Honda has finally gone the diesel way and the Amaze is the big H's first ever oil burning offering. While the Amaze promises to bring a lot on the table, is it enough to knock the reigning king, the Maruti Swift DZire off its throne? We pit both the cars together to give you the details
Over the years we come across a lot of revolutionary things that change our lives. It might be something as simple as a video cassette recorder that came about in the ‘50s or something as important as the cellphone which came into existence in the ‘70s. Each of these things have not only brought in new technology but also the very important convenience factor to the table. When talking about cars, Maruti Suzuki has had its fair share of success when it comes to revolution on four wheels.
The humble Maruti 800 literally put India on wheels and since then Maruti Suzuki has struck just the right chord with Indian buyers with a string of success stories. Off late, however, Maruti Suzuki struck gold once again with the launch of the Swift hatchback and the DZire sedan offering fun, practicality and efficiency at just the right price. Now in their second avatars, both the cars are still a runaway success leaving the competition floundering in their wake.
In comparison Honda came in rather late and even though it did not come up with a car for the masses, the City, which was Honda India’s first offering has been the bestselling car in its segment since its inception in ’98. Honda has come a long way since then and arrogantly enough given stiff competition to its rivals even though they did not have a diesel to offer in any segment whatsoever. But off late, rise in petrol costs and a strong surge in diesel car sale and an equally drastic drop in petrol car sales made it a very compelling situation for Honda.
The big H finally had to give in to the market needs and have finally come out with their first ever diesel for the Indian market after 15 years of their existence. But this is no ordinary diesel and if you have gone through our first drive report you will know by now that Honda has gone all out in developing a car that not only meets all the needs of an Indian buyer in that segment but does a lot more.
Honda has always had some of the most brilliant products in its arsenal but this one is more than brilliant, it’s like I mentioned above, revolutionary! As good as a product it may be it’s still up against some very stiff competition, namely the Swift DZire which even after all these years has been at the top of the charts, not just because it’s a Maruti but because it’s a fantastic product overall. So how do these two Japs fair against each other in a no-holds-barred match? Let’s find out…
Rounded appeal and radically chopped!
Let’s get one thing straight, neither of these cars are going to win any beauty contests or get any neck spraining looks, and they aren’t designed to either. These are humble bread-butter sedans which are designed to appeal to all and offend none. The Amaze in particular has better proportions and being newer has the fresh face advantage.
The boot goes well the Brio front and if you choose to ignore the Brio’s existence, the Amaze looks like a properly designed sedan from ground up rather than a sedan with a boot designed as an after thought. Compared to the hatch, the Amaze gets a twin slatted chrome grille up front and the entire air-dam area is body coloured compared to black in the Brio. To spice up things on the side, there are creases running parallel to the waistline which add a lot of character to the car. The ten-spoke alloys look neat too, but the bigger and more detailed alloys of the Dzire look slightly better.
The rear of the Amaze looks somewhat inspired by the last generation City which is not a bad thing at all. The bumper area is huge but again a lot of creases on it means it does not look bland at all. An Indian touch comes in the form of a thick chrome strip running across the boot. All said and done the Amaze comes across as a good looking sedan which is sure to please all eyes and offend none.
Coming to the Dzire, I for one actually like the way it looks compared to my colleagues who do not prefer its chopped rear at all. The new Swift is a chunky looking hatch and in the sedan variant with that short stubby boot, the Dzire looks like a typical radical Japanese miniature sedan. While the design boffins at Suzuki could have done better than just ending the Dzire’s rear abruptly, I’m not complaining.
Even the wheels look fantastic and wrapped around in chunky 195 section Goodyears, the Dzire has a very glued to the road stance to it. Standing side by side, the Amaze definitely has the fresh face and a more proportionate look advantage, but other than that looks are pretty subjective and it will all boil down to what kind of look the buyer really prefers.