2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift Road Test Expert Review - Even Better Now!
Maruti Suzuki Swift has been a reliable and trustworthy badge for Indian car buyers. The Swift has also become the best selling car of the year 2020 in the Indian market. The market has some potent rivals pitted against the Swift like the Hyundai Grand-i10 Nios, Ford Figo, Tata Tiago etc but the Swift continues to rule. After 3 years of launch, Maruti Suzuki has given a mid-life upgrade to the Swift. What all does it offer and is it still a nippy hatchback. We find out that and more in the review of the 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift.
The new Swift looks similar to the pre-facelifted model. You will only notice the change(s) if you have the keen eyes of a motoring journalist. The only visible change with the new Swift on the outside is a chrome bar on the front grille which now gets honeycomb treatment. In addition to that, it now comes with dual-tone colour as standard with the ZXI+ trim. Other than that, everything you get to see is identical to the pre-facelifted model. Maruti Suzuki has also added auto folding ORVMs which open and shut whenever you unlock/lock your car. The Japanese carmaker could have tweaked the alloy wheels or the rear profile but no changes have been made other than the front profile. In flesh, the Swift still looks very sporty and retains its flamboyant proportions.
Step inside the new Swift and it’s the same story, again. Everything is identical to the pre-facelifted model and the cabin is all-black. But, again, if you have keen eyes, you will notice the addition of cruise control on the D-cut steering wheel. Surprisingly, the Suzuki Baleno — which is a notch above the Swift in terms of positioning — doesn’t get cruise control. Another thing which the Japanese carmaker has added is a smart start/stop feature. As the name suggests, it shuts off the engine when you come to a halt at the traffic light and brings the car to life the moment you press the clutch (Brake pedal in case of AMT). The dashboard is slightly tilted towards the driver for the sporty driving feel. What also adds to the sporty theme is the twin-binnacle instrument cluster which now also gets a coloured MID with real-time Power and Torque readouts. The HVAC controls come with a circular knob layout and feel really premium.
However, the rest of the plastics used inside the cabin ain’t really premium per se and feel slightly flimsy. Overall, the interior of the Swift is spacious and packs in a good amount of practical stowage spaces. The glass area on the Swift has never been great and hence, rear-seat passengers may feel claustrophobic over longer journeys. Lastly, we would have appreciated if Maruti Suzuki had provided a rear-seat armrest with the Swift, given even cars like the Renault Kwid offers that.
Features and Technology:
Talking about the features and technology, the new Swift offers some great features. Taking the centre stage is a 7.0-inch SmartPlay Studio system which comes with both Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Along with that, it displays crucial bits like seatbelt alarm and low fuel warning. The infotainment system doesn’t come with in-built navigation and one can use Google Maps or Apple Maps by connecting their smartphone via Android Auto or Apple Car Play. It also comes with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters which offer a good acoustic experience.
The new Swift still misses out on features like rear AC vents, wireless charging and a cooled glove box. However, it turns the table by offering automatic HID projector headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Maruti Suzuki could have made the Swift more compelling by offering features like wireless charging, rear-seat armrest and rear AC vents.
Out of all the changes, this is the one we should be talking about in the first place. The pre-facelifted Swift used to come with the same 1.2-litre K12 engine which was offered with the 2nd gen Swift as well. Even though that engine still is really fun to drive and frugal, it’s time for a step up. Maruti Suzuki has now plonked in the 1.2-litre dual-jet petrol engine which made its debut with the Baleno facelift. As the name suggests, it comes with twin injectors per cylinder in place of one. The result is 90hp which is 7hp more than the previous one; torque on offer remains the same, that is 113 Nm. The engine is now even more refined and sporty. Married to the engine is a 5-speed manual gearbox and you can also opt for the AMT (AGS in Suzuki’s speak).Talking about the overall engine performance, it’s the best you can find in this segment — save for the Grand-i10 Nios Turbo. The throttle responses are sharp and the engine churns out power the moment you press the pedal. The refinement throughout the rev range is great and it only gets vocal in the top end, that too in a good way. The in-gear acceleration is also good as the car picks up good speeds in higher gears as well.
The main USP of the Swift — or all Maruti cars in general — has been fuel efficiency. With the new Swift, thanks to the dual-jet tech and auto start/stop feature, it’s even better than before. The claimed ARAI figure is 23.76 km/l for the AGS and 23.20 km/l for the manual trims. You can easily achieve 18-20 km/l in the real world when driven sanely. Ease out a bit on the accelerator and you can get up to 24 km/l in the real world too.
Ride and Handling:
Other than the fuel efficiency factor, the ride and handling balance of the Swift has got praise since its debut. Although the Figo sticks its head above the Swift, the Swift excels over all the other offerings present in the market. The suspension of the new Swift is on the stiffer side and you tend to move side to side over bumps and speed breakers. Keep up the pace and the Swift settles down beautifully and eats up the potholes maturely. The tyre profile of the R15 inch tyres is preferable for Indian roads and they soak up the bumps well. There is some wind noise over high speeds from the A-pillar section but the tyre noise is well contained. In addition to that, you have to go over big bumps at a steady pace as the suspension crashes a lot when thrown in big potholes.
The Swift has always been a lovely car to drive around twisties and that trait is retained, but with a pinch of salt. The chassis balance is still great but the problem lies with the steering which is a bit artificial and numb. Neither it self centres after making a turn nor gives the idea of the direction of wheels properly. With that being said, you will surely have a wide grin plastered on your face once you come out of a corner with the Swift. But if you are craving for the best handling hatch, Figo still gets an upper hand, thanks to its communicative steering and tauter suspension.
Maruti Suzuki has the largest service network in the Indian market and that’s one of the reasons behind its success. The Swift takes full advantage of the large service centre network and offers a hassle-free ownership experience. Even though the updated Swift gets a new Dual-jet engine, it won’t affect the service costs of the car, at least in the short run. The annual service cost of the Swift hovers in the region of Rs 4000-6000 (indicative figures) but can go high upon asking for additional work.
The new Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with dual airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, speed sensing alarm, reverse parking sensors, seat belt pre-tensioners with load limiter and seat belt reminders as standard. Higher models also get front fog lights, Day/Night Inside Rear View Mirror (IRVM), speed sensing auto door lock and anti-pinch driver side window. And if you go with the AGS model, Maruti Suzuki Swift also packs in additional nannies like Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Hill Hold Assist. If we talk about real-world safety, Maruti Suzuki Swift got two stars in the crash test conducted by Global NCAP under the #SaferCarsforIndia initiative. Maruti Suzuki should work on the safety of the Swift as two stars for a B2 hatchback isn't worth applauding.
Maruti Suzuki Swift is the market leader — not only in its segment — but among all the segments of cars. Talking about its rivals, Swift faces good competition from the Hyundai Grand-i10 Nios, Maruti Suzuki Ignis, Tata Tiago, Ford Figo, Ford Freestyle and even from sub-compact SUVs like Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite. However, the Maruti Suzuki Swift outsells all its rivals every month and that led to making Swift the best selling car of the year 2020.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has always been the go-to choice for Indian car buyers in the sub 10 Lakh budget. However, the new Swift — with the updated dual-jet engine — costs around Rs 25000 more than the pre-facelifted model. The prices of the new Swift start from Rs 5.73 lakh and go to Rs 8.27 lakh for the ZXI+ AGS, ex-showroom. That makes it more expensive than some of its rivals but the Swift has an upper hand in terms of design,fuel efficiency, performance and after-sales support. Hence, if you want a reliable and fun to drive car with great after-support and more kilometers against every litre is your liking, the Swift makes more sense for you than every other rival.
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