Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview
There are very few automobiles in India which deserve to be called gamechangers. Arguably one of them is the Maruti Swift, which completely changed the way people perceived hatchbacks when it was first launched in 2005. The hatchback segment is a very large share of the Indian car market and to crack this is no easy task. Testimony to the fact is that the Swift has featured in top five best selling cars in India for over a decade now. Now, Maruti is ready with the 3rd generation model of this hatchback which promises to be better in every respect. While the car will be launched at the upcoming 2018 Auto Expo, we are in the hills of Lonavala to get up-close and personal with the all new Swift. Will the next generation model carry the legacy of the Swift, we are here to find out? View Price & Offers on Swift at CarzPrice
Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior
The 2018 Maruti Swift is not a facelift but an all new car. It is based on the same platform which underpins the Ignis and Dzire. This new platform comes with a host of good things. It makes the car lighter, yet stronger. Bigger, yet compact. To put it in simple words, the Swift is now a much more desirable car that before. Though the design philosophy has been maintained, it gets some nice touches. The front is new and gets new headlamps with projectors and daytime running LEDs.
The grille is all new single aperture design. Now, this is different from the Dzire, which gets a chrome lip on the grille. The Swift gets an all black one. The side looks similar to the earlier model, but the floating roof concept is enhanced, as it gets a black band across the rear side end. The rear door is also different and has a handle with is embedded next to the C-pillar. The Swift gets 15-inch alloy wheels. These are silver painted ones and the top end trims get a black machined or diamond cut finish on the wheels. The width of the car is now increased by 40mm, hence it looks broader and is more spacious as well. The wheelbase is also longer.
The rear is the portion which gets the biggest change. Here the car looks completely different from its previous generation one. It gets a jetting out set of taillamps. These are LED ones and look very attractive. Now the rear end is a matter of choice to like or dislike. Frankly, we were not too impressed with the way it appears. The bumper is also all new.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior
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.
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 Engine & Performance
The engines are the same as earlier. The petrol is a 1.2-litre K series engines with 84 bhp of power. The diesel is also the same 1.3-litre fiat sourced DDis unit. It belts out 75bhp of power. Both engines are mighty quick and do not go on the power figures alone. The new Swift is much lighter, hence the performance is even better now.There is a new addition of an AMT. The AMT is available in both diesel and petrol, however comes only in the Z variant. The top Z+ does not get an AMT in either fuel versions.
Performance is one thing, but when coupled with refinement, it takes the car to a different level. The Swift feels excellent to drive. I was particularly impressed by the way it handles. This hatchback is very nimble and the steering response is better than any recent car from Maruti. I drove up some hard twisties in Lonavala and the way this car handled curves at reasonably high speeds, was fabulous. This is not exaggeration at all! I have been criticizing the steering response of Maruti cars, but this new Swift is excellent. It brings out the driver in you.
The silent cabin is also mighty impressive as Maruti has done a lot of work on the NVH levels. By using additional sealants and sound deadening materials, the result is a cabin that feels premium. The steering wheel also adds to the driving pleasure as the top variants get a leather wrap around and feels great to hold. The steering wheel is small and the flat bottom makes it feel extremely sporty.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance and Handling
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 Braking & 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
Maruti Suzuki Swift Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai 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 Mumbai. Check for Swift price in Mumbai
Maruti Suzuki Swift Verdict
The Maruti Swift has been a hit in the Indian market in the past and nothing much is going to change with the third-generation car. We reckon that Maruti will price it competitively and there could be a price overlap with its elder sibling, the Baleno. However, the Swift customer is more of an enthusiast and someone who wants an engaging car to drive. The all new Swift is a vast improvement in practically every department and looks to be just another success story for Maruti with its quality interiors, a long list of features, potent engines and now with the option of automatic, it makes a very practical buy in the hatchback segment. Something on which both the mind and heart agree on.