Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & First Drive


Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

In a market that is crowded with carmakers and their numerous models, only a handful of nameplates have really struck gold. There’s the Honda City and the Toyota Innova, of course. But then, there’s the Maruti Suzuki Swift. A car that single handedly made hatchbacks young, desirable and fun. This too at a time when the Indian public was still very much in love with status oriented three-box cars.

Now, there’s a new one out. It is based on a new platform; comes with completely redesigned interior and exteriors; and though it runs the same engines as the previous generation model, Maruti says, the new Swift is quicker and more efficient. And as first impressions go, it seems like Maruti really has hit the nail on the head with the all-new Swift!

Maruti Suzuki Swift Look & Style

The design of the all new Swift has undergone drastic transformation and vehicle now looks more bold, younger and soothing to eyes. The car is considerably different from the outgoing model, while the name is over 12 years old, it’s enough to attract a large chunk of young enthusiasts. All this comes from the new Heartect platform, which also underpins siblings Dzire and Baleno. The car features revised radiator grille, sportier bumper and new LED projector headlights along with LED DRLs.

One of the biggest changes in 2018 Swift is the position of rear door handles which now have been moved up. The car gets new precision cut 15-inch alloy wheels lending it a sportier look. The rear profile gets sharper edges on the tailgate, wider glass and square rendering of the tail-lamps. The retro look comes from the smooth curves across the body, flared wheel arches, and tight rear profile. Maruti Swift also grows in proportion with 20mm longer wheelbase and 40mm in width which makes the car increase in space inside. This has also improved shoulder room as well as boot space.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cabin & Comfort

As expected the Swift gets the dashboard from the Dzire, but Maruti has managed to differentiate the two thanks to small changes and different ambiance. The Swift gets an all black cabin as compared to the beige on the Dzire which surly helps it look sporty. You also get round centre vents and air-con controls, and silver accents as compared to wood on the Dzire. Although the dashboard looks minimalistic, it is smartly styled, with the large touchscreen infotainment system dominating proceedings. The automatic doesn’t come in the top variant so you get a traditional music system which looks outdated. The touchscreen system on the top ZXi plus variant features a screen that is crisp and oozes of quality. The same can’t be said about the rest of the cabin. Plastic quality and fit and finish though decent, is not as nice as the Hyundai Grand i10.

The front seats are accommodating and offer good support. But it’s at the back where space and comfort has taken a big leap forward as compared to the old car. The new Swift offers much more kneeroom and the wider cabin gives it an airy ambiance. The bench itself is well shaped and comfortable. What would have made the rear seat even better is firmer cushioning. There are plenty of storage spaces in the cabin in the form of multiple cubby holes and even the glovebox is of decent size. The boot at 268 litres is much bigger than before but like with the old car the lid opening is quite high and narrow, which makes loading heavy bags a shoulder straining affair.

In the top ZXi plus trim the Swift comes equipped with touchscreen infotainment system which houses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and bluetooth telephony. Apart from this the Swift gets all the basics like climate control, key-less go, reverse camera with sensors, auto headlamps, daytime running lamps and a comprehensive trip computer. In terms of safety, Maruti is offering two airbags and ABS as standard across the range.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine & Performance

The all-new Swift might be new in a number of areas – design, platform, interior, and features – but, it continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. The only change is that both engines can now be had with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT or automated manual transmission. For more information on Maruti Suzuki Swift  visit Inlnk

We absolutely loved the manual petrol variant. The engine sounds good, it revs freely, and it has enough grunt to keep the driver involved and happy. Plus, the clutch is light and the gear shifts are precise and enjoyable. The petrol AMT isn’t bad either. Yes, the shift shocks are pretty pronounced, but one can get around that by using the throttle intelligently.

As for the diesel, the AMT again isn’t as good as the manual. But then, the diesel just isn’t as good as the petrol. This 1.3-litre diesel is noisy, vibey, and still big on turbo-lag. It’s fine for those looking at raking in big miles, but for everyone else, the petrol is what we would recommend.

But, no matter what engine you choose, crisp and involving handling come as standard on the new Swift. It turns into corners with the agility of a hare. And even when committed to a corner, it never feels vague or nervous. Here the diesel is more fun. The steering feels more consistent on the diesel and it’s also more eager to perform lift-off oversteer moves compared to the petrol.

The lower kerb weight of the car puts less load on the engine, hence, greater fuel economy. The petrol variant of Swift returns ARAI certified mileage of 22kmpl, 8 percent more frugal than the earlier model. The diesel version, on the other hand, makes the car as the most fuel efficient in the country with the ARAI certified mileage of 28.4kmpl. Check for SBI car loan at Fincarz.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving Dynamics

The new Swift doesn’t disappoint when you show it a set of corners. The light steering might feel unnerving around the straight ahead position initially, but once use to, it is a precise unit. The harder you push, the better the Swift feels and the chassis balance is just right with just a hint of lift-off oversteer at the limit.As for the ride, due to the light weight it does feels a bit jiggly at low speeds and not very adept at handling sharp bumps, and you can feel the suspension thump through the light body.

Though it never gets to the point of being uncomfortable and it is something you can live with. However, as you go faster, it settles down to offer a fairly flat and consistent ride. The brakes on the other hand offer good bite and stopping power with good pedal feel.  For price details on Maruti Suzuki Swift check AutoZhop.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Braking & Safety

The brakes of the car are on point and noticeably better than the earlier model. The car comes to halt in a straight line without any drama. And as opposed to the predecessor, the inclusion of ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as standard fitment helps the car have a better grip on the road. The safety is further leveled up by standard dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seats. Move on to the top variants and you get reverse parking camera with sensors, engine immobilizer, central locking and pinch guard power window.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cost in Ahmedabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in Ahmedabad ranges from 5,56,280 to 9,21,722 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 15 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in Ahmedabad. Check for Swift price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Round Up

The first generation Swift in India was an excellent car for its time. It brought a different set of values to the mix which made us sit up and take notice. And yes, made the car the success it is today.The previous generation, or the second-generation car, sadly, wasn’t outstanding. As a product, and as a car, it was fine. But, it wasn’t good enough to blind you from buying anything else.

This, the all-new Swift, however, is more like the original. It does the regular, basic stuff extremely well. And then, it also brings in the same set of lovely values – youthfulness, fun and desirability; courtesy its engine and handling mainly – that made the original a blockbuster.

Maruti Swift is available in four different variants such as L, V, Z and Z+ and pricing remain competitive. Taking a quick glance at the pricing details, its base trim L has been priced at Rs. 4.99 lakh while the top-spec variant is priced at Rs. 8.29 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi. With more practicality, more style, and upmarket interiors, the new Swift has now become superior in many ways. And with all these qualities, it currently challenges the likes of Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo in the segment.

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