The Swift Dzire is a sedan version based on the largely popular Swift. The car was created to replace the Esteem entry level sedan from Maruti Suzuki. The car was fist launched in 2008 and was met with some success.
The new Swift Dzire has undergone the same upgrades as the Swift and it also comes with the same trim levels and engine variants. A few modifications have been made to the car to account for the addition of the boot and to make the rear cabin space more comfortable.
The Swift Dzire, while it does have the same external design of the Swift with its sharp and aerodynamic line and low stance and muscle wheel arches, the addition of the boot is not very attractive and could have been better implemented. The car is not the best looking sedan as the boot is very small. The car looks behind for its time.
The interiors have been made more accommodating for families and it is less sporty than the Swift interiors. There is plenty of room for all passengers, and the driver’s seat is very comfortable. There are also lots of storage places such as storage pockets and retractable cup holders.
The steering wheel has mounted controls and there is also a good fabric on the seats and there are dual tone colours. The ergonomics have also been improved to give the dashboard a pleasant feel and make the drive enjoyable. There is also a wrap around silver accent along the doors and dash to give a premium feel inside the car.
The Swift Dzire comes with two powertrains, the same ones found in the Swift. There is the K series 1197cc petrol engine with VVT and 4 cylinders that can create 85bhp and 114Nm of torque. It performs very well and is incredibly well refined. The diesel engine features the 1.3 litre engine borrowed from fiat and it pumps out 75bhp and 190Nm of torque. Both engines are mated to the 5-speed manual transmission. The transmission works very well in the Swift as it is mated perfectly with both engine variants.
The performance in the Swift Dzire is simply amazing. Power delivery is up as is the ride quality. The suspension setup has been modified very well; it is got a slightly different rear suspension setup than the Swift, which uses a harder tune up and features new generation rally-based suspension. The Dzire on the other hand has been setup for a more enjoyable smooth ride for rear seat passengers. The car still has got a sharper turning radius. The steering and handing is really fantastic and the Dzire can take any road on without any problem. Thanks to the wider low-profile tyres the car is very well planted on the road at all times.
The fuel efficiency of the car has also been improved and in the petrol engine you can expect a very good fuel economy of 14kmpl, while in the 1.3 litre diesel unit you can get around 18kmpl. These are very good figures for a sedan.
The Dzire has some good features as well such as tilt power steering, power windows, automatic climate control, and a multi information LCD that displays important information about the car. There is also an integrated music player with steering mounted controls.
Modern Safety features are also found in the Dzire such as DRS airbags, Boost Assist System for more responsive braking, ABS, and increased torsional rigidity.
The Dzire is made up of fine quality materials and it is incredibly reliable. The interiors are spacious and invite you into a plush surrounding. The Swift is very easy to maintain, however some people have complained about the availability of parts. Because of its sales in large numbers you might need to wait for genuine parts to be ordered. Other than that finding a service centre is not a problem and in all probabilities the Swift will last you a lifetime.
The Dzire being an entry level sedan has got very good value for its price. There is currently no entry level sedan that has such a well refined engine and performs very well, and not to mention is made up of good quality.
There are a few entry level sedans such as the Nissan Sunny and now the newly launched Honda Amaze and Chevy Sail that will compete with the Dzire. The Dzire does not look as modern or attractive as these cars, but it is still a fantastic performer with good interiors. You should weigh out your options and decide which car is right for you before you decide to get a Dzire.