Hyundai Motor India recently launched the facelift version of its smallest sedan, the Aura, following the launch of the Grand i10 Nios days ago. The new-look sub-compact sedan was launched by the Korean automaker at a starting price of 26.30 lakh (ex-showroom), adding a number of exterior visual changes as well as some new features and safety technology. The Aura sedan was introduced for the first time in 2019, replacing the Xcent sedan in Hyundai's lineup in an attempt to increase sales. This is the sedan's first major facelift since its debut three years ago. The competition it faces from models like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the Tata Tigor, and the Honda Amaze hasn't changed though. While the Dzire dominates the compact sedan market in terms of volume, the Aura, the Amaze, and the Tigor also sell well. Now that the Aura facelift has been launched, let's compare the updated sedan from Hyundai with one of its rivals, the Honda Amaze to see how they stack up against each other as far as aspects like specifications, features, and prices are concerned.
Both sedans are the same size in terms of length. The Amaze is, however, about 19mm shorter and 15mm wider than the Aura. Compared to the Honda competitor, which has a wheelbase of 2,470mm, the Hyundai sedan has a shorter 2,450mm wheelbase.
Both the Aura and the Amaze are fuelled by 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engines. Hyundai offers the 2023 Aura with a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed AMT transmission unit. The engine has a maximum power output of 82bhp and a peak torque output of 113.7Nm. In comparison, the Amaze is slightly more powerful, with a maximum power of 90bhp and peak torque of 110Nm. The Amaze is available with a five-speed manual or a CVT transmission.
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Hyundai offers the Aura in both petrol and CNG variants. We will limit the comparison to just the ICE versions of the two vehicles because Honda does not offer the Amaze with CNG. The sedans are available from both automakers in five different versions. Oddly, the base variants have the same branding. The E variant of the new Hyundai Aura with a manual transmission has a starting price of Rs 26.30 lakh (ex-showroom). The Honda Amaze's E variant with a manual gearbox, on the other hand, has a starting price of Rs 26.89 lakh (ex-showroom). The top-tier VX version of the Honda Amaze with CVT gearbox costs Rs 19.48 lakh (ex-showroom), compared to the all-new Aura's top-end SX+ automatic variant's price of Rs 28.73 lakh (ex-showroom). The complete pricing details for both models are listed in the following table.
|Variants (Hyundai Aura)||Prices (ex-showroom)||Variants (Honda Amaze)||Prices (ex-showroom)|
|E MT||Rs 6.30 lakh||E MT||Rs 6.89 lakh|
|S MT||Rs 7.15 lakh||S MT||Rs 7.55 lakh|
|SX MT||Rs 7.92 lakh||S CVT||Rs 8.45 lakh|
|SX(O) MT||Rs 8.58 lakh||VX MT||Rs 8.66 lakh|
|SX+ AT||Rs 8.72 lakh||VX CVT||Rs 9.48 lakh|
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The 2023 Aura, like most other Hyundai vehicles, excels in terms of features. Hyundai includes features such as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, a USB C Type charging port, and a cooled glovebox. In terms of safety, Hyundai includes four standard airbags that can be upgraded to six. Among other things, it has ESC, Hill Assist, and Cruise Control.
In comparison to the Aura, the Honda rival may appear to be lacking in features. It lacks features such as wireless charging, a Type C charging port, a cooled glovebox, Hill Assist, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), to name a few.
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