Maruti Suzuki Swift Hatchback First Drive Review

By | November 25, 2019

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Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

We motoring journalists are used to waking up bleary-eyed on many an early morning. And yet a drive that remains etched in my memory is that of the first generation Maruti Suzuki Swift. To be jolted out of bed in the wee hours of the morning (03:45 hours to be precise) and be told that we had to drive and experience this as yet covered up special new model within the next two hours before the people living in the remote corner of Manesar woke up, needed special motivation. That was nearly 13 years ago and the first generation Swift we were driving in the dark was certainly motivation enough.

The Swift was the first world strategic model for Suzuki and Maruti. Though some of the other models in the strategy line-up may not have been successful, the Swift was an instant success. Clad in red and oozing youthful charm, the Swift became an icon overnight. The hot hatch is now set to be relaunched in its third generation form.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Look

The design of the new Maruti Suzuki Swift has undergone a complete transformation and the car now looks much younger, bold and almost attracts instantly. It is significantly different from the outgoing model and despite the name ‘Swift’ being 12 years old, it’s still going to attract young and many first time buyers which has been with the case with Swift ever since its inception.

The face of the new Swift has grown itself with the manual version of the top-variants getting a distinct headlamp cluster with DRLs and projector headlamps, much sharper front grille and fog lamps on either side completing the new face of the 2018 Swift. The layout of the bonnet is neat with no shut lines and the same pattern is carried on to the side of the car with. The rear door of the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift gets a neat and clean finished look with an aggressive line running along the side of the car. The rear door handle position has moved up on to the window of the car and will take time for one to get used to that. The quality of the plastic door handle could have had been better.

The rear features C-Shaped tail lights and a new bootlid that looks sharper. The rear bumper is where the new Swift will remind you of the Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift is now built on the Suzuki’s new Heartect platform on which its elder hatch sibling Maruti Suzuki Baleno is also based on. The use of this platform has resulted in a change to the overall dimensions of the all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift. The car’s length has been reduced by 10 mm to 3850 mm whereas the width of Swift is increased by 40 mm to 1695 mm. The height of the car remains the same at 1530 and the wheelbase has gone up by 20mm.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort

On the interior of the ZXi+ you get the fully loaded cabin. There is a sense of width that you get from the design of this dash. It adds to that sense of space the Maruti Suzuki Swift always desperately needed. The touchscreen in the central console is a carry over from some of the other models so I won’t get into the functionality. (It’s exactly the same as what you see on the S-Cross, the Ignis, the Baleno and so it gives you Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). But it’s only on the ZDI+ and ZXi+. The climate control system is well executed. It’s got a three dial-like design, and the central one is a screen, which has the climate display. The flat-bottom steering wheel, overall plastic quality and the layout will convey that sense of modernity. The instrument cluster is well finished and the dials have a reddish-orange trim which looks nice. Check for Maruti Suzuki Swift price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive.

At the back, the cabin gets a bit plain. A little more of an indent or a curvature on the backrest and a little more under thigh support would have been great. The seats not terribly comfortable but what has definitely changed is the sense of space. Better headroom, decent amount of knee room and good amount of legroom compared to the previous Swift. The other little niggling point is that entry hatchbacks now do have rear AC vents but this car doesn’t get that. But otherwise that little enhancement of the wheelbase instantly shows up back here. That sense of being cramped – almost a hallmark of the Maruti Suzuki Swift – has finally gone away. So largely good though a plumper rear seat would’ve been nice. Dual airbags and ABS are standard. And the car also gets Isofix child seat restraints on the rear bench. But the ‘plus’ variant is not what most people will end up buying so what are you getting on the mid variants? It is disappointing not to see the touchscreen on the ZDi, since it’s only on the ZDI/ZXi+.

The music system on the lower variant is still well finished and is integrated well. It still lends that feel from the premiumness of the plastics, and the width I was talking about. The VXI and LXI don’t get the climate control system and so the lower variants will seem rather plain and old-world. Maruti needed to have pushed the envelope a bit given how much is standard on cars like the Ford Figo and Hyundai Grand i10. Maruti will also do well to offer the AMT with the ZXI+ and ZDI+ trims as many automatic buyers would want the DRLs and the touchscreen. I expect a variant subsequently as we have seen happen with the Ignis.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Transmission

2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift retains the most important element of Swift and remains the most fun car to drive in the segment. Both 1.2L petrol and 1.3 diesel engine are nicely refined and tuned to give out a nice sporty feel while driving. We had the chance to drive the petrol manual and diesel AMT variants and both the cars impressed us with its performance. When compared to the older Swift the all-new Swift has lost its overall weight by 85 kilograms, thanks to the new platform which has tremendously helped to improve the handling of the car. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift proved to be extremely smooth on the twisty roads of Lonavala. The petrol engine sheds a maximum power of 83 hp and the diesel engine block’s max power is 75 hp.To know more info on Maruti Suzuki Swift visit Ksd-media

The AMT gearbox too has been well tuned and surprised us with its delivery. However, we wouldn’t completely say that it was very responsive. It took times to downshift on inclines and requires more throttle and extra rev to get the punch going.Maruti Suzuki claims a mileage of 28.4 kmpl on the diesel engine and 22 kmpl on the 1.2L petrol. Both petrol and diesel engines are mated to the 5-Speed manual gearbox and get the option of Auto-gear shift (AGS) transmission.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Driving

The big improvement in the new Swift’s performance is in the ride. The suspension is the same set-up as in the Dzire, but compared to the current generation Swift, this feels much improved. With the right level of damping and balance between a firm and pliant ride, the Swift manages to impress with its agility around corners and its ability to swallow big potholes on the road. There is none of the rattling and throw-about ride of the previous generations. Handling is good too, though there is definitely the tendency to understeer, especially in the heavier diesel. Understeer is an endemic problem faced by most front wheel drive cars (in the absence of other electronic aids).

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 all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift takes up the Swift brand to a whole new level. We all knew it would be better but after having driven the Swift it’s almost certain that the company has given it all to make the Swift bigger, better and probably the best car in the segment. The new Maruti Suzuki Swift has a peppy engine and is certainly the most fun car to drive that I have driven after a long time. The bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Swift have already begun and expect a huge chunk of existing Swift customers to upgrade to this new one. Expect long waiting periods on the car and more buyers opting for petrol and AMT variants.

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