Ever since the concept of sub-four meter sedan has entered our Indian car market, it has become quite a task for buyers to choose cars for themselves. Most of these sub four meter sedans like Honda Amaze, Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Xcent have evolved from their hatch siblings and are almost similar to them in every aspect apart from a three box look.
The price difference between hatch and their sedan sibling also becomes a matter of concern for buyers as they often get confused if they should buy the top end variant of the hatch or opt for a lower variant of sedan. In this article, we try to figure out how these sedans are different from their respective hatch sibling and which ones make more sense to go for.
Xcent (Rs 4.66 lakh starting) vs Grand i10 (Rs 4.25 lakh starting)
These are latest siblings in this competition and from engines to features and from tyre’s size to features; they share everything with each other. In this case also there is not much difference in terms of space when you sit inside these cars either at front or at the back.
The feature list also remains same for both cars that include automatic climate control, push button start, electric wing mirrors, 1 GB storage space in the music system with Bluetooth connectivity, rear A.C vents and 14 inch alloy wheels. However the Xcent has automatic climate control and plus with the biggest boot in its class the Xcent to us looks like a more value buy.
Amaze (Rs 5 lakh starting) Vs Brio (Rs 4 lakh starting)
Both cars share each and every panel with each other apart from the boot and that’s where the biggest difference lies. Brio’s sudden dead rear end is replaced by a much balanced boot in Amaze which also translates into much larger boot space. Where Brio offers a boot capacity of 175 litres, Amaze has a boot capacity of 400 litres. Moreover, when you step inside, there is good amount of rear knee room in Amaze.
Top variants of both these cars come equipped with features like 14 inche alloy wheels, integrated audio system with Aux-in compatibility, remote locking, dual front airbags and ABS. In our comparison, Brio is the only one which misses out a diesel engine whereas Amaze debuted with Honda’s 1.5L i-DTEC engine. Thus the Amaze is worth the extra money for the diesel alone.
Swift (Rs 4.4 lakh starting) Vs Dzire (Rs 4.85 lakh starting)
These two cars are much loved and have been a huge sucess for Maruti. You get features like automatic climate control, remote locking, 15 inch alloy wheels, Dual front airbags, ABS, electric mirrors and steering mounted controls are some of the features which you will get on the ZDI variants of both these cars.
Technically, both cars share same petrol and diesel engine with similar riding behavior. The dual tone interiors of Dzire look a bit more premium than Swift’s black colored sporty interiors though. There is hardly any difference in the rear leg room of both these cars but the additional boot of Dzire surely gives you much more space to load your bags than Swift. However, when it comes to looks, Swift looks far more aerodynamic and appealing than Dzire.
Technically, all these three sedans are similar to their respective siblings in almost every aspect yet they have different target audiences. How? These sub four meter sedans usually targets those who are looking for a car which can be used on long trips as well with full baggage on board.
Also many buyers will be migrating from hatches. The hatchbacks will be a more sporty, youthful choice and for many who do not need the extra boot space the price difference is the factor. As always the choice is yours..