Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

Some cars just need an update to improve their sales. The brand name is strong, buyers await a new-gen and needs to be done is launch it. There is the Honda City, Maruti Wagon R and even the Maruti Swift. These vehicles enjoy this privilege. The new Maruti Swift 2017 is in the making. The company is looking at enhancing its products and one of them is this hatchback. Launched back in 2005, this was a runaway success. Then came the diesel engine in 2007. This revolutionised the market. It was quiet, fast and fuel-efficient. Buyers looking at getting something fun and not too expensive picked up the new Swift. Back in the day, it was made available with only L, V and V ABS for the diesel engine. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Look

The Swift and the Dzire have been near identical twins in the past in terms of their frontal appearance, with only minor differences in the grille design. The new Swift 2018 too follows suit. The headlamps, for example, are exactly the same. The bonnet and the front fenders too, are designed in a similar fashion. But, this time around, that’s where the similarities end.While both the Swift and the Dzire get a hexagonal front grille, the one on the Swift is bigger and doesn’t get any chrome outline. As a result, the Swift looks less bulky and more aggressive. The design of the front bumper of the Swift is also different when compared to the Dzire. While both the cars get round fog lamps, the Swift gets a thinner air dam that runs across the bumper merging with the fog lamp housings on both sides which adds a touch of sportiness.

A concealed rear door handle makes the Swift look like a 3-door hatch from the side. It does give it a clean look but it’s not the most conveniently positioned door handle.The blacked out A-pillar on the new Swift is quite upright in comparison to the new Dzire, where it is more raked and body-coloured. So both these cars look dissimilar in profile now, as against their previous generations.The Swift never looked as good from the rear as it looks now. The proportions of the rear windscreen to the metal (on the hatch) to the plastic (bumper) appear just right now with no ungainly mass. The Swift also happens to be the first car under Maruti Suzuki Arena to not get variant badging anywhere. There’s only the DDiS insignia on the front fender of the diesel version.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort

As this is a new generation car, the interior too has been completely redone. You get a new flat-bottom 3-spoke steering wheel, whole new dashboard layout and a Smart Play 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The screen also serves to display the reversing camera. The air-con vents on either side of the dashboard have a rectangular design while the ones in the centre are round. The switches for the climate control are again, round and have a chunky feel to them. The instrument dials are also new. Unlike the Dzire, you get aluminium inserts in the all-black dashboard instead of the faux wood. Quality seems to have improved leaps and bounds and the cabin does have a feel of being premium.

Dimensionally, the third generation Swift is wider by 40 mm, wheelbase has increased by 20 mm and in spite of this Maruti has managed to reduce the overall length by 10 mm. This has resulted in increased space in the cabin. The cumulative legroom (front and rear) has increased by 17 mm and shoulder room has increased by 23 mm and 8 mm at the front and rear respectively. Rear headroom was quite tight for tall passengers in the previous generation model, however, now it has increased by 24 mm and is good enough for tall passengers. The front seats are wide enough and generously comfortable with the addition of side bolsters and enhanced shoulder cushioning. The rear bench offers adequate support but under-thigh support is lacking for tall passengers.

Maruti has gone for a slightly driver centric cockpit design (by 5 degrees). The driver’s seat gets height adjustment (only in the top-spec Z trim) while the steering gets only tilt adjustment. The AC has been re-worked to cool the cabin faster. ORVMs are electrically foldable and adjustable. Sound quality from the speakers is good and the touchscreen is also very intuitive. We have said it in the past and will say it again, Maruti does have the best infotainment system in the business. Boot space has been increased from 210 to 268-litres and for the first time in the Swift, you now have 60:40 split rear seat which can be folded to extract more room.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

The 1.2-litre petrol engine will continue on the new Swift. This has been the best-performing engine in this segment. With a lighter body, there shall be improvement in its performance even further. This engine has minimal NVH and it is highly refined. The power it produces is sufficient for city and highway driving. This engine comes with a five-speed manual and AMT options. The latter is smooth and has been well-integrated with this petrol engine.The diesel engine is the same 1.3-litre DDiS. This engine too has good enough performance and even mileage. The petrol and diesel both have good performance. The diesel engine is a tad noisy, while the petrol is extremely refined one. This makes it a good option to consider for daily driving. Both engines have good drivability. There isn’t much of a need to shift gears often in the city or the highway.

The petrol engine is one of the most efficient engines on the new Swift. The petrol manual in city return about 13-14km/l, while the AMT about 12km/l. On the highway, the petrol gives 17km/l for manual and AMT. The diesel engine returns about 16km/l in the city and close to 22km/l on the highway. This is similar for diesel manual and AMT both.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The new Heartect platform has worked wonders for the new Swift and it now feels more composed than ever while doing triple-digit speeds and taking curves. Although the Swift has shed some weight, it feels more planted than before in both the diesel and petrol avatars. The steering is light and it isn’t the most communicative of units, but it doesn’t feel vague and requires no idle inputs to maintain a straight line. The light steering though will be enjoyable while parking and at city speeds.What comes as a surprise is that Maruti Suzuki has resorted to a rather firm suspension setup for the third generation Swift. Except when driven over really poor roads, the relatively stiffly sprung Swift feels more confident and very controlled on the road. Over very rough surfaces, you feel the thuds clearly in the cabin. By no means is the ride uncomfortable, but it isn’t as supple as the Baleno either.

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:

Following are the likely features that will be offered on the new Maruti Swift 2017:

LXi/LDi

The base model also now offers some goodies, which weren’t earlier offered on the new Swift. This variant now comes with air conditioner with heater, 12V socket, power steering and even pollen filter.

(VXi/VDi)

Of course there are more features on this trim. There is a keyless entry (remote operated), 12V rear charging socket, all four power windows, central locking, electromagnetic boot opening, electrically adjustable mirrors, driver side, auto down window, height adjustment for driver’s seat and luggage room lamp also. We also believe that this time the new Swift will even get rear AC vents also. There shall be a 2-DIN music system on offer and this will come with four speakers. There will be USB, aux input and bluetooth connectivity as well.

(ZXi/ZDi)

The Z variant on the new Maruti Swift will have additional features like engine push start and stop, smart key for keyless entry and automatic climate control. Then there shall be electrically folding mirrors and driver’s side window auto up and down.

(ZXi+/ZDi+)

The Z+ variant also gets features like automatic headlamps, touchscreen infotainment system, Follow me home. These are the additional features on Z+ variants. The infotainment system will have reverse camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and even bluetooth connectivity.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift Ex-Showroom Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,10,538/- (Swift LXI) to 8,29,000/- (Swift ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Swift from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in Hyderabad. Check for Swift price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Bottomline

The Maruti Swift has been a hit in the Indian market in the past and nothing much is going to change with the third-generation car. We reckon that Maruti will price it competitively and there could be a price overlap with its elder sibling, the Baleno. However, the Swift customer is more of an enthusiast and someone who wants an engaging car to drive. The all new Swift is a vast improvement in practically every department and looks to be just another success story for Maruti with its quality interiors, a long list of features, potent engines and now with the option of automatic, it makes a very practical buy in the hatchback segment. Something on which both the mind and heart agree on.

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