The Maruti Suzuki Swift is the most popular hatchback in India without a doubt. Since its introduction to the Indian market in 2005 the Swift has been the best selling hatchback in the country. The Swift is now in its third generation and it has kept its design and engineering up to date with current time.
The Swift is also a popular car used in motorsports in India because of its great performance. Currently there are two engine variants available including a diesel engine. A sedan version of the Swift called the Dzire was also launched in 2008.
The new Swift has got a fantastic design. It has got sharp lines along a bold body with muscular wheel arches. It has got aerodynamic lines makes the car seem more modern. The overall length of the car has been enhanced by 90mm and its wheelbase increased by 40mm to give it a better road stance. There are new sweeping headlights and new front hood including a dynamic grille. The tail lamps are also with a new design with a curved angle under the C pillars. The car looks very good on the road and it has nice big tyres that come on alloys to make it look even sportier.
The new interiors of the Swift are very attractive and inviting for the young male customer because the car looks sporty even on the inside. 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 is also sporty with mounted controls and there is also a good fabric on the seats. 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 comes with two powertrains. 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 is simply amazing for a hatch of its size. Power delivery is up as is the ride quality. The suspension setup has been modified very well; it is got a harder tune up since the car is marketed as a sportier vehicle. The suspension features new generation rally-based suspension and it has got a sharper turning radius. The steering and handing is really fantastic and the Swift 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 15kmpl, while in the 1.3 litre diesel unit you can get around 19kmpl. These are very good figures for a sporty hatch.
The Swift has some good features as well such as tilt power steering, power windows, automatic climate control, body hugging seats, 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 Swift such as DRS airbags, Boost Assist System for more responsive braking, ABS, and increased torsional rigidity.
The Swift is the best selling hatch for a reason. It 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.
Once again the value for money speaks for itself in terms of the cars sales figures. If everyone is buying the car there must be something incredibly good about it, and that is that you are offered an incredible package at a low cost. You are getting a sporty, yet premium hatch for a very good price.
In the price range of the Swift its closest competitors are the VW Polo, Fiat Punto and Skoda Fabia, but all of these hatches are much more expensive and offer much less space. The petrol version of the Swift is the most popular and it is also the best performing hatch in its segment without a doubt. For a little bit of a cheaper price you get a sporty hatch that can take on European brands and at the same time you get a little bit of luxury.