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Spec Comparo - Maruti Suzuki Dzire Vs Hyundai Xcent

  • May 27, 2017
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The Maruti Suzuki Dzire recently went on sale with more features and a complete redesign. How well can the Hyundai Xcent facelift hold its own next to the Maruti? Let's find out.

2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire

[caption id="attachment_107370" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Hyundai Xcent Hyundai Xcent[/caption]

Dimensions

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The Xcent has always had a proportional design despite its compact dimensions. The Dzire has always appealed to the head more than the heart. But with the redesign, the latest Maruti has become attractive. The Dzire is built on a new chassis that has liberated more legroom without affecting its length. While the previous Dzire had barely enough leg room in the back seat, this one has more than adequate. The roof is also set low, like the Xcent, giving it a streamlined side profile.

The new Dzire is also wider than the Xcent, which gives it more shoulder room to seat three in the rear seat. The luggage compartment is also bigger than before, but not as big as the Xcent. And, those big, 15-inch machined alloys look fantastic but are restricted to the top variant only, just like the Xcent.

Petrol Engine

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Both the cars displace the same volume in their combustion chamber and churn out similar power and torque figures. Transmission duties are also handled by a 5-speed manual unit. In the automatic variants, Maruti Suzuki has ditched the 4-speed torque converter in the Dzire because of its power sapping and fuel guzzling nature, and opted for the light weight, fuel-efficient and cost-effective AMT.

The Xcent is still using the vintage 4-speed unit, and Hyundai is yet to adopt any other kind of automatics. The result reflects in the fuel efficiency figures. The Dzire delivers almost 2kmpl more than the Xcent in the manual transmission and over 4.5kmpl more than the Hyundai's automatic alternative.

Diesel Engine

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The 1.2-litre diesel engine in the Xcent is a lot more tractable than before, but the inherent vibrations of the 3-cylinder unit shake up the cabin at start up and shut down. The Maruti's 1.25-litre mill remains the choice for many reasons. It not only has a proven track record for reliability but it also offers an addictive acceleration post 2000rpm.

A 5-speed manual is common between the two, but only the Dzire comes with an automatic transmission to make it easy to drive in the city traffic.

Maruti Suzuki also deserves extra points for offering the automatic in the fully loaded top-spec variants as well.

Features

Common features on the top spec variants of the two cars are follows:

1. Touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
2. Keyless entry
3. Push-button start
4. Climate control
5. Rear AC vent
6. Power mirrors
7. Power windows
8. Parking sensors
9. Reversing cameras
10. Rear defogger
11. Rear armrest
12. Tilt steering
13. Dual airbags
14. ABS

[caption id="attachment_107268" align="aligncenter" width="650"]2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire LED Headlamp 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire LED Headlamp[/caption]

The Hyundai Xcent brings nothing exclusive to the table. The Dzire offers seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters along with ISOFIX child seat anchors. Yes, they are also standard on all variants. A fantastic move given how painful it was to find an affordable car with proper child seat anchors just a year ago.

The Dzire also gets LED projector headlamps. LEDs are generally brighter and consume less power in comparison to halogens.

Special Mention

Maruti Suzuki deserves a pat on the back for offering dual airbags and ABS as standard equipment on all variants. The Xcent used to have ABS as standard, but with the facelift, Hyundai replaced it with dual airbags.

Features like ABS are active safety features, in the sense that they help avoid accidents. On the contrary, airbags are passive safety features that engage post an accident. While it's best to offer safety features as standard, it would have been better in my opinion to at least offer ABS in all variants.

Automatic lovers will love the fact that the Dzire is also available with an AMT even in the top variants.

Verdict

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Instead of basking in the success of brand loyalty, it's exciting to see the country's biggest carmaker leading the charge in making safety features accessible. Hyundai still considers them a luxury and charges a premium for it. The Dzire scores high on safety, convenience, fuel efficiency and features. In short, the Dzire now has all that the Xcent does and then some.

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