Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & Performance

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

It’s the successor to the Swift, the second-most popular hatchback in India. It was launched at the 2018 Auto Expo, with prices starting at Rs 4.99 lakh for the base variant and going up to Rs 8.29 lakh for the top-spec trim (ex-showroom, Delhi). One could argue that the Swift brand is so strong in India that even if the car turned out to be critically flawed (spoiler alert: it isn’t), they would still shift tens of thousands of them each month. Now, while we’ll evaluate it on every parameter like we do every car, we also want to see if it has inherited those particular traits that have been intrinsic to every Swift. These traits are more about character – the way it looks and the way it drives – but they’re a crucial part of the package.  Swift On road price starts from 5,31,454/- . Check for price details of Swift in CarzPrice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exteriors

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 Interiors

The Maruti Suzuki Swift has a new interior too, and while it may not be as funky as the Ignis, it is driver focused with a very sensible design and user-friendly controls and instruments. The best part has to be the smartly shaped and nicely bolstered seats that hold you in a welcoming manner and offer a high level of seating comfort. The sporty and chunky flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel feels nice too. The simple instrument cluster is dominated by a large round tachometer and speedometer. Both are extremely easy to read and emphasize the focus on driving fun and performance

Though the new Swift continues with the cockpit style glass house, the view from the rear windows is better and one also feels less claustrophobic. The nozzles of windscreen washer have 3 sprays each that cover the windscreen with a lot of washer fluid and this helps clean the windscreen in a far better manner.While the all-black interior is in keeping with the Swift’s sporty image, some of the plastics do feel a little hard and cheap. However the new Swift comes packed with a long list of features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, climate control, keyless entry with push-button start-stop, etc. It also has an integrated SmartPlay infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and Mirror Link. This system also has inbuilt navigation with Aux-in, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and rear parking camera with sensors and alerts.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine & Performance

Powering this new Swift is Maruti’s tried-and-tested pair of four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors. These haven’t seen any change in terms of their output, with the 1.2-litre VVT petrol still producing 83PS @ 6000rpm and 113Nm @ 4200rpm. The 1.3-litre DDiS 190 diesel too makes the same 75PS @ 4000rpm and 190Nm @ 2000rpm. This might put off some who would’ve liked to see more powerful motors in this new car, but it actually feels peppier now. This increased performance is thanks to weight savings of up to 80kg over the previous car, giving these new Swifts a much better power-to-weight ratio. Maruti claims that the petrol is now about 10 per cent quicker to get from zero to 100kmph, while the diesel is about 8 per cent quicker, although we’re yet to verify these claims.

Both engines maintain their familiar behavioural traits, and we aren’t complaining. The petrol remains highly tractable, but low on poke at lower speeds. Get it revving beyond 3500rpm though, and this engine really wakes up with a raspy exhaust note that borders on sporty. If you’re in the mood for a bit of fast driving though, you kinda need to work the gearbox to keep this engine on the boil. But when you do, it’s an absolute hoot. To top it off, it’s supremely refined, and with such low NVH levels that when the car is idling, you often wonder if it’s even running.

The diesel is highly tractable too, and as before, a little slow on the uptake below 1800rpm. Once the turbo spools up, though, the diesel Swift swiftly picks up speed with that now-familiar surge of torque coming in and pulling you along. This DDiS unit retains its smoothness and refinement (for a diesel), but once you really get the motor revving, it becomes quite audible. And it’s not got a particular enjoyable note. Still, the diesel motor has plenty of grunt and we imagine it’s going to be the pick of the lot for a lot of buyers.

Honestly, we’re glad that Maruti has stuck to these motors. They’re not what you might call exciting, but they offer the best of a fun driving experience mixed with a healthy dose of sensibility. And they’re known to be quite efficient too, with claimed fuel economy figures of 22kmpl for the petrol and 28.4kmpl for the diesel.Both the petrol and diesel models come with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. This ‘box feels pretty similar to the one from the current Swift, offering a short throw and a fairly slick shifting action. However, we’ve been told that the fifth gear has been made a bit taller for a slightly higher top speed, all made possible thanks to the car’s improved power-to-weight ratio.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving Dynamics

The new platform and proper tuning of the suspension has ensured that the ride is more comfortable and complaint now. Fortunately this is not at the cost of handling and the Swift continues to be agile and light on its feet. It turns in smartly and provides appreciable levels of grip. While there is some body roll it is well controlled. The steering, while not as direct as before, still connects the driver quite well with the wheels, and involves him nicely with the driving experience.While the AGS transmission is certainly the better option for our crowded city conditions, enthusiasts will prefer the 5-speed manual. Its shifter is light and precise but on long drives on the highway, you do feel the need for a 6th gear. The brakes are up to the job and offer fairly good feel.This third generation version of the Maruti Suzuki Swift is surely set to be a big success and from what we understand, it will be priced marginally higher than the outgoing one. Maruti will also surely launch the new Swift in a big way at the Auto Expo in February, and this should have customers rushing to their showrooms. Check for Maruti car dealers in India @ marutiPrice.in  

Maruti Suzuki Swift Braking & Safety

When it comes to safety, the new Maruti Swift is ahead to its predecessor; however, competitors like Hyundai i20 are still more feature rich. The safety features offered with the car are dual SRS front airbags, braking assist features, ABS (Anti-lock braking System), computerized anti-theft system, automatic lock system, front and rear fog lamps, highly mounted stop lamps, side impact beams, front and rear ELR seat belts, child lock, double horn, etc. However, most of the advanced ones are only available in top-end variants.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price

Maruti Suzuki Swift Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 5,31,454/- (Swift LXI) to 8,29,262/- (Swift ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Swift from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India

Maruti Suzuki Swift Conclussion

The new Swift uses Maruti’s 1.2-litre K12 petrol engine and the Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre Multijet diesel; the same engines used by most of Maruti’s current range, as well as both previous Swifts! While that fact might sound disappointing at first, know that a lot else has changed. For one, thanks to the new ‘Heartect’ platform shared with the Baleno and Dzire, the new Swift weighs around 85kg less than the last Swift! The chassis is also a whole lot stiffer, which should bode well for handling. Additionally, you can now get both engines with either a manual or an automatic gearbox; the catch is that the automatic in question is an AMT, not a CVT or a torque-converter, like in more premium Marutis. The advantage of an AMT is its low cost, but the disadvantage is a jerky driving experience. That might be a worthy trade-off in a budget hatchback or even a compact sedan, but is that something you’d want in a Swift?

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