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Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Dzire: Diesel Comparison Review

by Vikrant Singh Photography: Eshan Shetty Posted on 22 Apr 2014102,889 Views30 Comments

It's time to find out how the newest entrant in the compact sedan class compares with established competition. It's time for the new Hyundai Xcent to take on the Honda Amaze and the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire


Honda Amaze, Swift Dzire and Xcent in action



The compact sedan makes a very good case for itself. It is under 4-metre in length making it easy to park and convenient to live with in the city. And because it competes with hatchbacks, it is also efficient and priced very well, particularly for a sedan. Of course, the excise duty sop helps with the pricing. 


The best option in this class for the longest time was the Dzire. And, for good reason. It looked modern, it had a nice interior, it wasn't short on equipment, and being a Maruti, it had a huge service network backing it. No wonder, it sold extremely well; it still does in fact. The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is the best selling sedan in the country currently.


Then came the Honda Amaze, and it offered more space, a bigger, more powerful and more fuel efficient engine, and of course, higher snob value with that Honda badge on its nose. It too found a good fan following, but naturally with a smaller network, it hasn't been able to sell in as high numbers as the Dzire.



Hyundai Xcent, Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze rear



Now, we have a third entrant. It is backed by a huge service network like the Dzire. It's spacious, and though it doesn't have a large and powerful engine, it is efficient. And surprisingly, it’s quite driveable too. Its biggest selling point however, is the feature list it comes with as standard. It is the new Hyundai Xcent, the Korean firm's first attempt at a sub 4-metre sedan. And going by what we have seen so far, it is a very good attempt.


But, is it good enough to beat the Dzire and the Amaze? To find out we have with us top of the line diesel versions of the three cars - The Hyundai Xcent SX Crdi, the Honda Amaze VX iDtec and the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Zdi.


Well, if design is a big consideration for you, the Xcent makes sense; at least in parts. It looks exactly like the Grand i10 hatchback it is based on from the front giving it a modern yet elegant aura. Even from the side, the boot gels well with the overall proportions of the car and there’s nothing odd-ball about its design. The rear though, isn’t as impressive; we found the tail lamps to be a bit undefined. 




  • Honda Amaze vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent Diesel
  • Xcent vs Dzire vs Amaze diesel comparison group shot
  • Xcent vs Dzire vs Amaze diesel comparison group rear
  • Xcent vs Dzire vs Amaze diesel comparison front
  • Xcent vs Dzire vs Amaze diesel comparison rear
  • Honda Amaze i-Dtec engine
  • Hyundai Xcent 1.1 CRDe diesel engine
  • Maruti Suzuki Dzire DDiS engine
  • Honda Amaze Interior
  • Hyundai Xcent Interior
  • Maruti Suzuki Dzire Diesel Interior
  • Hyundai Xcent vs Swift Dzire
  • Hyundai Xcent vs Honda Amaze
  • Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai
  • Honda Amaze rear seats
  • Hyundai Xcent rear seats
  • Maruti Suzuki rear seats
  • Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent

The Hyundai Xcent is the latest entry into the uber competitive compact sedan category. Can it dethrone the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Honda Amaze both in terms of sales and overall superiority? We compare the fully loaded diesel versions of each to find out!

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