Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze are the largest selling compact sedans in the country right now. Tata definitely sees this trio as its prime competitor. While the Zest may be one of the best cars Tata has produced till now but does it have the firepower to be in the league of the best? Let’s find out which car is better on the specs front.
Zest vs Dzire vs Xcent vs Amaze Spec Comparo: PETROL
|Specification||Tata Zest Petrol||Maruti Suzuki Dzire Petrol||Hyundai Xcent Petrol||Honda Amaze Petrol|
|Engine||1.2L Revotron||1.2L K-series VVT||1.2L Kappa Dual VTVT||1.2L i-VTEC|
|Max. Power||90PS @5000rpm||87PS @6200rpm||83PS @6000rpm||88PS @6000rpm|
|Peak Torque||140Nm @1750-3500rpm||114Nm @4000rpm||114Nm @4000rpm||109Nm @4500rpm|
|Air charging system||Turbocharged||Naturally aspirated||Naturally aspirated||Naturally aspirated|
|Transmission||5 speed manual||5 speed manual/4 speed automatic||5 speed manual/4 speed automatic||5 speed manual/4 speed automatic|
|Dimension (in mm)||3995×1706×1570||3995×1695×1555||3995×1660×1520||3990×1680×1505|
|Tires||185/60 R15 (alloy)||165/80 R14 (steel), 185/65 R15 (alloys)||165/65 R14 (steel), 175/65 R15 (alloys)||175/65 R14 (steel/alloys)|
|Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs 4.64 lakhs to Rs 5.99 lakhs||Rs 4.85 lakhs to Rs Rs6.34 lakhs||Rs 4.66 lakhs to Rs 7.19 lakhs||Rs 4.99 lakhs to Rs 7.55 lakhs|
Well, yes all of these cars measure the same in terms of length but the Tata Zest is slightly larger and higher than all other cars. The good thing is that it has got a longer wheelbase. All this means that Zest features better cabin space as compared to the other three as well as a larger head room.
Yes the 1.2L Revotron is the least fuel efficient of all the cars but it is the only turbocharged motor here and it has the maximum amount of torque which is available at much lower revs as compared to the competition. Though the difference in power is not much, it comes at a lower rev value, which means more power in the low range. Let’s not forget that Zest is the first car in the segment to feature drive modes (Sport, Eco and City).
The whole point of compact sedans was that people want more boot pace as compared to their hatchbacks, without having to pay more like a regular mid-size sedan. Surprisingly, the country’s largest selling compact sedan, the Dzire has the least amount of boot space in this comparison. Though Zest has a smaller boot as compared to its Japanese and South Korean rivals, it is just a few liters lesser!
The turning radius is a problem though, it appears.! At a high 5.1 meters of radius, Zest almost encroaches regular size C-segment sedans like City (5.3 meters).
Let’s now have a look at how Zest diesel compares with the competition…
Zest vs Amaze vs Dzire vs Xcent: DIESEL
|Specification||Zest 90PS Diesel||Zest 75PS Diesel||Dzire Diesel||Xcent Diesel||Amaze Diesel|
|Engine||1.3L Quadrajet||1.3L Quadrajet||1.3L DDiS||1.1L U2 CRDi||1.5L i-DTEC|
|Max. Power||90PS @4000rpm||75PS @4000rpm||75PS @4000rpm||72PS @4000rpm||100PS @3600rpm|
|Peak Torque||200Nm @1750-3000rpm||190Nm @1750-3000rpm||190Nm @2000rpm||180.4Nm @1750-2500rpm||200Nm @1750rpm|
|Transmission||5 speed manual/ 5 speed AMT||5 speed manual||5 speed manual||5 speed manual||5 speed manual|
|Dimension (in mm)||3995×1706×1570||3995×1706×1570||3995×1695×1555||3995×16601520||3990×1680×1505|
|Tires||185/60 R15 (alloy)||185/60 R15 (alloy)||165/80 R14 (steel), 185/65 R15 (alloys)||165/65 R14 (steel), 175/65 R15 (alloys)||175/65 R14 (steel/alloys)|
|Fuel Efficiency||23kmpl (MT)||NA||23.4kmpl||24.4kmpl||25.8kmpl|
|Prices (in ex-showroom, Delhi)||Rs 6.27 lakhs to Rs 6.99 lakhs||Rs 5.64 lakhs||Rs 5.78 lakhs to Rs 7.32 lakhs||Rs 5.56 lakhs to Rs 7.32 lakhs||Rs 5.97 lakhs to Rs 7.49 lakhs|
Tata is offering the Zest diesel with the same tried and tested 1.3L Multijet diesel in two tunes – 90PS and 75PS. The 90PS Zest is second only to Amaze in terms of power and Xcent is the least powerful car here. In terms of torque, Zest and Amaze are at the top followed by all others.
In terms of fuel efficiency however, Zest is placed at the bottom, however just! The biggest USP of Zest is its automatic (AMT) option which makes its the cheapest diesel automatic sedan in the country. Just like the petrol, the car continues to sport alloys whereas the rest of the lot gets alloys only in the top trims.
You can check Variantwise price comparo here.
So, this is how the story is. Zest appears to be a fantastic competition to anything and everything around it with some very potent engines and a lot of features. So, which one of these cars will you buy? Do tell us in the comments.
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