New Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Vs Toyota Etios Petrol– Which Is a Better Sedan And Why?

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In our Car Comparison Series on Car Blog India, we have recently compared the two very successful cars of their segment – New Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Diesel Vs Toyota Etios Diesel. In this article, we will be comparing the petrol variants of Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 with Toyota Etios sedan. The Maruti Swift Dzire is one of the most affordable petrol sedans in India which is quite popular for its features and excellent handling. Toyota Etios Petrol on the other hand is well known for its spacious cabin, large boot and high value for money offering with choice of safety features in most of its variants. Toyota Etios is one of the highest selling cars from the stable of Toyota India. In this article, we will be giving you a complete detailed comparison between these two cars.

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Vs Toyota Etios Sedan

image – Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 (Left) and Toyota Etios Sedan (Right)


Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Exteriors Vs Toyota Etios Sedan Exteriors

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Dimensions

  • Length = 3995 mm
  • Width = 1695 mm
  • Height = 1555 mm
  • Wheelbase = 2430 mm
  • Ground clearance = 170 mm

Toyota Etios Dimensions

  • Overall Length : 4265mm
  • Overall Width : 1695 mm
  • Overall Height : 1510 mm
  • Overall Wheelbase : 2550 mm
  • Ground clearance = 170 mm

In terms of exteriors, Swift Dzire has a better appeal. We have already compared these two cars in the diesel comparison here – New Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Diesel Vs Toyota Etios Diesel.

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Interiors Vs Toyota Etios Sedan Interiors

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Interiors

image – Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Studio Shots

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image – Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Studio Shots

Etios Diesel Dashboard

image – Toyota Etios Diesel Dashboard

Etios Diesel Interiors

image – Toyota Etios Diesel Interiors

I personally like the interiors of both cars for different reasons for each of them. For a detailed review, check out the diesel variants comparison here – New Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Diesel Vs Toyota Etios Diesel

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Engine Vs Toyota Etios Sedan Petrol Engine

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Engine Specifications

  • 1.2 Litre MPFI Petrol Engine
  • K12 M Petrol Engine With VVTI Technology
  • Peak Power of 85.8 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • Peak Torque of 114 Nm @ 4000 RPM
  • ARAI Tested Mileage of 19.1 KMPL !
  • 0 to 100 KMPH in 12.6 Seconds
  • 5 Speed Manual transmission or 4 Speed Automatic transmission option in VXi variant only
  • Kerb Weight between 960 Kg and 990 Kg
  • ARAI Mileage = 19.1 KMPL for Manual Transmission and 17.4 KMPL for Automatic
  • Power to weight ratio of 88 BHP / 1000 Kg

Toyota Etios Sedan Engine Specifications

  • Engine type – 2NR- FE, Gasoline MPFI, 4-Cylinder 16V, DOHC
  • Capacity 1496 cc
  • Max Power  89 BHP @5600 RPM
  • Max Torque 132 Nm @ 3000 RPM
  • Electronic Fuel Injection Engine
  • ARAI certified mileage of 17.6 KPL
  • Kerb Weight = 900 Kg to 930 Kg
  • Power to weight ratio of 97.3 BHP / 1000 Kg

The Etios has a 25% larger displacement engine (1.5 Litre) compared to that of Dzire (1.2 Litre) which is why the performance numbers are quite different. Also besides being larger and fitted with more powerful engine, the Etios Petrol sedan is about 30 Kg lighter in weight which gives it a better power to weight ratio and makes it more agile. The engine of Etios seems better in terms of power, torque, although mileage of Etios Petrol is lower than that of Dzire with Manual transmission.

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Handling and Performance Vs Toyota Etios Sedan Petrol Handling and Performance

In terms of agility, the Etios stands ahead with a better power to weight ratio and better torque, but the Swift Dzire is ahead in terms of sharper handling characteristics and precise steering feedback. I would say Dzire is slightly better when it comes to handling, and Etios slightly better on ride comfort.

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Price Vs Toyota Etios Sedan Petrol Price

Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Ex-showroom Delhi Prices are:

  • Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol LXi With Manual Transmission has been priced at Rs. 4.79 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol VXi With Manual Transmission has been priced at Rs. 5.32 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol VXi With Automatic Transmission has been priced at Rs. 6.54 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol ZXi With Manual Transmission has been priced at Rs. 6.19 Lakhs

Toyota Etios Petrol Sedan Ex-showroom Delhi Prices are:

  • Toyota Etios Petrol J Grade is priced at Rs. 5.04 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Petrol G Grade is priced at Rs. 5.59 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Petrol G with Safety Package is priced at Rs. 6.06 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Petrol V Grade is priced at Rs. 6.57 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Petrol VX Grade is priced at Rs. 7.04 Lakhs

Going by the price, the base models of the two cars are prices Rs. 25,000 apart which is not a major difference, but the price difference of the top end variants is as large as Rs. 85,000 ex-showroom. This makes Swift Dzire a more lucrative offering. However, Etios Petrol offers Safety features like ABD and Airbags right from the base variant which Swift Dzire offers only on top end variant (only ABS on VXi Automatic only), which makes Etios a safer car in terms of safety features.

However, the Swift offers much better looks and features at lower prices. Even if you compare the price of the top end Zxi with the GSP with safety package, the Dzire comes out to be a much better value for money. What I find slightly weird is the pricing of VXi automatic is way too high compared to the VXi MT. The only two differences are the Automatic transmission and ABS. This difference of 1.22 Lakhs does seem bit too much, however this might be a strategic pricing as buyers looking for comfort may want to pay this premium.

Car Blog India verdict – Maruti Swift Dzire 2012 Petrol Vs Toyota Etios Sedan Petrol

For a more spacious and large luggage space car, Etios is a better choice but it comes at a higher price. However for a fun to drive, better looking and sporty car, Swift is a better pick. If you can manage with smaller boot space, then top end petrol Dzire ZXi is a complete package with full safety features.

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