Volkswagen Ameo TDi M/T
Final score: 375/600
Price: Rs 10.25 lakh, On-road Mumbai
The VW Ameo is a likeable car. It has the best performance, best build and cabin quality is quite good too. But the biggest stumbling block for this compact sedan is the rear seat which is cramped and even the small boot limits its practicality. The fact that it is the least refined and isn’t as well equipped as the other two further marks it down.
Hyundai Xcent CRDi M/T
Final score: 376/600
Price: Rs 9.80 lakh, On-road Mumbai
The Xcent is more likable, with a great cabin, lots of equipment, it is also easy to drive, is efficient and is good value for money too. It’s a well-rounded product but now with the arrival of the new Dzire it feels a notch lower in almost every department. It comes second best to the Dzire when it comes to cabin space, performance, dynamics and features.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire ZDi +
Final score: 388/600
Price: Rs 10.37 lakh, On-road Mumbai
As you would have figured by now, there are no major weaknesses in the new Dzire. It gets a premium cabin, elegant exteriors, good interior space, loads of equipment, is very practical and the lighter new chassis has improved performance as well as dynamics too. The new Dzire not only looks better than before, it has upped its game in nearly every department and is our clear winner.