Dimensions – Almost all sub-4 metre sedans here are identical in length, 3,995 mm, except for Honda Amaze which is 5 mm less. Tata Zest is widest in compact sedan segment at 1706 mm, while Maruti Dzire is next at 1695 mm, followed by Honda Amaze at 1680 mm and Hyundai Xcent at 1660 mm.
Overall height is also topped by Tata Zest measuring 1570 mm, while Dzire scores second again at 1555 mm, Xcent standing next with 1520 mm and Amaze being shortest at 1505 mm. Wheelbase of Tata Zest is also longest at 2470 mm, Maruti Dzire stands with its front and rear wheels set at 2430 mm apart, wheelbase of Xcent reads 2425 mm and Honda Amaze comes with 2405 mm. Extra wheelbase has made Tata Zest turn wider at 5.1 m radius, while others average at 4.7 metres. Maruti Dzire has highest ground clearance of 170 mm, while all others stand 165 mm high from ground.
Engine – All compact sedans have 1.2 litre petrol engines. Tata Zest hosts all new Revotron engine with Single Over Head Camshaft (SOHC). It produces 90 PS @ 5000 rpm and 140 Nm @ 1750 – 3500 rpm. Power and torque figures of Tata Zest petrol is highest among competing cars.
1.2 litre i-VTEC engine with SOHC in Honda Amaze is next most powerful, producing 88 PS @ 6000 rpm and 109 Nm @ 4500 rpm. While maximum power of Amaze is higher than rest of cars excluding Zest, peak torque is lowest in competition.
K12 petrol engine of Maruti Swift Dzire gives out 87 PS @ 6200 rpm and 114 Nm @ 4000 rpm. 1.2 litre Kappa engine with Dual VTVT & DOHC in Hyundai Xcent delivers 83 PS @ 6000 rpm and 114 Nm @ 4000 rpm.
Transmission – Tata Zest petrol is only car in this compact sedan comparison to not give a choice of automatic transmission. It comes with 5 speed manual gearbox only and does not host Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) as in Zest diesel.
Honda Amaze gives 5 speed automatic variant alongside 5 speed manual. Maruti Dzire and Hyundai Xcent both offer 5 speed manual and 4 speed auto versions.
Price – Tata Zest petrol starts at Rs. 4.64 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi), which is highly competitive in this segment. Hyundai Xcent starts at Rs. 4.69 lakhs, Maruti Dzire at 4.85 lakhs and Honda Amaze at Rs. 5.0 lakhs. Top end Zest petrol is priced at Rs. 5.99 lakhs, while manual transmission versions of Maruti Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze are priced at Rs. 6.31 lakhs, Rs. 6.50 lakhs and Rs. 6.64 lakhs respectively, making Tata Zest petrol most affordable petrol compact sedan in this comparison.