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From Dzire to Amaze: The top 9 sedans in India

August 02, 2013 16:18 IST

From Dzire to Amaze: The top 9 sedans in India

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Indians' love for hatchbacks and SUVs are well known. However, sedans, too are becoming increasingly popular in the country, and the segment is quietly gaining marketshare.

The segment has a brand new guise and can challenge the order soon enough.

Let's take a look at some of the best-in-class sedans available in India.

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Maruti Swift Dzire

The premium sedan from the stable of Maruti Suzuki India, the country’s No 1 carmaker has garnered bulk sales and contributed generously to the profits of the company.

Its wide range of variants with spellbinding looks and features, have made it one of the favourites among Indian car owners.

Available in both fuel options, the Swift Dzire sedan is equipped with 1.2L, K-Series petrol engine that cranks out peak power and torque outputs of 86 bhp and 114 Nm, respectively, whereas the diesel powered variants of Swift Dzire are offered with a 1.3 litre Multijet oil burner rated with peak power and torque figures of 74 bhp and 190 Nm.

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Honda Amaze

A recent entrant in the market, Honda Amaze is here to challenge the supremacy of Maruti Swift Dzire and is definitely one of the best products launched by Honda in India.

It is the first diesel car from Honda in India and comes assimilated with the revolutionary 1.5 litre i-DTEC Honda Earth Dreams engine, which is capable of coughing out maximum power output of 99 bhp.

The first diesel engine for the Indian market, i-DTEC also boasts a stunning fuel efficiency figure of 25.8 kmpl, which is the best-in-class fuel efficiency so far.

The petrol powered Amaze comes with 1.2 litre i-VTEC motor which offers the highest power output of 87 bhp.

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Hyundai Verna

Hyundai Verna, launched way back in 2006, though initially well received, soon lost its sheen thanks to tough competition.

So, a few years later Hyundai relaunched Verna with Fluidic design technology that offers graceful sporty looks.

The two-toned headlamps, 15” alloy wheels, leg room space, perforated leather roof, high tech features along with the safety features, were enough to woo prospective buyers.

Available in both petrol and two diesel powertrains, Verna’s petrol engine is capable of producing power output of 90bhp while the diesel variant produces 123bhp with a mileage figure of 18-20kmpl.

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Nissan Sunny

When Nissan brought Sunny to India, the market was going ga-ga over the compact sedans but getting the vehicles under four meter also meant less leg room space at the rear.

Nissan not succumbing to the market trend, didn’t undermine the legroom comfort at the rear and decided to strategise it and build up a marketing campaign on that.

The effect was tremendous; people realised that for long journeys, Nissan Sunny, ‘the caaar’ was a good option and that increased its sales.

First launched in petrol option, Nissan has now rendered Sunny with a diesel powertrain.

The 1.5 litre petrol engine generates 98.6bhp and 134Nm of max torque whereas the K9K 1461cc engine delivers 84.8bhp with a fuel efficiency figure of 21.64kmpl.

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Chevrolet Sail Sedan

Launched in the month of February and coming from the house of General Motors India, Chevrolet Sail sedan has become one of the top selling products by the American auto major in the domestic auto market.

The Chevy Sail fights head-to-head with the segment leader Swift Dzire and the recent entrant Honda Amaze to make space in the segment.

The under-the-hood specifications of Chevrolet Sail, its petrol version is powered with a 1.2 litre Smartech engine that churns out peak power of 85 bhp and maximum torque delivery of 113 Nm, whereas the diesel Sail is powered with a 1.3 litre SDE Smartech power-mill rated with the highest power and torque figures of 77 bhp and 205 Nm, respectively.

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Volkswagen Vento

The sedan boasts perfectly blended good engineering elements and the wow factor designing which resulted in a terrific product.

The interior space is vast with best built interior quality materials that offer a pleasurable ride.

The ABS, speed sensitive power steering and rear parking sensors and safety features come in handy, making Volkswagen Vento a lucrative deal.

The Volkswagen Vento is available in 7 variants with two engine options, the 1.6L petrol engine and 1.6L diesel engine which offers output figures of 103bhp/153Nm and 104/250Nm with the five speed manual transmission gearbox. Vento also features a six-speed AT which is available in top-of-the-line variant, Vento Highline petrol variant.

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Skoda Rapid

Rapid has been a game changer for the brand and the success story is supported by the sales figures of the sedan.

The exterior of the sedan speaks of typical Skoda styling and is definitely a big turn-on for brand loyalists, with bold lines running all across the hood adding a unique touch.

Mechanically similar to Volkswagen Vento, Rapid comes with 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine which is a gem and one cannot appreciate it enough for its 105 bhp and 250 Nm output figures with the 13 – 14 kmpl fuel ergonomics that it offers.

The petrol powered Skoda Rapid comes with 1.6L engine which offers fuel efficiency of 15kmpl by generating 105bhp and torque value of 153Nm.

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Toyota Etios

It is not just the brand Toyota but also the excellent, fuel-efficient engine power that put Etios into the bestseller sedan list.

Etios, when launched in December 2010, was offered only in petrol variant and September 2011 marked the entry of the diesel variant.

Its design concept is 'bold simplicity' which also brings to the table, affordability, luxury and functionality paradigm in one machine.

The 1496cc petrol engine generates 88.8bhp power with a mileage figure of 16.7kmpl whereas the diesel powertrain offers 67.1bhp with a whooping fuel efficiency of 23.5kmpl.

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Ford Fiesta

What Figo did for the brand in the hatchback segment, the Fiesta did for Ford in the sedan segment even more.

The subcompact segment fighter Fiesta, comes with fun to drive, fuel efficient, driver-friendly, attractive and affordable features that are available in one package.

The refined engine and Ford’s superb paint job makes it a hard-to-miss offer.

The interior style has been adopted from the Focus, C-Max and Escape; the Fiesta has luxuries, like heated seats or leather upholstery, that help make the car feel cozy.

Available in 4 petrol and two diesel variants, the powetrains generate 107.5bhp and 87.5bhp output respectively.

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