrome garnish over the license plate housing and a re designed rear bumper that does away with the rear fog lamp. The side and rear design of the car are well profiled with the small boot blending in nicely into the design. Infact, the short rear overhang of the Swift DZire gives it a nice sporty profile.

[caption id="attachment_15583" align="alignnone" width="600"]Hyundai Xcent,Xcent Hyundai Xcent[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_15584" align="alignnone" width="600"]Hyundai Xcent side profile Hyundai Xcent side profile[/caption]

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In comparison, the Hyundai Xcent has a sleeker front end design with smaller head lamps and a sleek grille. What is prominent here is the large air dam which gives the car a bold presence. The side profile of the Xcent incorporates large windows that are good for visibility but gives the car a tall profile. The rear profile of the Xcent is the most grown up here with large tail lamps a large license plate housing in the centre and a large bumper with subtle design cues. Its diamond cut alloy wheels give it an upmarket touch.

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[caption id="attachment_15582" align="alignnone" width="1000"]Honda Amaze side profile Honda Amaze side profile[/caption]

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The Honda Amaze may have a meek front profile with a small grille and small headlamps, but it is the sportiest looking car here, thanks to sharp creases all around. The side profile looks appealing with a well designed glass house and those upward creases in the sheet metal. Around the back, the Amaze continues its sporty theme with nice large tail lamps, a relatively smaller boot lid with a perfectly profiled license plate housing. The large bumper again sports sharp creases to lend it a distinct look.

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The Tata Zest is the newest car here and it looks the part too. A smart V-shaped power dome on the bonnet, long honey comb grille, swept back headlamps and sporty bumper make it look very contemporary indeed. Sadly, the same can’t be said about the rest of the car as the otherwise well designed side profile gives away to an abruptly ending boot. The rear profile does not get any better as the large bumper, tail lamps and tall windscreen tend to take over the presence of the small boot lid.

[caption id="attachment_15594" align="alignnone" width="936"]Honda Amaze,Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire,Tata Zest,Hyunda Xcent Compact sedan dimensions comparison[/caption]



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Coming to the interiors, the Maruti Swift DZire has a well laid out dashboard. The dual tone theme works well for the car and the slim faux wood inserts along with silver inserts around the cabin make this a nice place to be in. While seating upfront is good, the rear bench of the DZire is tight on leg room. The Swift DZire has 316 litres of boot space.

[caption id="attachment_15586" align="alignnone" width="900"]Hyundai Xcent interior Hyundai Xcent interior[/caption]

The Hyundai Xcent has the best cabin here. Its dual tone cabin theme is good and the dashboard has all the equipment and switch gear well laid out. The seats are comfortable all around and there is plenty of leg room for rear seat passengers. There are rear a/c vents too, one of the few features that are exclusive to the Xcent. The Xcent has the largest boot here with 407 litres of space.

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The Honda Amaze is the only car here to come with an all black dashboard, with the exception of the beige glovebox lid. The door pads have a dual tone theme, and the beige interior trim gives the cabin an airy ambiance. The Amaze comes with comfortable seating for all with plenty of leg room for rear seat occupants. The Amaze has a 400 litre boot.

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In line with the others, the Tata Zest too has a dual tone interior theme. The dashboard is a contemporary unit with large dials in the instrument binnacle, piano black finish on the centre console and centre air vents. The Zest too offers comfortable seating for all occupants, although leg room is not as much as you get in the Xcent and Amaze. The Zest has a 360 litre boot.

[caption id="attachment_15595" align="alignnone" width="794"]Honda Amaze,Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire,Tata Zest,Hyunda Xcent Compact sedan features comparison[/caption]




Under the hood, all four compact sedans are powered by 1.2 litre, four cylinder petrol engines. The Zest’s new 1.2 Revotron petrol engine differs from the rest as it features turbo charging and 2 valves per cylinder while the rest of the cars here are naturally aspirated and have four valves per cylinder. While the Zest is the most powerful car here with 90PS of peak power, the Swift DZire is the most fuel efficient with an ARAI rating of 20.85 km/l.

[caption id="attachment_15598" align="alignnone" width="938"]Honda Amaze petrol,Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire petrol,Tata Zest petrol,Hyundai Xcent petrol Petrol compact sedan specifications comparison[/caption]



The Tata Zest and Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire are powered by the famed Fiat sourced 1.3 litre MultiJet diesel engine. This engine has four cylinders is turbo charged and intercooled, and has four valves per cylinder. In the Zest though, it has been tuned to deliver higher max power and torque outputs of 90PS and 200Nm, respectively.

The most powerful car here though is the Amaze with its four cylinder 1.5 litre, turbo diesel diesel engine developing the highest power output here of 100PS while max torque is rated at 200Nm. At the other end of the scale, the Hyundai Xcent diesel is the least powerful car here as it also has the smallest engine in the form of its three cylinder, 1.1 litre motor with max power and torque outputs of 72PS and 180Nm, respectively.

While the Swift DZire diesel may develop less power than the Zest diesel, the tuning difference has made the DZire the most fuel efficient car in the country with an ARAI rated figure of 26.5 km/l.

[caption id="attachment_15597" align="alignnone" width="937"]Honda Amaze diesel,Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire diesel,Tata Zest diesel, Hyundai Xcent diesel Diesel compact sedan specifications comparison[/caption]



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The Tata Zest offers the best in terms of safety amongst its competition. Not only is it the only car here with corner braking control (CBC), but it also makes safety features such as anti-lock braking with electronic brake force distribution and CBC right from the XM variant, which is one above the base XE variant. And lets not forget that the Zest is crucially the most affordable car here! Two front airbags are available in the XMS (one below top variants) and XT top-end variants.

The Honda Amaze diesel is the next best option in this regard as it offers as ABS with EBD as standard only on diesel models. Dual front airbags are available in the SX, VX and VX (O) variants.

Hyundai offers ABS in the option variants of the S and SX variants while front airbags are available only on the top-end SX (O) variants.

Maruti Suzuki offers ABS upwards from the VDi and automatic version of the VXi onwards to the Z variants. Dual front airbags are available only in the top-end ZXi and ZDi variants.



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Coming to the most crucial bit about these cars, the Tata Zest is the most attractively priced here by retailing between Rs. 4.85 lakh to Rs. 7.31 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). That said, the Hyundai Xcent is not too far behind with prices ranging between Rs. 4.96 lakh to Rs. 7.58 lakh. And considering that the Xcent packs in more upmarket interiors, equipment and cabin space, the Hyundai appears to be the best deal here.

That said, the Honda Amaze diesel is the most powerful car here and has the best ride and handling traits among its competition. Something that definitely finds favour with those who love to drive and enjoy the benefits of great fuel efficiency.

Although, the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire has always pulled the final straw in the segment by leaving its competition in its dust on the sales charts. Maruti sold 19,533 units of the car in January 2015, making it the third highest selling car in India. A spot it holds on to very often. The Amaze is the tenth highest selling car in the country with 6,709 units sold during the same time, the Xcent ranked 18th with 4,110 units sold and Tata sold 2,757 units.

Maruti Suzuki’s extensive sales and service network, reputation for reliability and low maintenance costs are factors that work for the Swift DZire extremely well. And now with the tag of being the most efficient car in the India for the diesel and the most efficient in its segment for the petrol, the Swift DZire seems to have it all covered. It will undoubtedly remain on top of the sales charts in times to come.

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