2020 Maruti Suzuki Dzire facelift vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison
5th Apr 2020 9:45 am
We compare the BS6 Maruti Dzire facelift against the Hyundai Aura, Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire, Tata Tigor in terms of specifications and price on paper.

Soham Thakur
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Maruti Suzuki has just given its Dzire compact sedan a mid-cycle facelift, complete with revised exterior styling and more equipment. Another big change comes in the withdrawal of the diesel engine option.

We’re interested to know what the new-for-2020 Dzire has to offer in the competitive compact sedan segment. Yes, the Dzire has been the bestseller for a long time but the new Hyundai Aura and updated and now-BS6-compliant Honda Amaze, Ford Aspire and Tata Tigor mean the Maruti is in for a fight.

Read on to know how these compact sedans compare on size, power and price.

In terms of dimensions, the Dzire facelift is identical to its predecessor – measuring 3,995mm in length, 1,735mm in width, 1,515mm in height with a 2,450mm-long wheelbase.

There’s little between the sub-four-metre sedans in length but there are differences in width and height. The Dzire is the widest of the lot, a full 58mm wider than Tigor, which is the narrowest car here. In terms of height, the Dzire is the second-shortest, behind the Honda Amaze. The Dzire, Aura and Tigor all have the same wheelbase length; but it’s the Ford Aspire that has the longest wheelbase in the comparison.

The Dzire’s boot space, at 378 litres, is relatively small when compared to the Amaze, Tigor and Aura. However, it still has more capacity than the Aspire’s 359-litre boot. In their top-spec trims, all of the Maruti’s competitors sit on 15-inch alloys.

Dzire Aura Amaze Aspire Tigor
Length 3995mm 3995mm 3995mm 3995mm 3992mm
Width 1735mm 1680mm 1695mm 1704mm 1677mm
Height 1515mm 1520mm 1498mm 1525mm 1537mm
Wheelbase 2450mm 2450mm 2470mm 2490mm 2450mm
Boot space 378 litres 402 litres 420 litres 359 litres 419 litres
Wheel Size 15-inches 15-inches 15-inches 15-inches 15-inches
Petrol engines
The biggest update for the Dzire facelift in under the bonnet. The Dzire now makes use of Maruti’s 1.2-litre, K12C DualJet petrol engine, which replaces the outgoing car’s 1.2-litre K12B motor. The BS6-compliant DualJet engine produces 90hp – a 7hp gain over the K12B engine – and 113Nm of torque. Gearbox options comprise a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. Despite being more powerful than the old K12B engine, the new unit is also more fuel-efficient than the outgoing car. In fact, the new Dzire is now the most fuel-efficient petrol compact sedan on the market.

Comparing all the engines offered in the segment, the new DualJet motor is more powerful than the Tigor and Aura’s 1.2-litre units. The Dzire’s engine is a direct match for the Amaze’s engine; however, it trails behind the 96hp Ford Aspire and the Aura’s 100hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol mill.

In terms of gearboxes, all cars come with a 5-speed manual as standard. While the Dzire, Aura and Tigor get an AMT auto option, the Amaze offers CVT auto. The Aspire, meanwhile, misses an automatic gearbox altogether.

Petrol engines
Dzire Aura Amaze Aspire Tigor
Displacement 1.2-litre 1.2-litre/1.0-litre 1.2-litre 1.2-litre 1.2-litre
Type 4 cyls, NA 4 cyls, NA/3 cyls, turbocharged 4 cyls, NA 3 cyls, NA 3 cyls, NA
Power 90hp 83hp/100hp 90hp 96hp 85hp
Torque 113Nm 114Nm/172Nm 110Nm 120Nm 114Nm
Gearbox 5-speed MT/AMT 5-speed MT(both)/AMT (1.2 only) 5-speed MT/7-step CVT 5-speed MT 5-speed MT/AMT
Fuel efficiency (ARAI) 23.26kpl (MT)/24.12kpl (AMT) 20.5kpl(MT)/20.1kpl (AMT) 18.6kpl(MT)/18.3kpl(CVT) 18.5kpl 19kpl
Diesel engines
Since Maruti Suzuki and Tata have not upgraded their small-capacity diesels to meet BS6 emission norms, the only diesel-powered options in the compact sedan segment are the Hyundai Aura, the Honda Amaze and the Ford Aspire.

The larger 1.5-litre engines of the Honda and Ford outdo the Hyundai’s 1.2-litre in terms of power output; but the Aura has its draw with segment-best fuel-efficiency figures. Furthermore, the Hyundai Aura and the Honda Amaze also offer the convenience of an automatic transmission with their diesel engines. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Hyundai Aura reigns