The Tata Zica compact hatchback is just a few days from its launch and by the looks of it, the automaker has left no stone unturned to get back on the front line. It has got a fresh styling, youthful interiors, new powertrain options and is packed with features. The Zica will be pitted against the Maruti Celerio, Hyundai i10 (older hatchback) and Chevrolet Beat. Here is how it fares against its rivals on paper.
The latest kid on the block is marginally larger than its competitors and hence one could expect a roomier cabin. The Zica measures 3,746 mm in length, 1,647 mm in width and 1,535 mm in height. In comparison, the Celerio is 3,600 mm long, 1,600 mm wide and 1,560 mm tall. The i10 is 3,585 mm long, 1,595 mm wide and 1,550 mm tall. The Beat is 3,640 mm long, 1,595 mm wide and 1,520 mm tall.
At 2,425 mm, Celerio has the longest wheelbase followed by the Zica at 2,400. The i10 and Beat have wheelbase of 2,380 and 2,375 mm respectively.
Engines and Gearboxes
The Tata Zica and Chevrolet Beat have the largest engines in the segment, both displacing 1.2-litre. The Hyundai has the second largest petrol engine of the lot at 1.1-litre while the Celerio’s smallest motor displaces 1.0-litre. The Tata and Maruti motors have 3 cylinders each while the other two adopt 4-cylinder configurations.
With a power output of 85 PS, the new Zica emerges as the most powerful petrol hatchback in this comparo by a fair margin. The Beat is the second most powerful candidate with 77.9 PS on tap while the i10 and Celerio develop 69 PS and 68 PS respectively. In terms torque output too, the Celerio finds itself at the bottom of the chart with 90 Nm. The i10, Beat and Zica churn out 99 Nm, 106.5 Nm and 114 Nm respectively.
A 5-speed manual transmission is standard across the range and none of these cars offer automatic gearbox.
Being compact and lightweight allows these urban runabouts to have puny diesel engines however the Hyundai i10 is devoid of one. The Tata Zica’s 3-cylinder 1.05-litre is the largest oil burner in its segment which is followed by the Chevrolet Beat’s 1.0-litre 3-cylinder unit. The Maruti Celerio makes do with an 2-cylinder 0.8-litre mill. All are mated to a standard 5-speed manual gearbox.
The Zica’s new motor tops the chart at 70 PS while the Beat seals a distance second place at 57.1 PS. The Celerio Diesel generates a very modest 47.5 PS. The Beat has the highest torque output at 142.5 Nm which is closely followed by the Zica’s 140 Nm. The Celerio finishes at a distant third with an output of 125 Nm.
The mileage figures of the Tata Zica are yet to be announced. Thanks to the smallest diesel engine, the Celerio emerges as the most fuel efficient car of the lot, delivering 27.62 kmpl while the Beat diesel returns 25.44 kmpl.
Coming to petrol variants, the Celerio again emerges as the most efficient car with a mileage of 23.1 kmpl. The i10 and Beat are good for 19.81 kmpl and 18.6 kmpl respectively.
Tech Spec Comparo
Here are the model wise features highlights of the budget hatchbacks (top-end variants).
Tata Zica: Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, driver seat belt reminder, rear parking sensor with display, Harman Infotainement system with Smartphone enabled navigation, 8 speaker surround system, power windows, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, cooled glove box, multifunction steering wheel, foglamps, alloy wheel, etc.
Maruti Celerio: Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, integrated audio system with Blueetooth connectivity, multifunction steering wheel, power windows, electrically adjustable wing mirrors, foglamps, alloy wheels, etc.
Hyundai i10: 2-DIN audio system with 4 speakers, power windows and foglamps.
The Tata Zica is expected to be priced competitively between INR 3.8 – 5.5 lakhs. As of now, the Maruti Celerio is the most affordable car in the segment with a starting price of INR 3.97 lakhs, the Hyundai i10 has a staring price of INR 4.20 lakhs and the Chevrolet Beat starts at INR 4.24 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi).