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Spec comparo: Ford Figo Aspire vs Honda Amaze vs Tata Zest vs Maruti Swift Dzire vs Hyundai Xcent

Team OD  /
14 Jul 2015 12:37:28 IST

Ford's compact sedan competitor is just around the corner. The new Ford will take on established competition like the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and the Tata Zest (click here to see our detailed first drive review for the Figo Aspire). While the Maruti Dzire sells close to 15,000 units in a month, the others still try to play catch up. It is this hotly contested segment that the Ford will be venturing into. The Figo Aspire is the bootedversion of the hatch Figo. It gets adual clutch automatic transmission with the mostpowerful engine in this segment as well. The diesel engine while being powerful is also one of the most efficient ones around. At least on paper.

Ford Figo Aspire (8)Ford Figo Aspire

The Tata Zest is the only car here to have a turbopetrol engine. It also getsan AMT mated to its diesel engine, another first in class.Butthe Ford gets variable valve timing on both the intake and exhaust sides. While the Honda Amaze diesel was the most powerful in the segment for a long time, the Figo Aspire now catches up and infact has more torque than the Honda at 215Nm.The Amaze, however, is the only one in this comparison to come with a factory-fitted CNG option.

Tata Zest (2)Tata Zest

The Figo Aspire claims to be as roomy as the others here. The Dzire, though, has always been criticised for the comparatively less space it offers and forits hatch-like boot capacity. However the sales figurescontinue to soar. It is also the most frugalas per ARAI fuel efficiency numbers for its diesel engine.

Honda Amaze Rann of Kutch (3)Honda Amaze

Safety wise, the Ford Figo Aspire wins hands down. There are six airbags on the top trimalong with aspeed limiter, ABS, EBD and hill hold assist. While the top trims in the other cars offerABS, the number of airbags they come with is limited to two.

In terms of features though, the Hyundai Xcent still trumps the Ford when compared trim by trim. With the Hyundai's SX(O) variant, you get a reverse camera with parking sensors, push button start and electrically foldable mirrors which close when you lock the car. The Tata Zest getsa touchscreen Harman music systemalong with a cabin that's high quality. The Zestis also the only one to offer DRLs and projectors in the segment. Honda's Amaze has a cheerful cabin, however the overall layout andeven the use of colours could have been better.

Hyundai Xcent petrol (1)Hyundai Xcent

This is one closely contested battle. Look out for a more detailed OVERDRIVE comparison where we're bound to pick a definite winner.

More from OVERDRIVE on the new Ford Figo Aspire:

Ford Figo Aspire first drive review

Image gallery: Ford Figo Aspire

Ford Figo Aspire vs Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent vs Maruti Dzire vs Tata Zest

Engine 1.2l petrol /1.5l diesel
Power (PS) 88/100
Torque (Nm) 112/215
Transmission 5MT
ARAI FE (kmpl) 18.6/25.83
LxWxH (mm) 3995x1695x1525
Boot space (litres) 359
Wheelbase (mm) 2,491
Price range (ex-Delhi) TBA
Engine 1.2l petrol /1.5l diesel
Power (PS) 88/100
Torque (Nm) 109/200
Transmission 5MT
ARAI FE (kmpl) 18/25.8
LxWxH (mm) 3990x1660x1520
Boot space (litres) 400
Wheelbase (mm) 2,470
Price range (ex-Delhi) Rs 5.18-7.78 lakh
Engine 1.2l petrol /1.1l diesel
Power (PS) 83/72
Torque (Nm) 114/180
Transmission 5MT
ARAI FE (kmpl) 19.1/24.4
LxWxH (mm) 3995x1660x1520
Boot space (litres) 407
Wheelbase (mm) 2,425
Price range (ex-Delhi) Rs 4.95-7.73 lakh
Engine 1.2l petrol /1.3l diesel
Power (PS) 84.3/75
Torque (Nm) 115/190
Transmission 5MT
ARAI FE (kmpl) 20.85/26.59
LxWxH (mm) 3995x1695x1555
Boot space (litres) 315
Wheelbase (mm) 2,430
Price range (ex-Delhi) Rs 5.15-7.92 lakh
Engine 1.2l petrol /1.3l diesel
Power (PS) 90/90
Torque (Nm) 140/190
Transmission 5MT
ARAI FE (kmpl) 17.6/20.65
LxWxH (mm) 3995x1706x1570
Boot space (litres) 360
Wheelbase (mm) 2,470
Price range (ex-Delhi) Rs 4.85-7.30 lakh

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