Vitara Brezza vs Amaze Comparison

Maruti-Suzuki Vitara Brezza vs Honda Amaze Comparison

Overall, the Brezza wins this comparison by a very small margin. Its suitability to the harsh reality of Indian road conditions tilts the scales in its favour. It does not have the balance and the poise of the Amaze around curves, but it is better at handling bad road situations. Its drivability isn't as good as the Amaze but, with shorter gearing Maruti has brought it up to hygiene level. It is a little tight on boot space but still good enough for extended weekend getaways with a family of five. But the best part is that it matches the compact sedans for Total Cost of Ownership. This makes it incredibly good value-for-money to the Indian Car Buyers, and we wouldn't be surprised to see it on the podium of Monthly Sales figures in the coming years.

Pricing & Features:
Top-end diesel variant of the Honda Amaze, the ‘VX’ retails for 9.27 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is around 45,000 rupees cheaper than Vitara Brezza’s ‘ZDi’ variant (costing 9.73 Lakh). Both cars have the exact same features as well, except for one or two unique features as listed below. (Amaze petrol-automatic, with the cutting-edge CVT gearbox retails for 8.03 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, Automatic Climate Control, Power Steering, Central Locking by Remote, Power Windows, Fog Lamps – Front, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Music System with FM, USB, Bluetooth & Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Passenger Airbag, Parking Sensors, Steering Wheel Switches, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Automatic Climate Control, Anti-Pinch Driver's Window, Alloy Wheels

Extra Features in Vitara Brezza (ZDi): Projector Headlamps, LED Daytime Running Lights

Extra Features in Amaze (VX): Electrically Folding Mirrors,

Performance & Drivability (Diesel):

Amaze has much better drivability than the Brezza around town. Unlike the Brezza, which is riddled with turbo-lag till 2000 rpm, the Amaze's turbo gets going below 1500 rpm. This makes a big difference while driving in city traffic. Amaze requires much lesser gear-shifting and makes noticeably smooth progress compared to the Brezza. Not just that, Amaze is 24% more powerful and 11% torquier than the Brezza, which gives it better overtaking abilities on the highway as well.

But, the Amaze petrol-automatic is the wild card in this CarComparo. It is immensely easier to drive than the manual-only diesels in this test. It frees the driver from the tyranny of constant clutching-declutching and gear rowing. It effectively takes away half of the stress of daily commuting.

Power (PS@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) – 90@4000, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 100@3600, Amaze (petrol-automatic) – 90@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) – 200@1750, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 200@1750, Amaze (petrol-automatic) – 110@4800
Kerb Weight (kg): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) –1185, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 1065, Amaze (petrol-automatic) - 985

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) – 76, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 94 i.e. 24% more, Amaze (petrol-automatic) – 91
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) – 169, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 188 i.e. 11% more, Amaze (petrol-automatic) - 112

Fuel Efficiency:
In our back-to-back tests, the Amaze diesel was around half a kmpl more efficient than the Vitara Brezza was. The petrol-automatic Amaze was around 3 kmpl less fuel efficient than the manual-diesel version.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) – 24.3, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 25.8, Amaze (petrol-automatic) – 18.1
Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh): Vitara Brezza (diesel-manual) – 2.47, Amaze (diesel-manual) – 2.33, Amaze (petrol-automatic) - 3.99
assuming current fuel prices

Space & Comfort:The Amaze may look like it is much smaller than the Brezza, but actually it is just as spacious as the Vitara Brezza. The Brezza has slightly wider rear seat making it more comfortable for three passengers in the second row. However, the Amaze has 72 liter bigger boot at 400 liters, compared to the 328 liter capacity of the Vitara Brezza. Both cars have utilitarian and durable interiors which will easily sustain years of abuse.
Length (mm): Vitara Brezza - 3995, Amaze - 3990
Width (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1790, Amaze - 1680
Height (mm): Vitara Brezza - 1640, Amaze - 1505

Ride Quality & Handling:
Vitara Brezza is better suited to Indian road conditions than the Amaze is. It has a higher ground clearance and bigger, wider tyres. You dont need to be as careful as you would in the Amaze, while tackling broken roads in the Brezza. Both cars ride reasonably well, but tend to get caught out by sharp potholes. Amaze claws back some lost ground by being a much more enthusiastic car around the bends. It has a neutral and well balanced chassis, coupled with a precise and well-weighted steering, with decent feel and feedback. Brezza being a tall car rolls quite a bit around the bends and though unexciting around corners, it is reasonably safe and stable around them.

Ground Clearance (mm): Vitara Brezza – 198, Amaze – 165

Tyre Size:
Vitara Brezza - 215/60R16 (ZDi, ZDi+), 205/60R16 (LDi, VDi)
Amaze - 175/65R14

Reliability and After Sales Service:Both Maruti-Suzuki and Honda have consistently delivered immensely reliable cars for the last twenty years in our market. However, Honda's service experience still has a lot of catching up to do, to get to Maruti levels. Maruti's sheer service reach with over 2000+ touch points is also far wider than Honda's measly 250 odd outlets.
Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
The Vitara Brezza is bound to depreciate slightly lesser than the Amaze over the next 5 to 7 years, mostly because of India's newfound obsession with compact SUVs.
Vitara Brezza (ZDi+) – 5.84
Amaze (VX Diesel) – 5.28
Amaze (S AT Petrol) - 4.34

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
There is absolutely no difference, at all between the Total Cost of Ownership of a Honda Amaze and a Vitara Brezza. Whatever advantage the Amaze hold in pricing and efficiency gets wiped out by Brezza's superior resale price. The Amaze S petrol-automatic works out to be around 1.4 Lakh Rs. more expensive than the manual-diesels.
Vitara Brezza (ZDi+) – 6.37, Amaze (VX Diesel) – 6.32, Amaze (S AT Petrol) - 7.68

Verdict:
The Brezza wins this comparison by a very small margin. Its suitability, to the harsh reality of Indian road conditions, tilts the scales in its favour. It does not have the balance and the poise of the Amaze around curves, but it is better at handling bad road situations. Its drivability isn't as good as the Amaze but, with shorter gearing Maruti has brought it up to hygiene level. It is a little tight on boot space but still good enough for extended weekend getaways with a family of five. And the best part is it matches the compact sedans for Total Cost of Ownership. This makes it incredibly good value-for-money to the Indian Car Buyers, and we wouldn't be surprised to see it on the podium of Monthly Sales figures in the coming years.
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