Maruti Suzuki Swift is a B-segment hatchback offering a good balance between performance and efficiency. The Swift is powered by two engine options, a 1.2 litre petrol and a 1.3 litre diesel engine, which are known for being responsive. While the petrol is naturally aspirated, the diesel comes with a fixed geometry turbo charger with intercooler. These engine options are mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, that sends the power to the front wheels. Measuring at 3,850 mm in length and 1,695 mm in width, the Swift can be easily manoeuvred around in traffic, partly because of an electric power steering. Turning radius is rated at 4.8 metres which is short and makes taking U-turns easy. Gross vehicle weight for the Maruti Suzuki Swift is 1,415 kg for the petrol and 1,505 kg for the diesel.
With the push button start/stop function and keyless entry, the driver can keep the key fob in his/her pocket and start the car without manually using a key
Optional ABS and dual front airbags on the lower variants of the Maruti Suzuki Swift add to the safety quotient
Tilt steering with mounted audio and phone controls add to the convenience of the driver
Maruti Suzuki Swift bears a dated design but despite that, it finds consistent popularity among customers due to its sporty driving characteristics and efficient engines. It is 3,850 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width and 1,530 mm in height. Ground clearance is also good at 170 mm for tackling unpaved terrain or potholes. At a kerb weight of 965 kg for the petrol variants and 1060 kg for the diesel ones, the Maruti Suzuki Swift is light and has reasonably powerful engine options.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has an all-black interior theme with a dash of silver in the door panels, steering wheel, gear knob and a few other places to accentuate a sporty appeal. Seats are well bolstered and can fit large occupants with ease. That said, the cabin space at the rear is cramped for average sized ( 5'8" for reference) passengers with the front seat adjusted for their height. The Maruti Suzuki Swift comes with a Bluetooth integrated audio system that makes Bluetooth pairing and audio streaming seamless. The integrated audio system also has USB, AUX-in and CD inputs.
Powering the Maruti Suzuki Swift are two engine options namely a 1,197cc K-Series petrol engine and 1,248 cc DDIS diesel unit. While the former is a naturally aspirated unit, the latter has a fixed geometry turbo with intercooler. The petrol engine generates 83hp max power at 6,000 rpm and 115Nm peak torque at 4,000 rpm and the diesel produces 74hp at 4,000 rpm and 190Nm at 2,000 rpm. Both engines are responsive and perform well.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has a 5-speed manual gearbox, one for the petrol and another for the diesel. Both gearboxes work perfectly thanks to the dry single clutch setup that makes gear shifts seamless
The top-end ZXi and ZDi variants in both engine options of the Maruti Suzuki Swift come with ABS and dual front airbags along with reverse parking sensors. Along with this, side door impact beams add to safety, while the iCATS immobiliser is a standard offering, enhancing the security
Claimed fuel efficiency of the Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol is at 20.4 km/l and 25.2 km/l for the diesel. Helping the fuel-efficiency is the low-kerb weight at 965 kg for the petrol and 1,060 kg for the diesel.