Tue, 13 May 2014 08:45:00 GMT | By Ravi Chandnani, CarIndia
Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent: Sushi vs Kimchi!

Compact sedans are no slapstick comedy; they are serious business. Therefore, we pit the popular Japanese youngster against the latest kid from Korea



Honda Amaze vs Hyundai Xcent (© Sanjay Raikar)
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A little poking around in the virtual world revealed 7,84,000 results when I Googled "best compact diesel sedan in India"! Sounds quite impressive, though none of the results will give you a clear and ultimate winner. Therefore, we decided to take this challenge and spend a couple of days behinds the wheels of Hyundai's latest sub-four-metre compact diesel sedan, the Xcent, and Honda's Amaze i-DTEC to arrive at a verdict.

Conservation is the theme with compact sedans and these two here are no exception. There is hardly anything new on these cars that will move you emotionally or make you fall in love with them. These are simple hatches with an added boot, which has transformed them into sedans; compact sedans to be precise. Will they be appreciated by the public? Well, that is pretty easy to answer.

The Amaze has already been in the market for the past one year and since then Honda have sold 80,000+ of them, suggesting that people have loved Honda's conservative effort. The Xcent may have arrived just now, but it is 80 per cent Grand i10, which rocked the hatchback market upon its arrival last year. It has won many awards, including ICOTY and Car India Car of the Year Award, which proves the design is loved and appreciated by many across the country.

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