Tata Indigo eCS Diesel versus Maruti Swift DZire Diesel

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Tata had a good platform to build a compact sedan with the Indigo and hence rolled out the Tata Indigo eCS to compete with the rivals from various manufacturers in the entry level sedan segment. We compare the Tata Indigo eCS with one of the top seller in the segment; Maruti Swift DZire. Maruti DZire has good features and has been a very good seller in the segment. See how these two cars fare against each other in our car comparison today.

Looks and design:

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Tata has done well with the design on the new Indigo eCS. It is a compact car and has slightly rounded exterior features. It has stylish headlamps and tail lights. It has sporty grille with flat chrome strip on top. It has fog lamps on body colored bumpers and brings sporty alloy wheels which add to the looks of this sedan. It has been given good build quality and the fit and finish levels are satisfactory.

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Maruti Swift DZire after its most recent facelift brings good exterior features and looks quite good for an entry level C segment sedan. It has swooping back headlamps and sporty grille. The front end looks sportier than before. It has rear view mirror mounted indicators and sporty alloy wheels which add to the looks of the car. It been well designed and features body colored bumpers. It has good build quality, fit and finish.

Looks overall – Tata Indigo eCS 8/10
Looks overall – Maruti Swift DZire
8.5/10

Interiors – design, space and features:

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Tata wanted to give good value for money to its customers with the Indigo eCS and have given it good quality interiors with coco-brown and beige interior combo. It has fabric seats which offer good level of comfort and support to the back. It also brings many features such as elegant dashboard with centre console panel, electrically adjustable ORVMs, effective air conditioner, power windows. It has a spacious cabin with ample leg and head room. There are cubby holes, glove box and 380 liters of boot space.

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Maruti Swift DZire brings many good interior features and has comfortable seats which provide good back and under thigh support. It has good quality upholstery to the seats and the interiors of the car look quite good. It has MP3, WMA and FM Radio support. It has good air conditioning, power window, and air bags for safety. It has a spacious boot with space of 464 liters to store you travel luggage as well.

Interiors overall – Tata Indigo eCS 8/10
Interiors overall – Maruti Swift DZire 8/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:

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Tata Indigo comes in two engine variants. The first is a petrol engine variant which is a 1.2 liter unit which produces 64 BHP at 5000 RPM and maximum torque of 100 NM at 2700 RPM. It has been rated by ARAI to deliver 18 kmpl of fuel efficiency. The second engine is a diesel engine which produces 69 BHP of power at 4000 RPM and maximum torque of 140 NM between 1800 – 3000 RPM. This engine variant has been rated by ARAI to deliver 23.03 kmpl of fuel efficiency.

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Maruti Swift brings a 1.2 liter, 1197cc petrol engine which is mated with a 5 speed manual gear box and develops 85 BHP at 6000 RPM and 113 NM of torque at 4500 RPM. The petrol variant returns fuel economy of 17.94 kmpl as certified by ARAI. The diesel engine variant of the Swift DZire is a 1.3 liter DDiS engine which produces a healthy 75 BHP of power at 4000 RPM and 190 NM of torque at 2000 RPM. It is rated by ARAI to deliver 21.7 kmpl of fuel efficiency.

Engine overall – Tata Indigo eCS 8/10
Engine overall – Maruti Swift DZire 8.5/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:

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Tata Indigo eCS offers a comfortable driving experience with well tuned suspension which does a good job at absorbing all the bumps and undulations on the road and ensures a comfortable ride quality. It has a slightly stiffer suspension which improves its highway performance and reduces body roll. It has light weighted steering unit which offers decent feedback and is easy to turn. ABS improves the braking performance and helps you slow down from speed quite quickly.

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Maruti Swift DZire is a good handling sedan in the midsize segment and has been built on the Swift hatchback platform and brings high level of comfort and stability. It has a slightly firm ride but manages to ensure good level of comfort to the passengers at all times. It has good highway manners and the body roll is well controlled. It has ABS + EBD which ensures you have maximum control over the braking at all times.

Suspension overall – Tata Indigo eCS – 8/10
Suspension overall – Maruti Swift DZire – 8/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Tata Indigo eCS is available in petrol and diesel variants and the petrol variants starts from an ex-showroom Delhi price of 4.77 lakhs for Tata Indigo eCS GLS, Tata Indigo eCS GLX is priced at 4.98 lakhs and top variant petrol is priced at 5.29 lakhs for Tata Indigo eCS GVX. The diesel engine variant is priced from 5.61 lakhs for Tata Indigo eCS LS, Tata Indigo eCS LX is priced at 5.84 lakhs and top variant in diesel is priced at 6.14 lakhs for Tata Indigo eCS VX.

Maruti Swift DZire petrol variant price starts from (ex-showroom Delhi) 4.95 lakhs for the entry level Swift DZire LXI, VXI Swift DZire is priced at a good price of 5.47 lakhs and 6.39 lakhs for the top variant Swift DZire ZXI. The diesel Swift DZire starts with the price of 5.85 lakhs for the base LDI variant. Swift DZire VDI is priced at 6.36 lakhs and the top-end diesel DZire has been priced at 7.19 lakhs. The pricing makes it very good value for money.

Value for money overall – Tata Indigo eCS – 8/10
Value for money overall – Maruti Swift DZire – 8.5/10

Verdict:

Tata Indigo eCS is a good compact sedan with good features at attractive pricing. Tata has good service back up in the country and cost of ownership is not too high compared to its rival in the comparison. Maruti on the other hand has the best service backup in the country and is popular for build reliable cars which are also easy to maintain with low cost of ownership in the long term. It is a difficult choice between these two cars indeed.

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