Maruti Suzuki Swift Hatchback First Drive

Maruti Suzuki Swift Overview

The Suzuki Swift Sport is an attractive performance hatchback which is already on sale in many parts of the world. We can call ourselves little unlucky because Maruti has decided not to launch the sportier variant of the Swift yet because performance hatchbacks were not popular in the Indian market. However, that is all going to change soon, according to the recent reports, there is a huge possibility that Maruti will be introducing the new generation Swift Sport in India keeping in mind the fact that hot hatchbacks are now finding places in the garages of many young Indian customers who want slightly powerful hatchbacks.

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We already have many popular performance hatchbacks introduced in India recently by few favourite Auto manufacturers including Fiat and Volkswagen. Even Maruti too launched the Baleno RS which is their iteration of performance hatchback based on the Baleno. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Suzuki Swift Look

Suzuki has provided us with only a few glimpses of the performance hatchback yet, but these images are enough to give us an idea that the Swift Sport will be getting a new front apron with more aggressive cuts. The performance hatchback is although based on the same hatchback but it does feature a different grille. Just like the new grille the sportier hatchback also gets a front splitter as well which helps in giving the front profile a much more aggressive and sportier stance. The side profile of the soon to be launched Swift Sport features a newly added side skirt and a slightly larger diamond cut alloy wheels.

The rear profile of the hatchback has not yet been fully revealed, but a small teaser image does show that the hatchback will get a black diffuser and twin exhaust.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Comfort

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 Gearbox

The all-new Swift might be new in a number of areas – design, platform, interior, and features – but, it continues to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel engines. The only change is that both engines can now be had with a 5-speed manual and a 5-speed AMT or automated manual transmission.We absolutely loved the manual petrol variant. The engine sounds good, it revs freely, and it has enough grunt to keep the driver involved and happy. Plus, the clutch is light and the gear shifts are precise and enjoyable. The petrol AMT isn’t bad either. Yes, the shift shocks are pretty pronounced, but one can get around that by using the throttle intelligently.

As for the diesel, the AMT again isn’t as good as the manual. But then, the diesel just isn’t as good as the petrol. This 1.3-litre diesel is noisy, vibey, and still big on turbo-lag. It’s fine for those looking at raking in big miles, but for everyone else, the petrol is what we would recommend.But, no matter what engine you choose, crisp and involving handling come as standard on the new Swift. It turns into corners with the agility of a hare. And even when committed to a corner, it never feels vague or nervous. Here the diesel is more fun. The steering feels more consistent on the diesel and it’s also more eager to perform lift-off oversteer moves compared to the petrol.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Rideing

The Swift has enjoyed segment best driving dynamics, both in its first and second generations. We are happy to say that even with the 3rd generation, the Swift hasn’t lost its soul and still manages to put a smile on your face once you get behind the wheel. The all new Swift is lighter in weight by nearly 40 kgs and courtesy of the new HEARTECT platform, the body structure is more rigid due to use of high and ultra-high tensile steel. This has managed to improve driving dynamics by quite a margin. The diesel Swift’s steering offers terrific feedback at both low and high speeds and is well-centred. This car loves to be pushed around corners and performs beautifully around the twisties. The steering weighs up well at high speeds and is very predictable.

Even sudden changes in direction don’t unsettle the car. The tyres offer tons of grip and tend to understeer on extremely hard cornering, something which the end customer will seldom do. The all new Swift surprised us with the ride quality. The suspension has been tuned towards the stiffer side but Maruti has managed to strike the balance quite well. To elaborate, the suspension manages to filter the undulations without passing them onto the cabin. Even though it is stiffer than before, it doesn’t get choppy on bad roads. The rear tends to get bouncy on bad roads but overall there is a vast improvement from the previous generation car. However, the petrol-powered Swift does not have the same steering feel as in the diesel and feels less enthusiastic in terms of cornering abilities mainly because it is lighter than its diesel counterpart. Ride quality is not all that great definitely not as good as the diesel’s.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Safety

The 2018 Swift gets dual airbags, ABS and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard across the range. The Standard and Safety pack variants of the Swift (both with six airbags) scored 3 and 4 stars respectively in the Euro NCAP crash tests. In a first, the Indian model will get dual front airbags as standard across all the variants of the Swift which is a welcome move by the country’s largest automaker. The carmaker has a good reach of after-sales network across every nook and corner of the country and this will play a vital role in the new Swift being an instant hit with Indians.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Price in Hyderabad

Maruti Suzuki Swift On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 5,45,182 to 9,60,760 for variants Swift LXI and Swift ZDI Plus respectively. Maruti Suzuki Swift is available in 12 variants and 6 colours. Below are details of Maruti Suzuki Swift variants price in Hyderabad. Check for Swift price in Hyderabad at Carzprice

Maruti Suzuki Swift Round Up

The first generation Swift in India was an excellent car for its time. It brought a different set of values to the mix which made us sit up and take notice. And yes, made the car the success it is today.The previous generation, or the second-generation car, sadly, wasn’t outstanding. As a product, and as a car, it was fine. But, it wasn’t good enough to blind you from buying anything else.This, the all-new Swift, however, is more like the original. It does the regular, basic stuff extremely well. And then, it also brings in the same set of lovely values – youthfulness, fun and desirability; courtesy its engine and handling mainly – that made the original a blockbuster.This one too seems set for greatness, and comes with a ‘BUY’ tag, no question.

 

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