Comparing Maruti Suzuki Kizashi and Hyundai Elantra is rare. however, there are some who go beyond the obvious and decide basis the strength of the car they want to buy irrespective of the current market trend and market favourites.
Please suggest that between Maruti Kizashi MT and Hyundai new Elantra 1.8 SX MT, which car should I buy and the reasons for the same - except the price part. That if both costs me same then what would be your recommendation.
Your query is interesting to say the least. New car buyers in India hardly compare Maruti Suzuki Kizashi with any car, forget Hyundai Elantra. This could simply be a case of following the trodden path or seeking safety in numbers.
At a macro level, Both Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki have always found it difficult to attract customers beyond 12 Lacs. But car buyers like you would have definitely done your homework before creating this comparative set.
Elantra scores on safety and value (Autocar Road Test)
Kizashi scores over Elantra on comfort, refinement and ride quality (Autocar Road Test)
Elantra outscores Kizashi in legroom in the front and headroom both in the front and rear. Kizashi however has more legroom in the rear. (Autocar Road Test)
Arai Mileage of 16.3 Kmpl vs 12.5 kmpl of Kizashi
In the looks department nothing beats the Fluidic design of the Elantra.
Kizashi has more powerfull legs over the Elantra as it delivers a peak power of 178 Ps vs 110 of Elantra and a pulling power of 230 Nm vs 178 of Elantra. All this thanks to its larger engine (2.4 Ltrs Vs 1.8 Ltrs). No wonder Kizashi does a 0-60 in 4.19 secs vs 4.79 secs of Elantra and in 0-100 dash, Kizashi is a full 1.32 secs faster than the Elantra.
5 years down the road both cars will be equally difficult to sell, even though Elantra will have a slight edge, thanks to its top-notch safety features and looks/style. Most new car buyers in future will look forward to stylish cars that will help them to stand out in the crowd. Growing road infrastructure will mean faster travelling speeds which will make safety a key purchase driver.
So, if you are looking for some thrill, have no concern in terms of resale and do not mind visiting the petrol pumps frequently, then Kizashi should be your chosen brand.
However, if safety, looks and great tactile feel are your purchase driver, look no further than the Elantra.