2015 Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Tata Zest vs Hyundai Xcent


The Maruti Dzire has been the undisputed king of the compact sedan segment for quite some time now and even though its been around a while, it shows no signs of slowing down. Even new competition, in the form of the Tata Zest, has had little impact on the sales of the Dzire which continue to soar. Following the facelift given to the Swift, Maruti has decided to update the Dzire sedan as well. In true Maruti Suzuki fashion, the changes made to the exterior are minimal with a healthy dose of chrome and a few more paint shades. They have, however, added more equipment which has also resulted in a minor price hike. It is the most popular sedan no doubt, but is it the best one out there? The rivals make a very good case for themselves and even though it doesn’t seem to matter much to the average Indian car buyer, we will still pit the facelifted Dzire against its chief rivals, the Honda Amaze, Tata Zest and the Hyundai Xcent to see how it stacks up against these three. Read on our 2015 Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Tata Zest vs Hyundai Xcent spec-sheet comparo to find out which one of these competent compact sedans is the best in its segment.

Compact Sedans
Compact Sedans Spec-Sheet Comparison


Having been derived from small/medium sized hatchbacks, most compact sedans don’t score very high in the looks department. So, it really is about which one of these is the least ugly. Starting with the new 2015 Maruti Dzire, the minor exterior modifications viz. black headlamp inserts, new chrome grille, chrome foglamp surrounds and new front bumper have enhanced the looks, but not by much. And the front end was never the problem. The boot doesn’t gel well with the overall design and the Swift Dzire still looks awkward and not that great from the side or the rear. The Zest has a similar stubby boot design, but it still manages to pull of the compact sedan look very well. It also the only car in the segment to get projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lamps which go a long way in enhancing its appeal. Chrome usage has been kept to a minimum and even though it doesn’t have many standout design elements, the overall look works really well.

The Hyundai Xcent gets a proper size boot which makes it look like more of a proper sedan than the other two. Hyundai hasn’t done anything to the front to differentiate it from the Grand i10 on which it based. The tail lamps could have been designed better and the rear looks a bit too narrow. The Amaze is best to look at among these four. The wider profile, proper three box shape, strong character lines, all come together to ensure the design works well and is easy on the eyes. The tail lamps might be a tad to big, but they make the car appear wider which is a good thing.

The Swift derived dash does not see much change, apart from a new infotainment system. The interiors are a total contrast to the exteriors at least in terms of looks. The dash is smartly laid out and the quality levels are pretty good. The black and beige combo works very well and the faux wood trims has been kept under control making sure the cabin feels premium enough. The big front seats and the sofa like rear bench are very comfortable, but the rear bench lacks legroom and does not feel like a sedan in the back. When you step inside the Zest you will be instantly impressed by the design and quality of the dash. The black and beige has been tastefully done with dark grey and piano black inserts and quality levels are pretty high, not just by Tata’s standards. The steering wheel and the touchscreen infotainment system are few of the standout features. The rear bench is better suited for three people as compared to the Dzire and is more comfortable too. Both cars, however, have the smallest boots among the four.

The Hyundai Xcent’s interior is the best one here. The quality, design, fit and finish are all top-notch and making the insides of the Hyundai a class above the rest. The black and beige colour scheme adds to the premium feel. Comfortable front seats and a decent rear bench with good leg room, made better by the provision of rear AC vents. The Honda Amaze’s interior is quite the opposite as it feels a bit spartan and a class below the rest, marked down by the odd layout and the average levels of quality. However, the Amaze is the most spacious on the inside and offers the most amount of legroom and headroom and comfortable seats. It also has the largest boot.

2014 Tata Zest Front Right Quarter

[box type=”success” ]The Xcent has the best interior and the Amaze pulls off the compact sedan look better than the others, but its the Zest that strikes the right balance between the two and is the pick of the lot in terms of design.[/box]


The facelifted Dzire is expected to get additional kit as part of the update, engine start/stop, keyless entry, electrically folding mirrors, to name a few. The Amaze loses out big time as it misses out on features like, automatic climate control, CD player, parking snesors and bluetooth, features which every other car gets. The Zest comes loaded with features and the touchscreen stands out. The Harman sourced unit features full colour support for your music, parking sensor display, climate control, voice command, etc. Other unique features include projector headlamps and LED daytime running lamps and LED tail lamps. The Xcent is also pretty well equipped with unique features like a rear parking camera, cooled glove box, 1GB on board storage and rear AC vents.

[box type=”success” ]Its very hard to choose between the Xcent and Zest as both come loaded with equipment, but we feel the the Zest edges ahead slightly thanks to fancier kit. The Swift isn’t too far behind either. The Amaze doesn’t even come close.[/box]

Ride & Handling

The Swift Dzire has always been a good car to drive and that tradition will continue with the facelift since Maruti has made any mechanical changes. It offers a comfortable ride and a satisfying driving experience. As does the Honda Amaze with offers great stability and body control. However, it lacks refinement and poor insulation means a lot of noise and vibration filters in. The Xcent offers the most dull driving experience of the lot as the steering fails to provide much feel and the suspension does not do a very good job of handling bumps and potholes. Ride and handling is one area where the Zest shines as it offers an involving driving experience and does a good job at handling corners without taking the fun out of driving.

2014 Tata Zest Rear Right Quarter Dynamic

[box type=”success” ]The Tata Zest is the best of the lot in terms of ride and handling narrowly edging out the Dzire. The Amaze loses out due to a lack of refinement and the Xcent is the least involving to drive.[/box]

Engine & Transmission


Maruti Swift Dzire Honda Amaze Tata Zest Hyundai Xcent
Displacement 1.2 litre 1.2 litre 1.2 litre 1.2 litre
Power 85bhp 87bhp 89bhp 81bhp
Torque 114Nm 109Nm 140Nm 114Nm
Efficiency* 19.1kmpl(manual)/17.4kmpl(automatic) 18kmpl (manual)/15.5kmpl (automatic) 17.6kmpl (manual) 19.2kmpl (manual)/16.1kmpl (automatic)
Transmission 5-speed manual/4-speed automatic 5-speed manual/5-speed auto 5-speed manual 5-speed manual/4-speed automatic

Al four cars get 1.2 litre petrol motors with identical power outputs. The Zest, however, delivers a significantly higher torque figure of 140Nm because of turbocharging. It is also the only one here without an automatic transmission option and offers the least mileage as well. Overall, the Dzire’s K12 unit is the best one out here.


Maruti Swift Dzire Honda Amaze Tata Zest Hyundai Xcent
Displacement 1.3 litre 1.5 litre 1.3 litre 1.1 litre
Power 74bhp 99bhp 74bhp/89bhp 71bhp
Torque 190Nm 200Nm 190Nm/200Nm 180Nm
Efficiency* 23.4kmpl 25.8kmpl 23kmpl (manual)/23kmpl(automatic) 24.4kmpl
Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual 5-speed manual/5-speed automatic(AMT) 5-speed manual


The Amaze has the biggest engine of the lot and also the most powerful. The Dzire and the Zest, both use a 1.3 litre Fiat sourced Multijet, but the Zest gets two states of tune putting out more power than the Dzire. The Amaze also edges ahead in terms of fuel efficiency. The 1.3 litre unit powering the Dzire and the Zest suffers from turbolag below 2,000 rpm, but it gets better as the revs build up and does a decent job in the city as well as out on the highway. An optional automatic trasnsmission is unique to the Zest giving it a slight edge over the competition.The Xcent has the smallest engine and even though, it does not suffer from major turbolag, it runs out of breath at higher revs around 3,800rpm which doesn’t suit highway driving. The Amaze has the best engine of the lot and delivers a steady surge of torque. However, it lacks refinement and poor sound insulation plays spoilsport.

2014 Tata Zest Engine Bay

[box type=”success” ]The Dzire and Zest share the same engine, but the latter’s state of tune offers more power and there’s also an optional AMT which sweetens the deal. The Amaze has a better engine but a lack of refinement marks it down. While, the Xcent is best suited to city conditions.[/box]


Maruti Swift Dzire Petrol Diesel
LXi/LDi INR 5.07 lakhs INR 5.99 lakhs
LXi(O) INR 5.20 lakhs
VXi/VDi INR 5.85 lakhs INR 6.85 lakhs
ZXi/ZDi INR 6.80 lakhs INR 7.81 lakhs
Honda Amaze Petrol Diesel
E INR 5.19 lakhs INR 6.21 lakhs
EX INR 5.55 lakhs INR 6.53 lakhs
S INR 5.94 lakhs INR 6.97 lakhs
SX INR 6.48 lakhs INR 7.39 lakhs
S AT INR 6.95 lakhs
VX INR 6.87 lakhs INR 7.76 lakhs
VX(O) INR 7.32 lakhs INR 8.20 lakhs
VX AT INR 7.78 lakhs
Tata Zest Petrol Diesel
XE INR 4.85 lakhs INR 5.87 lakhs
XM INR 5.48 lakhs INR 6.54 lakhs
XMS INR 5.69 lakhs INR 6.75 lakhs
XMA (Auto) INR 7.25 lakhs
XT INR 6.27 lakhs INR 7.31 lakhs
Hyundai Xcent Petrol Diesel
Base  INR 4.96 lakhs  INR 5.85 lakhs
 INR 5.64 lakhs  INR 6.54 lakhs
S(O)  INR 5.90 lakhs  INR 6.80 lakhs
SX  INR 6.58 lakhs  INR 7.48 lakhs
SX(O)  INR 6.84 lakhs INR 7.51 lakhs
SX AT INR 7.58 lakhs

*all prices ex-showroom, Delhi

Honda Amaze not very good value for money
Honda Amaze not very good value for money

[box type=”success” ]Spec for spec the Dzire, Zest and Xcent are evenly matched and its hard to differentiate based on price. The Amaze has the highest starting price and the top level trims are also more expensive than the rest and they do not offer as much equipment making Honda least value for money.[/box]


The facelifted Maruti Swift Dzire is a better car than before, but it still lags behind in terms of looks and interior space, rear legroom and boot space. However, it is unlikely to deter car buyers from putting their money on the Maruti. The Honda Amaze feels like a proper sedan and gets a good diesel motor, but it loses out because of a lack of equipment, dull interiors and lack of refinement. The Xcent makes for a decent buy thanks to the classy interiors and decent equipment level. It is, however, marked down by a dull driving experience and weak engines. The Tata Zest is a well engineered package and comes out on top in almost every aspect, looks, equipment, ride and handling et al.

2014 Tata Zest Front Dynamic
The best compact sedan in India

[box type=”success” ]The Tata Zest is our pick among the four and is the best compact sedan on sale in India right now.[/box]

So what do you think about our 2015 Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Tata Zest vs Hyundai Xcent spec-sheet comparo? Do let us know by commenting below.

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  1. Sir,
    I am a tad confused. I wish to choose between Xcent and Amaze Petrol top end models. However, all comparisons are given for diesel. Some say Honda engines are better with good re-sale value. But your review gives good marks to Xcent. Being a fauji, I will need to travel all over the country and hence service and quality of engine does matter.
    Could you please give a frank advice – Xcent or Amaze Petrol version.
    I will be really grateful.
    Col Prashant

  2. True. Honda has pioneered the art of making petrol engines. However, the Xcent offers more features. Choose as per your exact requirements. Also, why not wait for sometime and go for the upcoming Ford Figo Aspire instead? It seems to be a good package.

    Do let us know about your purchase decision.


  3. Dear Yatarth,
    Thanks for the prompt reply. I was just confused when someone says that Honda Petrol engines are better than Hyundai where as some swear by Hyundai. Overall packaging and features of Xcent are much better as compared to Honda Amaze (Top end Petrol). Just that Amaze is 87 BHP and Hyundai is 81 BHP. Being a non-technical person, these things were getting a bit too over the top and hence I requested for a opinion from a professional.
    Thanks once again.
    I will go with Hyundai Xcent.
    Col Prashant

  4. Hi Team,
    Please suggest the better car in petrol between Hyundai Xcent S(O) and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Vxi.
    Mostly city use.
    Need good mileage and value for money.
    It will be my first car.
    So which one should I select for Petrol variant?


  5. Hello,

    I have done the same exercise before 7 months when i had purchase my first car. I had taken a call to move forward with Hyundai Xcent because of inbuilt features and stability. Car is not vibrating and voice is not comming inside the cabin even if you are driving at 155 km per hour. Best Boot Space, lots of leg room. Very comfortable car i suggest. Little bit of problem with the Power and pickup and that too when you are running ur AC at full swing. I am not that sort of guy who wants pickup of 100 km per hour in 6 sec so never impacted with the limitation i mentioned. I will rate it above Dzire and Amaze. Dont know much about Zest but dont like the back shape as it seems it is pressed.


    Lalit Mogha

  6. I want to buy a new car …my budget 9 to 10 lacs. .diesel variant. Top model…daily 30 km travels.I have confused with swift dzire zdi and xcent to model…plz help my which on is best between this two…

  7. Swift desire zdi is the best in all terms .New exteriors, the boot could have been bigger,excellent pick up donot feelits diesel ,powerful ac with good torque and milage is unparallel and most important resale maruti is best in india.I have a hyundai accent executive for 6 yrs now changing over after test riding all mentioned.

  8. Hi,
    My requirements
    1. Good car with low maintenance
    2. Good Mileage
    3. Good resale value
    4. Good looking
    5. Most comfortable.
    Can any one suggest me (Honda Amaze,Hyundai xcent or Tata Zest) Which is best????

  9. Hey everyone,
    I would advice people, if you are looking forward for a comfortable sedan ride then go for Dzire or Zest. Dzire is well renowned for its performance since a long time and its real good but Zest is also taking up. I have been riding Zest since last month and believe me its pretty much more comfortable compared to other sedans. For speed lovers, Zest is your perfect ride as it catches up to 100 kmph within 5 sec in sports mode. Though mileage can be a problem in your early rides untill the first servicing of car. In my ranking list, amaze would be third and accent at fourth after dzire and zest.
    I hope this information will be useful.

  10. Hi..My requirements
    1. Good car with low maintenance
    2. Good Mileage
    3. Good resale value
    4. Good looking
    5. Most comfortable.
    i stil like maruti switdzire its more comfortable car
    but i use to traveling purpose .please suggest me which is best for me…

  11. i used maruti zen eastilo last 5 years. before i use maruti 800 now i want to purchase a new car which is best in disel variant honda amaze or hyundai xcent

  12. The best small sedans in India right now (July 2015) are Zest and Swift Dzire. Since running cost of diesel car is HALF of petrol version, just buy the diesel cars. Maruti has the BEST and CHEAPEST service in India. Tata is also nice & cheap. In the long run, service is very important. Hyundai & Honda are both expensive in Service, and spare parts are super expensive.

    Hyundai xcent is okay if you are okay with a smaller engine.

    Honda Amaze is however a lower quality car with lower quality materials. I would advise to stay away from Honda.

  13. Hi

    if you want new car than bring hyundai xcent it’s comfortable car than swift dzire zest amaze it has good package i plz bring Hyundai xcent

  14. I planning to buy a petrol car. My priorities are good mileage and low maintenance cost. Budget is 8 lakhs. I have considered Chevrolet Sail and Honda Amaze and dropped. Now, I am confused between Honda Jazz and Swift Dzire. Which should be my pick for a safe play?

  15. Hi

    I am little beet confused between swift Dzier and Honda Amaze S mt. Please help in choosing out of this.
    Honda is having the 165mm ground clearance less than others. This will work on Indian roads on high speed breakers.
    Road condition in my area is very bad.

  16. It is really difficult to select real sedan ultimately one has to select wife or car based on love at first site and Honda Amez seems to the most photogenic

  17. I wish to purchase a diesel car , Budget 8.5 lakh, Daily Running 70 kms, Suggest a car with good mileage, suspension, resale.
    Shortlisted Swift & dezire. Does Zest will have a better resale ( Now a Tata indica Petrol Owner- Not getting enough resale after 8 yrs, So no Tata any more ). Dezire is only having additional 100 lt boot space than swift & has around 60.000/- more , so confused? Both cars have little space for rear passangers.

  18. pls suggest me best car among honda amaze .hyundai xcent ,and swift desire in diesel versions in maintaince ,spare parts ,services etc.

  19. i have one wagonR. thinking about expanding with expenditure around 3.5L. choice1- replace wagonR with ertiga. choice2- keep wagonR & add Renault Kwid.
    please suggest.

  20. Depends entire on your usage. If you want a large car that can seat 6 occupants, go for the Ertiga. If your family doesn’t travel together and needs to drive to different destinations, go for a second car like the Kwid.

  21. I am planning for a car. My budget is 6 – 7 Lakhs. I am confused in which car? MY list is dezire, xcent & hyndai xcent. Kindly anyone Pls suggest me which car will be best.My daily usage is 25 kms.

  22. My budget is Rs. 6.50 lacs I am confused between swift vxi, dezire vxi, swift vdi and new launched baleno my monthly riding is less than 500 kms please suggest

  23. Go for a petrol car as your monthly running isn’t much. Pick the Dzire over the Swift only if you want a larger boot. Alternatively, you may also look at the new Baleno petrol model.


  24. I want to purchase a diesel car
    1.Good car with low maintenance
    2. Good Mileage
    3. Good resale value
    4. Good looking
    5. Most comfortable.

    pls. guide me.

  25. I want to purchase a diesel car
    1.Good car with low maintenance
    2. Good Mileage
    3. Good resale value
    4. Good looking
    5. Most comfortable.

    pls. guide me.

  26. Looking at buying a sub sedan shortly. Of the four cars reviewed which one would have lower maintenance cost for the petrol version, in terms of cost of spares as well as quality of parts? Also which car manufacturer has the best after sales service? For me Zest is not an option as Tata cars seem to have a perpetual rusting problem. Kindly include the Ford Aspire also in the answer.


  27. Any confusion regarding cars I m here u can mail me or call me I m working with maruti I can give u several reasons why you buy maruti suzuki as comparison to
    Thanks & regards

  28. Hello sir
    i m a taxi driver
    which one CNG sedan for me
    my budget 5-6 lack
    i love speed,& wont stylish sedan
    with low mentinns &good resale value
    sir plz suggest me.