In the battle of the entry-level city car, there are two manufacturers that stand head and shoulders above all others. Honda and Suzuki both offer very competent machines but which one is better?

Amaze-ing DZire

Small, cheap, city cars are big business in a country where mobility is front of mind for many. Sub R300k cars do duel duty as reliable transport and as a business tool for taxi operators while being a social status symbol for many. These cars have to do a lot while still being cheap enough for cash-strapped motorists to afford.

We have taken a look at two popular entry-level city cars and compared them in a few categories to see which one is the better option when it comes to cars in this segment.

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Space and Convenience

The Honda Amaze has a few more tricks up its sleeve when it comes to interior convenience, especially in the tech department. The DZire has less packing space and fewer toys but shines in other departments.

  Honda Amaze 1.2 Comfort auto Suzuki DZire 1.2 GL auto
Boot Size 420l 378l
Infotainment 7″ touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto Bluetooth radio
Keyless Start No No
Steering wheel controls Yes Yes
Cruise Control No No
Climate Control Auto air con No
Park Assistance Rear camera and PDC No

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Engine size and type

Both vehicles are equipped with a 1.2l naturally aspirated petrol engine mated to an auto transmission. The Dzire will feel peppier than the Amaze due to power losses through the CVT on the Honda.

  Amaze  DZire
Engine size 1.2l petrol NA 1.2l petrol NA
Power figures 66kW / 110Nm 61kW / 113Nm
Transmission Automatic CVT Automatic 

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Fuel Consumption

The Suzuki DZire is the clear winner in this category, getting over 100km more range on a tank of fuel than the Honda Amaze

  Amaze Dzire
Fuel tank size 35l 37l
Consumption 5.7l /100km 4.9l /100km
Estimated range 614km 755km

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Safety

Safety is important to many young buyers and on the safety front, the Amaze and Dzire are evenly matched until you get to passive driver assistance systems of which the DZire has a few more than the Amaze.

  Amaze DZire
Airbags 2 2
Isofix Yes Yes
Driver Assistance ABS ABS, EBD and TSC

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Pricing

In this market segment, price is everything and both vehicles are under the golden R300 000 mark. Both vehicles are also evenly matched when it comes to warranties and service plans.

  Amaze DZire
Price R261 000 R221 900
Warranty 5 year / 200 000km 5 year / 200 000km
Plans 2 year / 30 000 service plan 2 year / 30 000km service plan

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Verdict

The Suzuki DZire may be R40 000 cheaper than the Amaze, but it comes in a little short when it comes to interior conveniences, The Amaze loses out with driver assistance systems and overall consumption figures. Both vehicles are relatively even keel, and it really comes down to what you want to prioritise in your drive.

Lawrence MinnieLawrence has been involved with motorsports for almost 30 years. Whether it's two wheels or four, if it has an engine, he will try to race it. This love of motor vehicles has led him to ride, drive, film, photograph, and write about his passion. Freelance for a while but now a permanent fixture on the AutoTrader team for over 7 years, Lawrence contributes written, photographic, and video content for AutoTrader and AutoTrader Bikes.View News & Reviews

android, which is better honda amaze or suzuki dzire
android, which is better honda amaze or suzuki dzire
android, which is better honda amaze or suzuki dzire
android, which is better honda amaze or suzuki dzire
android, which is better honda amaze or suzuki dzire
android, which is better honda amaze or suzuki dzire
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