Maruti Suzuki Swift Hatchback First Drive

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The Maruti Suzuki Swift needs ZERO introduction. Back when it was introduced in 2005, it totally changed the way we Indians perceived hatchbacks. It combined premiumness, a fun driving experience and practicality in a way that wasn’t done before. And it’s been a hot ticket ever since, staying on the list of the top 5 highest selling cars in the country for well over a decade now. So when the third generation of the car is about to drop, it’s clearly a big deal. But has Maruti fiddled with the formula that made the Swift such a success?

Maruti Suzuki Swift Look

Clearly, this is a new Swift. Every design detail and shape has been changed. Still, it manages to retain a silhouette that is unmistakable for anything but a Swift. The front end is fairly familiar, as we’ve seen it before on the new Dzire. However, the Swift’s bumper and grille design are a bit different, and it’s missing the chrome elements from its sedan counterpart. And that makes the front of this new hatchback look a bit mundane. The LED headlights with LED DRLs do look great, but unfortunately, they’re only available on the Z+ variant. And the conventional headlights… well, they’re a bit too plain. The familiar Swift elements such as the flared wheel arches are there, but they now feel a bit better integrated into the car’s rounded shape. It does look pretty good from its side profile though, with its blacked out A and B pillars, and semi-blacked out C pillar. That gives it even more of a floating roof effect than before, and the body-coloured part of the C-pillar does have a lovely fin shape to it.Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

The top-spec Z+ variant also gets the 15” precision-cut alloy wheels, which if we’re being honest, look a bit chintzy. We really do prefer the more conventional look of the 15” alloys from the Z variant. The look at the back is most distinctive though, and that’s where it deviates the most from the Swift of old. The squared tail lights with their C-shaped LED strips look great and have a Mini-esque quality to them. Overall though, this new Swift doesn’t stand out amongst the crowd as much as the original one did – there’s little “wow” factor here. But the overall design is inoffensive and should have a fairly broad appeal.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort

We got a preview of the new Swift with the new Dzire that launched in 2017 – this can be said, to an extent, about the exterior as well, but really, it’s the interior that’s far more similar. The big difference is that it’s all black, rather than beige-and-black, and the somewhat tacky-looking faux wood has been replaced by simpler, more convincing grey plastic. We understand the sporty appeal of the all-black colour scheme, but we feel a little more brightwork, even if in the form of plastic trim would have livened up the somewhat drab ambiance. Still, there are a few more cool, new bits, like the circular central AC vents and the big rotary controls for the climate control, which operate with a solid, well-damped feel. Finally, there is a new instrument cluster with twin hooded binnacles for the speedo and tacho and red-ringed highlights. Sadly, the Dzire’s rather basic-looking central multi-info display returns; we were hoping for the Baleno’s high-res screen.

The equipment and additions, predictably, more-or-less mirror the additions we saw on the new Dzire. In the top Z+ cars, front and centre is the 7.0-inch SmartPlay touchscreen, and as with all the cars in the range, it gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and its own integrated navigation system too. There’s auto climate control, auto headlamps, a rear-view camera, voice commands, keyless entry and go, LED projector headlamps and daytime running lamps. It’s a little disappointing that the automatic versions aren’t available in this top trim, as the Z trim they are available in misses out on some desirable equipment, like the touchscreen, rear-view camera and LED lamps (just plain-looking halogens here). Still, it still gets more than just the basics though. What is nice, however, is the focus on safety; all Swifts get dual airbags, ABS, seatbelt pretensioners and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard, and Maruti says it complies with all current Indian crash test norms.

When it comes to space and comfort, the front half of the cabin, again, is identical to the Dzire’s. The seats are large and well contoured, but you realise soon enough into your drive that they’re cushioned a bit too softly, which could get uncomfortable for some over long distances. The driver’s seat is height adjustable though, and the sporty, flat-bottomed steering wheel is tilt-adjustable too. While frontal visibility is good, rearward visibility is significantly hampered by the thick C-pillars; another reason we wish the rear-view camera was offered on lower trims.To know more information on Maruti Suzuki Swift check Ksd-media

In the back, the new car has opened up a lot more space, which is welcome, as the previous cars were seriously lacking in this respect. Legroom and headroom, though perhaps not class leading, are vastly improved now, although shoulder room will still be a tad tight for three. But that old Swift bugbear of making you feel a bit hemmed in returns, thanks to the relatively small rear windows, and this is only made worse by those stylish, high-mounted outside door handles, whose housings eat into the glass area.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Transmission

The 1.3-litre DDiS 190 with 74PS and 190Nm torque is familiar, and a little noisy. But it’s also strapped into a new body and chassis (the fifth-gen Heartect platform) which is substantially lighter than the previous generation. It’s a little hard to pin point the exact figure on this AMT variant, because it has no outgoing counterpart but it’s at least 60kg lighter. The five-speed Magneti Marelli sourced AMT is familiar too, but has seen a little more development than what we’re used to in some of the earlier Maruti AMTs. Still, if you’ve let the sporty looks and sporty cabin get to your head, nailing the throttle at every opportunity will be met with slightly delayed downshifts and head nod on upshifts. That usually brings me back down to earth, at least. But we managed a best of 12.1s in the 0-100kmph run, which is more than respectable for a diesel hatch, an AMT at that.

Most diesel AMTs have a hard time in traffic, because of turbo lag and the AMTs affinity to early upshifts. The Swift is slightly better, but can take you by surprise sometimes by lurching forward instead of creeping forward. It does like its higher gears though, and in traffic you’re likely to be in third or fourth with just about enough to amble on. Overtakes need downshifts. Even with slower downshifts, the massive torque results in roll-on figures that are almost on-par with sporty cars (with a more advanced automatic box) like the Polo GT TSI! That’s certainly not how it feels – and a good reminder of how tractable diesels are! Of course, the high point of a diesel hatchback is the fuel efficiency. We got 17.1kmpl in the city, and 22.6kmpl out on the highway.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

For a sporty hatch, the Swift rides quite well. But wait, it’s a diesel automatic, more likely to be ferrying a family around. Well, in that case, it never truly isolates you or the passengers from what’s happening under the wheels. But it’s not jarring either. The highlight of the Swift is its light and agile nature, and it’s been amplified with its almost too-quick-to-react electric steering. It is electric around corners, with a lot of grip and very little body roll, though feedback from the wheel is muffled. It’s a fun-to-drive hatch, but you can tell it puts city driving first. Out on the highway the steering almost always feels too light, and too vague. If you get used to the constant corrections it wants, its fine but that’s not what YOU want, is it? There’s good stopping force at the pedal, and for such a small, light car, it keeps its composure under heavy braking.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

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 Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift On Road Price is 5,90,937/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,99,000/- in Hyderabad. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes in 6 colours, namely Mysterious Violet,Silky Silver,Glistering Grey,Granite Grey,Fire Red,Pearl Arctic White. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with FWD with 1197 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 83 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 115 Nm@4000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 12.6 seconds . Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Maruti Suzuki Swift Final Word

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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