Nissan Sunny Petrol Versus Maruti Swift DZire Petrol

  • Oct 07, 2011

Nissan Sunny is the latest entrant in the midsize sedan segment in India from Nissan. It brings good styling quotient and competes against other midsize sedans like the Honda city, Maruti Suzuki SX4 amongst others. Nissan Sunny will also be the first midsize sedan from the Nissan stable in India and Nissan is surely banking on its success to launch more products in India. Maruti is Indian’s largest car manufacturer and it manufactures one of the hottest selling midsize sedans in the country – Maruti Swift DZire. Swift DZire is an entry level sedan from Maruti Udyog Limited. Maruti has been producing some excellent cars for the last few decades and now they have released a new sedan, replacing their old Esteem. Swift DZire has proven to be a very good product in the company portfolio and has been well accepted by the market.

Looks and design:


Nissan Sunny sedan is the 10th generation model available in India. Nissan has launched the brand new facelifted Sunny in the Indian car market. Nissan Sunny has contemporary looks and design with its large headlamps and flared wheel arches combined with the chromed large trademark grill upfront gives the car a muscular look and noticeable road presence. The car has a slightly bulky look but has been proportionately designed from front to back. It has superb paint quality and finish and build quality is top notch. Nissan is striving to give the best to its customers in India.


Maruti Swift DZire gets similar styling as its hatchback sibling Swift but the DZire has a boot attached to it and belongs to the midsize sedan segment. When you look at Swift DZire from the front it looks similar to the hatchback Swift as the hatchback design element is evident lending it some aggressive looks and is certainly eye catching. The DZire has a well rounded design and these changes have allowed a larger rear quarter glass and looking from the sides you will notice the stylish side profile of the car which fails to go unnoticed. As any other Maruti it brings contemporary styling, features and good build quality and has been well constructed.

Looks overall – Nissan Sunny 8/10
Looks overall – Maruti Swift DZire 8/10

Interiors – design, space and features:


Nissan Sunny has excellent interior features and the first thing that is hugely evident is the amount of interior space that is available in the car which can even fit in a 6 plus footer person easily. It will comfortably seat 5 persons in the car owing to its long wheelbase. Nissan Sunny is clad with beige colored upholstery all across its seats along with beige colored dashboard. The plastic qualities of the interiors are quite good and the dashboard fares a simple yet elegant and functional look and incorporates the instrument console and MID. Nissan Sunny incorporates true key-less entry amongst its big feature list and includes a 4 speaker CD player with Aux-in and steering mounted audio controls. Nissan Sunny has height adjustable driver seat and includes AC vents for the rear passengers as well. Nissan Sunny includes a cubby holes and various other storage compartments and a large 490 liter boot space.


Maruti Swift DZire comes loaded with great features such as comfortable seats which provide good back and leg support and plenty of leg room for the rear passengers and will seat 5 persons easily without any discomfort to anyone. The DZire sedan comes with integrated single din stereo music system with CD player, MP3, WMA and FM radio support. The instrument console in the DZire has a functional white-lit speedometer and tachometers which look great at night and are highly visible during the day. DZire sedan’s upholstery matches the interiors of the car giving it a very elegant feel to it. The fit and finish of the car is very acceptable. Swift DZire sedan has features such as the rear defogger, adjustable shoulder anchor, power-steering and power windows. It also has excellent 464 liter of boot space.

Interiors overall – Nissan Sunny 8/10
Interiors overall – Maruti Swift DZire 7.5/10

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


Nissan Sunny is another great performer in the midsize sedan segment and comes only in petrol engine variant. 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.


Maruti Swift DZire is a very good performer with the new K series engine makes it a great car to drive in its petrol engine variant. The petrol variant with its 1.2 liter, 1197cc petrol engine is adequately 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 85 BHP at 6000 RPM and 113 NM of torque at 4500 RPM. The petrol variant returns fuel economy of 17.94 kmpl as certified by ARAI. DZire in its petrol form has great torque and allows for easy driving in the city and does well to keep you at triple digit speeds on the highways.

Engine overall – Nissan Sunny 8/10
Engine overall – Maruti Swift DZire 7.5/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Nissan Sunny is an all rounder with its comfortable suspension that takes of driver and passenger comfort over all kinds of Indian road surfaces. Nissan have given Sunny sedan that perfect balance between ride quality and handling owing to the finely tuned suspension. 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 the rear passengers to bounce all over inside the car. Nissan Sunny also manages to keep the cabin noise at minimal levels and comes with an excellent safety kit comprising of the ABS + EBD and Airbags to keep the passengers safe at all times.


Maruti Swift DZire is a very good handling car just like its hatchback counterpart it ensures high level of comfort and stability and makes no compromises anywhere. DZire has a slightly firm ride but it is of acceptable quality and the suspension is well tuned leading to a well cushioned passenger seats comfort and makes for a satisfactory city driving experience when tackling potholed roads. Swift DZire has good ride quality and handling capabilities and level of highway stability is excellent. It accepts the occasional spirited driving with aplomb and lets you have some fun when you want to. It handles well even fully loaded with passengers and luggage filled to its brim. Maruti has ensured that their entry level sedan pleases all.

Suspension overall – Nissan Sunny – 8/10
Suspension overall – Maruti Swift DZire – 7.5/10

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. It offers quality interiors and build quality and comes with superb Nissan engineering. 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 has done a fabulous job with their new product and their growing sales and service network will ensure that you get a value for money driving experience in days to come.

Maruti has done well in manufacturing an entry level sedan with excellent features and build quality. Swift DZire sports very good interiors and sporty styling. Maruti has priced the Swift DZire petrol variant at price (ex-showroom Delhi) starting from 4.95 lakhs for the entry level Swift DZire LXI, the middle variant VXI Swift DZire is priced at a good price of 5.47 lakhs and 6.39 lakhs for the top variant Swift DZire ZXI. The pricing combined with the level of kit and fuel economy and of course the Maruti brand name makes this car a value for money purchase.

Value for money overall – Nissan Sunny – 8.5/10
Value for money overall – Maruti Swift DZire – 8/10


Nissan has a winner on their hands in India with their newest and latest feature packed midsize sedan in the market. It offers a variety of features uncommon to its segment and comes at a great price that makes it a good car to be bought for the long run. Nissan also is constantly improving their service backup and sales network so it’s definitely a company that is here for the long run offering excellent products. Maruti is a segment leader and offers products at unbeatable value and Swift DZire is one amongst them. It has great value for money and makes for an excellent overall package, all things considered. It has well designed interiors and sporty looks and performance and is quite attractive amongst families and younger car buyers given its similarities to the Swift. The Maruti brand value still holds strong and will continue in the years to come. It cannot be ignored and proves to be a great value for money proposition always.

Nissan Maruti
Car version XE XL XV LXI VXI ZXI
Ex-showroom price 578000 688000 768000 494558 547227 639770
Length 4425 4425 4425 4160 4160 4160
Width 1695 1695 1695 1690 1690 1690
Height 1505 1505 1505 1530 1530 1530
Wheelbase 2600 2600 2600 2390 2390 2390
Boot space 490 490 490 464 464 1480
Kerb Weight 998 1022 1027 1010 1025 1035
Turning radius 5.3 5.3 5.3 4.7 4.7 4.7
Tank capacity 41 41 41 43 43 43
Clearance NA NA NA 170 170 170
Displacement 1498 1498 1498 1298 1298 1298
Max. Power 99@6000 99@6000 99@6000 87 PS @ 6000 rpm 87 PS @ 6000 rpm 87 PS @ 6000 rpm
Max. Torque 134@4000 134@4000 134@4000 113 Nm @ 4500 rpm 113 Nm @ 4500 rpm 113 Nm @ 4500 rpm
Fuel economy 16.95 16.95 16.95 17.94 17.94 17.94
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 4
Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Speeds 5 5 5 5 5 5
Tyre 185/70 R14 185/70 R14 Tubeless 165/80 R 14 (tubeless) 165/80 R 14 (tubeless) 185/70 R 14 (tubeless)
Front McPherson Strut MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut MacPherson strut and coil spring MacPherson strut and coil spring MacPherson strut and coil spring
Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion beam and coil spring Torsion beam and coil spring Torsion beam and coil spring

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