Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The leading four-wheeler manufacturing company –Maruti Suzuki India has recently launched the 3rd generation of its most popular and economical hatchback –the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 at the Auto Expo 2018. For the first time in its launch, the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 has been released with the automatic option for both the diesel as well as the petrol versions. As such, the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 has earned an edge over its peers which have the lack of any diesel-automatic in the given segment.View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Swift Style

The Swift’s design is related to the Dzire that arrived in 2017. But, unlike before, the Swift and Dzire’s faces aren’t copy-paste jobs. The shape of the grille and the bumper design are different. Also, the Swift doesn’t use chrome highlights around the grille. In terms of structure the Swift’s cabin is more upright, whereas the Dzire’s is sleeker and lower. The Swift is as tall as before, but it is wider now and looks just a bit more sporty. The overall design is a mix of organic lines backed by strong proportions.

There are a few interesting details that are worth observing. For instance, the Swift doesn’t carry any variant badges. Even engine badging is limited to just the ‘DDiS’ tag behind the front wheel. This gives the car a strangely clean look. A quirky touch is that the door handle on the rear doors is now positioned next to the window, not under it. While this looks cool, it is a bit impractical.

In terms of trims, the Z+ gets projector lamps and LED DRLs, while the LED tail lamps are available across the range. We felt the 15-inch machine-cut alloys on the Z+ variant looked a bit tacky, while the the simpler alloys on the Z variant, also 15-inch, looked better. Lower variants make do with 14-inch wheels. The 163mm of groundlearance is lesser than the 170mm the Swift used to boast of earlier. This, however, under the new norms is measured with passengers and luggage on board.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Space

On the inside too, Maruti has tried to differentiate the Swift’s cabin from the Dzire’s. In terms of design the Swift gets round air conditioning vents at the centre instead of the Dzire’s angular units. Also, the centre console with the infotainment system is tilted prominently towards the driver. The flat-bottom steering wheel fits right into this cabin. The cabin’s snug and sporty feel is emphasised by the all-black colour scheme for the plastics. The front seats are designed with the kind of cushioning that just holds you in place when going over twisty roads. In terms of space the Swift actually feels very spacious as the windscreen is more upright here. Maruti says that the Swift now has 40mm more shoulder room at the front compared to the outgoing car. Headroom is generous and even 6-footers will be comfortable here.

Comfort for taller passengers has also improved as there is more knee room now. The larger windows also makes the cabin feel brighter. However, sitting three abreast is best reserved for short distances. So, the new Swift is much better for passengers, but don’t expect to find acres of knee room like in the Baleno. Also, there are no air con vents for the rear passengers.

In terms of storage spaces the Swift could have been much more generous with bottle holders and stowage bins. While these aren’t available in its rivals the Swift could have offered a sunglass holder, armrest for the driver or a dedicated space to keep your cellphone.In terms of boot space the new Swift has 268 litres, which is still more than its direct segment rival, the Hyundai Grand i10, and represents a 64-litre improvement over its predecessor. That said, the loading lip is still high, requiring you to lift your luggage up a bit before placing it in the boot.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine

The new 2018 Maruti Swift source power from a 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. The engine is refined and all thanks to it, daily commutes will not be stressful or boring. While the petrol engine is good for churning out a maximum power output of 85 hp, the diesel mill sheds out 75 hp.The all-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a five-speed manual transmission as standard. The company is also offering an AMT gearbox with both petrol and diesel engines of the car.Maruti Suzuki claims a mileage of 28.4 kmpl for the diesel and 22 kmpl for the petrol variant of the new Swift. Having said that, the diesel variant can offer a range of close to 1,000 km while the petrol engine can deliver close to 800 km, thanks to its 37-litre fuel tank.For more info on Maruti Suzuki Swift visit

The around 80kg weight saving also helps improve 0-100kph acceleration by 10 per cent. Again, the engine loves to rev and can be fun, but don’t expect sizzling performance. The engine is meant to balance practicality and fun, and it does a remarkable job. When driving fast, one downside is that the gearshift feels jerky at high revs. You can choose to use the manual mode to make things smoother and quicker when driving fast. If you want the fun package, the petrol manual would be a tempting option.

We then focussed on the diesel engine with the manual transmission. The cabin felt quieter than we expected, no doubt helped by the new platform and the sound deadening. To drive it was as impressive as ever. Keeping pace with traffic at low speeds is surprisingly easy, and if you really want to overtake then you need to make sure the engine is above 1800rpm. So you will need to work the gearbox a bit if you are in a hurry. In terms of performance, the diesel is now said to be 8 per cent faster than before while delivering 24kmpl in the standard fuel efficiency test cycles.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

The petrol engine variant of the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 comes out to be a refined and well-tuned version in terms of delivering high-performance values for the overall riding experience. The booster engine capacities of the car make it an admirable performer. With the 1.2-Litre engine capacities, the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 appears to be quick and responsive with the given manual gearbox. As such, the car delivers satisfying performance and can be the perfect pick when it comes to 4 drivetrain iterations that could be expected by the buyers. Even after the lack of major changes in the engine specifications, the overall claimed efficiency and handling figures have improved.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The new 2018 Maruti Swift has been assisted with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), ISOFIX mounts for child seats and dual airbags at the front. These features are standard across all the variants that indeed make it a safe car.Safety features for the Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 include dual front airbags, ABS along with EBD, Isofix child seat, brake assist and others. The braking duties are handled by the disc brakes towards the front along with the drum brakes towards the rear end.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cost 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 Conclusion

The new Swift is a better car no doubt, but where it really shines is the fun-to-drive factor. While this may not be a top reason to buy the Swift for most of you, it is now more practical on every count. The hatchback is more spacious, more convenient and better equipped too. While the ride comfort and the ffeel-goodfactor could be better, there’s no doubt that that the Swift still offers a very sound balance of sensibility and excitement. Expect prices to increase by Rs 30,000 when the Swift is launched in February 2018.

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