Most of the roads in the Indian cities are narrow and congested during peak hours. Safe parking of the vehicle is also difficult at times. So a small car is always preferable for city use. The traffic blocks may necessitate switching on and off the engine frequently. So a fuel efficient compact petrol sedan is ideal for travelling along the city roads while in India.
There are many compact sedans in the market like the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Tata Indigo eCS and the Tata Zest. The diesel variants of Honda Amaze give the best mileages of 25.8 kmpl and the petrol variants of Hyundai Xcent give the best mileages of 19.2 kmpl among the different variants of the above five models. But considering the running costs, maintenance costs and the availability of the service centres and spares the Maruti Swift Dzire can be considered as the best car for the city travel.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is third in the list of the top ten best selling cars in India for the month of January 2015 with a sales figure of 19533 units. The nearest best selling compact sedan is the Honda Amaze with a sales figure of 6709 units. This shows that that the customers still prefer a Maruti sedan for daily commuting. The Dzire is priced between Rupees 5.03 and 7.59 lakh. The Swift Dzire launched in February 2012 is getting a facelift in 2015 and has 4 petrol and 3 diesel variants with one petrol automatic variant.
The exterior of the Dzire has body coloured bumpers, body coloured electrically operable ORVMs with turn indicators, rear defogger and a roof mounted antenna. The cabin is spacious with standard features like a manual AC, internally operated ORVMs with turn indicators, and an instrument panel with distance to empty, average fuel consumption and average speed meters, a digital clock, seat belt warning, low fuel and door ajar warnings. The automatic variant has ABS, EBD, BA, electric ORVMs and a 2Din music system. The top variants have 2 air bags and an automatic AC additionally.
The 1197 cc petrol engines give mileages of 17.4 to 19.1 kmpl and the 1248 cc diesel engines 23.4 kmpl. The dimensions of the Dzire are 3995 mm length, 2430 mm wheel base and 170 mm ground clearance. The suspension is McPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the rear. The brakes are disc type at the front and the drum type at the rear on R15 wheels.
The brand name Suzuki and a good after sales service are the main plus point of this city sedan. Swift Dzire can thus be the best sedan for travelling in city.
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