Comparo – Tata Zest vs Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent

Posted on: Aug 12, 2014 - 3:29pm IST

Tata launched the Zest compact sedan today with prices starting at INR 4.64 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi. Here’s how the Zest stacks up against rivals Maruti Dzire, Honda Amaze and Hyundai Xcent.

Dimensionally, the Zest, Dzire and Xcent are equals here at 3,995 mm, while the Amaze is the shortest at 3,990 mm. It also results in the Honda having the shortest wheelbase at 2,405 mm, and the Zest boasts the longest in its class at 2,470 mm. The Zest is also the widest at 1,706 mm and tallest at 1,570 mm.

Tata Zest Petrol vs Rivals:

Tata Zest vs Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent petrol

All cars come with a four-cylinder engine, but the Zest is the only car to get turbocharging, while the rest make do with natural aspiration and variable valve timing. This ensures in the Zest being the most powerful and torque-iest on paper at 90 PS and 140 Nm of torque. Sending power through a 5-speed manual transmission, the Zest petrol is not available with an automatic transmission unlike its competitors.

Efficiency wise, the Zest despite being turbocharged has the lowest efficiency at 17.6 km/l, whereas the Xcent and Dzire deliver a segment best 19.1 km/l. In terms of price, the Zest undercuts the Xcent by INR 2,000 for the base variant.

Tata Zest Diesel vs Rivals:

Tata Zest vs Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent diesel

Save for the Xcent, all cars use a four-cylinder engine, and the Tata and Maruti in fact use the same engine, albeit in different states of tune. The Honda is the most powerful at 100 PS, and like the Tata, makes 200 Nm of torque. On paper, the Xcent is the least powerful with 72 PS and 180 Nm of torque. The base variant of the Zest diesel is available with the 75 PS engine tune exclusively.

While all cars come with a 5-speed manual transmission, the Zest diesel is also available with an automated manual transmission, giving it an edge over all compact and mid-size sedans (except the Verna). In terms of fuel efficiency, the Zest manages 23 km/l, which the lowest in the segment.

The fuel efficiency of the Zest AMT will be announced at a later date, Tata Motors told

When it comes to price, the base 75 PS Zest is dearer by INR 7,000 compared to the Xcent, the cheapest car of the lot. The base Zest with the 90 PS engine is a good INR 70,000 more than the base Xcent.

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4 thoughts on “Comparo – Tata Zest vs Maruti Dzire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent

  1. Joy says:

    Plz don’t use base vs base, top vs top variant etc. Maruti doesn’t offer anything in its LXi/LDi range. So check what variant is actually competing against the rival’s. Also, saying Zest at 23 km/l is the segment lowest is unfair. Please tell that it is 0.4 km/l lesser than the next one but by offering 15ps more. I am not at all a fan of Tata cars or the Tata brand but I think we should be fair in criticizing them.

    I always opined that compact sedans and B+ segment hatchbacks should be competing because they have nothing higher than the other except the body style. If a hatchback’s length is at 3995mm and compact sedan’s at 3995mm, why should the compact sedan be priced higher if it offers same features. In this aspect, I think Tata has priced sensibly to compete against compact sedans as well as B+ hatchbacks. I am planning my second car and now the options are great. Grand i10, Xcent, Zest, Amaze, Punto refreshed, Polo refreshed, new i20, Fiesta refreshed, Sunny refreshed, Linea refreshed, Rapid etc. Wow, we love competition. I will choose one which offers me the best value for money.

  2. Bijo Benjamin says:

    Shallow comparison.

  3. Xing Honey says:

    The fuel efficiency figures of Zest Diesel seems to be wrong in the article. XE with MT has 23 and Tata do not want to reveal the other variants fuel efficiency as it is lower than expected. One of the reasons to sport the fuel efficient engine in the XE variant. It would be nice if the websites like IAB post details with clarity.

  4. Ayyappan says:

    Anjan, I’m afraid if your comparison appears too superficial and lacks depth. You’ve to consider variant wise features to arrive at the VFM proposition each manufacturer provides at each variant level. For eg, I hear that Tata’s are giving alloy wheels as standard for all the variants ! So, this comparison doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

    I’ve generally found your posts to be logical, not this time around. Sorry mate. Don’t be in a rush to beat competition, just do your research well and publish insightful posts…IAB can still stand out that way.


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