Best Priced Car - Is Maruti Ritz a serious blow to Hyundai i10?

I test drive Maruti Ritz in a Maruti showroom in Delhi yesterday and here is my review on that.

Ritz versus i10

Maruti Ritz is a very cool and nice car but, I do not feel that Maruti Ritz has given a serious blow to Hyundai i10, which is enjoying good overwhelming sales up until now.

Previously people were thinking that Ritz will be like Honda Jazz, Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo, and Fiat Punto, but when Ritz was launched in April 2009, they were surprised to see that Ritz is just targeting Hyundai i10 and this seems really interesting, as i10 is selling like some hot-cake up until now. Maruti Ritz is a bit smaller than Maruti Swift but it is bigger than i10 against which the Maruti Company had actually placed it.

Ritz has 2 engine options that are petrol and diesel whereas i10 is offering 2 petrol engines.

Ritz's size and competitive price backed up with Maruti's service are some plus points.

Maruti Ritz
Maruti Ritz
Ritz Interiors, dashboard, steering, seats
Ritz Interiors, dashboard, steering, seats
Maruti Ritz has good space in the back for luggage.
Maruti Ritz has good space in the back for luggage.
Maruti Ritz's weird back view
Maruti Ritz's weird back view
Hyundai i10 no setback from Ritz
Hyundai i10 no setback from Ritz
Hyundai i10 dashboard, steering, gear box and interiors.
Hyundai i10 dashboard, steering, gear box and interiors.

Zigwheels Maruti Suzuki RITZ First View

Ritz versus Swift

If you will compare Maruti Ritz with Maruti Swift, it just has the same functions, which the Swift is having like the pickup, diesel engine, etc., but it is more comfortable to drive than Swift. It is more spacious than Swift. The boot space and the rear space also. The gearbox is too small and very comfortable to use and it gives Ritz a sporty look. The gearbox is same as in I-10.

Maruti Ritz has an advantage the same way the Swift has, as it is built on an advanced technology than the Swift. It has an option of folding the rear seat with 60-40% ratio, the width of the rear seat is only 130 mm less than that of the Swift, higher roof, cost is less than that of Swift, greater mileage than Swift, dashboard mounted gear, etc.

How Ritz and Swift compare, easy review
How Ritz and Swift compare, easy review
Maruti Ritz is in red color in this pic and Maruti Swift is in black color
Maruti Ritz is in red color in this pic and Maruti Swift is in black color
Modified Maruti Swift
Modified Maruti Swift
Maruti Suzuki Ritz equipment
Maruti Suzuki Ritz equipment

Ritz's equipment is same as the Swift.

Engine performance is almost the same. In Ritz, the 60:40 rear seat split enables you to increase your boot space when you are driving with extra luggage. The two-tone dashboard looks kind of okay with tachometer placed on it. The upper handles in the cabin are foldable unlike in Swift.

Driving quality of Ritz

The driving quality is somewhat same as Swift, but I felt handling is at its best in Swift. It has an amazing mileage and is perfect for city driving with its super-smooth gearshifts and an extremely light steering, which is also required by a car for its performance.

Ritz's 1147 cc engine has a good pickup and acceleration too. One more aspect where Maruti Ritz really scores is the color option. It has some amazing colors like racing green, bakers chocolate, and blue blaze.

Driving Ritz
Driving Ritz

Disadvantages of Maruti Ritz

1. Ritz engine is only 1147 CC whereas that of Swift is 1300 CC.

2. Ritz is having a good looking front-end but the back with boomerang-shaped tail-lamps and angle of rear windshield with tailgate is really weird.

3. Due to Ritz's 1147 CC engine, it lacks the punch at higher speeds.

At last, I would say that Maruti Ritz is not a great problem for Hyundai i10.

Maruti Ritz/Suzuki Splash TV Ad

Maruti Suzuki Ritz 1147 CC engine
Maruti Suzuki Ritz 1147 CC engine
Ritz Hatchback
Ritz Hatchback

So which one is better according to you?

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Comments 71 comments

Erick Smart 7 years ago

I was recently in India and I was amazed at the current transportation system. True more are buying cars but the roads are so full of others on bikes and other things that they are really not ready for lots of cars to be unleashed as well.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

You are right Erick, traffic and parking Choas are there in India for a long time back and will be there for a long time unless and until Indian government is not taking any major steps to improve the transportation system and condition of roads and parking system, but despite these things a lot of cars are unleashed in the Indian market and people are buying them in India.

Rashmi Juneja 7 years ago

I think Maruti Ritz looks awesome and it will definitely overthrow i10 in the coming months, especially I like Maruti Ritz Diesel which is coming on TV ads as showing 4.65 lacs but when it comes to actually buying a car, the rates vary and I think the diesel variant for Ritz will cost around 4.95 lacs on road plus one more thing, people who were previously saying that Maruti Ritz's back looks weird and it looks like it has got hit from the back. Those people are now admiring about Ritz's weird back. It's all sheep walk.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, I agree. I have also mentioned about Ritz's weird back in this hub and I have seen the ad and now it looks awesome to me. I am also planning to buy my next car and Ritz is in my list.

gggggggg 7 years ago

i think swift rulzzzzzzz

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Swift is the best but Ritz is also coming up now.

Anand 7 years ago

I feel design is a very subjective issue, so it shouldn't really count. I may love the way the Ritz/i10 looks but then my friend may hate it! I feel how one must judge a car is by comparing its build quality, reliability, value for money factor and fuel economy against its competitors.

I test drove both the Ritz and the i10 and came to the conclusion, that Ritz is the better choice because it is better value for money. The quality of both cars is admirable, not quite Skoda Fabia material but still quite good! I am told both return similar figures in the fuel economy department. In reliability as well, both are comparable, in fact both are pretty closely matched. Where the Ritz outdoes the i10 is in terms of value for money. The i10 is surprisingly more expensive despite being smaller in size to the Ritz. The top-of-the-line i10 Asta GLS M/T (with sunroof)is priced at Rs. 4,96,463 whereas the Ritz ZXI retails for Rs. 4,80,000 - a huge price difference of 16,463 rupees!!! Even when features are compared, both stand neck to neck, more-or-less.

I guess the winner is quite straight forward!

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Anand, the winner is Ritz I admit. Thanks for really nice comparison between Ritz and i10. I think you have done a lot of research in the Indian automotive sector. Why not join hubpages and write out some unique car comparisons and reviews just like what you mentioned in the above comment. Hubpages automotive - buying and selling- car comparisons section has only got 6 hubs and there is a lot of room to write in this category and as there is less competition, your articles will rank higher and will attract a lot of visitors, if you think I am lying just click this link and check,

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

That's great..

Sandeep 7 years ago

Could you please tell that how much Hundai i10 cost in Hyderabad.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Sandeep price of Hyundai i10 in Hyderabad:

Hyundai i10 price in Hyderabad – * Ex-Showroom Prices

Hyundai i10 1.1 IRDE Hyderabad Price

* D-Lite (Solid) – 336583/-

* D-Lite (Metallic) – 340197/-

* Era (Solid) – 372286/-

* Era (Metallic) – 375900/-

* Magna (Solid) – 396417/-

* Magna (Metallic) – 400029/-

Hyundai i10 Kappa Hyderabad Price

* Magna (Solid) – 402478/-

* Magna (Metallic) – 406089/-

* Sportz GLS(Solid) – 427134/-

* Sportz GLS(Metallic) – 430746/-

* Magna AT(Solid) – 445172/-

* Magna AT(Metallic) – 448784/-

* Sportz AT GLS(Solid) – 469830/-

* Sportz AT GLS(Metallic) – 473442/-

* Asta GLS(Solid) – 485902/-

* Asta GLS(Metallic) – 489515/-

* Asta WS GLS(Solid) – 501174/-

* Asta WS GLS(Metallic) – 504786/-

* Asta AT WS GLS(Solid) – 543813/-

* Asta AT WS GLS(Metallic) – 547425/-

* hyundai i10 Delhi Price

* Hyundai i10 Pune Price

* Hyundai i10 Bangalore Price

* Hyundai i10 Kolkata Price

* Hyundai i10 Chennai Price

* Hyundai i20 Price

* Hyundai i20 Diesal car Price

* Hyundai i20 1.4L Automatic Petrol car Price

* Hyundai Verna

* Hyundai Getz Price in India

* Hyundai Santro Xing

* Toyota Corolla Altis Price

* Maruti Estilo Price

* Honda CRV

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Hugo Diaz 7 years ago from Minnesota

Nice pic of the Modified Maruti Swift.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Hugo Diaz.

shaan 6 years ago

This post has covered about ritz, i10 and swift. Swift as such does not fall in this category at all then why compare it with cars like ritz and i10.

Beat falls in the same category as i10 and ritz..any views on that?

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yeah I am hearing a lot about Beat these days. I will try to search, test drive, and then come up with a separate hub on that.

Car Centre 6 years ago

Thanks for your sharing soni2006. But I think I'm also agree with shaan. Maybe you should compare also the Beat.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Definitely I will do that. I am really busy doing fitness and natural medicine hubs nowadays and that's why I have little time for doing that. I am doing some research and will come up with a detail oriented hub so that they are no backfires.

praveen 6 years ago

Ritz looks impressive. Better than all other hatchback. price, looks, space, are far better than any other cars in this segment. The mileage would play vital role..

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Praveen, thank you so much for your short review of Ritz.

Rajiv Issar 6 years ago

I think Ritz is better than i10. After all its a Maruti car and it will definitely be up step above on other brands of car in a particular segment.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, you are right Rajiv. Ritz is Better than i10.

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Sean_Rob 6 years ago

I'm voting for Ritz. By any chance if you are looking to buy used cars have a look at my hub:

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for the voting and link Sean_Rob. I will have a look into it.

eveconsult3 6 years ago

totally looks like micra

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, I had a look on Nissan Micra's pic on the Internet and found that it totally looks like this car though a bit smaller. Thanks for sharing your views eveconsult3.

sheela 6 years ago

i10 is best

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks Sheela for sharing your views on best priced car in this segment, but can you please tell us how Hyundai i10 is better than Maruti Ritz.

golden_ray 6 years ago

Hi soni...I am going to buy a hatchback segment car and I am really confused between/ritz/i10 and swift

can u give me a detailed review.price/milege/handling/engine/interiors

Ritesh 6 years ago

Hi Soni,

I am going to buy new hatchback car.I am newly to drive a car. I am confused between I10 Magna Kappa 1.2 and Ritz LXI. As both have less price difference as on road.

I10 Magna Kappa 1.2 3.29 Lac

Ritz LXI on road is 3.36 Lac

If I would go for RITZ LXI then I have to compromise with Power window and central locking.

I cant over my budget more than 4.4 lac

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Ritesh, go ahead with whatever suits your budget. The idea should be to get good quality keeping in mind affordability, fuel consumption, and maximum facilities.

Both cars mentioned above are selling like hot cakes these days. You have to choose which route you wanna go keeping in mind my points. If you are getting power window and central locking with i10 go for that. Best of luck.

Ritesh 6 years ago

Hi Soni,

Thanks for your reply...

Is ABS and airbags are much needed facilities in current scenario.. As RITZ ZXI model both have these facilites but my budget exceeds.

And one more thing is that my monthly run will be 1000 km at max then should I go with diesal version? while difference between petrol and diesal version is about to 80000 rs.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Both ABS and airbags are optional. They add more safety to your car. If you run your car on highways and speed between traffic lights, you need airbags in case of an unfortunate happening because airbags deploy when you hit something or get a big jerk from front. Also full form of ABS is anti lock braking system and it is a type of anti skid system preventing your car tyres from skidding in sudden stops.

Price of diesel is lower than Petrol, so if you are shelling out 80K more for diesel, it will be an investment for you which will pay in the long run. Buying a diesel car pays off in coming years. It depends on you what you want to get. I can only give some advice. Best of luck Ritesh.

techno-hub 6 years ago

I will suggest to have ABS and airbags. ABS improves performance in wet roads against skidding and air bags can keep you safe in some accidents. So, do spend some extra half a lakh if possible. Life is more important then money.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for adding your views in this article techno-hub.

Nikhil G 6 years ago


I have ordered for a Ritz ZXI Glistering Grey. And its taking way too long for the dealer to dleiver me the preffered color. However due the pressure that i had applied on him, The dealer has come up with an option, he is ready to give me a Ritz VXI ABS(White)+ registration with the RTO+A basic music systems and few other accessories and for this i have to pay 20,000 extra. I am a bit confused and a bit skeptical about such a lucrative offer. Please advice what should be the best thing to go for. Also can i enhance my braking system to ABS at later stages.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Nikhil G, that is a very lucrative offer and you will save approximately 25000 to 30000 INR on that offer. ABS is a plus point and it is better to get it fitted from the company rather than upgrading it in a car without ABS. Plus one more thing, I know Glistering Grey is a good color and I saw a brand new Wagon R yesterday of same color but my friend white color always look awesome as it is an evergreen color. All new colors come and go according to the trends but white and black colors always remain there. Better to grab that offer. If I were you, I would have done that.

Ramesh 6 years ago

I test drove both i10 and Ritz. I felt, Ritz is more solid looking car, and gives me confidence when I drive. i10 proves to be lifeless, steering control is not as precise as Ritz. Also, i heard i10 mileage is very less. I am going to go for Ritz. !!!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

You are right for the Ritz, as it has become the best selling car after Swift in the Indian automobile industry. Congratulations for buying Maruti Ritz.

Feirauto 6 years ago

good hub thanks for sharing ;)

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Welcome. My pleasure.

praeep verma 6 years ago

confused between i10 sportz and maruti ritz vxi- HELP as i plan to purchase within a couple of days! Also, chevrolet beat lt is attracting - my God the last minute confusion!

Madhav 6 years ago

Hi Pradeep verma

itz good to go with Maruthi Ritz .i suppose... first they said its weird looking bt now the sales of Ritz are crossing the Swift............i10 is no more comparble to ritz....and coming to Chevi its not that sapcious ...........

im using Maruthi ritz (White) with ABS>.........

go with RITZ ..... go for bakers choclate colour dat's really dynamic looking on road.......

Shanmugam 6 years ago

when compared to i10, Maruti Ritz offers more features and gives a consistent mileage of 16 kmpl. The built quality is great and the interiors are refreshing. Maruti has given an international standard car at an attractive price. Ritz easily outscores i10 in all aspects!!!

mangal 6 years ago

i like photos thanx

Franscis 6 years ago

I am a proud owner of Ritz diesel VDi. The 1.3 L diesel engine is pucca and very refined too. Ritz has got enough reasons to delight me, as it has cool blue interiors, with relaxed driving position, nice leg rooms and head rooms and sufficient boot. i10 has brown and beige that reflects sunlight on the dashboard and hampers the visibility. Also, Ritz has good ground clearance and suspension is great even in bad roads. If you are looking for a hatchback in 4-5 lakh range i am sure ritz is better option than i10

RAMESH_PUNE 6 years ago

Very informative Post.I bought my Ritz Vxi 4 weeks back. So far done 800KM. Mostly within CITY. Really good car to drive in. BUT the rattling from driver side door panel is persisting. Heard lot on this issue in other blogs as well. Otherwise a VFM buy for whole family.

Thank you for this hub page.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

@Pradeep, go ahead with buying Ritz buddy.

Thanks a lot Madhav, Shanmugam, Mangal, Franscis, and Ramesh Pune about your extended review of owning and driving Ritz.

good_netizen 6 years ago

Soni - Somebody told me Maruti is not a good company?. I am not sure what they meant. They say that until Hyundai came over they were not seeling good cars. I am not sure if the same is true now. Are you a real Car expert?....Please help.


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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Dear good_netizen, Maruti has been in India since many decades now. The first cars were Maruti 800 and 1000 and 800 became so popular that the Maruti company became one and only car manufacturer in Indian market.

VINEET 6 years ago

I wanna buy a maruti car, I am confused for RITZ GENUS VXI/RITZ ZXI/SWIFT VXI most... which one I SHOULD BUY.... PLZZ help me

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Don't be so confused Vineet. Just go ahead and have a test drive and decide yourself.

vineet 6 years ago

thanks Soni but actually what i need to know is whether ritz zxi /vxigenus which one will be more profitable to buy ...... and yes yesterday i came to know about swift glam limited edition.. now i m totally puzzled :) which one to plz suggest

Ashwin  6 years ago

Hi Soni,

I am looking to buy a decent performing hatchback...

i believe Ritz i better...what do you say???


Tushar Acharya 6 years ago

Very appreciative Soni proper specification good knowledge but Hyundai i10 is better than maruti Ritz is what i would prefer.

Satish 6 years ago


Bought Ritz VDI -Deisel just 2 weeks back, its wonderfull and very good in comfort, performance, much space, specially for hieght people. my friend bought i10, this also good but mileage is less also this is avial in only petrol.

jagjeet singh 5 years ago

Really i am confused ritzpetrol or desiel my daily running is approx 50km what is diffrences of maintenance Lso i am compering with swift and milage plese suggest as soon as possible.......thanks

shine 5 years ago

i want to buy a car but i am confuse which one i go for it..i like swift ritz bec the bacg show i dont like and i pefer litle bit big people say i20 it good too but i am still confuse..

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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot for your comments friends.

pinku 5 years ago

breaking distance (from 80kmph to 0kmph ) for i10 is 30mts whereas it is 40mts for Ritz. Now what do you say? which is better and safer option.

Christino 5 years ago

Ritz is more spacious and stylish having awesome eye catching features equipped with standard safety ABS, seat belts, dual airbag for the front passengers and auto locking doors.

Rahul  5 years ago

I10 is no match to Ritz, and surely not an appropriate comparison.

pinku 5 years ago

which one is better to buy maruti ritz lxi or hyundai i 10 magna 1.2 . Please suggest me . I like ritz for its space.but my fri9ends told me that i 10 is cheaper by 39k for the same features and its drivability in the city is far better than ritz. pl suggest me .

sam 5 years ago

Decided to change from my swift vxi 1.3 after 6 years and looked for options. Want to stick on to Maruti or Hyundai due to mileage and cost effectiveness, I have test driven Ritz Vxi, i10 sports kappa, and new swift.

Decided to drop new swift as it is the same old wine in the OLD bottle itself. Swift is offcourse a great car, but misses the 'new factor'. It is the same old swift and I think maruti should have continued the same old model rather than producing a new one.

Now it is i10 Sports Kappa Vs Ritz Vxi.(Cant afford Ritz diesel)

i10 is a great small car. Surprised to see that it is smaller than my first Santro xing. Size is slightly bigger than Alto, that's it. Nice interiors, in-built music system, very good handling. I feel it is slightly over priced for such a small car. Promised mileage is around 14kmpl in Bangalore city traffic, which is okay.

Ritz won my heart the moment I entered the car. Spacious, new-style, visibility, pickup, all good. Like many, I dint like the rear styling of Ritz when it was launched. But after 2-3 years and seeing so many of them on the roads, I started liking the new style. Moreover, this is a new design (zero pollusion or something they call it), which will be seen in many of the upcoming cars. They say Hyundai and Toyota already started with this new design.

Now decided on Ritz and going to book it.

ritz can also be compared to bmw x3 5 years ago

ritz can also beat bmw x3

Adi 5 years ago

Hi Soni,

I have test drive RITZ and i10, i found RITZ is much better that i10. Can u please sugest me which car is better and which one is lesser in maitainance. Also pl tell me the RITZ milleage in cities for petrol.

manik 5 years ago

which is more economical in the long run ritz or i10

sidddharth 5 years ago

I think ritZ. it is very good car best thing about ritz is that it is same as old swift ant better than swift in leg room headroom bootspace and price. and i want to tell u abt ritz that it won the title of best hatchback of year 2011 among all hatchback by overdrive this shows the magic if ritz

dipanshu shokeen 4 years ago

Ritz is more spacious and stylish having awesome eye catching features equipped with standard safety ABS,AIR BAGS for the front passengers and the auto locking doors.

shravan 21 months ago

please tell me about maruti celerio

i had gone through the features of maruti celerio zxi optional

please tell me whether it is good to buy or not

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