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2021 Honda Amaze vs Maruti Dzire vs Hyundai Aura

Honda Amaze

What you'll like:

  • An all-rounded compact sedan with well-priced petrol variants
  • Spacious & practical interiors
  • Diesel + CVT combination is unbeatable! Indisputably the segment best & smoothest
  • Suspension offers comfortable ride quality with neutral on-road behaviour
  • Features such as cruise control, paddle shifts (petrol AT), LED projector headlamps etc.
  • 3-year unlimited km warranty, extendable to 5-years / unlimited km and Honda's unique 10-year Any Time warranty

What you won't:

  • Diesel + CVT combo no longer available in the mid "S" variant. Diesel CVT VX is expensive!
  • Diesel's NVH is just okay, it's not high-rpm friendly & carries a 2-lakh price premium!
  • Petrol CVT is fair within the city, but rather mediocre on the highway
  • Look closely and you'll find a few faults in part quality, fit and finish (uncool for a Honda)
  • Tall rear passengers will find headroom to be insufficient & the fixed headrests useless
  • The 175 mm tyres are too thin, while the 35-liter fuel tank is too small

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Maruti Dzire

What you'll like:

  • A great looking Dzire…and an all-rounder too
  • Smart packaging! Spacious, stylish & practical cabin. Boot has grown to 378 litres
  • Sweet petrol. AMT available for just 50k extra
  • Suspension offers a compliant ride & neutral on-road behaviour
  • Impressively equipped (LED headlamps + DRLs, reversing camera, Apple & Android touchscreen ICE…)
  • Dual airbags, ABS & ISOFIX child seat mounts are standard across all variants
  • Maruti's widespread service network, excellent after-sales support & fuss-free ownership experiences

What you won't:

  • “Z” trims are pricey. The top-end & automatics cost a million bucks!
  • AMT, although improved, can’t match conventional ATs on smoothness & speed. Still gets jerky
  • You can buy proper ATs (e.g. torque-converter or DCT) for the same $$$ as the Dzire AMT
  • 163 mm of ground clearance & small 37-liter fuel tank do raise concerns
  • Some misses (auto-dimming IRVM, skinny 165 mm tyres on L & V variants, smaller spare tyre on the Z trims...)
  • No diesel is a major disadvantage in a world where petrol costs over 100 bucks / litre

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Hyundai Aura

What you'll like:

  • An all-rounder of a compact sedan. Very well-priced for what it offers
  • Precise build & quality ([i]including interiors[/i]) are easily the segment best
  • Turbo-petrol engine is fantastic! The top choice for a Petrol MT compact sedan
  • Economical & practical BS6 diesel available. With an AMT automatic too
  • Balanced road manners & easy-to-drive nature
  • Features such as cruise control, wireless phone charging, rear view monitor & more
  • Dual airbags, ABS & ISOFIX child seat mounts are standard across all variants
  • Hyundai's competent after-sales, fuss-free ownership experiences & customisable warranty

What you won't:

  • Overdone styling - particularly at the rear - is polarising (it grew on us though)
  • Narrow width makes it a 4-seater. Some competitors offer more spacious cabins
  • 1.2L diesel has the lowest power & torque figures in the segment. Merely 74 BHP!
  • Tasty 1.0L turbo-petrol doesn’t get the DCT Automatic seen in the Venue
  • Low speed ride quality is firmer than what one expects in a Hyundai. Bad roads are felt
  • Some misses (auto-dimming IRVM, thinner spare tyre, non-adjustable neck restraints)
  • Ordinary stereo. Hyundai’s ICE hasn’t kept up with the times (sound quality = 6/10)
  • 175 mm economy-oriented MRF tyres give up easily. An upgrade is mandatory

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Ford Aspire

What you'll like:

  • A very well-priced car, undercuts the competition
  • Peppy 95 BHP 3-cylinder petrol is much improved over the earlier lethargic 1.2L
  • Powerful & efficient 1.5L diesel. Excellent driveability too
  • Mature ride quality. Also, improved handling thanks to the fatter 195 mm tyres
  • Airbags and ABS + EBD across the range. Titanium+ variant gets 6 airbags, while the 1.5 AT has ESP
  • Features such as that awesome touchscreen HU, auto headlamps & wipers, reversing camera etc.
  • 5 year / 1 lakh km warranty with transparent + reasonable service costs

What you won't:

  • 1.2L is good for a 3-cylinder engine, but the 4-cylinder 1.2s from Maruti, Hyundai & gang are superior
  • Overall design (other than the handsome face) feels old & bland compared to the newer compact sedans
  • Cabin width makes the Aspire suited to 4 adults, not 5
  • 359-liter boot is among the smaller ones of the segment. Many others offer 400+ liter boots
  • No AT in a market that clearly loves its slushboxes
  • Lighter build is a departure from the usual Ford sturdiness
  • Some missing essentials (dead pedal, full-size spare tyre) & some deleted (leather seats, height-adjustable seatbelts)

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Tata Tigor

What you’ll like:

  • Great styling. A chic-looking compact sedan. Solid build too
  • Tata has put in a lot of effort on quality and it shows
  • Well-priced for what it offers; undercuts all the direct competitors
  • High quality, nicely designed cabin. Lots of storage and a segment best 419-litre boot
  • Good driveability, a compliant ride & neutral road manners
  • Amazing 8-speaker Harman entertainment system. Sounds top class!
  • Feature list with 2 driving modes, parking sensors, cooled glovebox, touchscreen ICE etc.

What you won't:

  • Mediocre 3-cylinder engine. It lags behind the competition in performance & refinement
  • Concerns over long-term reliability, more so of the freshly developed engines
  • 6-month service interval is too frequent! A 1 year interval is the segment norm
  • A rare Tata car that cannot seat 5 (best for 4 adults)
  • Tata's after-sales experience remains a gamble. Service quality is far from that of Maruti & Hyundai
  • No diesel is a major disadvantage in a world where petrol costs over 100 bucks / litre

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