Maruti Suzuki Swift Expert Review
Maruti Suzuki Swift Expert Review - Check Advantage and Disadvantage
Maruti Suzuki has added yet another feather to its cap with its latest offering in the hatchback segment, the Swift. No doubt, the car looks sportier in its styling. The facelifted version of the outgoing car is a treat for the eyes. With all the upgrades, the car is now more inclined towards the premium hatchback category joining the league of Hyundai i20, Volkswagen Polo and another offering from the same maker, the Baleno. Well, prices starting from 4.22 lakhs INR(Ex-showroom, Delhi), is it worth the penny, let's check it out!
Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior
Surely, the front has gone through a major update. The front fascia now gets a honeycomb grille with Maruti Suzuki symbol on top of it. The large halogen headlamps are swept all way through the side. The fog lamps on the front bumper get a silver accent which does look classy. The elevated curve line connecting the two headlamps cover the entire air dam of the bumper.
From the sidelines, body colored ORVMs(electronically operated) along with integrated indicators on it, wheel arches getting connected with a sloping sharp line at the bottom does enrich styling of the car. The blackened A and B pillars add to the trendiness. The sloping roof towards the rear and sloping shoulder lines towards the front further add to the styling quotient. When it comes to the windows, the rear windows are extremely small compared to the front (The fact that they open 100% is definitely a blessing in disguise). The car gets a ground clearance of 170 mm.
When Maruti Suzuki Swift comes to rear, the bumper is way too bigger at the expense of the hatch. Thanks to this big bumper, the rear windscreen is small and narrow followed by the heightened opening for again, a small and narrow boot(204 litres). Integrated brake light in the rear spoiler and rear fog lamp do look sporty along with the taillamps swept back to the side(similarly like the headlights).
Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior
Well, one might get surprised after glancing through the interiors for the fact that the Maruti Suzuki Swift is definitely crampy on the inside when compared to its somewhat larger design on the outside. The quality of material used for the interiors does give it a premium feel. The maker has tried a decent attempt to improve the appearance by the subtle use of silver accents throughout the car. The silver accents are the only breakthrough to the otherwise monotonous black dashboard.
The top end variant gets a 2 DIN 6 speakers sound system(with CD, USB, AUX and also Bluetooth connectivity). The car also gets automatic climate control feature in the top end variant, controls for which are mounted beneath the sound system. The three spoke (again with silver accents) tiltable steering wheel gets steering mounted controls which definitely helps. The instrument cluster gets two large (again silver accented) dials viz. Speedometer and Tachometer, two small dials viz. temperature and fuel indicator and a vertically fitted rectangular LCD screen exactly between the larger two. The LCD panel gives the useful chunk of numbers like the average fuel efficiency, instantaneous fuel efficiency, distance to empty.
There are small pockets throughout the car for storage like the hole in front of the gear lever, door pockets on all doors(along with bottle holder in the rear doors), comparatively wide glovebox and an elevated area above it. The cup holders at the extreme end were smartly placed beneath the AC vent so that your drink remains if not chill, but cool. Well, don't be surprised if someone bangs his or her head(especially a tall person) during Ingress/Egress. The almost black colored interiors add further to the already congested cabin space. Thanks to the extended wheelbase of 40 mm and length of 90 mm, the legroom has increased marginally.
The driver seat can be adjusted for height in the top end variant. The carving of the front seats from the back has also released (in the small proportion) some more space. This made Maruti claim an additional 20 mm of knee room. Thanks to the rear sloping roof, the headroom is also strictly limited. To add further, the rear seat is elevated than the front one. So, make sure the driver of your Swift will not miss a speed breaker else you are bound to hit the roof. The small size of the rear windows also adds further to the claustrophobic feeling. Accommodating a third passenger is definitely not recommended for an automobile with such dimensions(3850x1695x1530 mm).
Maruti Suzuki Swift Specification
Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with a 4 cylinder, 1197 cc, K-series petrol engine and a 4 cylinder, 1248 cc, DDiS diesel engine. The former produces 86 BHP of power at 6000 RPM, 114 nm of torque at 4000 RPM and latter produces 74 BHP at 4000 RPM, 190 nm of torque at 2000 RPM. The BSIV emission norm compliant engines give a mileage of 20.4 kmpl and 25.2 kmpl respectively. The car weighs 1415 kg (kerb weight of 965 kg) for the petrol variant and 1505 kg for the diesel variant(kerb weight of 1060 kg). In terms of safety, the car gets ABS + Front Airbags(Optional), EBD, rear parking sensor in the top end variant. Maruti has used standard MacPherson strut coil spring suspension at front and Torsion Beam coil spring suspension at the rear. The top end variant gets 15 inches alloy wheels and the rest get 14 inches conventional steel trims.
1. The aesthetics of the car do standout in its segment.
2. Improved fuel efficiency with both of the upgraded engine variants.
3. For a car of this segment, it does offer a heck lot of features.
1. If you are a frequent traveler with your car, the usage of boot space for storage is definitely going to cause you inconvenience.
2. The car might look mighty and muscular from the outside, but its interiors are definitely congested especially if you accommodate a third passenger in the rear.
3. Small and narrow rear windscreen makes rear visibility poor in the interior rear view mirror.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Expert Review Rating - 8.1/10
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