Nissan Sunny Petrol versus Maruti Suzuki SX4 Petrol

  • Oct 12, 2011

Nissan Sunny is first midsize sedan from Nissan for the Indian market. It brings good modern styling and Nissan is pitting it against rivals such as Honda City, Ford Fiesta etc. Nissan is banking on the success of its latest launch Sunny to bring more cars into the ever growing Indian car market. Nissan is well known for manufacturing high performance, high value for money cars across the globe and they seem to be heading in the right direction in our country. Maruti is Indian’s largest car manufacturer and it currently manufactures one of the hottest selling midsize sedans in the country – Maruti Suzuki SX4. Sx4 is an excellent car and it has been a great success to Maruti. Today we compare two of the best cars available in the segment so that you can make a better choice.

Looks and design:


Nissan Sunny sedan is the hottest new entrant and the 10th generation model of Nissan Sunny available across the globe. Nissan has done an excellent job by launching the brand new face lifted Sunny in the Indian car market. It has contemporary looks and design owing to its large bulbous lights and flared wheel arches gives the car a muscular look and great road presence. It has chromed large trademark grill upfront and trendy fog lamps which give a fantastic look to the car. Nissan Sunny adorns a slightly bulky look has been well designed from front to back and looks proportionate. Nissan has given their new sedan Sunny superb paint quality and finish while the build quality remains top notch.


Maruti Suzuki SX4 was a stunningly new radical design to hit the market when Maruti first launched it in 2007. SX4 looks aggressive from the front with its huge shaped headlamps which combined with sporty mesh grille and rounded fog lamps add to the macho looks of the car. The car has excellent road presence and the grille-bumper merge so well that it makes the car looks fantastic. Maruti SX4 has been well designed front to rear and looks sporty from every angle and the 10 spoke alloy wheels look great on ths car. Maruti has taken care to ensure that the quality and build quality of this car is top notch and has constructed it very well.

Looks overall – Nissan Sunny 8/10
Looks overall – Maruti Suzuki SX4 7.5/10

Interiors – design, space and features:


Nissan Sunny features excellent interiors and first thing that you will notice is the roomy cabin area, which thanks to its long wheelbase is very spacious. The amount of interior space that is available in the car which will fit in a tall six foot person easily. Nissan Sunny is clad with beige colored upholstery all across its seats along with beige colored dashboard, looking simple yet elegant. It’s dashboard with its functional looking instrument console features the MID which also displays outside temperature. Classy looking steering wheel which like the rest of the car’s interior is beige in color. Nissan Sunny incorporates true key-less entry and push start button technology amongst its big feature list and also includes a 4 speaker CD player with Aux-in and steering mounted audio controls. Nissan Sunny has height adjustable driver seat, electric RVMs and includes climate control with AC vents for the rear passengers. Nissan Sunny sedan includes a large 490 liter boot space to carry your entire luggage and has various little compartments inside with cubby holes and glove box to store your items.


Maruti Suzuki SX4 comes loaded with great features such as comfortable seats which provide lateral support and are high set making it easy to get in and out of the car. There is plenty of leg room for the rear passengers and SX4 will seat 5 persons easily without any discomfort to anyone and the headroom remains phenomenal for every passenger in the car. SX4 sedan comes with Kenwood stereo music system with CD player, MP3 and FM radio support. The instrument console in the SX4 sedan has a functional speedometer, tachometer and MID which also displays outside temperature and these look great at night and are highly visible during the day. SX4 sedan’s upholstery matches the interiors of the car giving a luxurious feel to it. The fit and finish of the car is very acceptable. SX4 sedan has features such as climate control rear defogger, adjustable shoulder anchor, power-steering and power windows. It also has excellent 504 liter of boot space.

Interiors overall – Nissan Sunny 8/10
Interiors overall – Maruti Suzuki SX4 8/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:nissan-sunny-5

Nissan Sunny is a very good performer in the midsize sedan segment and Nissan has chosen to bring it only in petrol engine variant for the time being. The petrol variant is a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine producing 98 BHP at 6000 RPM and 134 NM of torque at 4000 RPM. The petrol engine delivers excellent fuel economy of 16.95 kmpl as certified by ARAI. Nissan Sunny is a fun car to drive in its segment as it develops more torque and makes for an excellent sedan in the city and on the highway thanks to its peppier engine. The car has lots of low end torque making it easy to drive in the city and on the highways. The noise levels are well maintained and the vibrations are at a minimum.


Maruti Suzuki SX4 is a very good performer with the new engine makes it a great car to drive in its petrol engine variant. The petrol variant with its 1.6 liter, 1588cc petrol engine is very powerful. It is a silent engine and keeps the cabin noise at the minimum. It is mated with a 5 speed manual gear box and develops 102 BHP at 5500 RPM and 145 NM of torque at 4100 RPM. The petrol variant returns fuel economy of 15.5 kmpl as certified by ARAI. There is also an automatic option available. The SX4 burns rubber as it is a scorcher. Its impressive power delivery gives it outright performance making it easy to drive in the city thanks to the loads of torque available and a fun drive at high speeds on the highways.

Engine overall – Nissan Sunny 7/10
Engine overall – Maruti Suzuki SX4 8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Nissan Sunny is comfortable to drive owing to its finely tuned suspension that takes care of driver and passenger comfort over all kinds of Indian road surfaces. Nissan has maintained that perfect balance between ride quality and handling in their latest sedan. Nissan Sunny has excellent drive quality and remains composed over potholes and at high speeds, all the while maintaining high level of rear passenger comfort. It absorbs all bumps and bad surfaces without causing any discomfort to any of its passengers. Nissan Sunny also manages to keep the cabin noise at minimal levels and comes with an excellent safety features comprising of the ABS + EBD which ensure that you have maximum braking available even under wet road conditions without compromising on grip and Airbags to keep the passengers safe at all times.


Maruti Suzuki SX4 is a very good handling car and it ensures high level of comfort and stability despite the high ground clearance shows no weakness in handling. SX4 has a cushy ride the suspension is well tuned leading to a well cushioned passenger seat comfort and makes for a satisfactory city driving experience when going over bad roads. SX4 has handling capabilities and exhibits a mature behavior and level of highway stability is excellent. Maruti has taken great care in making sure that the enthusiasts aren’t disappointed and the car drives well when driven in a spirited manner and has minimum amount of body roll. Even when fully loaded with passengers and luggage filled to its brim it maintains a comfortable drive.

Suspension overall – Nissan Sunny – 8/10
Suspension overall – Maruti Suzuki SX4 – 8/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Nissan Sunny is a new entrant that comes loaded with kit and features that are unique to the car in its segment. The petrol variant of Nissan Sunny is priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 5.78 lakhs for the base variant Nissan Sunny XE, 6.88L for the middle variant Nissan Sunny XL and top petrol variant of Nissan is priced at 7.68 lakhs. Nissan is focused on growing larger and having more market share in India. They are one of the top vehicle manufacturers and renowned all over the world for their high performance products. Nissan Sunny is proof that good cars can be manufactured and sold at a good price and provide excellent value to the customers.

Maruti has done well in manufacturing the SX4 sedan with excellent features and build quality and luxury. SX4 sports very good interiors and sporty styling combined with a powerful engine. Maruti has priced the SX4 petrol variant at price (ex-showroom Delhi) starting from 7 lakhs for the entry level SX4 VXi and 8.09 lakhs for the top variant SX4 ZXI. The automatic transmission version is priced at 8.41 lakhs for the SX4 ZXi AT. The pricing combined with the level of kit and fuel economy and of course the Maruti brand name makes this car a great value for money purchase.

Value for money overall – Nissan Sunny – 8/10
Value for money overall – Maruti Suzuki SX4 – 8/10


Nissan is a brand famous around the world for their range of high performance cars. They are now selling some of those cars in India and catering to the mass market as well. The launch of Nissan Sunny shows their commitment to driving sales by providing great value to their customers in India. Nissan Sunny comes loaded with tech and features and is most certainly one of the best cars you can buy from the entry level midsize sedan segment.

Maruti SX4 is great value for money car and makes for an excellent overall package. It has well designed exteriors and interiors and look ssporty and aggressive. The performance on top is quite attractive and car buyers have found their new dream car to buy. The Maruti brand value holds strong and will continue in the years to come.

Nissan Sunny Maruti SX4
Car version XE XL XV Vxi (BSIV) Zxi AT Leather (BSIV) Zxi MT Leather (BSIV)
Ex-showroom price 578000 688000 768000 700007 841271 809263
Length 4425 4425 4425 4490 4490 4490
Width 1695 1695 1695 1735 1735 1735
Height 1505 1505 1505 1560 1570 1570
Wheelbase 2600 2600 2600 2500 2500 2500
Boot space 490 490 490 NA NA NA
Kerb Weight 998 1022 1027 1170 1210 1200
Turning radius 5.3 5.3 5.3 5.3 m 5.3 m 5.3 m
Tank capacity 41 41 41 50 50 50
Clearance NA NA NA 180 190 190
Displacement 1498 1498 1498 1586 cc 1586 cc 1586 cc
Max. Power 99@6000 99@6000 99@6000 105PS @5600rpm 104.68 @ 5600 (PS@rpm) 105PS @5600rpm
Max. Torque 134@4000 134@4000 134@4000 145Nm @4100rpm 14.65 @ 4100 (kgm@rpm) 145Nm @4100rpm
Fuel economy 16.95 16.95 16.95 15.5 12.6 15.5
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 4
Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Automatic Manual
Speeds 5 5 5 5 4 5
Tyre 185/70 R14 185/70 R14 Tubeless Tubeless Radial 205/60 R16 205/60 R16
Front McPherson Strut MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut Independent suspension with McPherson strut & anti roll bar Independent suspension with McPherson strut & anti roll bar Independent suspension with McPherson strut & anti roll bar
Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Semi independent torsion beam Semi independent torsion beam Semi independent torsion beam

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