Expert Review of Maruti Swift
Maruti India is one of the pioneers of the automobile revolution in India. This company was founded way back in year 1981 and since then has been tirelessly making wonderful cars for the masses. Their small car, Maruti 800 was their first car in the Indian market which broke the monopoly of the then popular models. The stable of Maruti India is full of brilliant cars, which are fitted with fuel efficient engines and are affordable to one and all. Maruti cars are also renowned for being easy on the pocket in terms of repairs and regular servicing. One such magnificent hatchback from the fleet of the company is Maruti Swift, which is offered in both petrol and diesel versions. Both the versions have 3 trims each for the buyers to choose from and are equipped with some impressive gadgets. Maruti Suzuki India is the fully owned subsidiary of the multinational car maker from Japan, Suzuki Motor Corporation. This hatchback is said to be one of the best selling cars from the company. The list of Maruti Swift features include roomy interiors with ample space and leg room, multi layered smart dashboard, a waterfall central console that has a multi-information LCD display system, a powerful music system with 6 speakers, multi functional 3-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls on it, keyless entry, a tachometer, a brilliant instrument cluster with several notifications such as a driver seat belt reminder warning lamp, a head light off reminder notification, a ignition off reminder buzzer, a door closure warning lamp, a low fuel warning lamp, a multi information display that has a lot of vital statistics on it and many more such exciting features. The company has also bestowed this charming hatchback with several safety and protective features such as anti lock braking system with ventilated disc and drum brakes, a sturdy suspension for a smoother drive, dual front airbags, fog lamps for increased visibility, side impact beams and many more.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The company has fitted the petrol version of this Maruti Swift hatchback with a 1.2-litre, K-Series engine that has a VVT (variable valve timing) and a multi point injection. The company claims that the petrol engine has the ability to generate a mileage in the range of 18 – 19 Kmpl. On the other hand, the diesel engine is a CRDI fuel supply system based 1.3-litre mill, which churns out a healthy mileage of approximately 22 – 23 Kmpl, when driven under standard conditions.
This superb hatchback is being sold in quite a number of refreshing and vibrant exterior paint options. The list of these lustrous metallic finish options include a metallic Azure Grey finish, a metallic Sunlight Copper finish, a metallic Silky Silver option, a flamboyant Solid Bright Red metallic finish, a soothing metallic Ozone Blue option, a regal metallic Midnight Black finish, a dapper looking Pearl metallic finish option and also a sparkling Arctic White metallic finish option.
Acceleration and Pick up
The diesel engine based hatchback has been equipped with a highly developed DDiS technology and also has the ability to generate apt power and torque output as well. This Maruti Swift diesel has the ability to attain a top speed in the range of 155 to 160 Kmph and can cross the 100 Kmph barrier in just about 13.75 seconds, which is quite exciting. On the other hand the petrol engine based Maruti Swift can reach a top speed of 160 Kmph and the K-Series engine, which have been fitted into it can take this hatchback from 0 – 100 Kmph in close to 12.29 seconds, which is remarkable.
The Maruti Swift has a wonderfully designed bodyline with a sleek front grille and a broad head lamp cluster with a pair of fog lamps affixed in the front bumper. This neatly designed bumper also has a wide air dam, which aids in quick cooling of the engine. The sides have been blessed with a newly designed set of alloy wheels for the top end variant, while the entry level trim gets a set of robust steel wheels. The external wing mirrors have the side turn indicators integrated in them. The rear end has a big tail lamp cluster and also a high mounted stop lamp along with a rear wash and wipe with a defogger on the rear wind screen. Overall, this amazing hatchback is a complete package filled with all the features needed in a hatchback at an affordable price as well.
The list of these exciting convenient features include an electrical power steering that also has a tilt able steering wheel column, front and rear door power windows with the driver side power window getting an auto down function, an accessory socket, retractable cup holders for for front co-passenger, a cup holder in the center console, rear seat folding for bringing in more luggage if need arises, a central door locking system and many more such impressive features. Then this Maruti Swift hatchback also has a brilliant instrument cluster that have quite a number of notification and warning lamps such as a driver seat belt reminder, a head light off reminder, a key off reminder, a door closure warning lamp, a low fuel warning lamp, a radiant multi information display, fuel consumption info – instantaneous and average. The this hatchback also has a tachometer, a sporty wrap around the door trims with classy looking silver accents, a day and night internal rearview mirror, a front co-passenger side vanity mirror, a sporty looking three spoke steering wheel and other utility based features. This hatchback also has quite a few storage spaces such as a front door trim pocket, a high volume glove box, a parcel shelf, three folding assistant grip, a top end music system with Radio FM and MP3 player with an intelligent speed based auto volume and input options such as an Aux-in port and a USB interface along with four speakers and two integrated front tweeters. The steering wheel gets mounted illuminated audio controls for added convenience for the driver.
This Maruti Swift is a premium hatchback with a capacity to easily accommodate five passengers in it. The overall dimensions of this hatchback are quite liberal and spacious. The total length of this hatchback is about 3850mm along with an overall width of 1695mm, which also includes the external rear view mirrors. The total height of this hatchback is 1530mm and it also has a roomy wheel base of 2430mm, which is quite moderate. The ground clearance of this Maruti Swift hatchback is about 170mm, which is quite good.
The petrol version of this Maruti Swift hatchback has been equipped with a 1.2-litre, K-Series engine that has a VVT (variable valve timing) and a multi point injection fuel supply system. This petrol hatchback has the ability to generate a peak power output of 85.8bhp at 6000rpm in combination with a pounding 114nm of torque at 4000rpm. On the other hand the diesel engine based Maruti Swift has been housed with a DDiS technology based 1.3-litre diesel engine. This diesel power plant can churn out a maximum torque yeild of 190nm at 2000rpm along with an impressive power generation of 74bhp at 4000rpm. Both these engines have been skillfully coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box.
The company has bestowed the top end variants of this hatchback with a stylish set of 14 inch light alloy wheels. These modish set of rims are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 185/65 R14, which have a superior road grip. The company has also affixed a full size spare wheel inside the boot compartment of this hatchback, which is a standard feature across all the variants. The entry level trims have been given a robust set of steel wheels, which are either covered with hub caps or full wheel covers.
The front axle of this Maruti Swift hatchback has been fitted with a McPherson strut type of a mechanism. While the rear axle has been equipped with a torsion beam for better balance and stability. Both these mechanisms put together ensure a smooth and trouble free driving experience for all the occupants in this hatchback.
Handling and Control
Apart from the steadfast suspension mechanism, the company has also fitted this Maruti Swift hatchback with a proficient braking system as well. The front wheels of this hatchback have been fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, while the rear tyres have been given solid drum brakes for efficient braking on any road conditions. Apart from this, the company has also equipped this Maruti Swift hatchback with a highly developed anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution system that also has a braking assistant as well. There are several other features, which aid in better handling and control of this hatchback. The list includes rear door child locks, front and rear head restraints, a dual horn, driver and passenger airbags for enhanced protection of the front passengers, front seat belt with pretensioners and force limiter that also has a three point ELR (emergency locking retractor) rear seat belts and several other protective and safety aspects, which ensure that the passengers as well as the vehicle remains safe.
Striking exteriors, a powerful engine with good pickup, reasonably good mileage.
Interiors can be made better, engine noise and vibration can be reduced.