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The 3 closest rivals of Maruti SX4 diesel

Last updated on: June 23, 2011 08:34 IST

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It was after much anticipation that the new Maruti SX4 diesel finally arrived on February 22, 2011.

And when it came, it made the wait worthwhile.

Equipped with super turbo DDiS engine the SX4 diesel is now a 90PS car. And definitely the power does not go waste as it delivers 21.5 kmpl.

It has a starting price of Rs 778,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).

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Image: Maruti SX4 Diesel.

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Car reviews of Maruti SX4 diesel suggest that it is a perfect blend of SX4 body and a new diesel powered soul.

But it has to compete with a few existing cars in the same segment as well as a few upcoming ones.

Let's see what the new car by Maruti offers in comparison to diesel variants of Hyundai Verna Fluidic, Volkswagen Vento and upcoming 2011 New Ford Fiesta.

Is it the looks that will win or is it performance that is going to bring success to Maruti SX4.

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Image: Interior view of SX4.

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Maruti SX4 VDI vs Hyundai Verna Fluidic

Comparing the under the hood stuff, both the SX4 and recently launched Fluidic have the same 90PS power.

While the SX4 is powered by a 1.3L, 1248cc DDiS diesel engine, a 1.4L CRDi in-line engine is there in the Fluidic.

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Image: Hyundai Fluidic.

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With this power in place the fluidic delivers better mileage of 19.6 kmpl in the city as compared to SX4 that delivers 17.5 kmpl.

On the highway as well, Fluidic promises a better mileage of 23.5, just 2.1 kmpl higher than SX4.

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Image: Interior view of Fluidic Verna.

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Both the sedans have manual transmission. Besides, both the sedans offer the same features such as air conditioner, CD player, power steering, power windows and central locking.

As far as looks are concerned, the two share unbeatable looks and sport a comfortable and cozy interior.

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Image: Music system in Fluidic Verna.

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The Fluidic is available in nine colours, SX4 has seven standard colours.

The price could in fact play a vital role as the Fluidic 1.4 CRDi is priced a little higher than the SX4 diesel at Rs 809,000 ex-showroom in Delhi.

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Image: Hyundai Fluidic Verna.

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Maruti SX4 VDI vs Volkswagen Vento Diesel

Volkswagen Vento Diesel Trendline sedan has 1.6L, 105PS diesel engine powerful than the 90PS engine fitted in SX4.

Also, both the cars have manual transmission.

However, this time the SX4 beats Vento diesel in terms of mileage both in the city and on the highways.

Vento Diesel Trendline has CRDi engine compared to DDiS engine in SX4.

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Furthermore, the SX4 diesel is longer, wider, higher, lighter and has better ground clearance than Vento.

Both the cars have almost the same features.

Likewise, both have similar safety features such as central locking, power door locks and child safety locks.

However, Vento is priced at Rs 799,000 just higher than SX4 which is available at Rs 778,000.

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Image: Interior view of Volkswagen Vento Diesel.

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Maruti SX4 VDI vs upcoming new Ford Fiesta Diesel TDCi

The new Fiesta Diesel TDCi was recently unveiled in Bengaluru. According to Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) the upcoming 90bhp, 204Nm sedan delivers 23.5kmpl mileage well above the SX4 diesel.

Both the SX4 and new Ford Fiesta have five-speed manual gearshift, the new Ford Fiesta is expected to come with a twin clutch auto version soon.

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Besides, voice control system inside the new Fiesta TDCi will be the one that could make a day for Ford.

This system eases making receiving calls, controls multimedia and also maintains temperature through voice commands.

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Rear parking sensor and a couple of stability factors could be another catch in the upcoming Fiesta.

The new interior in the Fiesta TDCi may outshine those in the SX4.

The price of the new Ford Fiesta TDCi will be declared once it is launched but it is expected to remain around Rs 800,000 or it could be priced somewhat similar to SX4.


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