A face-off with the brand new 2018 Suzuki Swift from Maruti !
A new machine has arrived in the petrol segment and JustInReviews is here with the automotive technology review. Presenting you with the new Suzuki Swift from Maruti.
Similar to the Dzire, Maruti is all set to launch the new Swift accompanied with a manual and in addition automatic transmission, both in the petrol and diesel category. In this review, we will discuss about the petrol variant.
In terms of profile, it appears precisely the same as the Dzire till the B column, post which the back door and the tail portion appears revamped. The uncommon arrangement of the back door handle, influences it to resemble a sporty three door. On the back side, Maruti has kept it straightforward and the large flat boot section in fact helps us to recall the Nissan Micra. In light of the new Heartec platform, the new Swift has lost around 85kg when contrasted with the old Suzuki Swift, regardless of it being a bigger car.
As anticipated, the Swift obtains the dashboard from the Dzire, yet Maruti has figured out how to differentiate the two.
The latest Swift comes with an all black cabin, which enables it to look sporty. In spite of the fact that the dashboard appears minimalistic, it can be said to be smartly styled, accompanied by the large touchscreen infotainment framework. The touchscreen facility on the top ZXi plus version comes with a screen that looks fresh and depicts quality.
One additionally gets round center vents along with air-con controls, plus silver accents when contrasted with wood on the Dzire. The plastic quality and fixtures and finish appear tidy, yet, may be not as nice as the Hyundai Grand i10.
The new Suzuki Swift comes with considerably more foot space and the more extensive cabin provides it an airy feel.
The front end seats are found to be accommodating and known to offer sufficient support. In any case, it’s in the rear where space and comfort can be said to have taken a major leap forward when contrasted with the old variant.
There exists a considerable measure of storage room inside as different cubby holes and also the glovebox is of considerable size. The boot comprising of 268 liters is considerably larger than previously yet like in the case of older model, the lid opening is placed quite high and narrow, which makes stacking heavy luggage a shoulder stressing affair.
Aside from this, the Swift comes with every one of the fundamentals such as the climate control, sensor equipped reverse camera, sans-key go, auto headlamps, daytime running lights plus a comprehensive trip computer. Regarding safety, Maruti is equipped with 2 airbags plus a ABS as a standard feature across the variants.
Inside the bonnet and performance:
The new Maruti Suzuki Swift is powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine and yields figures of 83bhp and 113Nm which remain the same.
In terms of performance, 0 to 100kmph is achieved in a speedy 12.26 seconds which makes it considerably speedier than the previous one and even drivability test time of 13.09sec for 20-80kmph in the third gear is encouraging for a naturally aspirated petrol engine.
The engine is found to be responsive and has got a linear tug from low engine speeds, which makes it handy for the city rides. Actually speaking, the engine’s drivability is reported to be impressive and you can escape in third gear from as less as 20kmph sans any judder or vibration coming from the engine. This motor revs unreservedly and when you land at the 6200rpm red line, one hears a decent sporty growl.
Indeed, even the 5-speed manual gearbox is found to be handy to use. Its light and short throw enables you to come up with a quick shift with simply the flick of a wrist, and this diminishes the stress on the driver considerably.
It shows it’s fundamental roots when you need momentary change of pace, as the gearbox battles to drop the gears rapidly and there is a short respite before the power is conveyed.
The light steering could appear unnerving surrounding the linear ahead position at first, yet once use to, it can be called a precise unit. The stronger you push, the good the Swift feels and the chassis balance is perfect with only a trace of lift-off oversteer at the farthest point.
Where does it belong:
The new Suzuki Swift rivals brands like Nissan Micra, Hyundai i10, and Ford Figo. Where the older model was evaluated at par with the rivalry the new Swift may turn into the most costly in its category.
The price for the new Suzuki Swift begins at Rs. 4.99 lakhs
– A spacious cabin
– Lighter in weight than the previous one
– Satisfactory engine performance
– Sporty look
– Lacks AMT in case of the top variant
– Not much change in terms of design
– Could be the costliest one in the category