Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

Maruti Suzuki launched the Swift in India in May 2005. In its 12 years in the country, the Swift has remained the preferred choice in its segment. In order to reach here, it has honed its position as a sporty hatchback that offers something for everyone. And now, there’s a new generation of the Swift knocking on our doors and it has big shoes to fill. It has to excel at everything that the outgoing model does and is expected to add more feathers to its cap at the same time. Does it do all that? We took it out for a spin and here’s what we think. Request a test drive for Maruti Suzuki Swift in Tryaldrive.


Maruti Suzuki Swift Style

Clearly, this is a new Swift. Every design detail and shape has been changed. Still, it manages to retain a silhouette that is unmistakable for anything but a Swift. The front end is fairly familiar, as we’ve seen it before on the new Dzire. However, the Swift’s bumper and grille design are a bit different, and it’s missing the chrome elements from its sedan counterpart. And that makes the front of this new hatchback look a bit mundane. The LED headlights with LED DRLs do look great, but unfortunately, they’re only available on the Z+ variant. And the conventional headlights… well, they’re a bit too plain. The familiar Swift elements such as the flared wheel arches are there, but they now feel a bit better integrated into the car’s rounded shape. It does look pretty good from its side profile though, with its blacked out A and B pillars, and semi-blacked out C pillar. That gives it even more of a floating roof effect than before, and the body-coloured part of the C-pillar does have a lovely fin shape to it.

The top-spec Z+ variant also gets the 15” precision-cut alloy wheels, which if we’re being honest, look a bit chintzy. We really do prefer the more conventional look of the 15” alloys from the Z variant. The look at the back is most distinctive though, and that’s where it deviates the most from the Swift of old. The squared tail lights with their C-shaped LED strips look great and have a Mini-esque quality to them. Overall though, this new Swift doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd as much as the original one did – there’s little “wow” factor here. But the overall design is inoffensive and should have a fairly broad appeal.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Space

On the interior of the ZXi+ you get the fully loaded cabin. There is a sense of width that you get from the design of this dash. It adds to that sense of space the Maruti Suzuki Swift always desperately needed. The touchscreen in the central console is a carry over from some of the other models so I won’t get into the functionality. (It’s exactly the same as what you see on the S-Cross, the Ignis, the Baleno and so it gives you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). But it’s only on the ZDI+ and ZXi+. The climate control system is well executed. It’s got a three dial-like design, and the central one is a screen, which has the climate display. The flat-bottom steering wheel, overall plastic quality and the layout will convey that sense of modernity. The instrument cluster is well finished and the dials have a reddish-orange trim which looks nice.

At the back, the cabin gets a bit plain. A little more of an indent or a curvature on the backrest and a little more under thigh support would have been great. The seats not terribly comfortable but what has definitely changed is the sense of space. Better headroom, decent amount of knee room and good amount of legroom compared to the previous Swift. The other little niggling point is that entry hatchbacks now do have rear AC vents but this car doesn’t get that. But otherwise that little enhancement of the wheelbase instantly shows up back here. That sense of being cramped – almost a hallmark of the Maruti Suzuki Swift – has finally gone away. So largely good though a plumper rear seat would’ve been nice. Dual airbags and ABS are standard. And the car also gets Isofix child seat restraints on the rear bench. But the ‘plus’ variant is not what most people will end up buying so what are you getting on the mid variants? It is disappointing not to see the touchscreen on the ZDi, since it’s only on the ZDI/ZXi+.

The music system on the lower variant is still well finished and is integrated well. It still lends that feel from the premiumness of the plastics, and the width I was talking about. The VXI and LXI don’t get the climate control system and so the lower variants will seem rather plain and old-world. Maruti needed to have pushed the envelope a bit given how much is standard on cars like the Ford Figo and Hyundai Grand i10. Maruti will also do well to offer the AMT with the ZXI+ and ZDI+ trims as many automatic buyers would want the DRLs and the touchscreen. For more info on Maruti Suzuki Swift check vci-india

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine

The 1.3-litre DDiS 190 with 74PS and 190Nm torque is familiar, and a little noisy. But it’s also strapped into a new body and chassis (the fifth-gen Heartect platform) which is substantially lighter than the previous generation. It’s a little hard to pin point the exact figure on this AMT variant, because it has no outgoing counterpart but it’s at least 60kg lighter. The five-speed Magneti Marelli sourced AMT is familiar too, but has seen a little more development than what we’re used to in some of the earlier Maruti AMTs. Still, if you’ve let the sporty looks and sporty cabin get to your head, nailing the throttle at every opportunity will be met with slightly delayed downshifts and head nod on upshifts. That usually brings me back down to earth, at least. But we managed a best of 12.1s in the 0-100kmph run, which is more than respectable for a diesel hatch, an AMT at that.

Most diesel AMTs have a hard time in traffic, because of turbo lag and the AMTs affinity to early upshifts. The Swift is slightly better, but can take you by surprise sometimes by lurching forward instead of creeping forward. It does like its higher gears though, and in traffic you’re likely to be in third or fourth with just about enough to amble on. Overtakes need downshifts. Even with slower downshifts, the massive torque results in roll-on figures that are almost on-par with sporty cars (with a more advanced automatic box) like the Polo GT TSI! That’s certainly not how it feels – and a good reminder of how tractable diesels are! Of course, the high point of a diesel hatchback is the fuel efficiency. We got 17.1kmpl in the city, and 22.6kmpl out on the highway.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

For a sporty hatch, the Swift rides quite well. But wait, it’s a diesel automatic, more likely to be ferrying a family around. Well, in that case, it never truly isolates you or the passengers from what’s happening under the wheels. But it’s not jarring either. The highlight of the Swift is its light and agile nature, and it’s been amplified with its almost too-quick-to-react electric steering. It is electric around corners, with a lot of grip and very little body roll, though feedback from the wheel is muffled. It’s a fun-to-drive hatch, but you can tell it puts city driving first. Out on the highway the steering almost always feels too light, and too vague. If you get used to the constant corrections it wants, its fine but that’s not what YOU want, is it? There’s good stopping force at the pedal, and for such a small, light car, it keeps its composure under heavy braking.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The new Swift will be available in 4 variants – L, V, Z, and Z+. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, front seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, and Isofix child seat anchors are standard across the variant lineup. AMT will be available in the V and Z variants only. The top Z+ variant of the Swift gets the following features:

LED projector headlamps LED daytime running lights 7-inch SmartPlay infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity Rear-view camera and rear parking sensors Flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel Auto climate control Passive keyless entry system with push-button engine start-stop

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cost in Bangalore

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in Bangalore ranges from 6,07,344 to 9,86,483 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in Bangalore. Check for Swift price in Bangalore at Carzprice.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Conclusion

So is this new Swift a car that we’d recommend to everyone? Maybe not. The Swift has grown up in many ways, making it a more practical car than before, thanks to improved equipment, space and features. Of course, we expect it to demand a slight premium over the current car thanks to all of this.However, it’s clear that the intention here has been to take the car back to its sportier roots. The stiff ride quality itself would be enough to put off those looking for a sedate family hatchback. However, its appeal to enthusiasts is undeniable. It’s one of the most fun to drive hatches you can get today, just like how the original one was. In that sense, the Swift is back baby!

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