Honda Amaze vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Comparison

Amaze vs Swift Comparison

Verdict: Honda Amaze better than Swift (Diesel)
Summary: The Amaze E MT sedan has almost the same price tag (3% more) as Swift (VDi) hatchback having similar equipment level. Amaze is also more fuel efficient. It has better seating comfort and far more boot-space than the Swift. It has much better drivability as well as performance compared to Swift. It also has an upper hand in terms of quality and although it may not be able to match Maruti’s after sales network in town and villages, in cities Honda’s service network is equally good.

Swift vs Honda Amaze Comparison Video:

Features & Pricing:
The Amaze E MT is just 25k more expensive than the Swift VDi on road. It also has the 4 basic features of AC, power steering, power windows and central locking covered. Crucially, it has also an important safety feature that the Swift doesn’t; ABS. Swift on the other hand has extra trinkets like Fog lamps and electrically adjustable mirrors, which are of little use.

Fuel Efficiency: 
It is remarkable how the Amaze returns better fuel efficiency than the Swift in spite of a 250cc bigger engine, 25 more horsepower and higher and identical kerb weight, although the difference was just half a kpl in our tests.

Space & Comfort: 
The two cars are diametrically opposite in this regard. Swift is a nightmare for rear passengers in spite of being external dimensions being wider & taller than Amaze. It is cramped with not enough knee room, head room or shoulder room. Its small windows and high waistline make it very claustrophobic at the rear. Even the boot is a tiny little joke. The Amaze on the other hand is lesson for the world on space utilization in an under 4-metre car. It has copious amounts of knee room even for rear passengers in spite of that big 1500 cc diesel motor upfront and a massive 400 liter boot at the rear. Swift’s interiors have a more conventional design compared to Amaze’s radical, form-follows-function interiors. Swift’s have a more upmarket feel but Honda’s are more ergonomic to use.

Amaze has practically no turbo lag with the engine pulling cleanly from as low as 1200 rpm. Swift is completely opposite, it has immense turbo lag. There’s absolutely no action below 2000 rpm, making it a total pain in stop and go traffic. Once the turbo kicks in there is decent mid-range shove but still no match for the Amaze’s 100 PS, which is clearly evident while overtaking fast moving traffic on the highways.

Although the numbers might suggest similar outright performance, the Amaze would have been a lot quicker if it weren’t for the 2000 rpm rev limit (imposed on it while accelerating from stand-still to protect the engine).

Swift’s engine makes up a little bit of its lost ground by being much more refined, with hardly any noise and vibrations filtering into the cabin. The Amaze certainly would have done better with some serious sound deadening and also some vibration damping.
On-road Performance:
Specified output:
Swift is a hoot and a half to drive, steering is light but reasonably precise; it’s stiffly sprung and has a quick turn-in making it huge fun around corners. But it’s a little skittish and doesn’t have the composure and stability of the long wheelbase Amaze. Not that Amaze is inept at cornering, steering is well weighted and grip levels are good as well, only that it’s not as quick and pointy as the Swift. Ride quality of both the cars is on the stiffer side getting quite uncomfortable over sharp bums and ruts.

Both Maruti-Suzuki & Honda have proven their obsession with quality and bulletproof reliability over the course of India’s automotive history. However, Honda still stands out as the best among the equals in terms of sheer engineering ingenuity, evident through little things like the tactile feel of rotary switches and indicator stalks!

After Sales Service: 
Maruti Suzuki rules the roost, buy managing the impossible task of providing quality service throughout its unbelievably widespread service network, Honda matches it on the quality of repairs and workmanship, comes close to matching it on cost of spares, it also has a good service availability in urban India, but quite understandably can’t match the sheer number of touch points Maruti provides even in the remotest of the places.

Swift has a stellar 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, while neither the Brio nor the Amaze has undergone NCAP testing yet. The Amaze E MT however, has a distinct advantage over the Swift VDi in terms of safety, which is ABS. It is a standard fitment in all diesel variants of the Amaze.