Maruti Vitara Brezza
Best Alternate: Ford EcoSport
The Maruti Vitara Brezza has been selling like hot cakes since its launch. The car enjoys a long waiting period and looks very good in the segment. The Brezza also offers a lot of equipment like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among other features.
The best selling sub 4-meter SUV in the segment has a lot of misses too. The Brezza only comes with a diesel engine and the customers who don’t like diesel engines are pushed away by this. Ford EcoSport is the best alternative to the Vitara Brezza. Ford dropped the prices of the EcoSport to make it very competitive against the Brezza. The EcoSport also comes with an automatic transmission which is something that the Brezza misses out on.
Best Alternate: Tata Safari Storme
The Mahindra Scorpio is a very capable car and more than that, it can be taken to serious off-road destinations. The Scorpio comes with unique features in the segment like Tyre Pressure Monitor and offers a lot of reliability. The Scorpio also offers a lot of space and is very rugged.
The problem with the Scorpio is its suspension. The car is not comfortable to drive around. It bounces on smallest of the undulations on the road. You can either get the suspensions changed to better suspensions or get the Tata Safari Storme. The Storme is one good looking muscular car and offers a perfectly comfortable drive. It also is much more powerful than the Scorpio with a 400 Nm diesel engine.
Best Alternate: Ford Figo Aspire
Maruti launched the DZire is a jiffy after the government introduced the tax benefits for cars below 4-meters in the market. The DZire’s rear was simply chopped off to make it under 4-metre. The car looks disproportionate and is an eyesore.
The Ford Figo is the best alternate to the DZire. The car can be termed as the most beautiful car in the segment. It looks very proportionate even though it is below 4 meters in length. Also, it offers a lot of space inside and is great fun to drive.
Best Alternate: Hyundai Elite i20
The Maruti Baleno sells in good numbers. The premium car sits above the Swift in the line-up and is offered through the premium Nexa dealership of Maruti. The Baleno looks good, has a long list of equipment and offers a lot of room inside the car.
The problem with the Baleno is its long waiting period. If you want to buy the car, you will have to wait for at least 6 months. The Elite i20, on the other hand, offers similar features and comes with a much less waiting period than the Baleno. The i20 also looks very premium. Baleno also comes with a less powerful diesel engine of only 74 BHP while the Elite i20’s diesel engine offers a power packed 89 BHP.
Best Alternate: Honda City
The Maruti Ciaz has been selling good numbers in the market. The car filled the space left by Maruti SX4 and it has been given a lot of attention in the market. The car is spacious and the diesel engine comes with a hybrid system that makes it very cheap.
The petrol engine of the Ciaz is not very good. It is underpowered and is priced similar to the diesel versions. The Honda City Petrol is the best alternative for the Maruti Ciaz. It comes with premium Honda brand value and also offers the most refined petrol engine in the segment.