|A quick look at Maruti Swift features|
|Exterior||Projector headlamps with DRLs|
|Rear wash wipe|
|LED tail lights|
|Rear roof antennae|
|Interior||Rear AC vents|
|Automatic Climate Control|
|Multi-information Display (MID)|
|Smartplay touchscreen infotainment unit|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto|
|Flat bottom touchscreen|
|Central Locking with Keyless entry|
|Push Button Start/Stop|
|Specifications||1.2-litre petrol; 1.3-litre turbo diesel|
|83 PS; 75 PS|
|113 Nm; 190 Nm|
|Mileage||City – 16 kmpl, 18 kmpl|
|Highway – 20 kmpl, 22 kmpl|
|ARAI – 22 kmpl, 28.4 kmpl|
|Dimensions||Overall length – 3,995 mm|
|Overall width – 1,735 mm|
|Overall height – 1,515 mm|
|Wheelbase – 2,540 mm|
|Ground Clearance – 170 mm|
|Boot space – 378-litres|
The Maruti Swift is the most popular B1-segment hatchback on sale in the country. It has a monthly sales average of more than 20,000 units, which makes it the undisputed king of the small car segment. The latest Maruti Swift features best-in-class equipment, a spacious cabin, and power yet frugal engines. This, along with the unbeatable aftersales service of Maruti Suzuki makes the car a winner. Its main rivals include the Honda Brio, Hyundai Xcent, and Ford Figo. However, it has been the highest selling small car in its class owing to the various features that it boasts. Let us take a good look at the various traits of the country’s highest selling hatcback in our post here.
One of the biggest plus points about all the generations of the Swift is its funky design. While the last-gen version was definitely very sporty, they still didn’t look as attractive as the current version. Things are a lot different when you look at the latest generation. A big reason for this is that it has grown in dimensions, which helps it have a more planted stance. This means while it still ducks under the 4,000 mm limit to benefit from the lower excise duty, it feels better planted due to the higher width.
The Maruti Swift features plenty of styling elements that give it a premium feel. Up front, you get Bi-Xenon projector headlamps with stylish LED DRLs. The bumper and the grille gets plenty of chrome, which is something that the Indian car buying lot has always loved. In the side profile, it wears stylish multi-spoke alloy wheels. The Outside Rear View Mirrors (ORVMs) hold integrated indicators. The B-pillar gets black plastic cladding to emphasise on the premium aspirations of this model. The rear is as upmarket as the front. It comes with stylish LED tail lights, a chrome slat on the boot lid, and roof antennae. All these features make the latest-gen Swift quite a looker. It also helps it have a distinct identity when parked alongside any other hatchback on sale in the country.
Like the exterior, the interior of the last two generations of the Maruti Swift was dull and somewhat cramped. Plus, it didn’t have the upmarket feel that one associate with a modern small car. Moreover, the earlier two generations had the same panels, colour tone, and features as the Dzire. Things are way too different if you look at the latest Swift. Unlike the Dzire, which has a beige colour theme, the new hatchback has a sporty all-black interior. Also, while the compact sedan gets a faux wood trim, the hatchback sibling benefits from high-quality grey inserts that further enhances the sportiness of the interior. On top of it, the cabin is high on equipment.
The interior equipment that the latest Maruti Swift features sets it apart from the competition. The dashboard holds a touchscreen infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Another highlight is the sporty flat bottom steering wheel with buttons for the infotainment unit and telephone controls. The car gets central locking with auto up/down feature for the driver’s window. The overall convenience is enhanced by the keyless entry feature with push-button start. Another factor that sets the cabin apart from that of the Dzire is the circular set of central AC vents on the dashboard instead of the rectangular units found on the compact sedan.
Indian car buyers have a thing for cars with engines that offer a good mix of performance and fuel mileage, and this is where this small car scores. The latest generation Maruti Swift features 1.2-litre petrol and a 1.3-litre diesel motor, both of which have been carried over from the earlier generation. However, there are two new factors that make the car a hit. First, it is based on the lightweight HEARTECT platform, which keeps the overall weight under a check while offering a high structural rigidity. The second generation Swift offered a 5-speed manual transmission for the petrol and engine options. The new version, however, is better in this aspect. Both the models of the latest car are available with 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT automatic transmissions for the diesel and petrol engine options.
The petrol variant of the Maruti Swift features the peppy yet frugal 1.2-litre four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that is shared with the Dzire, Baleno, and Ignis. It outputs a maximum power of 83 PS along with a peak torque of 113 Nm. While it’s not too powerful, the low kerb weight makes the car a strong performer. The diesel variant is powered by the tried-and-tested Fiat-sourced 1.3-litre turbocharged unit that pumps out 75 PS and 190 Nm. Again, it’s not too powerful, but the fact that the new Swift is lighter than its predecessor helps it offer a punchy performance.
As is the case with almost every car from the Maruti Suzuki stables, the latest generation Swift delivers a best-in-class mileage for both petrol and diesel versions. The high fuel economy from both the models is courtesy of the well-tuned engine and gearbox combo and the low kerb weight due to the HEARTECT platform. The automatic versions are as fuel efficient as their manual counterparts, which is because of the mileage-friendly nature of AMTs. The stellar fuel efficiency offered by both the variants is another feature that helps the Swift excel in its segment.
The petrol version of the Maruti Swift, which is powered by a 1.2-litre K-series engine delivers an ARAI-certified mileage of 22 kmpl for both manual and AMT versions. In the city, one can easily extract up to 16 kmpl, while on the highways, it can effortlessly deliver up to 20 kmpl. The diesel version is even better in this aspect. With an ARAI-tested mileage of 28.4 kmpl, it’s among the most fuel-efficient cars in the country. It can easily deliver up to 18 kmpl in the city and around 22 kmpl on the highway.
The Maruti Swift is a sub-four-metre model and is even smaller than the likes of the Maruti Baleno. However, clever packaging ensures that its small dimensions don’t take a toll on the cabin space. Also, the wheelbase, at 2,540 mm, and an overall width of 1,735 mm is comparable to what some of the bigger cars offer. The latest Maruti Swift features a spacious cabin, which can easily seat three occupants in sufficient comfort on the back seat. Also, there’s adequate legroom at both front and rear. The boot space, at 316-litres, is quite generous.
As per this review of the popular compact small car from Maruti Suzuki, it is evident that the Maruti Swift features are at par with what the competition offers.