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Hyundai Aura vs Competitors: Compact Sedans Compared

Sankul Nagpal BUYING GUIDE, COMPARISONS Leave a Comment

Thanks to the competitive nature of the Indian car market, the compact sedan segment is filled to the brim with several worthy sedans that offer the complete package of style, practicality, affordability and safety. Earlier this year, Hyundai launched the Hyundai Aura, its newest offering in the compact sedan segment.

Sharing a lot with the Grand-i10 Nios, the all-new Hyundai Aura is futuristic, modern, and capable of delivering a strong ride quality. But how does it stack up to its veteran competitors such as the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and Tata Tigor. Read our comparison to find out which is the better compact sedan for you. 

Dimensions and Boot

Since they are all compact sedans, their dimensions should be very evenly matched. The compact dimensions should make them maneuverable in congested cities like Delhi-NCR and Bangalore. However, the dimensions of these cars will also determine how much space you will get inside as well. Here’s how the four compact dans stack up against each other in terms of dimensions and boot space.

Hyundai Aura

Maruti Suzuki Dzire 

Honda Amaze

Tata Tigor

Length (mm)

3995mm

3995mm

3995mm

3993mm

Width (mm)

1680mm

1735mm

1695mm

1677mm

Height (mm)

1520mm

1515mm

1501mm

1532mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2450mm

2450mm

2470mm

2450mm

Boot Space (litres)

402 litres

378 litres

420 litres

419 litres

As evident from the comparison above, all competitors share the same length, however when it comes to the width, the Hyundai Aura is shorter by a narrow 55 mm than the Maruti Dzire and a mere 15 mm than the Honda Amaze. In terms of height, the Hyundai Aura beats the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Honda Amaze which will translate to slightly better headroom. The boot space of 402 litres is smaller than the Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor, which will need some luggage management.

Winner: Honda Amaze

Engine and Performance

Coming to the meat of the matter, we have pitched the Hyundai Aura with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor, to analyse what the vehicle offers in terms of engine and performance, which is the most crucial aspect when buying a vehicle.

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Petrol Engine

Hyundai Aura

Hyundai Aura

Maruti Suzuki Dzire 

Honda Amaze

Tata Tigor

Engine

1.2-litre petrol

1.0-litre petrol

1.2-litre petrol

1.2-litre petrol

1.2-litre petrol

Power (PS)

83PS

100PS

89PS

90PS

86PS

Torque (Nm)

114Nm

172Nm

113Nm

110Nm

113Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed manual/ AMT

5-speed manual

5-speed manual/ AMT

5-speed manual/ CVT

5-speed manual/ AMT

As evident from the head-to-head comparison above, the Hyundai Aura is the only compact sedan with two engine options while all the other competitors come with only a 1.2 litre petrol engine.

The naturally aspirated 1.2-litre engines on all the four compact sedans provide very similar power figures. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine on the Hyundai Aura is the definite highlight in this comparison. The turbo petrol engine provides a 100PS fo power with 172 Nm of peak torque for the Hyundai Aura.

Coming to the engines, the 1.0 litre turbo petrol variant of the Hyundai Aura is capable of returning 100 PS of power with 172 NM of peak torque making the Hyundai Aura, a perfect vehicle for those who love revving their vehicles. 

In terms of transmission, the Honda Amaze is the only sub-compact sedan that comes with CVT while all the others amongst the four come with a 5-speed manual/AMT aboard their 1.2 litre petrol engines.

Winner: Hyundai Aura

Diesel Engine

Hyundai Aura

Maruti Suzuki Dzire 

Honda Amaze

Tata Tigor

Engine

1.2-litre diesel

N/A

1.5-litre petrol

N/A

Power (PS)

75PS

N/A

100PS

N/A

Torque (Nm)

190Nm

N/A

200Nm

N/A

Transmission Options

5-speed manual/ AMT

N/A

5-speed manual/ CVT

N/A

As seen above, owing to stringent BS6 norms in force, it seems like Maruti and Tata haven’t developed a BS6 complaint engine for the sub-compact sedans as of yet. Hyundai Motors on the other hand has equipped the all-new Hyundai Aura with a 1.2-litre diesel unit that comes with both manual as well as AMT transmission.

But for those of you who are power hungry, the Honda Amaze comes with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that is truly powerful with 100PS of power and 200 Nm and is also offered with a convenient CVT option.

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Winner: Honda Amaze

Onboard Features and Comfort

While compact sedans have similar dimensions, it’s the features that help distinguish the cars from each other. From infotainment systems to upholstery, each consumer has their own preferences. This is why we have pitched the Hyundai Aura with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor to compare key comfort and features offered.

Hyundai Aura

Maruti Suzuki Dzire 

Honda Amaze

Tata Tigor

Touchscreen Infotainment Display

8-inch

7-inch

7-inch

7-inch

Headlamps

Projector Headlamps with LED DRLs

Projector Headlamps with LED DRLs

Conventional Headlamps with LED DRLs

Projector Headlamps with LED DRLs

Alloy Wheels

15-inch

15-inch

15-inch

15-inch

Body coloured bumpers, ORVMs and door handles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Shark-Fin Antenna

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Cruise Control

Yes

Yes

Yes (MT only)

Yes

Keyless Entry with Push button start

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Automatic Headlamps

No

Yes

No

No

Wireless Phone Charger

Yes

Yes

No

No

Automatic Wipers

No

No

Yes

Yes

Rear AC Vents

Yes

Yes

No

No

All four of these compact sedans  are equipped with a host of comfort and convenience features that can surely make your driving experience worthwhile. Talking about the Hyundai Aura, it outruns its competitors in terms of features like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control for all engine options and rear AC vents.

In terms of the misses, the Hyundai Aura does quite well and misses only the automatic wipers and automatic headlamps when compared to its rivals. As a total package, the Aura does exceptionally well in terms of features and can be easily crowned as a worthy competitor.

Winner: Hyundai Aura

Safety Features

A safe and secure drive goes a long way towards providing an enhanced driving experience. Perhaps this is the reason why safety norms across the globe are becoming more and more stringent. This is why we have pitched the Hyundai Aura with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor to compare their safety features.

As seen above, safety is one department where all the leading manufacturers have placed special emphasis on with their compact sedan. As a result, the essential safety equipment and features are all present on the Hyundai Aura, Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, and the Tata Tigor.

Talking about standard safety kits, all the compact sedans come with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and front seatbelt reminder as standard. 

Winner: Draw

Showroom Pricing

Pricing is an aspect that can never be ignored when choosing the perfect car. Because buying a new car, means shelling out a substantial chunk of your savings, this is why we have pitched the Hyundai Aura with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze and the Tata Tigor to know which vehicle offers the best affordability.

Hyundai Aura

Maruti Suzuki Dzire 

Honda Amaze

Tata Tigor

Prices
(ex-showroom)

₹5.79 lakhs - ₹9.22 lakhs

₹5.89 lakhs - ₹8.8 lakhs

₹6.17 lakhs - ₹9.99 lakhs 

₹5.39 lakhs - ₹7.49 lakhs

Prices
(Pre-owned car)

N/A

Starting from

Starting from

Starting from

Priced at ₹5.79 lakhs for the base model, the Hyundai Aura is more affordable than the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Honda Amaze, while the Tata Tigor stands out as the most affordable among the four.


The Hyundai Aura is a very competitive offering in the compact sedan segment. In our comparison, the Hyundai Aura closely rivals the Honda Amaze, which is a more premium offering in the compact sedan space. As an overall package, the Hyundai Aura brings great value for the owner that is class-leading in some areas.

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