2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire vs Tata Tigor will definitely not be a slow burner as both products are capable of setting new heights in the compact sedan segment
Tata Motors recently launched its latest offering in Indian market, the Tigor compact sedan that has grabbed everyone’s attention with the very stylish and unique design and upmarket features. Upon arrival, the sub-four meter compact sedan has brought freshness to the segment, which is ruled by the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire (now Maruti Suzuki Dzire). Not only that, there are other tough models like the Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze and Ford Aspire are present as well. Therefore, with arrival of Tigor, the rivalry in the segment has intensified greatly.
Maruti Suzuki Dzire, the compact sedan sibling of the popular Swift hatchback has received its an all-new look in its new generation model. It shares the same design language with the new generation Swift. Compared to the previous model, the new Swift comes sportier and more stylish and the interior has become more upmarket compared to the predecessor.
The bestselling model in the compact sedan segment of Indian car market will be more popular and appealing in its new avatar judging by the over 33,000 pre-orders so far. But, as Tata Motors has rolled out its Tigor compact sedan, the fresh looking car could throw challenge to the Dzire. Both the Tata Tigor and the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire brought a charming touch to the segment we would reckon.
Like the rest of the world, popularity of compact sedans is falling significantly in India, due to the rising demand of compact SUVs and crossovers. Despite being very budget focused, the customers are showing interest towards the premium cars in the country. While upgrading from their basic hatchbacks, they prefer to opt for premium hatchbacks or compact SUVs or crossovers more than the compact sedans.
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As a result, sales of compact sedans have declined in last few years. Being two major players in the domestic auto market, it is to be seen how the Tata Tigor and the all-new Maruti Suzuki Dzire performs here. Here we take a look at the spec-sheet based comparison between these two models:
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Exterior
Tata Tigor bears several similarities in design with its hatchback sibling Tiago. The front fascia appears very much identical with the sharp laid back headlamps, a smiling pattern front grille with black honeycomb mesh and chrome trim. The front bumper appears little different from the Kite-5 we saw at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. It looks little bit muscular with neatly positioned fog lamps at both ends with black surrounding and the air intake at centre. This way, the compact sedan’s front fascia is distinctive than the hatchback.
At the side profile, the Tata Tigor gets sharp character lines and alloy wheels enhancing its visual appeal further. Apart from that, it comes with a sloping roofline, blackened glass area and the beltline runs upward toward rear giving it a sporty appearance. Tata Tigor also carries a sleek chrome trim just below the side glass area. Following the IMPACT design language, the Tata Tigor appears pretty attractive from every angle.
At the rear, the car gets a stubby look, but it catches attention easily. Apart from the short overhang, it sports a roof spoiler with LED stop lamp, wraparound taillights and a chrome strip between them. The rear bumper too adds zing to the compact sedan. So far, the car appears sporty with the unusual fastback design and stylish and the home grown automaker has designed it keeping the global market in focus.
A common thing between the Tata Tigor and new Maruti Suzuki Dzire is that they both share design elements with their respective hatchback siblings. The 2017 Maruti Dzire carries several similarities with its hatchback sibling Swift. It sports sharp new headlamp with integrated LED daytime running lights. The front grille appears completely new and larger than the previous model. There is a new refreshed looking front bumper as well.
At the side profile, the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes wearing sporty alloy wheels, sleek character lines, blackened glass area. Despite speculation of a floating roof design with updated C pillar and relocation of the rear passenger door handle, it appears conventional looking. Moving to the rear of the compact sedan, the Maruti Dzire gets wraparound taillights and a thick horizontal chrome bar running between the taillights. A chunky looking rear bumper is there as well.
In terms of design comparison, both the cars appear very fresh looking and exciting indeed. The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes sporting an upmarket guise compared to the current model. But with a completely new design, the Tata Tigor looks but more attractive to us than its rival. It offers design combining the sportiness and style, which is new to the segment as well as in the Indian auto market as well.
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Dimension
Tata Tigor compact sedan comes measuring 3,992 mm in length, 1,677 mm in width and 1,537 mm in height. It sports a wheelbase of 2,450 mm and despite coming with a very short overhang at the back, the car offers a generous 421-litre of boot space thanks to Tata’s clever design strategy.
|Tata Tigor Turning Radius||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Turning Radius|
|4.9 metres||4.8 metres|
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire comes measuring 3,995 mm of length, 1,735 mm of width, 1,515 mm of height and it also comes with a wheelbase of 2,450 mm. The compact sedan gets 163 mm of ground clearance. So far, both the cars come marginally different in terms of length, while the Dzire is wider and in terms of height, Tigor is taller than the new Maruti Dzire.
|Tata Tigor||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire|
|Length – 3,992 mm||3,995 mm|
|Width – 1,677 mm||1,735 mm|
|Height – 1,537 mm||1,515 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,450 mm||2,450 mm|
|Boot Space – 419-litre||378-litre|
|Ground Clearance – 170 mm||163 mm|
|Fuel Tank Capacity – 35-litre||37-litre|
The Tigor offers much more boot space capacity and ground clearance while both have same wheelbase for good interior room amidst Tigor is taller.
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Interior
Tata Motors has cleared that it wants to offer the customers upmarket and practical features and in its cars. Tata Tiago hatchback showed us how the automaker is trying to offer superior global standard materials and features to the customers within affordable budget. The Tigor compact sedan too comes following the same strategy. It offers the customers a feel of premiumness without making a hole in their pockets.
The compact sedan gets a multi-function steering wheel, dual-pod instrument cluster with analog dials and digital MID. The centre console features a Harman developed 5-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the 8-speaker Harman audio system is something that enahnces its premium appeal further. The piano black finishing at the centre console and the dashboard has been copied from the Tiago hatchback. In terms of space and comfort, the compact sedan offers quite spacious and impressive experience to the occupants.
Talking about the interior of the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire, it has become more upmarket and more interesting compared to its predecessor. The Indo-Japanese automaker has introduced superior quality material in seat and upholstery of the cabin of the all-new Dzire. Apart from that, it comes with a flat-bottom sporty three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with mounted buttons, twin-pod instrument cluster comprising both analog dials and digital MID. The centre console gets a SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Therefore, in terms of interior comparison, both the new compact sedans come pretty stylish and impressive offering high quality comfort to the occupants leaving little space for complain.
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Powertrain
Tata Tigor is available with both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol engine is the same 1.2-litre Revotron unit works under the hood of Tata Tiago hatchback. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and churns out 85 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.
|Tata Tigor Engine||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Engine|
On the diesel front too, the Tata Tigor shares its engine with the Tiago hatch. Doing the duty is a 1.05-litre Revotorq unit paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox. This engine is capable of churning out 70 PS of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque from 1,800 rpm. It returns 22 kmpl and 26 kmpl of fuel efficiency for the petrol and diesel model respectively.
|Tata Tigor Transmission||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Transmission|
|5-speed MT||5-speed MT
4-speed AT (Petrol only)
AGS (Diesel only)
On the other side, the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire appears with both petrol and diesel engine options like its predecessor. It retains the same 1.2-litre petrol engine and a 1.3-litre diesel unit from the old Swift Dzire. Apart from that, the new Maruti Dzire could get a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine and SHVS technology could be introduced to the diesel variant, but that would be available in future, not now. An in-house developed 1.5-litre diesel engine is also on card, which could replace the current 1.3-litre unit at later stage.
|Tata Tigor Maximum Power||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Maximum Power|
|85 PS @ 6,000 rpm
70 PS @ 4,000 rpm
|84.3 PS @ 6,000 rpm
75 PS @ 4,000 rpm
Power and torque output of the new Maruti Dzire comes similar to the previous model. On the transmission front too, it retains the same setup like the old model, which include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed AT for the petrol, while the diesel gets an AGS alongside the 5-speed MT.
The petrol engine is capable of churning out 84.3 PS of peak power at 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine generates 75 PS of peak power at 4,000 rpm and 190 Nm of peak torque from 2,000 rpm. The 2017 Swift Dzire to return fuel efficiency of 22 kmpl (Petrol MT), 22 kmpl (Petrol AMT) and 28.4 kmpl (Diesel MT and AMT).
|Tata Tigor Maximum Torque||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Maximum Torque|
|114 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
140 Nm @ 1,800 rpm
115 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
190 Nm @ 2,000 rpm
Both the compact sedans appear with marginally different power and torque output. A 4-speed AT with petrol engine puts the Dzire ahead than its rival, as demands for automatic transmission is rising among Indian buyers. On the other hand, the diesel AGS of Maruti Dzire gives it edge over the Tigor diesel’s manual only appearance.
|Tata Tigor Fuel Efficiency||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire Fuel Efficiency|
|22 kmpl (Petrol)
26 kmpl (Diesel)
|22 kmpl (Petrol MT)
22 kmpl (Petrol AMT)
28.4 kmpl (Diesel MT and AMT)
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Safety
Tata Tigor comes with advanced safety features. It gets dual-front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Cornering Stability Control (CSC), rear parking camera and sensor. Apart from that, the structural rigidity is also pretty good.
The 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire also comes with good amount of safety features like dual front airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across all the variants. It also gets reverse parking camera, ISOFIX mounts, engine immobilizer etc. Therefore, in terms of safety both the car come pretty impressive.
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Price
The Tata Tigor comes very competitively priced to catch attention and a good share in the segment. It is priced between Rs. 4.70 lakh and Rs. 7.09 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The new Maruti Suzuki Dzire on the other hand is priced between Rs. 5.45 lakh and Rs. 9.41 lakh. (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
|Tata Tigor||2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire|
|Rs. 4.70 lakh – Rs. 7.09 lakh||Rs. 5.45 lakh – Rs. 9.41 lakh|
* All prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi (expected).
Tata Tigor vs 2017 Maruti Suzuki Dzire – Comparison Verdict
While the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire looks very impressive with its refreshed appearance and upmarket features, the recently launched Tigor sedan from Tata Motors is capable of throwing tough challenge to it. The Tigor offers a very stylish fastback design alongside upmarket features as well. Additionally, the powertrain and performance figures are very close to the Dzire. The safety features on offer are also very similar but the biggest difference is the pricing.
While the Tata Tigor’s top-end variant is available at around Rs. 7 lakh, its rival’s pricing is around Rs. 9.5 lakh. This is certainly going to play a major role for the customers, while choosing between these two models as high-end models are selling in abundance as buyers want their cars to be stuffed with features.
While Maruti Suzuki is a trusted brand name, the positive response of both the brands will help in eking out maximum customers. Tata Motors too did have a successful outing last year due to the bestselling Tiago hatchback. Now, being based on that car and sharing several elements with the hatchback will surely help the Tigor. In the end, we can say that the task of the new Maruti Suzuki Dzire may find it little tough against Tigor compared to other models.