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Compare Maruti Dzire Vs Hyundai Xcent

Compare Maruti Dzire Vs Hyundai Xcent

Snapshot: The all new Dzire from Maruti is getting launched on the 17th of May. And it competes with the cars like the Xcent, Amaze, Figo Aspire etc. In this article we have compared it to the Xcent to find out how good it really is.

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We have seen some of the oddest looking cars in the compact sedan category, but that’s not the reason for the manufacturers to give up, at least not till the time they can fetch sales numbers. And neither would it disinterest buyers (of certain kind) despite manufacturers’ failed attempts to conjure up a decent car of better proportions. It’s a segment which now garners more interest from cab owners than the general public.

It remains relevant however as an option for buyers looking for an alternative. So does the updated Xcent and the all new Dzire change any of that, and how do they compare? We take a look.

Design and Exterior

You would notice that Dzire has grown in every respect. The new ‘Heartect’ platform is lighter and yet rigid still. You get 15 inch alloys on the outside. An all new exterior is a result of fluidic design language.

Other additions include projector headlamps with LED DRLs. The boot also seems better integrated this time and carries taillights that use LED elements.

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Design & ExteriorMaruti DzireHyundai Xcent
Length3995 mm3995 mm
Width1735 mm1660 mm
Height1515 mm1520 mm
Ground Clearance163 mm165 mm
Bootspace378 litres407 litres

The Xcent on the other hand is extensively modified version of the old car. It gets a wide gaping grille that resembles the Elantra. It gets all new taillight cluster and modified bumpers at the front at back. Xcent was never a beautiful car and it still isn’t, however it does look better in person than in the pictures. Extensively redesigned front that now incorporates LED DRLs and reworked rear does manage to jazz up overall appearance of the Xcent.  

Interior and Features

Dzire gets all new interior with many more features. You get a large touch screen infotainment unit that integrates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and doubles up as a screen for rear-view camera. The rear seat not only has more space due to longer wheelbase, you also get rear ac vents like the Xcent.

FeaturesMaruti DzireHyundai Xcent
Infotainment SystemTouchscreen + Bluetooth + USB + NavigationTouchscreen + Bluetooth + USB + Navigation + 1 GB internal memory
Projector lamps and LED taillamps
Rear-AC vents

Xcent now offers a well-integrated infotainment system that offers all the benefits that you get in case of the Dzire. It always had ac vents for rear seat passengers, but it now offers driver and front passenger frontal airbag as standard making it one of the better cars in terms of safety. However, it still does not offer ABS as standard and you would need to go with the SX variant or higher for that.

Engine and Transmission

Dzire gets the same tried and tested motors from the old car. Put in the lighter platform, it offers a performance benefit now. Along with a manual, there’s an automatic transmission on offer with the petrol as well as the diesel motor. Also, AMT is available with all variants except base and, LXi and LDi variants.

Engine and TransmissionMaruti DzireHyundai Xcent
Displacement (cc)1197 (P) / 1248 (D)1197 (P) / 1186 (D)
Gearbox5 MT & AMT / 5 MT & AMT5 MT & 4 AT / 5 MT
Cylinders4 / 44 / 3
Power (Bhp)83 / 7583 / 75
Torque (Nm)113 / 190114 / 190

Hyundai Xcent now offers a larger 1.2 litre diesel motor that develops better power figures. However still, you don’t get an option of automatic transmission with the diesel. Petrol motor offers automatic transmission, unlike Dzire, this is a conventional unit and offers smoother shifts as a result.   


To say that one is better than the other would be a grossly wrong statement. Both cars have their own set of strong features. Maruti Dzire offers diesel automatic which the Xcent does not, while Dzire offers an AMT unit which is not as smooth as the Xcent’s.

While competition between both cars is neck and neck, the Dzire has an advantage in terms of efficiency and that’s what makes it a slightly better car than the Hyundai Xcent in that sense. Since the new platform on which it’s based is also lighter, you also get better acceleration figures. No matter which car you pick, you cannot go wrong with either.

Read how Hyundai Xcent compares with other Tata Tigor and other cars!

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