The Maruti Suzuki Swift is the second most popular hatchback in India. About 18000 units of the Swift are sold every month on an average. The car launched in 2005 has got a latest facelift in October 2014. This city car is so popular that the total sales figure has crossed the 1 million mark in 2013 itself.
The Maruti Swift comes in 5 petrol and 4 diesel variants priced Rupees 4.65 to 7.29 lakh. The petrol variants are the LXi, the LXi (O), the VXi Wind song edition, the VXi and the ZXi. The diesel variants are the LDi, the VDi Wind song edition, the VDi and the ZDi. All the variants have manual transmission.
The Swift comes in colours of mysterious violet, pearl arctic white, silky silver, fire red, granite grey and glistening grey. The new Swift has modern looks with halogen head lamps, body coloured bumpers, tinted glasses, electrically operated body coloured ORVMs with turn indicators, fog lamps at the front and rear and rear defogger and wiper for the top variants.
The 2014 Swift has more safety and comfort features in the cabin. The standard features of the cabin include an engine immobiliser, child lock facility, a manual AC, tilt and power steering, full folding rear seats, fabric upholstery, and internally operated ORVMs. Top variants have an automatic AC, 2 air bags at the front, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, rear wiper and defogger, a keyless start, rear parking sensors and a 2 Din music system with AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 player, USB and auxiliary ports and Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio controls.
The segmental best mileages are the plus points of the Maruti Swift. The Swift petrol variants are powered by K-series 1.2 litre, 83 bhp and 114 NM torque engines giving mileages of 20.4 kmpl. The diesel variants have 1248 cc, 74 bhp and 190 NM engines with mileages of 25.2 kmpl. The Swift takes 12.29 sec for acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph and the top speed is 160 kmph. The minimum turning radius is 4.8 m.
The dimensions of the Swift are 3850 mm length, 1695 mm width, 2430 mm wheel base and 170 mm ground clearance with a boot of 205 litres. The suspensionsare McPherson type at the front and Torsion beam type at the rear. The tyres are 165/80 R14 for the base variants and 185/65 R15 for the top variants.
Best mileages, competitive prices, loaded features and the best after sales service will help the Maruti Suzuki Swift score over the rivals. The competition comes from the likes of Hyundai Elite i20, Hyundai Grandi10, the Chevrolet Sail and the Volkswagen Polo.