Maruti Suzuki Swift Review & Test Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The Maruti Swift has been recalled by the company for a faulty airbag controller unit. 566 units of the Swift manufactured between 7th May 2018 and 5th July 2018 will be recalled for inspection and necessary action, thereafter. Owners of these cars shall be contacted directly by Maruti Suzuki dealers for an inspection. The replacement, if any, will be free of cost, starting today. Customers can also visit the company website and log in their chassis number to check if they are affected by this recall.

The new Swift is an extremely popular car. It was the fastest car to cross 100,000 bookings, within less than two months of its price announcement. The bookings went to a record high. The waiting period has come down drastically and the car is available within 1-2 months time, depending upon the variant. Read further to know more about the 2018 Maruti Swift.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exteriors

Let’s start with the look. If the shift from Gen 1 to Gen 2 was a small evolutionary step, the shift to Gen 3 is a leap – but still an evolutionary one. Anyone familiar with the old Swifts could identify this one at a glance, even though so much of it is different. The headlamps are still swept back, but they’re more pod-like than the triangles of old, and now have a distinct LED running lamp signature and LED projector lamps on the top trim. Similarly, the tail-lamps do flow back over the rear haunches as always, but this time they’re more three-dimensional; in fact, the signature effect is lost at night, because when they light up, they just look like generic square clusters.

There’s still a narrow glasshouse with a wider body beneath it, but since the car is 40mm wider now, the visual contrast is much greater – it is noticeably larger and also more ‘cab forward’ than the last car. The other Swift signature is the floating roof, which is now enhanced by a black bifurcation in the thick C-pillar. And, speaking of which, the rear door handle is now housed in the C-pillar, which gives the Swift the look of a three-door hatchback – it’s a design touch that’s quite passe but still looks cool nonetheless.

Another change is that the grille is now a single unit with a nicely designed mesh, and below it is an air dam in the chin that’s pushed a bit inboard, adding some aggression to the car’s ‘mouth’. A slight disappointment are the wheels, though. They’re 15 inches in diameter in top-spec, but their design and the tall 65-profile tyres they’re shod with, make them look smaller than they actually are. With the car’s greater dimensions, 16-inchers and wider tyres – which you get on the international version – would have done wonders for the stance. Still, overall, we think the new Swift delivers on the style front, and that’s a big battle won. To know more info on Maruti Suzuki Swift check Scriptcafe

Maruti Suzuki Swift Interiors

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 SmartPlay 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. Check for car loan interest rate.

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 Transmission

The engines remain the same in the Swift, but it now has a lighter chassis. This has a positive effect on the performance of the current engines and also to the fuel efficiency of the car. 2018 Maruti Swift’s major seller will be the 1.2-litre petrol K-Series engine. This is the most powerful in its segment and also fun to drive. The lighter body weight delivers better performance. It is difficult for competition to beat the Swift petrol in terms of its performance. It is quiet. There is no noise or vibrations at low or even high engine speeds. This is a gem of an engine indeed. There could be a Swift RS, but we aren’t sure when. Maruti could introduce it much later on.

The diesel is a 1.3-litre unit. This segment has been moving towards petrol for the last few years. However, the 2018 Swift diesel will be a good seller still. Many consider it to be a good option even now. Also in smaller towns, people still prefer the diesel version. This engine has decent NVH, and it has good enough noise evident. The insulation is ok and still you can hear the engine at 3,000rpm. The 2018 Maruti Swift will have more than sufficient performance in both, just that the petrol will have better performance. The light body weight makes the engines perform even better.

All Maruti’s rank high in terms of fuel efficiency. The petrol and the diesel engines have good efficiency. The petrol engine in manual avatar will return 13km/l in the city, AMT will be 12km/l. The diesel manual is about 17km/l and AMT is 16km/l in the city. The power is good, but it is a bit jerky in AMT when you shift to a lower gear. Both the engines will come with 5-speed manual and AMT options. This will be another important product to top the sales chart in India.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

But here’s the crucial bit – the dynamics. The second-generation Swift was a bit softer than the sharp-as-a-tack original, so is this one a return to form? Not quite. On one hand, the new, stiffer, lighter chassis makes itself quite apparent in how well it holds things together in corners. The suspension, too, is well judged, with body movements being decently contained. However, as with the Dzire, the steering feels completely lifeless and doesn’t return to centre freely. It feels slightly weightier in the diesel cars, but it’s still a far cry from the Swifts of old.

Sure, you’ll probably get used to driving it in town, and in a sedan like the Dzire, you might be able to forgive it, but this is a Swift, and fun driving characteristics are meant to be a part of the package. The ride feels a little on the firm side and a bit jiggly over rough patches at low speeds, but as you pick the pace up, it smoothens out beautifully. Once you’ve gotten going, bump absorption is actually rather good and the suspension works really silently. Overall, the ride has a nice maturity to it and endows the Swift with a nice, big-car feel, even though it’s so much lighter this time.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The 2018 Swift gets dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across the range. The Standard and Safety pack variants of the Swift (both with six airbags) scored 3 and 4 stars respectively in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In a first, the Indian model will get dual front airbags as standard across all the variants of the Swift which is a welcome move by the country’s largest automaker. The carmaker has a good reach of after-sales network across every nook and corner of the country and this will play a vital role in the new Swift being an instant hit with Indians.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Cost in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,90,937 to 9,82,853 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 15 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in Hyderabad. check for Swift price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Final Thought

The waiting period at some locations has already gone up to six months. You see, the Swift may have lost some of the original’s fun and funky DNA, notably in the dynamics department, but that hasn’t stopped buyers from lapping it up. Yes, that’s because of how strong the Swift name is, but also because, lifeless steering aside, it’s just a great hatchback. It’s got the look, for one, and that’s a big enough selling point on its own.

But then it’s also got a long equipment list, good space and, crucially, a bigger boot too. It’s worth noting that it’s probably not best in class in any of these areas, but it’s close enough. We do wish, however, that Maruti gave the lower variants a bit more kit to make them look and feel a little more special. That the new Swift will be a success is practically a given, but what you need to know is that this time around, when it comes to those inherent Swift traits, sharp handling has been replaced by something else, and that’s a certain big-car maturity that’s new to the brand.

 

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