The compact segment sedan class in India was empty and stagnant for quite a while till 2008. In 2008, Maruti Suzuki launched the car that would kick-off a multi-manufacturer battle in the future, the Swift Dzire. The Dzire was constructed on a very simple concept. Everything in it was the same as the standard Swift except for one minor change. In place of a hatch style door at the rear, it had a small defined boot protruding from the back. But with just this minor change, their target audience expanded exponentially. The Dzire was a phenomenal hit in the market since it was an actual sedan being sold at the price point of a hatchback. Seeing the success of the Dzire, other manufacturers also started following suit. Hyundai took a stab at this segment with the Grand i10 based Hyundai Xcent. The Xcent came much later in 2014 but has been getting a really good response from the public. In this article, we will compare the attributes and qualities of both cars and conclude which one is better. So, let’s see who emerges victorious in the Xcent vs Dzire face-off!

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Xcent vs Dzire: Dimensions

MeasurementsHyundai XcentMaruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Length3995 mm3995 mm
Width1660 mm1735 mm
Height1520 mm1515 mm
Wheelbase2425 mm2450 mm
Tyre Size165/65 R14, 175/60 R15165/80 R14, 185/65 R15
Ground Clearance165 mm163 mm
Boot Space407 litres378 litres
Kerb Weight958-1108 kg860-990 kg

This battle is going to be a very close one as both these cars are extremely well matched. In terms of dimensions, the Dzire just manages to edge out its rival. Both cars have the same length. The Dzire takes the upper hand in width which means more comfortable seating for 3 people at the back. In terms of height and ground clearance, the Xcent is better but by an extremely small margin of 5 mm and 2 mm respectively. Boot space is where the Xcent is clearly ahead with a 29 litre of extra space. Finally, in terms of kerb weight, the Xcent is a good 100 kilos heavier through almost all variants than the Dzire.

Xcent vs Dzire: Performance

Engine Specifications (Petrol)

ParametersHyundai XcentMaruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Capacity1197 cc1197 cc
Power83bhp@6000RPM81bhp@6000RPM
Torque113Nm@4000RPM113Nm@4200RPM
Transmission5 Speed Manual/4 Speed Auto5 Speed Manual/ 5 Speed Auto
Fuel Tank43 litres37 litres
Fuel Efficiency17-25 km/l combined22-28 km/l combined

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Engine Specifications (Diesel)

ParametersHyundai XcentMaruti Suzuki Swift Dzire
Capacity1186 cc1248 cc
Power75bhp@4000RPM73bhp4000RPM
Torque190Nm@1750-2250RPM190Nm@2000RPM
Transmission5 Speed Manual5 Speed Manual/5 Speed Auto

Moving to the performance, the similarities are within sniffing distance here. In the petrol variants, both the cars displace the exact 1197cc! The Xcent is a mere 2 bhp ahead of the Swift while the torque output figures are also the same! Sadly, for the Xcent, it’s a good 100 kilos heavier than the Dzire through all variants. So the small difference in power and torque output becomes a very big difference in real-world performance. The Dzire simply outshines the Xcent in terms of performance.

The same characteristics are seen in the diesel variants. Despite being down by about 150cc on displacement, the Xcent actually makes similar power and torque figures. It actually makes 2 bhp more than the Dzire despite the lack of 150cc and a cylinder. But the sad part again is that the weight bogs it down. Another issue with the Xcent diesel is the lack of the fourth cylinder. The 3-cylinder motor it’s equipped with simply falls inferior in terms of refinement to the Dzire’s smooth 4 pot engine.

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Both cars come with automatic variants. The Swift Dzire utilizes Maruti’s fabled AMT transmission that is almost going as an option on all their vehicles. In most cases, AMT transmissions fall inferior to the conventional automatics. But the AMT on the Dzire is very well calibrated and it shows. While torque converter on the Xcent excels in the area of smoothness, the Dzire’s AMT takes the trophy in shift response. Coming to fuel efficiency no contesting the Dzire here. The Xcent is slightly ahead in terms of range courtesy the much larger fuel tank.

Xcent vs Dzire: Features and Equipment

In its top trim, the Xcent comes with a Kia inspired front grille, LED DRL lights, a shark fin antenna, steering mounted audio controls, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, a centre armrest on the rear, removable rear headrest, a chilled glovebox and a luggage lamp in the boot.

From the outside, the Xcent looks very decent. It’s not very eye catchy but it’s certainly not ugly by any means. The interiors also ooze the perfect amount of simplicity and sophistication. There are no fancy extra styling bits here and there. It’s a simple black-beige tone with fabric upholstery. It’s actually simple yet very-very effective!

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The Swift Dzire in its top variant comes with an LED projector lamp setup, dual tone alloy wheels, steering mounted audio and call controls, a rear armrest with cup holders, faux wood finish over the dashboard, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration and rear AC vents and removable headrests for all seats. Coming to the exterior, the Dzire has really upped its game.

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The car looks fresh and appealing courtesy of the brand-new projector-DRL headlamp cluster. Another very tasteful element is the dual tone alloy. In terms of interiors, its sort of a mixed bag. The car is roomy, comfortable and pretty decent to look at. Some people might find the faux wood finish on the dashboard and steering wheel to be a bit tacky. But apart from that the interiors are very nicely executed.

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Xcent vs Dzire: Pricing

Pricing for the Swift Dzire starts at Rs.5.56 lakhs and goes up to Rs.9.43 lakhs for the top diesel automatic variant. The Xcent starts at Rs.5.52 lakhs and goes to Rs.8.61 lakhs for the top model diesel variant. A diesel automatic isn’t available here.

Xcent vs Dzire: Conclusion

  • Dimensions: This was a very close round. But the winner here the Dzire. The Xcent loses primarily due to its higher kerb weight and lesser width.
  • Performance: Another round to the Dzire. Both cars are almost neck and neck in terms of power and torque output for both petrol and diesel variants. But the Xcent’s weight really brings down the performance. In the automatic variants as well, the Xcent’s gearbox is slightly better but the Dzire’s AMT surprisingly comes really close.
  • Fuel Efficiency and Range: The Dzire is definitively ahead of the Xcent in the aspect of mileage. However, due to the higher fuel tank capacity, the Xcent is ahead of the Dzire in terms of effective range. This round ends in a draw.
  • Features and Equipment: Despite being entry-level sedans, both cars are decently well equipped. The Xcent primes itself on keeping things simple yet effective. The Dzire however, is more flashy and attention-grabbing. While some may not prefer the flashiness of the Dzire, there is no denying that it packs more equipment and is more appealing to look at. This round goes to the Dzire.
  • Price: The Xcent undercuts the Dzire’s price by Rs.4000 in the base variants and by Rs.80000 in the top variants. The Xcent wins this round.
  • Final Verdict: To summarize, this has been a really close battle going by the numbers. The Xcent is right up there with the Dzire in several aspects. But the higher kerb weight and absolute simplicity of the car works to its disadvantage in the case of the Xcent. All in all, the Dzire wins 3 out of 5 rounds while the Xcent is triumphant only in one. The winner of the Xcent vs Dzire face-off is the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.

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