Get inside the car, and you will notice rich upholstery and all-black interiors. With an extended cabin area, there is a good knee space for rear passengers to make long drives enjoyable. However, the boot space remains unchanged and may bother you if you are looking for more luggage area. The black styling gives it a stylish and sophisticated visual appeal.
The elegant silver-painted door garnish, door trim fabric and door opener add more to the car’s appeal. The other features include digital display trip meter, rich dashboard with integrated cup holder and waterfall console, chromed door handles, LCD display, speedometer cluster, automatic climate control, single touch lane indicator, sun visor, anti-glare inside rear view mirror, and more. You can enjoy your favorite tracks while driving the car with a six-speaker audio system, which also supports USB. The new Maruti Swift comes with an improved NVH level, which has made it an even more fun-to-drive car.
The integrated stereo system with six high-quality speakers, steering mounted audio controls and three-level volume controls give pleasure while driving the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift. Its audio controls illuminate during night to provide you better visibility. You will find many other features, like electrically-adjustable ORMVs. However, all these features come with the top-of-the-line trim only.
The next generation Maruti Swift shares great resemblance with its predecessor, but the new design alterations have added a sporty charm to the vehicle. With its curvy and elegant body, the Swift is definitely one of the most beautiful cars ever seen in its segment. The new Swift looks bigger with extended dimensions, stylish front grill, large headlamps, ORVMs with integrated blinkers, chrome-finished logo and fog lamps. The coloured door handles, thin window glasses, mirror cowls and alloy wheels further enhance its aggressive look. Its rear looks quite refreshing with body-colored bumper and chic LED tail lights. Maruti Swift has all the crunchy features that have made it a game changer in the Indian automotive industry.
The mid variants of Maruti Swift are available with 14-inch steel wheels, whereas its top variants are equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, adding extra elegance to this premium hatchback. With an aim to offer comfortable and sporty drive, the new Maruti Swift comes with puncture-resistant tubeless tyres. The 165/ 80 R14 and 185/ 65 R15 are the standard tyre sizes for 14- and 15-inch steel wheels, respectively. The tyres are highly efficient and offer better grip over the rough Indian roads.
Coming in both petrol and diesel engine options, the Swift has total six variants: Petrol - LXI, VXI and ZXI Deisel - LDI, VDI and ZDI The petrol version of the car derives its power from the 1.2-litre KB12 unit that has a displacement capacity of 1197 cc, while the Swift diesel has the proven and potent 1.3-litre multijet motor under its hood. While the petrol mill has an MPFI (Multi Point Fuel Injection) system, the diesel engine has a 5-step Multi Injection CRDi system.
When it comes to performance, both the units are powerful and responsive. With a 16-valve DOHC (Double Over Head Camshaft) valve train and four-cylinder set-up, the petrol mill churns out a maximum power output of 85.8 bhp and 114 Nm of peak torque, making it one of the most powerful engines in its segment. The oil burner 1.3-litre diesel unit too is equally impressive with 74 bhp and 190 Nm. Despite being a hatchback, the Swift is one of the few vehicles in its segment that is as good for highway driving as it is for driving in the city and that has been the reason behind its popularity everywhere.
Both the 1.2-litre K-series petrol and Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre multijet diesel versions won't disappoint you in this department. You will love throttling them. Having equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, the Swift petrol touches the 0 to 100 kmph mark in about 12 seconds. That is the case with the Swift dieselas well. Even it does the same in about 12 seconds at a top speed of 150 kmph. Despite having much better ride quality than most of its competitors, the Swift isn't as 'swift' as its rival Hyundai i20, especially till the third gear. But as soon as one enters the fourth gear, it gives you a sense of stability and sportiness that you would just like to rev it hard.
As mentioned above, the Swift is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre K-Series VVT petrol mill coupled to a five-speed manual transmission pumps out 85.6 bhp at 6000 rpm and 114 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. The 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine, on the other hand, mated to a five-speed manual and turbocharger, belts out 74 bhp at 4000 rpm and 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. So in terms of power, both the engines are impressive and in fact better than most of their competitors. What impresses more is the improved NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) level; the designers have worked really well on insulation that one doesn’t feel any noise inside the cabin.
Good fuel economy is one of the virtues that define a Maruti Suzuki car and the case is no different with the Swift. Both the petrol- and diesel-powered models of the car are highly frugal. While the petrol-engined Swift returns an impressive mileage of around 15-16 kmpl in city, driving on highways takes it upto 18-19 kmpl. The diesel Swift delivers an impressive 18-19 kmpl in city and around 22-23 kmpl on highway. The ARAI-certified mileage figures for both the versions of Swift are 18.6 kmpl and 22.9 kmpl, respectively.
The new Maruti Swift leaves a positive impression with its sharp handling and powerful braking system. It offers superb grip and stability till 130 kmph. However, it still needs improvement on edges. In terms of handling, Maruti Swift is a gem of a vehicle with a sporty character. Despite having well-proportioned dimensions, the Swift has a body roll around the corners, though it remains stable and flat, giving you a great grip on the road.
The advanced ABS (Anti Lock Braking System) ensures safer drives by preventing the wheels from locking up and skidding during panic braking situations. The front and rear brakes offered in the car are ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes, respectively.
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 Pros
Smooth and comfortable drive
Higher resale values
Maruti Suzuki Swift Cons
Rear seats short on space
Limited boot capacity
Dark cabin can feel a bit drab