eVerito vs Dzire Comparison Review

Mahindra e-Verito vs Maruti-Suzuki Dzire Comparison Review

"Overall, the e-Verito and Dzire automatic work out to have more or less similar cost of ownership, which was a bit of a surprise, even to us. Only cost to e-Verito buyers is going to be the EMI cost, fuel and servicing is practically free!"

Dzire vs Mahindra eVerito Video Comparison:


Pricing & Features:
The top-end e-Verito ‘D6’ variant, costs 11.7 Lakh, on road, Delhi, which is 2 Lakh Rs. more than the top-end Dzire 'ZDi AGS' automatic, costing 9.6 Lakh Rs. Even the top-end e-Verito is quite bare-bones basic and skimps on a long list of features compared to the Dzire like ABS, Airbags -2, Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Steering Wheel Switches, Fog Lamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Push Button Start & Smart Key

Common Features: AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable ORVM, Rear Defogger, Alloy Wheels

Extra Features in e-Verito D6: Hill Hold Control, Remote Diagnostics

Extra Features in Dzire ZDi AMT: ABS, Airbags -2, Climate Control, Parking Sensors, Steering Wheel Switches, Fog Lamps, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, the Dzire automatic returned fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl, while the e-Verito covered 7 kilometers per kilowatt-hour (unit) of electricity. But since a unit of electricity costs a tenth of litre of diesel, the e-Verito saves 1.7 Lakh rupees worth of fuel cost over a usage of 75,000 kms.

Mileage (Certified):
e-Verito (electric, automatic) – 7 km/kwh, Dzire (diesel, automatic) – 26.59 kmpl

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
e-Verito (electric, automatic) – 0.55, Dzire (diesel, automatic) – 2.25

Performance & Drivability:
There is no getting away from the fact that the Dzire has immensely superior performance than the e-Verito. The Dzire diesel is 120% more powerful and 150% more torquey than the e-Verito in terms of power to weight and torque to weight ratio. Of course the e-Verito is significantly more refined than the Dzire. The minute whine from its all-electric powertrain is negligible compared to the clatter of Dzire's diesel mill.

Mahindra claims the e-Verito’s range to be 110 kms on a full charge. It takes 1 hour 45 minutes for the fast charger to charge 80% of the battery. This means that, inter-city touring is out of question, leaving the e-Verito good only, for city commutes only. Inside the city, its claimed top-speed of 86 kmph is more than adequate as you will rarely get an opportunity to stretch the legs of even the Dzire beyond that speed, anyways. Understandably the e-Verito does not have the flat out acceleration of the Dzire AMT, but you will have no complaints with the e-Verito’s drivability around town. That being said, the e-Verito misses out on the ‘creep’ functionality present in the Dzire and most other automatic cars. Cars with creep functionality start crawling ahead at ~5 kmph without any accelerator input, when you take your foot off the brake pedal, making them a breeze to pilot in city traffic.

Power (PS@rpm): e-Verito – 41, Dzire – 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): e-Verito - 91, Dzire – 190@2000
Kerb Weight (kg): e-Verito – 1295, Dzire – 1070

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): e-Verito – 32, Dzire – 70 (difference 119%)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): e-Verito – 70, Dzire – 178 (difference 153%)

Space & Comfort:
The e-Verito easily beats the Dzire in terms of cabin space. E-Verito’s rear seat has far better leg-room as well as elbow-room than the Dzire, allowing three full-size adults to seat comfortably with space left over for an occasional 4th passenger. Dzire on the other hand is a tight squeeze even for three. The Verito also has a generous 510 litres of boot-space compared to 316 litres of the Dzire, something that will come quite handy on airport runs. However, Verito’s interiors feel positively pre-historic, in this day and age even compared to the quite average interiors of the Dzire.

Length (mm): e-Verito – 4247, Dzire – 3995
Width (mm): e-Verito – 1740, Dzire – 1695
Height (mm): e-Verito – 1540, Dzire – 1555

Ride Quality & Handling:
The e-Verito is based on the Verito, which was a rebadged Renault Logan, which itself was a re-badged Dacia Logan, which was developed in Romania, to tackle the underdeveloped parts of Europe. It has fantastic ride quality and absorbs all that the National Highway Authority of India can throw at it. The Dzire on the other hand has a rather stiff ride and you need to tread lightly over broken tarmac. However, the Dzire makes up for its stiff ride with its effervescent cornering manners. It has delightfully quick responses with a precise and direct steering, and puts a smile on the face of the driver around twisty roads. The e-Verito on the other hand is dull and listless with early onset understeer and slow steering setup.

Ground Clearance (mm): e-Verito – 172, Dzire – 170

Tyre Size:
e-Verito – 185/70R14
Dzire - 185/65R15 (Z), 165/80R14 (L,V)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Maruti-Suzuki is the unchallenged leader, when it comes to providing Hassle Free Ownership Experience to Car Owners in our Country. Dzire has proven to be far more reliable than any Mahindra vehicle till date. However, the e-Verito has the distinct advantage of having just one-tenth of the moving parts compared to the Dzire, which in theory should give it an advantage over the Dzire. Maruti's sheer network reach with its 2000+ touch points is far more than Mahindra's 400, but the e-Verito, doesn't need to be taken to the service station in the first place. Mahindra's technicians service it in your parking and since there is no oil change, filter change etc. the service bills are no more than 1500-2000 bucks.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Obviously, the Dzire is bound to depreciate far lesser than the e-Verito, just because the Indian Car Buyers are yet to warm up to the idea of electric vehicles.
e-Verito D6 (Petrol manual) – 5.95, Dzire ZDi AMT (Petrol, manual) – 5.72

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the e-Verito and Dzire automatic work out to have more or less similar cost of ownership, which was a bit of a surprise, even to us. Only cost to e-Verito buyers is going to be the EMI cost, fuel and servicing is practically free!

Lest we forget, we have given the both cars some benefit of doubt, by not considering the steep maintenance costs and the upward trending crude prices for the Dzire and the battery replacement cost of the e-Verito, which currently is 1.5-2.5 lakhs but is rapidly trending downwards.

e-Verito D6 (Petrol manual) – 6.25 lakh
Dzire ZDi AMT (Petrol manual) – 6.10 lakh

Verdict:
Dzire diesel-automatic entered this comparison test thinking it would be a cakewalk to defeat the e-Verito, but as the test began, the e-Verito started chipping at the Dzire's advantages one-by-one. The Dzire ZDi has loads of extra features over the e-Verito. But most of those features are gimmicks with more bragging value than actual usage value. The top-end e-Verito D6 has more or less similar features as the Dzire VDi, but Maruti-Suzuki does not offer an AMT gearbox with the VDi, leaving the customers no choice but to pay for all those electronic trinkets.
What the e-Verito loses out in terms of pricing it makes up for it by saving the fuel costs. It makes up for the lack of well appointed interiors with superior space and comfort. It makes up for its dull handling with supreme ride quality. It even makes up for Mahindra's spotty track record for Reliability and After Sales Service by eliminating most of those darned moving parts, as well as eliminating the very need to visit dealerships for service. 
There remains only one thing, which it cannot make up for and that is performance. All it needs is a wee bit more range of around 180 kms, a bit higher top speed of around ~120 kmph, a bit lesser charging time of around 15 mins for 50% range and some fast chargers on the Highway. That would practically be enough to give it intra-state touring abilities and make it a complete car. But for now, the Dzire holds on to the top spot in this test.

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