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5)Hyundai Xcent 7/10
The Xcent is good within urban confines as it sports a peppy 83hp, 1.2-litre engine, good low-speed ride and light controls. While its looks may not go down with everyone, the Xcent is well put together, scoring high on build quality. It also comes with a lot of equipment. However, the narrow cabin doesn’t provide a roomy feel and also makes the Hyundai’s compact sedan seem smaller than it is.
The Tigor is big on style and undercuts its competition by a big margin. The new top-spec XZ+ gets you all the features from pricier rivals and the cabin is accommodating enough for a car in this segment. The ride and handling package is also very nice. Unfortunately, the 85hp, 1.2-litre motor is underwhelming and the fuel economy isn’t class-leading. Keep in mind the Tigor is punching above its weight class, considering it is based on a smaller hatchback compared to its competition.
A definite step up from the previous generation model, the new Amaze is refined, a close second to the Dzire on space, and is practical with the largest boot. Top trims also get all the bells and whistles but more pep from the 90hp, 1.2-litre engine would have made it nicer. Honda’s compact sedan is a good all-rounder, but doesn’t quite stand out in any one area.
Honda Amaze petrol manual prices:
Amaze E MT Rs 5.81 lakh Amaze S MT Rs 6.61 lakh Amaze V MT Rs 7.21 lakh Amaze VX MT Rs 7.69 lakh
2) Ford Aspire 8/10
Having the edge in safety kit and equipment, the Aspire facelift is still the most fun-to-drive car in this segment, thanks to a really good ride and handling balance, a typical Ford trait. That it costs less than most rivals and comes with a more than decent level of safety kit also makes it a compelling buy. It's not the most spacious at the back, however.
A superbly rounded package, the Dzire boasts the best petrol engine in the segment (an 83hp, 1.2-litre motor) and the most spacious cabin. The light controls make Maruti Suzuki’s compact sedan easy to drive, and the large seats, absorbent ride and ample features add to the comfort factor. A nicer steering would have ticked the right boxes for keen drivers too.