We love our classic cars and it’s just plain amazing to review their journey on to become the beloved cars they today are. We brought to you the Hyundai i10 review and in this feature we turn our eyes towards one of the most adored hatchbacks of the nation- the Maruti Suzuki Swift.
Maruti Suzuki has defined the automotive sector in this country for ages now. It ushered a new era in the passenger vehicle segment when it first entered our market with the Maruti 800 and well, there has been no looking back. It has since, become a brand synonymous with trust and the go to brand for anyone in the market for a new set of wheels. From the original Maruti 800 to the latest Maruti Suzuki Baleno and the Vitara Brezza, Suzuki’s success story in India is unparalleled. And there can never be a mention of Maruti’s success without talking of one of their best selling cars, the Maruti Suzuki Swift.
When it was launched back in 2005, the car was unlike any other. It was muscular, with flared arches, nice big stance and a mean 1.3 litre petrol motor. Typical Maruti way, the car became an instant hit amongst the masses for the kind of uniqueness it provided. There was not much in the name of competition from outside as there was from their own line up of cars. Potential WagonR buyers found a worthy upgrade, while at the same time it suited the bill for people looking for a nice luxury car without the big size of an Esteem.
The original Swift was a new vehicle for the company and they wanted to make it distinct from their existing Altos and WagonRs. What came out was just that. The Swift was a beefed up vehicle with a lot of mean character that was so uncommon at the time. Suzuki’s engineers had devoted a whole lot of time in bringing out this car and it showed, right from the stylish nose to the blacked out pillars. The wide haunches made it look like the ‘man amongst cars’ (a title widely popularized by Maruti’s own SX4). So much was the love for this design that when after a very successful run of close to 6 years, the car received an overhaul, the company made minimal changes to how the car looked, even when it had new body panels everywhere.
The 2011 Swift was an evolutionary upgrade to the original. It was a bigger car with a marginal increment of 90mm in length and 50mm in the wheelbase. What was good was only garnished with the swept back headlamps and the suave cuts on the grill. The back was where most of the tweaking was done. The rear tail lamps were further sweptback into the body and only sore point in the Swift’s design was the new boot lid. On the brighter side, the company claimed it was to provide structural rigidity to the car, high tensile steel was used for which.
Another mid cycle refresh was given to the car in 2014 to keep up in the game. Except for the larger air vents and the redesigned bumper, there wasn’t a whole lot new on offer though.
Maruti has never aced the game when it comes to interior design, but they are far from being the worst. The Swift’s interiors were nicely laid out and had a fresh appeal. The second generation car got a major interior overhaul, inspired by the bigger sibling Kizashi. It was the first to receive the kind of interiors that are now common sight in most of the cars in its lineup. In a market dominated by beige interiors, Suzuki dared going with all black interiors broken up only by slightly by the use of silver plastic trims. While the quality of plastics was still on the cheaper side, we aren’t complaining. The V shaped dash layout with sharp contours gives a whole lot of appeal to the insides of the car. If you can forgo the absence of a touchscreen AVN, the nice big music system on this one speaks premium. The gear lever, a favorite from the old car, has thankfully been carried over to the new model and we just love how it feels. The steering wheel on this one is loaded too, with nice, confidence inspiring weight to it. The steering mounted controls are also there.
There was almost no dearth of equipment in the car and whatever was ever left has been added in the 2014 update to the car. The new car now additionally boasts of Bluetooth audio for the stereo, Key-less entry and go, Push start stop button, electrically folding mirrors, some nicer fabrics for the interiors and a 60:40 splitting rear seat.
Although initially launched with a 1.3L petrol motor, the Swift has received its fair share of engine upgrades. Soon after its introduction, the car received Suzuki’s 1.2L K series of petrol engines, developed specifically for India. On diesel front, the car is powered by Fiat sourced 1.3L engines. Newer models still retain these engine options, which have now been tweaked to better suit the economy of the car. The Swift has forever been an amazing car to drive, and is known for the unparalleled driving experience. The current generation of the car stands as a testimony to the fact- with the petrol delivering 83.1bhp of power with 11.27kgm of torque, followed closely by the diesel at 74bhp of power and 19.37kgm torque. Typical Maruti, it does all that while returning handsome fuel efficiency figures of 20.4 kpl for the petrol and 25.2 kpl for the diesel.
Prices and Variants
The Swift is offered in a total of 7 variants- 4 petrol and 3 diesel. Prices range from Rs. 4.42 lakh for the base LXi petrol, going all the way to Rs. 6.71 lakh (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) for top of the line ZDi diesel.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is undoubtedly one of the best hatchbacks available in the country right now. It has gracefully stood the test of times, and with the added equipment it offers incomparable value for its price. No wonders, the company still sells close to 15000 units of the car every month even after so many years of launch. If you are in the market for a premium hatchback with the promise of a Maruti, its hard to find an alternative to the Swift!
Options to buy certified used Maruti Suzuki Swifts:
- Used Maurti Suzuki Swift in Delhi
- Used Maruti Suzuki Swift in Gurgaon
- Used Maruti Suzuki Swift in Noida