Which among the four is the best bet for you? Read on.
With the entry of Hyundai Aura in 2020, the subcompact sedan segment has grown wider in India. When you have cars from revered automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Honda, Ford and Hyundai, it’s tough to zero in on one. The year 2020 saw the facelift of the Maruti Dzire, whereas the Aspire got some additional goodies. The Amaze, Dzire, Aspire, Aura all fight to win the prospective consumer, but which is the one that offers value for your money? We find out.
|Hyundai Aura||Maruti Suzuki Dzire||Honda Amaze||Ford Aspire|
|Length||3995 mm||3995 mm||3995 mm||3995 mm|
|Width||1680 mm||1735 mm||1695 mm||1704 mm|
|Height||1520 mm||1515 mm||1501 mm||1525 mm|
|Wheelbase||2450 mm||2450 mm||2470 mm||2490mm|
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While all the cars are equally long, the Aspire is the tallest among the lot apart from having the longest wheelbase. The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the widest car here whereas the Amaze has the biggest boot in its kitty. Despite the longest wheelbase, the Ford Aspire has the smallest boot in the competition. Surprisingly, the Hyundai Aura is the narrowest car here.
The Maruti Dzire facelift gets most of the changes confined to its front fascia like a larger chrome-lined grille which now houses the number plate. The Amaze has a thick, prominent chrome strip occupying the majority of the grille area. The Ford Aspire continues to get the Aston Martin-inspired face. The Aura makes us remember the older trend of having extended headlamp cluster from the bottom rather than the top.
Styling is a subjective matter; thus, we leave it to our viewers to decide. From our side, it’s the Honda Amaze.
|Petrol engines||Hyundai Aura||Hyundai Aura T-GDI||Maruti Dzire||Honda Amaze||Ford Aspire|
|Transmission||5-speed MT / AMT||5-speed MT||5-speed MT / AMT||5-speed MT / CVT||5-speed MT|
|Mileage||20.50kmpl /20.10kmpl (AMT)||20.50kmpl||23.26kmpl/ 24.12kmpl (AMT)||18.6kmpl/18.3kmpl||18.5kmpl|
The turbo petrol motor of the Hyundai Aura is the most powerful in the competition, closely followed by the Aspire. If you are looking for an automatic option, your engine options are reduced to three from five as Ford had discontinued automatic transmission from its Aspire in January this year. Moreover, the turbo engine of the Aura is only available with a manual gearbox. If you want the best of both worlds, the Dzire seems to be the best bet as it gets the most frugal petrol motor among its rivals.
|Diesel engines||Hyundai Aura||Honda Amaze||Ford Aspire|
|Transmission||5-speed MT / AMT||5-speed MT / CVT||5-speed MT|
|Mileage||25.35kmpl /24.40kmpl (AMT)||24.7kmpl/21kmpl||24.4kmpl|
Maruti Suzuki Dzire does not come with a diesel engine.. Thus, for diesel aspirants, your selection is reduced to Aura, Amaze and Aspire. The Aura’s engine lags way behind than the other two cars in power – it is also the smallest of the lot. The fuel efficiency figures of all three are more or less similar. For automatic buyers, the Aspire is out of selection as it comes only in manual setup.
All cars in the competition are equally loaded with features such as electrically adjustable and foldable ORVMs, an Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible touchscreen infotainment unit, steering-mounted controls, automatic AC, keyless entry, a tilt steering and push-button start.
The Aura gets the biggest touchscreen system in the competition – 8-inch, followed by Dzire and Amaze (7-inch) and Aspire (6.5-inch). It also gets projector headlamps with DRLs, projector fog lamps and wireless phone charger. The Dzire too gets projector headlamps with DRLs.
All the four subcompact sedans are lace with the expected safety features from a car of this segment. It includes features such as dual airbags, ABS with EBD, speed-sensitive door locks, rear parking sensors, pre-tensioner seat belts, remote keyless entry and others. However, Ford Aspire continues to be the safest car in the competition thanks to its side curtain airbags, which takes the total tally of airbags to 6 in the Aspire.
|Cars||Hyundai Aura||Maruti Suzuki Dzire||Honda Amaze||Ford Aspire|
|Prices (Ex-showroom New Delhi)||Rs 5.79 lakh to Rs 9.22 lakh||Rs 5.89 lakh to Rs 8.80 lakh||Rs 6.09 lakh to Rs 9.95 lakh||Rs 6.09 lakh to Rs 8.64 lakh|
The equation of the under-4m sedan segment has changed since the application of BS6 emission norms. The discontinuation of diesel engines has had impacted the sales of cars, especially the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. Here, the Aura has the most economical base variant with prices starting at Rs 5.79 lakh.
For automatic buyers, the Aspire is out of the question for now; however, as Ford said, it will bring the automatic option soon in the Aspire. The Aura and the Dzire are offering the AMT, while the Amaze comes with a true AT gearbox – CVT. The Amaze automatic can be had with both the fuel options. If you need pure automatic, we suggest opting for the Honda Amaze else Aura AMT is the other economical option with a diesel engine. With the petrol motor, the Dzire AMT is a good choice as it returns high fuel efficiency figures.
For manual buyers, the Dzire will give you most things you need from a car – it has got adequately powerful and efficient petrol engine with a reasonable tag.