Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the most easily spotted cars running on Indian roads. Launched in 2005, Swift has been here for more than ten years. Like most of the Maruti cars, Swift price is positioned competitively with entry level variant priced at Rs 5.96 lakh and the top-of-the-line variant available at Rs 6.3 lakh. Clearly the most contemporary looking hatch in MSI’s clan until Baleno came Swift has had an easy run amid rivals topping the popularity chart. During its product cycle, Swift has undergone one comprehensive facelift in 2011 followed by a couple of mild overhauls and various limited editions. Prepping to take a leap into the next generation, the new 2017 Maruti Suzuki Swift will receive vital changes to the exterior and interior. Dimensionally, it will be 50mm longer implicating more space inside the cabin. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift will underpin the new global platform used in Baleno and Ignis, implying lighter body as compared to the 3rd gen-model. Launched first in 2005, Maruti Suzuki Swift was a runaway success and its popularity continues in B segment.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior
The current generation model looks largely the same as the third gen version; albeit few additions were made to the exterior and interior. Cabin styling is mediocre, plastic used on dash and other materials appear compromised. The hatchback is available with a choice of 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engines. Despite various modifications, Swift range lacks an auto box and is still available with a manual tranny.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior
Wheelbase measuring 2430 mm means a spacious cabin, although front seats offer more legroom than rear seats. Dashboard gets a single colour tone, centre console features AC vents on the top followed by an audio system flanked by buttons and dials. Temperature dials are positioned beneath audio system. Driver’s side window features mounted buttons for power windows. Various storage points are provided within reach of the occupants. Seats are covered with fabric upholstery and door pads get bottle holders.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine Spces & Performance
Petrol powered variants of Swift derive power from 1.2 litre, K-Series VVT engine featuring four cylinders. Maximum power generated is around 84.3 PS at 6000 RPM and top torque on offer is 115 Nm at 4000 RPM. Diesel variants feature Fiat sourced 1.3 litre, CRDi powertrain generating 75 PS at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm at 2000 RPM. For transmitting power, Swift still relies on a five-speed manual unit; there is no automatic or AMT transmission available on the model series.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Features
Electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors are standard on mid and high end trims save for the base variant which gets manually adjustable ORVMs. Similarly, side turn indicators are missing in the base trim. Front windshield gets two-speed intermittent wipers. Cabin features sporty wraparound door trims highlighted by a hint of chrome. Other features like day and night inside rear view mirror, three-spoke steering wheel, high volume glove-box, parcel shelf, inside chrome door handles etc are stuffed in the cabin. The instrument panel features tachometer, reminder is provided for driver’s seat/light off/key-off and warning for door closure/low fuel. There is a multi-information display, digital clock and odometer among others.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance & Mileage
With the last dose of updates on the petrol engine there is a slight drop in power output, but performance has improved in terms of mileage. Diesel engine remains unchanged, but it continues to deliver excellent economy. Claimed mileage for the petrol engined Swift is marginally up at 20.4 kmpl. Diesel variants as tested by ARAI can return an excellent run of 25.2 kmpl in one litre.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Accessories & Infotainment
Base petrol and diesel variants come devoid of audio system and other entertainment related features. Mid-level trims get stereo with radio and CD player, an intelligent speed based auto volume, auxiliary input and USB socket and 4 speakers including two in front and two at rear. Top spec variants along with the above mentioned fitments get additional features such as 2 integrated front tweeters, steering mounted Bluetooth and audio switch in steering wheel, steering mounted illuminated audio controls and rear sporty antenna.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Braking & Handling
Power is decelerated by ventilated disc brakes in front axle and drum brakes at rear axle. With the right ride height and ground clearance, Swift offers a great visibility to the driver. Suspension set up works well absorbing most of the jerks. Diesel engine although is a bit noisy hence hindering the ride quality. It is a suitable city car but at the same time offers a decent run on long stretches as well.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety & Security
Standard safety provisions across line-up include 3-point ELR front seat belts, rear seat belts, rear door child locks, front head restraint, dual horn, high mounted stop lamp, side door impact beams and iCats. Eminent safety equipment available exclusively on the top-spec variant are reverse parking sensor, new generation anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, airbags in front for driver and co-passenger. Of these features, ABS with EBD and brake assist is available exquisitely on the VDi trims while giving a miss to the petrol variants.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort & Convenience
Prominent comfort goodies packed inside are engine push start, electric power steering, 60:40 split rear seats, power windows in front/rear, driver side power window with auto down function, accessory socket, tillable steering wheel column, rear seat back folding, central door locking, keyless entry, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, height adjuster for driver’s seat, automatic climate control and lane change indicator.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Wheels & Tyres
Entry level variants in the line-up feature 165/80 R14 steel wheel with centre cap, mid-level trims get 165/80 R14 steel wheel with full wheel cap and top spec variants come with 185/65 R15 alloy wheels with centre cap.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Competition
Maruti Suzuki Swift is a strong player in B segment, over a period of ten years the hatchback has seen many rivals come and go, while some stayed for good, others became victim of dud sales. Presently Swift has potential threat around from hatchbacks like Ford Figo, Toyota Etios Liva and Hyundai Grand i10.