Compact sedans have brought about a chunk of the sales even in this slowdown. Noticeably, manufacturers have done precious little here. After all, if a thing is working for you, tinkering with it isn’t a wise deal. Take for example the Maruti Suzuki Dzire. It has been the highest selling sedan in India right from 2008. This is a position that three generations of the car have maintained. How fast Maruti updates this car is also testimony to the fact. 11 years and three generations have already graced the showrooms. Every generation of the Dzire has had something better than before and needless to say, than the rest as well. This time around, it is the AMT for both petrol as well as diesel. What’s more, out of the three cars here, only the Dzire is BS-VI compliant with its petrol engine.The Honda Amaze is in its second generation and is a car that everyone thought the Japanese carmaker gave up for dead. However, at the 2018 Auto Expo, a new gen car came out. It was also the very first time that Honda gave a diesel-CVT combination while the petrol too had a similar technology. However, the Amaze still lacks the goodies that the Dzire packs.The Ford Aspire facelift is perhaps the better looking of all three cars here. It adds on to the features list. However, given Ford’s penchant for adding or removing features a few days after launch did the vehicle in. At the moment, Android Auto and Apple Carplay aren’t available with the automatic trims. Similarly these trims also get only two airbags while the other top versions get six. Incidentally, the Ford is the only one here that offers four airbags more than the competition. Unfortunately, there is no diesel automatic and the merger with Mahindra means Ford customers will lose interest. So, which one should you opt for? If its all round ability, the Dzire wins hands down. If you are looking at space as well as Honda reliability, the Amaze it is. As for the Ford, those who purely love driving and can live with less features, the Aspire will be a wholesome companion. The Ford is also the only here that is priced lower than the competition and offers a factory-fitted CNG option.
1194cc inline 4-cylinder
petrol – MT
1497cc inline 4-cylinder petrol – AT
1498cc inline 4-cylinder
diesel – MT