Hyundai vs. Maruti – The tussle continues…

Hyundai Motor India Limited is one of the largest car exporter and the second largest car manufacturer in India. Hyundai cars generally have good looks and are packed with latest comfort and safety technologies.  Hyundai marked its presence in the Indian car market with the Santro. In time, the radical new small Santro car progressed into the Xing and also initiated another hatchback, the i10. The company doubled its popularity with the i10 and the i20. The Getz, Accent, Elantra, second generation Verna, Santa Fe and the Sonata Transform are other new Hyundai models.

Maruti Suzuki India Limited is one of the most oldest and successful automobile manufacturers in India. Maruti Suzuki has always remained a favourite among Indian consumers as the brand is rather persistent in bringing out novel cars year after year. Maruti stepped into the Indian car market with its Maruti 800 in the year 1983. Thereafter Maruti never had to look back. It has manufactured and sold a complete range of cars right from Maruti 800 to Alto, Ritz, Celerio, A-Star, Swift, Wagon R, Zen, XA Alpha, Zen Estilo, Stingray, Esteem, Swift DZire, Kizashi, Eeco, Omni, Ertiga, Gypsy and Grand Vitara.

New looks, better technology and smart driving options are the key factors pushing Hyundai cars. Their cars are comfortable to sit in and fun to drive, thanks to the ergonomic designs along with easy to use features. But most of the Hyundai cars seem to be over priced. Moreover a light steering and a bumpy ride on extremely bad roads could be seen as a minus in Hyundai cars. They also lack in effective after sales service compared to Maruti which has service centres in every nook and corner of the country.

It is said that owning and maintaining a Maruti car is rather cheap in comparison with Hyundai cars. Not only they are budget friendly cars, but they do hold a better resale value. Maruti has been foremost in bringing out some of the most fuel efficient cars in India. The general grievance of Maruti cars is related to the styling aspect. Most of the Maruti cars carry a conservative look which may not appeal to the new generation car lovers.

In the end one can say that both brands have its own share of pros and cons. It all depends on the buyer’s needs. If one is very concerned about fuel efficiency, value for money and easy spares, go for a Maruti vehicle. But if you are more concerned about style, speed and acceleration, then Hyundai should be the right choice. Nevertheless the fact remains that Maruti and Hyundai are the most competitive manufacturers of the lot.

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