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Maruti Dzire Vs Ford Aspire Vs Honda Amaze Petrol-MT: Real World Performance Comparison

Published On Mar 21, 2019 03:00 PM By Sonny

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Which of these petrol-engined sub-4 metre sedans offer the most bang for your buck? Literally

There are many competitors in the sub-4m sedan segment at this time and while the focus tends to be on practicality, performance cannot be ignored either. We’ve taken the three best-selling cars from the segment - the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Ford Aspire and the Honda Amaze - in their petrol-manual guise to see how they fare in our real-world performance tests.

But first, let’s take a look at their engine specifications:

Car

Maruti Dzire

Ford Aspire

Honda Amaze

Engine

1.2-litre, 4-cyl

1.2-litre, 3-cyl

1.2-litre, 4-cyl

Power

83PS

96PS

90PS

Torque

113Nm

120Nm

110Nm

Transmission

5-speed MT

5-speed MT

5-speed MT

Kerb weight

860-895kg

1016-1043kg

905-924kg

Power to weight ratio (PS/tonne)

92.74

92.04

97.4

All the cars here are powered by engines of the same capacity paired to 5-speed manual gearboxes. However, the Dzire and Amaze have 4-cylinder engines while the recently updated Aspire gets a 3-cylinder unit. On paper, the Ford is the most powerful and torquiest sub-compact sedan here. But it’s the Amaze that has the best power to weight ratio. Lets see how that translates into real-world performance numbers.

Acceleration and Roll-on Tests:

Car

Maruti Dzire

Ford Aspire

Honda Amaze

0-100kph

11.88s

12.01s

12.00s

Quarter mile

18.13s @ 123.50kmph

18.20s @ 122.33kmph

18.16s @ 124.41kmph

30-80kmph (3rd gear)

10.39s

11.47s

11.70s

40-100kmph (4th gear)

19.82s

21.35s

19.98s

The least powerful car here -- the Dzire -- has the quickest acceleration times of the three. What’s surprising, however, is the fact that despite having the best power to weight ratio, the Amaze wasn’t the quickest. The Amaze was second quickest in every test apart from the 30-80kmph acceleration run in third gear, which was the only test where the Aspire wasn’t the slowest car here. The Aspire, despite being the most powerful one here, isn’t the quickest as it is also the heaviest.

Braking

Car

Maruti Dzire

Ford Aspire

Honda Amaze

Braking (100-0kmph)

44.66 metres

44.76 metres

40.31 metres

Braking (80-0kmph)

28.15 metres

28.39 metres

25.23 metres

Stopping power is just as important as acceleration when it comes to judging the real-world performance of cars. All the cars here use disc brakes up front and drum brakes at the rear. In these tests, the Honda Amaze covered the shortest distance while coming to a halt from both 80kmph and 100kmph by some margin. The Dzire and Aspire are closely matched in the braking tests, with the Maruti just beating the Ford by centimetres.

Verdict

The Maruti Dzire and the Honda Amaze are closely matched when it comes to a balance between acceleration and braking. The Ford Aspire, despite having the most powerful engine, loses out on every performance test here.

The Dzire petrol-manual is priced between Rs 5.69 lakh to Rs 8.09 lakh. The Amaze petrol-manual is priced between Rs 5.86 lakh to Rs 7.87 lakh and the Ford Aspire petrol-manual variants are priced between Rs 5.55 lakh to Rs 7.45 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom Delhi).

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shivam sharma
Mar 22, 2019 12:03:59 AM

What a shitty comparision mate.... you will also cry for the crumple zone as other die hard maruti suzuki fans but it is very evident that dzire is just an extremely unsafe car with the light steel used to make its weaker and outdated engine look powerful and make people happy with the mileage figures. Ford aspire is by some margin the best car in the segment, much better than this tin can which is depicted as the winner here...it isnt even a worthy competition to the aspire...And where did you talk about the driving dynamics where the tin can fails miserably, the high speed stability? just the acceleration and breaking distance cannot make a car better....altough people will still go and buy the dzire to brag about mileage, power and maruti badge blindly...

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alex luke
Mar 22, 2019 3:32:47 AM

U r correct..... Mr. Aman(shit head I think) , try nd respond to this comment.

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    allen jacob john
    Mar 21, 2019 11:54:00 PM

    Driving dynamics and safety should also have been considered. One doesn't decide on the best car just by its acceleration and braking!!

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    cardekho
    Mar 23, 2019 8:17:05 AM

    In terms of driving dynamics and safety, Ford Aspire has an upper hand over Amaze and Dzire.

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      anirban banerjee
      Mar 21, 2019 5:36:54 PM

      Never read a more ridiculous comparison Just skips the fact that the Dzire is grossly underweight and poses a serious safety hazard .

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      aman bhardwaj
      Mar 21, 2019 6:06:47 PM

      Ever heard about cars having 'crumple zone'..?

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        jaswinder lotey
        Mar 22, 2019 5:50:33 AM

        Aman Bhardwaj Ever heard about ncap crash test

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