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Maruti Suzuki Swift 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Dec 24 2019 Share this blog

The largest car manufacturer in India, Maruti Suzuki launched the Swift back in May 2005 in India. The Swift took the market by storm and was such a success that it managed to create a segment for itself. Ever since its launch, which was more than a decade ago, Swift has remained on the top 5 most selling cars list. Maruti Suzuki Swift became the style quotient amongst the youth right after its launch with its aggressive styling and powerful Fiat-sourced petrol engine. To keep the Swift relevant, Suzuki is now ready with its all-new avatar to top the sales charts again. The 4th generation Swift is built on the 'Heartect' platform which made its debut in 2015. It is the same platform used for the production of hatchbacks like the Baleno and Ignis.

The all-new Maruti Suzuki Swift goes up against cars like the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Renault Triber and Ford Freestyle. It comes with petrol as well as a diesel engine. The prices of the new Swift start from Rs. 5.14 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi) and go all the way up to Rs. 8.84 lakhs (Ex-showroom Delhi). It is no more the cheapest offering in its segment as the Grand i10 Nios undercuts the Swift by approximately Rs. 15,000. Multiple attempts have been made by many car manufacturers to de-throne the Swift as the best selling car and now its time to see if the new Swift can actually hold up its throne, or not.

What's good in the Maruti Suzuki Swift?

  • Best in class fuel efficiency figures

  • Enjoyable handling & on-road behavior

  • Stylish exteriors

  • Extensive feature list

What's bad in the Maruti Suzuki Swift?

  • Poor cabin quality

  • AMT on offer is not the smoothest

What’s New?

  • A new design and a platform

Maruti Suzuki Swift variants comparison

Suzuki’s new Swift is offered in a total of 7 different variants. The petrol engine comes with 4 variants namely LXI, VXI, ZXI, and ZXI+. The diesel, on the other hand, gets only 3 variants namely, VDI, ZDI, and ZDI+. The base variant, LXI is available only with a petrol engine and not available with the diesel engine. Finally, gone are the days when the base variant was skimmed of all the safety features. Hence, the base LXI variant now offers ABS with EBD, dual front airbags and rear parking sensors. 

Trim

LXI

VXI/VDI

ZXI/ZDI

ZXI+/ZDI+

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR - PETROL

 5,14,000 

 6,14,000;

 6,61,000 - AMT

6,73,000;

7,02,000 - AMT

 

7,53,000;

 

7,97,000 - AMT

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR - DIESEL

N/A

 6,98,000;

 

 7,45,000 - AMT

 7,57,000;

 

 8,04,000 - AMT

8,38,000;

 

8,84,000 - AMT

Features 

Power & Tilt Steering

All features of LXI and:

All features of VXI and:

All features of ZXI and:

Multi-Information Display

Audio Player with CD/MP3 & FM/AM

 

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel

 

 

Smart Infotainment with Voice command

Engine Immobilizer

Steering Mounted Audio Calling Controls

 

Auto Headlamps(Lead me to Vehicle/Follow me home)

 

Remote Fuel Lid Opener

 

 

Reverse Parking Sensors

Power Windows (Front + Rear)

 

 

Electrically Retractable ORVMs

 

 

Height Adjustable Driver Seat

 

 

ABS with EBD and Brake Assist

 

 

Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

 

 

Engine Push Start-Stop Button with Smart Key

 

 

60:40 Split Rear Seat

 

 

Dual Front Airbags

 

 

Speed-Sensitive Automatic Door Lock

 

 

Rear Defogger

 

 

LED Projector Headlamps

 

 

Which Variant to choose?

Looking at the pricing and the features on offer, we would suggest you go for the VXI petrol variant of the Swift. At Rs. 6,14,000 it comes with all the necessary features and is the most value-for-money variant of the Swift. If you are not on a tight budget, we would suggest you skip the ZXI and go for the ZXI+ variant as at Rs. 7,53,000 it offers all the bells and whistles in terms of features.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Discounts and Offers (January)!

Maruti Suzuki is offering great deals on the Swift and providing the users with cash discounts up to Rs. 35,000. There is an additional discount of Rs. 20,000 on the ex-showroom price of Swift if you exchange your older car. For more offers, check out the prices below

Variants (Petrol/AMT)

Cash Discount

Ex-showroom price (Delhi)

(ex-showroom) Discounted Price

LXI

Rs. 35,000 Additional Rs 20K Exchange

Rs. 5,14,000

Rs. 4,19,000

VXI

Rs. 35,000 Additional Rs 20K Exchange 

Rs.6,14,000

Rs. 5,55,900

ZXI

Rs. 35,000 Additional Rs 20K Exchange

Rs. 6,73,000

Rs. 6,18,000

ZXI+

Rs. 35,000 Additional Rs 20K Exchange

Rs. 7,53,000

Rs. 6,98,000

*The ex-showroom prices might slightly vary state-wise.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Engine and Performance

The new Swift comes with both petrol as well as a diesel option. But with the announcement of Suzuki exiting the diesel engine market in 2020, there is a lot of skepticism around buying a diesel variant. Nonetheless, both the engines come with excellent driveability and you cannot go wrong with either. We also believe that Suzuki will continue to make parts of the diesel motor and support its after-sales service. Hence, it seems like a great time to buy one of the last few diesel motors that will be rolling out from Suzuki’s stable. Maruti Suzuki thought about the future a little earlier and launched the Swift with BS6 compliant engine in July 2019.

1.2 L VVT Petrol Engine

The Swift petrol is powered by a 1.2-liter, 4-cylinder K12 petrol engine which does its duty on a lot of other Maruti cars as well as the Baleno, Dzire and even the outgoing model of the Swift. It churns out 82 Bhp of power at 6000 Rpm and 113 Nm of peak torque at 4200 Rpm. Due to the lighter kerb weight of the Swift, Suzuki has detuned the motor by a slight margin in favor of more fuel efficiency. This engine certainly feels more sprightly in the new Swift due to its weight advantage. Suzuki has tuned the engine towards city driveability and given it enough low-end grunt to crawl in traffic. Hence, you would not be forced to downshift or upshift excessively within the city conditions. This engine is quite rev-happy and the power delivery feels very linear. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol engine

Once on the open highway, you will be able to extract the best out of this motor. Once past the 2500 rpm mark, this motor feels quite lively all the way up to the redline. The engine throws a sweet note past 4000 rpm and enthusiasts will love high-revving it. The throttle response remains sharp all through the rev band but the rev limiter kicks in at 6300 rpm which will force you to upshift especially while overtaking. The 5-speed gearbox is slick shifting with short throws and the clutch is on the lighter side making it easy to nip through city traffic. This motor has been doing its duty from the past ten years and is the jewel of a motor especially for the urban commute. If you want an ultimate city crawler, you can go with the AMT gearbox which is smooth but slow with upshifting. The overall performance of this engine is simply one of the best in its segment and most customers will not have much to complain about it.

1.2L DDIS Engine

The 1.2 L DDIS engine on the Swift is sometimes also known as India’s national engine due to its widespread usage in many cars. This is also the last generation of the 1.2L DDIS motor that Suzuki will be selling in India. It is a turbocharged 3 cylinder motor that pushes out 74 Bhp of power at 4000 RPM and 190 Nm of peak torque at 2000 RPM. Due to the lower weight of the current generation model, this engine also feels more sprightly to drive than in the outgoing model. Once you get on the move, Swift starts off the line in a linear manner but there is a slight bit of turbo lag in lower RPMs. In most conditions, there is enough torque available and you don't need to downshift too often. But, things change when you need to close gaps quickly. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Diesel Engine

The turbo kicks in past 2000 rpm and things get better as you pick up speed. The NVH levels inside the cabin are not the best and you can hear the diesel clatter almost consistently. On the highways, the diesel Swift is quick but not what you would call exciting. Hence, where the petrol engine in the Swift is impressive, the diesel motor feels just adequate. The AMT with the diesel motor is even slower with its upshifts and the throttle response is duller too in comparison to the petrol motor.

Models

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXI

Renault Triber RXE

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Price (Ex-Delhi) in INR

5,15,000

4.95.000

4,99,999

5,81,000

Engine

1.2L VTVT Inline-4 Naturally aspirated Engine

1.0L Energy Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

1.2L Kappa Petrol Inline-4 Naturally aspirated 

1.2L Dragon Petrol Inline-3 Naturally aspirated

Transmission

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

5 Speed Manual

Power (bhp)

81bhp@6000rpm

71@6250rpm

82@6000rpm

95@4250rpm

Torque(N-m)

113Nm@4200rpm

96@3500rpm

113@4000rpm

120@4250rpm

The Swift produces at par power figures with the segment. The Freestyle with its 95 Bhp motor is the strongest of the lot. While the Triber, even with the 7 seat arrangement, is the last in terms of power figures. The Grand i10 Nios produces similar power figures but the Swift is the most fun-to-drive car here.

Maruti Suzuki Swift - Ride Quality and Handling

The Swift has always been associated with having a sporty driving dynamics and the same shows in its ride and handling set up. The Swift’s suspension tune-up has been done on the stiffer side which makes it fun to drive a car but takes away some of the comforts. At slow city speeds, the suspension is not able to soak in every bump or pothole in its way like its elder sibling, Baleno. But the suspension is livable for the most part and the ride gets better as you pick up speed. The stiffer suspension ensures that the body roll is very well contained and you can have some fun around the corners. On the highway, the Swift does not feel nervous and stays well glued to the tarmac. Hence, the highway ride is certainly better than the city ride.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Handling

The Swift is one-finger light at parking and city speeds, thanks to its light steering unit. This makes it a very easy car to drive in urban situations, but not the kind an enthusiast would like. The steering is fairly direct and the car points in the direction it should. On the highway, the steering gains some weight but still remains on the lighter side. The 4.8 m of turning radius makes even a U-turn, a breezy affair. While the suspension is on the sporty side in the new Swift, the handling is focused more towards comfort.

Braking Performance of Maruti Suzuki Swift

A strong braking performance not only gives you confidence while driving at high speeds but also make a car safer to drive. Like the old car, the new Swift comes with disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. However, in the new car, the braking performance is noticeably better. It comes with ABS and EBD as standard and the ABS is not of the intrusive nature. Under hard braking, the car stops in a straight line, without any drama. The brake pedal feels feedback-rich and brakes perform competently.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Renault Triber RXE

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Front Brakes

Ventilated Disc

Disc

Disc

Ventilated Disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Drum

Drum

Drum

Curb Weight (kg)

855

947

895

1026

100-0 KMPH (meters)

43.9

N/A

42.62

40.98

The best braking performance is provided by Ford’s Freestyle which comes to a halt from 100-0 kph in just about 41 meters. Even while the 100-0kph distance of the Swift is not available it performs at par with the segment due to its lighter curb weight. The Triber falls under a safe braking distance as well but the braking distance can increase considerably with 7 people on board. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Fuel Mileage

Suzuki cars are known for providing the best mileage in their respective segments and the new Swift comes with the same pedigree. The Swift beats all its rivals in terms of mileage with both, petrol as well as its diesel engine. The diesel gives an astounding mileage of 28.4 kmpl while petrol returns 22kmpl of overall fuel economy.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Renault Triber RXE

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Mileage (Kmpl)

22

20

20.7

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

37

40

37

42

Range (Km)

800

800

765.9

798

The closest competitor of the Suzuki Swift is the Grand i10 Nios which gives 2 kmpl lesser mileage than the Swift. Swift’s excellent fuel economy figures have to be credited to its lighter weight.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior Design and Style

The exterior styling of the Swift is not a radical departure from the outgoing model but Suzuki has made sure that both the models can be easily differentiated.

Maruti Suzuki Swift design

The front is dominated by a  large, hexagonal grille with black horizontal slats which gives it quite a sharp look. The new Swift also gets the signature sweptback headlamps like the old one. But this time around, they are more angular and with a sharper design. The U-shaped LED DRLs give it a futuristic look but are available only on the top-end Z+ trim. The use of chrome is kept to a bare minimum. From the rear the new Swift might remind you of the A-star with is squarish taillights and a floating roof.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Renault Triber RXE

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Kerb weight (kg)

855

947

895

1026

Length(mm)

 

3840 

3990

3805

3954

Width(mm)

1735 

1739

1520

1737

Height(mm)

1530 

1643

1680

1570

Ground clearance (mm)

163

182

167

190

Wheelbase (mm)

2450 

2636

2450

2490

The new Swift is 10 mm shorter in length compared to the older car. However, its width has been increased by 40 mm and at 2,450 mm, the wheelbase has been increased by 20 mm. It is neither the longest nor the widest car in its segment. 

How does the Maruti Suzuki Swift feel like on the inside?

The sporty nature of the Swift on the outside continues on the inside. It gets an all-black treatment which is easy to maintain and looks quite sporty. The lighter build quality of the Swift is evident from the super light doors which open in a three-stage action. The dashboard design is quite neutral and you won’t find many people hating it. In the middle of the dashboard sits a 7-inch tablet-like touchscreen that comes with Suzuki’s SmartPlay interface. The plastic quality is just about average and the buttons and knobs feel durable. The Swift’s cabin certainly doesn’t have the look or feel of the Grand i10 Nios’s cabin and fails to leave any impressions.

Maruti Suzuki Swift interior and dashboard

The front seats provide a good amount of under-thigh support and bolstering which helps you keep in place while taking a sharp turn. The cushioning is on the softer side which might not be a very good thing for undertaking very long journeys but is not a deal-breaker. At the rear, the knee room is just about adequate and seating 3 on the rear bench will not be the most comfortable affair. The headroom is adequate but the shoulder room would not feel adequate for large occupants due to the sloping roofline. All-around visibility is good but not great due to the smaller sized rear window, hence the rear parking camera on the ZXI+ variant really comes in handy.

Creature comforts on offer

  • 7” inch infotainment screen

  • Electrically Retractable ORVMs

  • Remote Keyless Entry System

  • Auto Down Power Window (Driver Side)

  • Engine Push Start-Stop Button with Smart Key

  • Rear Defogger

  • Auto Headlamps(Lead me to Vehicle/Follow me home)

  • Automatic Climate Control

Infotainment system and Connectivity options

The infotainment system is one of the most important parts of the in-car experience. To enhance that experience, the Swift comes with Suzuki’s Smartplay infotainment system. It comes with a simple interface which is also apple car play and android auto compatible. The system feels quick and responsive but picks up some glare under direct sunlight.  It comes with 4 speakers which perform admirably and are tuned towards bass-heavy audiophiles. The new Swift does not come with any connected car feature which is true for all its rivals as well.

MAruti Suzuki Swift infotainment screen

Infotainment Features

  • 7” Touchscreen Infotainment system

  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto connectivity

  • 4 Speakers audio

  • Bluetooth and USB connectivity

  • Steering Mounted Audio Calling Controls

What is the Boot Space of the Maruti Suzuki Swift?

Maruti Suzuki Swift Boot Space

The boot space is one of the most important aspects of a car, especially for family buyers. The Swift does not disappoint in this department as it comes with a boot space worth a weekend trip luggage. In fact, it comes with the most amount of boot space when compared to its rivals.

Model

Maruti Suzuki Swift LXi

Renault Triber RXE

Hyundai Grand i10 Nios Era 

Ford Freestyle Ambiente

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (Litres)

268

284

260

257

All the rivals in this segment are neck and neck in terms of boot space. But once you fold down the seats of the Triber, it provides the most amount of boot space.

How Safe is the Maruti Suzuki Swift?

With the future safety crash tests and norms kicking in soon, every manufacturer seems to have updated their cars already. The new Swift gets ABS with EBD and dual front airbags as standard which makes it a much safer car to drive now. Maruti also claims that its new Heartect platform is safer due to the use of high tensile steel which provides effective shock absorption. 

Safety Features

  • Dual front airbags

  • Speed-sensing door locks

  • Pedestrian Protection Compliance

  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist

  • Reverse Parking Camera

  • Pinch Guard Power Window + Auto Up (Driver Side)

  • Front Seat Belts with Pre-Tensioner and Force Limiter

How does the Maruti Suzuki Swift compare against its rivals?

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Renault Triber

Renault has come with a new and interesting car that has the capability to carve its own segment in the Indian car market. The Renault Triber is the only car that can seat 7 people in its segment and comes loaded with features as well. But it is a car made for practicality more than performance. Hence, if you are looking for a more fun-to-drive car with better fuel efficiency then you cannot go wrong with the Swift. 

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

Hyundai has finally launched the much-awaited successor of the Grand i10 which is clearly targeted towards dethroning the Suzuki Swift. The i10 NIOS is quite a capable contender for replacing the Swift as the best selling car in the hatchback segment. Hyundai has focused on all areas which matter to an Indian urban buyer. The Nios provides a much more solid feel and its ride quality is certainly better in city conditions. But the Swift provides a much more engaging driving experience than the Grand i10 Nios. Hence if you are looking for a comfortable car with a more premium cabin you should go with the i10 Nios but if you are a keen driver then the Swift is the car for you.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Ford Freestyle

Ford Freestyle is a jacked-up version of Figo but it manages to make a lot of steps in the right direction. Firstly, it comes with a solid build quality which the Swift cannot match. Secondly, it also comes with a better quality of plastics inside the cabin and feels better put together, overall. The Freestyle has better handling dynamics and is also a very engaging car to drive just like the Swift. The Swift beats the Freestyle in terms of fuel efficiency and exterior looks. It also comes with more features than Freestyle. Hence, the Swift excels in areas that matter more to the Indian customers and shall continue to beat the Freestyle in terms of sales. The Freestyle might be a better car overall but cannot provide you with the low cost of ownership and after-sales service that the Swift comes with.

Final Verdict

The Swift continues to be the best-seller in its segment as it gets some basics that matter to the Indian customers, quite right! For one, it provides the best fuel efficiency in its segment which makes it a light-on-pocket car for customers. The second, it comes with an unmatched widespread service network of Maruti Suzuki. It is an engaging car to drive and comes loaded with features. Hence, till the Swift gets these basics right it shall continue to sell like hot cakes in the Indian market.  

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