Hyundai Xcent 2017 vs. Honda Amaze vs. Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017: The Mid-Size Sedan War

The all-new Hyundai Xcent 2017, the highly successful Honda Amaze or the upcoming Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017, which is the best mid-sized sedan? Here we bring you a side-by-side comparison of these top 3 hottest sedans in India.  

Sedans, Sedans & Sedans! The Indian automobile market has witnessed many new mid-sized sedan launches in last few months. The all-new Ford Aspire Sports variant, Tata Tigor, the latest Hyundai Xcent 2017 and the upcoming Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017, the Indian buyers are surely having a nice time getting more and more options.

With so many options around, there is a lot of confusion as well. Buyers get confused while choosing the best sedan for themselves. To help you a bit, we present you a side-by-side comparison of top 3 hottest mid-sized sedans in India.

The first sedan is none other than the latest launch; Hyundai Xcent 2017, while the second sedan to drive-in is the highly successful Honda Amaze. The third sedan is the most-awaited and loved Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017, which has already won our hearts before its official launch.

So, tighten your seatbelts and move ahead with us in the sizzling hot comparison of these 3 mid-sized sedans:

Hyundai Xcent 2017 vs. Honda Amaze vs. Maruti Suzuki Dzire 2017 

Exterior Design & Aesthetics

Hyundai Xcent 2017

Hyundai Xcent 2017

The all-new Hyundai Xcent 2017 is a face-lifted variant with a new signature Hyundai grille, which is wider and taller than the one found in previous Xcent. Everything on the front is new, the front bumper merging with front grille and the stylish chrome highlights give Xcent a premium look. The top-end variant also gets LED daytime running lights.

On the rear, the Xcent has improved a lot. The major changes on the rear includes a new boot design, larger tail-lamps extending on the boot lid, a newly designed rear bumper and large reflectors at both ends. Overall, the all-new Hyundai Xcent is much more stylish and appealing than its pre-facelift previous.

Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze

The Honda Amaze face-lifted variant launched last year still looks young and fresh. On the front, it gets a stylish chrome grille with Honda’s logo at the middle, which looks good. The newly designed headlamps and clean placement of fog lamps add a star to the looks of this sedan. On the rear, the big and bright tail-lamps extending till boot lid gives it an elegant look. The face-lifted Honda Amaze looks much sportier now.

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

The new-generation Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017 is a complete face-lifted avatar, which looks much bigger and modern now. The front looks and design is taken from the new-generation Swift with a hexagonal grille with Suzuki’s logo on the center. Highlighted with chrome, the front grille gives a muscular look to the car.

The newly designed projector headlamps, new fog lamps with LED daytime running lamps, the new bumper, new alloy wheels and other small chrome updates makes the car look modern. On the rear, the LED tail-lamps and redesigned bumper with chrome highlights look superb.

Interiors & Convenience Features

Hyundai Xcent 2017

The interior in any Hyundai car has always been great. The designers at Hyundai have given special preference to the all-new interiors and cabin of the Hyundai Xcent 2017. In the first look, it will look like you are sitting in a high-end sedan, selling in a much upper segment. The cabin gets all-new dual-tone dashboard similar to the one found in Grand i10 2017. The finishing and quality of new seat covers, side padding on the doors, AC vents, stylish steering wheel and electronic switches is just great.

Honda Amaze 

When the first Honda Amaze was launched in India, it was highly criticized in terms of interior designs and styling. The boring and outdated dashboard design and the finish quality were the biggest cons for the car. Learning from the mistakes, Honda reworked on the dashboard design, and the latest face-lifted version gets an all-new design dashboard which is now much appealing.

The new dual-tone dashboard is made up of very fine quality of plastics and fiber. The AC vents with chrome highlights and clean placement of electrical switches and controls is now looks good. Just like the Hyundai Xcent 2017, the interiors of Honda Amaze will also give you an up-market feeling.

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

On the interiors, the new Maruti Suzuki DZire sports an all-new designed dual-tone dashboard. Currently, there are no official images of the interiors of this car. However, the leaked images and speculations suggest that the interiors design, dashboard, seat cover quality, door padding and the placement of electric and control switches are just great. Maruti Suzuki has never compromised with the dashboard quality and plastics used for switches and handles. The same will be followed for the all-new DZire 2017 as well. The top-end variant may also get keyless entry feature.

Infotainment System 

Hyundai Xcent 2017

The top-end variant of new Hyundai Xcent 2017 sports a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system that also works as a reverse camera screen. It is an advanced infotainment system that supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity. Not only this, but it also supports voice commands with audio-video navigation. It doesn’t support Bluetooth connectivity, which is good for driver’s safety. However, the mid-level of new Xcent won’t get a 5-inch touch sceen navigation system as seen on the Grand i10.

Honda Amaze

The top-end variant of Honda Amaze features a touch screen infotainment system that supports Bluetooth telephony. However, the mid variant will get a color display only, which will not be a touch screen. You can easily connect your i-Pod or smartphone through Bluetooth to enjoy music from your phone or to use it as a telephone system. This infortainment system however doesn’t supports Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity.

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

Going with the expectations and the recent trend, we believe that the all-new Maruti Suzuki Dzire will get an advanced infotainment system from Baleno and Brezza. The 7-inch touch screen infotainment system will take care of all your multimedia player and audio/video navigation needs. It would support Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity as well. This sedan may get a four-speaker system as well connected to this infotainment system.

Safety Features

Hyundai Xcent 2017 

For safety, the all-new Hyundai Xcent 2017 gets dual airbags as a standard feature across all variants. The outgoing Xcent had ABS as standard feature across all variants. However, the face-lifted Xcent gets ABS on top two variants; SX and SX(O). 

Honda Amaze 

Honda Amaze is also added with various advanced safety features which include front dual SRS airbags as a standard feature across all variants. Other safety features include anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic force-brake distribution (EBS), high mount stop lamp, driver seatbelt reminder, engine immobilizer and more. 

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

The Maruti Suzuki DZire will also feature some of the most advanced safety features just like the Hyundai Xcent 2017 and Honda Amaze. Maruti Suzuki has always been concerned for passenger’s safety. The safety features on DZire 2017 could include front dual airbags (standard across all variants), antilock braking system (ABS) with EBD (also a standard feature), seat belts with pre-tensioners and more.

Engine

Hyundai Xcent 2017

The Hyundai Xcent is available in two engine options. The first one; 1.2-litre petrol engine is carried forward from the outgoing Xcent. However, the diesel variant gets a more powerful 1.2-litre 3-cylinder CRDi diesel engine that churns 75hp of power and 190NM torque. This diesel engine is much more refined now and it will make your driving experience much better and smoother. The same diesel engine also powers the diesel variant of face-lifted Grand i10.

The petrol engine is coupled with five-speed manual gearbox with an option of four-speed automatic gearbox.

Honda Amaze

Just like the Hyundai Xcent 2017, the Honda Amaze is also available with two engine options. The 1.2-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC Petrol engine churns 87PS of maximum power and 109NM torque. The petrol engine is coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox and a VCT automatic gearbox. The diesel Honda Amaze is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine that produces 100PS of power and 200NM torque. The diesel engine is added with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox. 

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017 

The all-new DZire 2017 will have the same engines, which power the outgoing model of this sedan. Maruti Suzuki will continue to use the tried and tested 1.2litre K-series Petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine. The 1.2-litre K-Series petrol engine produces 83.14bhp of power at 6000rpm and 115NM of torque. While the 1.3-litre diesel engine produces 74bhp of power and 190Nm of torque at 2000rpm.

Fuel Consumption

Hyundai Xcent 2017

  • Hyundai Xcent 2017 – Petrol (Manual Transmission) – 19.1kmpl
  • Hyundai Xcent 2017 – Petrol (Automatic Transmission) – 16.1kmpl
  • Hyundai Xcent 2017 – Diesel (Manual Transmission) – 25.4kmpl

Honda Amaze 

  • Honda Amaze – Petrol (Manual Transmission) – 17.8kmpl
  • Honda Amaze – Petrol (Automatic Transmission) – 18.1kmpl
  • Honda Amaze – Diesel (Manual Transmission) – 25.8kmpl 

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

  • Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017 – Petrol (Manual Transmission) – 21kmpl*
  • Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017 – Petrol (Automatic Transmission) – 19kmpl*
  • Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017 – Diesel (Manual Transmission) – 28kmpl* 

( * expected figures. Not official) 

Price in India

Hyundai Xcent 2017

  • Hyundai Xcent 2017 – Petrol (Manual Transmission) – Rs.5.38 lacs (Base Variant, Ex-Showroom, New Delhi )
  • Hyundai Xcent 2017 – Petrol (Automatic Transmission) – Rs.7.10 lacs (Ex-Showroom, New Delhi )
  • Hyundai Xcent 2017 – Diesel (Manual Transmission) – Rs.6.28 lacs (Base Variant, Ex-Showroom, New Delhi )

Honda Amaze 

  • Honda Amaze – Petrol (Manual Transmission) – Rs.5.53 lacs (Base Variant, Ex-Showroom, New Delhi )
  • Honda Amaze – Petrol (Automatic Transmission) – Rs.7.43 lacs (Base Variant, Ex-Showroom, New Delhi )
  • Honda Amaze – Diesel (Manual Transmission) – Rs.6.66 lacs (Base Variant, Ex-Showroom, New Delhi )

Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017

Currently, there is no official word on the pricing of Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017. However, it is expected that base Petrol variant may be priced around Rs.5.50 lacs* (Ex-Showroom). The base Diesel variant of Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017 may be priced around Rs.6.30 lacs* (Ex-Showroom).

( * expected figures. Not official)

It is really hard to pick the best mid-sized sedan after this side-by-side comparison. The Hyundai Xcent 2017 looks more practical in terms of cabin space and design, while the Honda Amaze is great for its engine and road performance. And don’t forget about the upcoming Maruti Suzuki DZire 2017, the outgoing model of which is one of the best-selling sedans in India. And the new-generation DZire 2017 is expected to create a new storm in the mid-sized sedan segment. Also, it isn’t necessary to mention that Maruti Suzuki is currently the most trusted and reputed automobile brand in India.

And hence, we leave the final decision in your hands. Which sedan according to you is best in its segment? Or are you planning to buy anyone of these? What you like about them? Share us your thoughts and feedback in the comment section given below. Happy and Safe Driving!

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