The new Ford Classic Diesel takes on the Maruti Dzire and Toyota Etios

Ford officially launched the Classic sedan on July 16, 2012 with prices ranging from Rs. 5.53 lakh to Rs. 7.82 lakh across six variants. Its pricing pits it directly against the Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Toyota Etios. Here we compare the diesel variants of all three sedans to find out which one comes out tops.

classic versus etios versus dzire

Looks

In terms of looks and appearance the Classic seems like the most interesting car. It looks like a proper three box sedan unlike the Etios and the Dzire. Both the Dzire and Etios seem like their boots were added as an after thought. The new Dzire is much better looking than its predecessor but it still looks a little awkward when you compare it with the Classic. However, the Classic does look a little dated despite of all the frills that Ford has added to it. The Etios does not stand a chance in this comparison and we will have to call it a tie between the Classic and the Dzire. Also read: Cheaper and refreshed Ford Classic officially launched

Price

The Ford Classic starts at Rs. 6.80 lakh for the base diesel Lxi variant and goes up to Rs. 7.82 lakh for the top of the line Titanium variant. The base Dzire diesel Ldi starts at Rs.5.99 lakh and the prices go up to Rs.7.34 lakh for the top of the line Zdi variant. So the Dzire is cheaper than the Classic.

The Toyota Etios with a starting price of Rs.6.76 lakh for the base GD variant is cheaper than the Classic but is still Rs. 77,000 more than the base Dzire variant. When you look at the top of the line Etios VXD variant priced at Rs.8.23 lakh though it is much more expensive than both the Dzire and Classic. Read more: Best sedans for bad and rough roads

Simply put, the Dzire is the most affordable of the lot. The Classic makes sense if you are opting for the top-end variant and the Etios seems practical only if you are buying the base variant.

Engine and performance

The Maruti Suzuki Dzire is the most powerful diesel sedan amongst the three we are comparing. It has a 1,248 cc engine that makes 74 bhp of peak power and 190 Nm of peak torque. Second in terms of performance is the Toyota Etios. It has a 1,364 cc engine that churns out 68 bhp of power and 170 Nm of torque. The Ford Classic sports the largest engine (1,399 cc) but it makes 67 bhp of power and 160 Nm of torque. That puts it 1 Bhp and 10 Nm below the Etios. Compared to the Dzire the Ford Classic makes 7 Bhp less power and 30 Nm less torque. So in terms of pure performance there is no beating the Dzire diesel.

Drive and handling

The Dzire and the Classic are great handling cars which are very driver oriented. The Etios is also a good car when it comes to driving and handling but is meant more for sedate and patient drivers. Coming to the Classic and the Dzire, the Dzire diesel has a bit more power and is also a little lighter. The Dzire has a ground clearance of 170mm compared to the Classic’s 168 mm. Similarly the Dzire has a turning radius of 4.8 m compared to the Classic’s 5 m, again not a major difference but still a tad more. Overall both the Dzire and the Classic are good cars but the Dzire is slightly better.

Comfort and features

We’ll take a look at the top end diesel variants of all three cars to compare features.

Classic: The Classic is equipped with features like AC, 4 power windows, adjustable seats , power steering, tilt steering, tachometer, rear defogger, indicators on outside rear view mirrors, low fuel warning lamp, ABS, EBD, 2 airbags, IPod dock, Bluetooth, music system with single CD changer and 4 Speakers.

Dzire: The Dzire sports an AC with climate control, 4 power windows, adjustable seats, power steering, tilt steering, tachometer, rear defogger, indicators on outside rear view mirrors, dual trip meter, remote operated fuel tank lid, ABS, EBD, 2 airbags, IPod dock, steering mounted audio controls, music system with single CD changer and 6 Speakers.

Etios: The Etios comes with features like AC, 4 power windows, power steering, tilt steering, tachometer, rear defogger, indicators on outside rear view mirrors, ABS, EBD, 2 Airbags, steering mounted audio controls and a DVD based music system with 4 Speakers.

Overall the Dzire is better than the Etios and the Classic as it has Climate control which both the Etios and the Classic lack. On the other hand the Classic offers Bluetooth which the Dzire and Etios do not have. So you have to choose a winner here based on which feature you think is more important for you.

Verdict

If you are planning to buy one of these cars the Ford Classic is a good option. The Dzire is still a great choice based purely on its value for money packaging which Ford hasn’t been able to pierce. The Etios on the other hand makes sense if you want to buy a Toyota for brand value; otherwise it is a little more expensive than the Dzire.