Hyundai Aura vs Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Ford Aspire vs Honda Amaze: Spec Comparison

By autoX Editorial | on April 6, 2020

The battle of the compact sedans is on with the recently updated Ford Aspire being the only car in its segment to offer connected car technology. But Hyundai's Aura with a turbocharged petrol engine and some feature highlights isn't to be taken lightly. The Dzire meanwhile no longer has a diesel option, so it is on the backfoot. The Honda Amaze diesel automatic, meanwhile, is the diesel automatic compact sedan of choice with its impressive powertrain. Here's a closer look at all of the strong points that each of these cars brings to the table.

One of the most lucrative segments in the Indian automotive market today is the compact sedan segment. Despite the sub-4 meter length compact car regulations, this is a segment that has achieved great milestones by pushing the boundaries in terms of space, comfort, and style. Gone are the days of the stubby boot, for the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, with its smooth flowing lines, looks fairly attractive. Other cars such as the Ford Aspire too are just as capable. The Honda Amaze may have an abrupt nose and tail, caused by its attempt to maximise space, but it’s only the rear-end design that lets it down. That, in fact, is the case with the Hyundai Aura, which, too, looks fairly contemporary, apart from its rear-end design, which, like the Amaze’s, has an abrupt ending, but its over-styled nature makes it all the worse.

So, it’s now time to see how the new Aura fares against its rivals. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, we can’t bring you a full-fledged comparison test, so here’s a look at how these cars fare against each other on paper.

  Hyundai Aura Maruti Suzuki Dzire Honda Amaze Ford Aspire
Length 3995mm 3995mm 3995mm 3995mm
Width 1680mm 1735mm 1695mm 1695mm
Height 1520mm 1515mm 1501mm 1525mm
Wheelbase 2450mm 2450mm 2470mm 2491mm
Boot space 402 litres 378 litres 420 litres 359 litre

It's no coincidence that all four cars are identical in length. The Dzire, though, with its doors that are curved outwards from the window sills, is the widest car here, and that's something that you can sense in terms of the sheer amount of cabin space that this car offers. And that stubby boot of the Amaze offers some added functionality – it has the largest boot than any of the cars here.

  Hyundai Aura Maruti Suzuki Dzire Honda Amaze Ford Aspire
Engine size 1.2 litres / 1.0 litre 1.2 litres 1.2 litres 1.2 litres
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
Power 81bhp@6000rpm / 98bhp@6000rpm 82bhp@6000rpm 88bhp@6000rpm 94bhp@6500rpm
Torque 113Nm@4000rpm /
172Nm@1750-2250rpm
113Nm @ 4200rpm 110Nm @4800rpm 119Nm@4250rpm
Gearbox 5-speed MT & AMT 5-speed MT & AMT 5-speed MT / CVT 5-speed MT

The Aura is the only car here that offers a more sporty 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with segment-leading power and torque figures. And while we are yet to pitch it against its rivals, as things stand, the 1.2 litre K Series engine of the Dzire is a real segment benchmark in terms of not just driveability but also performance, with its free-revving nature. It offers the best real-world fuel efficiency too. 

  Hyundai Aura Maruti Suzuki Dzire Honda Amaze Ford Aspire
Engine size 1.5 litres - 1.5 litres 1.5 litres
Fuel Type Diesel - Diesel Diesel
Power 73bhp@4000rpm - 98bhp@3600pm / 78bhp@3600rpm 98bhp@3750rpm
Torque 190Nm@1750-2250rpm - 200Nm@1750rpm/160Nm@1750rpm 215Nm@1750-2500rpm
Gearbox 5-speed MT - 5-speed MT / CVT 5-speed MT

With the upgrade to BS6 powertrains, Maruti Suzuki has dropped the diesel engine option for the Dzire, which is a real shame, for it was a quite a hot seller. What's more, all of its rivals are offered with diesel powertrain options. So, the Dzire is on the backfoot in this department, but Maruti Suzuki is looking to bring back its new 1.5-litre diesel engine in BS6 spec. The Ford 1.5 diesel is the most powerful in its segment and offers great performance too, but its the Amaze that is the most fuel-efficient and comes with the comfort of a rather brilliant CVT automatic option. 

  Hyundai Xcent Maruti Suzuki Dzire Honda Amaze Ford Aspire
Projector Headlamps No Yes No No
Touchscreen Infotainment Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apple Car Play/Android Auto Yes Yes Yes No
Connected car technology No No No Yes
Rear Parking Camera Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyless entry and ignition Yes Yes Yes No/Yes
Wireless phone charging Yes No No No
Automatic Climate Control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rear AC vents Yes Yes No No
Cruise Control No No Yes No

As is the case with any new Hyundai, the Aura, too, pushes the limits when it comes to pampering customers with a swanky infotainment screen display, wireless phone charging, etc. The cabin layout and trim quality too deserve praise. The Dzire's cabin looks good, but its build-quality definitely has room for improvement. The Honda's cabin is the least impressive in terms of appeal but makes up for it in terms of space. However, the Ford Aspire, the oldest car here, still has the best build-quality, and it is also the only compact sedan to offer connected car technology via the Ford Pass smartphone app and an in-built SIM card. 

  Hyundai Xcent Maruti Suzuki DZire Honda Amaze Ford Aspire
Ex-showroom Delhi price range Rs. 5.80 lakh - Rs. 9.22 lakh Rs. 5.89 lakh - Rs. 8.80 lakh Rs. 6.09 lakh - Rs. 9.96 lakh Rs. 5.99 lakh - Rs. 8.34 lakh

When it comes to prices, all of these cars are roughly in the same ballpark. The Amaze diesel automatic, as expected, is the most expensive car here, followed by the Hyundai Aura diesel AMT. 

Also read - Hyundai Aura launched at Rs 5.80 lakh

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