Being India’s largest automaker, Maruti Suzuki sells plenty of cars each and every month. In fact, seven of the top-ten best-selling cars in India in March 2021 were from the stables of Maruti Suzuki. However, its best-selling car is still the Swift hatchback. Last month, the company sold 21,714 units of the Swift – 153 percent more as compared to March 2020. At the same time, Maruti Suzuki managed to rack up sales of 146,203 vehicles in March 2021, resulting in year-over-year growth of 92 percent. As for the Swift, it received a facelift and was launched in India a month ago.
The ex-showroom price of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift starts at Rs 5.73 Lakh, with a total of four variants to choose from. Even before the new Swift was launched, the model was already doing extremely well. However, the introduction of an improved and better-equipped iteration will surely see the Swift hitting mega numbers in the months to come. While some facelifts are more comprehensive than others, the one that the 2021 Swift got isn’t all that groundbreaking. To separate it from the old model, Maruti Suzuki gave the new Swift revised bumpers, a redesigned front grille section, and new headlamps and tail lamps.
On the inside, the 2021 Swift sports a pretty familiar design and layout as the old model. Almost all the controls and buttons are arranged in an orderly and easy-to-reach manner, whilst the driving position is as good as it was before. Meanwhile, the dark grey and black theme remain, making the cabin feel sporty if a tad bland and plasticky. The instrument binnacle also looks sporty and gets red accents and a digital MID in the center. As for the Swift’s infotainment system, it runs the brand’s SmartPlay Studio interface and thus comes with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay. It is far from the best head unit in the market, but it gets the job done and is quite easy to operate.
Some of the other features available in the 2021 Swift include automatic LED headlamps, keyless entry with push-button start, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, ABS with EBD, and dual front airbags. If you want a better interior with improved styling and slightly better plastics, then the Baleno is a better bet. Interestingly, the Baleno was the second best-selling car from Maruti Suzuki in March 2021 – 21,217 units were sold. Then again, the difference in the price tag between these two hatchbacks isn’t that huge – the Baleno starts at Rs 5.90 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Swift is powered by a petrol-fueled 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated four-banger that turns up with 89hp and 113Nm of torque. Compared to the previous-gen Swift, the BS6-certified engine in the facelifted model makes 7hp more. Will you really notice that in everyday driving scenarios? No, not really. However, more power (along with an improved fuel economy) is always welcome. The 2021 Swift comes with two gearbox options as standard – a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT. Just like its precursor, the new Maruti Suzuki Swift competes with cars like the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and Ford Figo.