The interiors of the Verito are spacious for both the rows, as it is based on the Logan. Mahindra has improved the quality and the plastics do look and feel good.
Verito Vibe carries the same interior design like its sedan sibling. Jacketed in a trendy black and beige twin-tone theme, the cabin of this Mahindra hatchback has the same styling. Space is the biggest USP of the Logan platform, and Mahindra has carried the same space to the hatchback.
The rest remains almost the same, and that means the seats are as large and as comfortable as before providing ample support for the body. For the driver, especially, the seat has been designed very smartly facilitating a high position and good visibility at all times, however it lacks the thigh. In terms of space Verito Vibe is just as well-accomplished as a sedan and provides more than just sufficient room for legs (in the front row), knees (in the second row) and heads (in both rows) of passengers. Even the trunk area is quite large and can easily fit in most of your luggage.
D2: Mahindra Verito Vibe D2 is the very basic model and so it gets very limited number of features on it.. The cabin comes equipped with power steering, remote trunk and fuel lid opener, low fuel warning light, tachometer, glove compartment and digital clock while the general convenience fitments include AC/heater unit, classy fabric upholstery, trunk light and rear seat headrests. The safety arsenal, meanwhile, is composed of various tools and technologies like adjustable headlights integrated with halogen headlamps, child safety locks, anti-theft alarm, day and night RVM, passenger-side RVM, rear seat belts, side and front impact beams, engine immobilizer and centrally mounted fuel tank.
D4 : The D4 variant gets all the features flaunted by the base model, this variant has a small additional collection of its own to offer consisting of front cup holders, electronic multi-trip meter, digital odometer, height adjustable front seat belts, front and rear power windows and central locking system. The feature that does not make its way from the base model to the mid-range model is that of tinted glass.
D6 : This is the top-end model of the Verito line-up and so, is bound to be bestowed upon with the best and the largest collection of fitments and gadgets. In addition to carrying the ones that are also seen in the lower level models, Mahindra Verito 1.5 D6 plays host to a number of traits that are exclusive to it. These include fitments that work towards enhancing the look and feel of the ride like rear cup holders in addition to the front ones, CD player/ radio unit teamed up with front and rear speakers, cigarette lighter, power adjustable ORVM (in place of the manual ones found in other variants) and alloy wheels. But, there are also technologies that take safety to new levels as well like front fog lights, rear window defogger, ABS, power door locks, driver airbag, door ajar warning and engine check warning.
The Swift had boosted the sales of Maruti Suzuki since its launch and the new-generation is simply a great step ahead of the outgoing version. The interiors of the new Swift aren’t just better in quality and feel, but Maruti Suzuki has also introduced various new bells and whistles in it.
The interiors of the new Swift are designed from scratch. The all new black interiors are a refreshing change. The plastic quality of the materials doesn’t just look good, but it also feels good. It has a lot more features than the previous generation Swift, and it looks more premium also.
The space in both the rows is decent and the knee room even in the second row is good, which was a problem in the outgoing version. Though to our dismay, the boot of the Swift is fairly small.
LXI/LDI:Talking about the LXI/LDI, Maruti Suzuki has not bartered with the features of the car and generously loaded the new Swift LXI with body color bumpers and tubeless tyres. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) are adjusted manually in LXI model. Other exterior features are 2 intermittent wipers in front, steel wheels with centre cap, remote fuel lid and back-door opener. The kerb weight of this variant is 960 kg and thus is the lightest among all. Even the tyre size is small being 165/80R14.
VXI/VDI: Unlike the LXI/LDI model, VXI/VDI has body color door handles in addition to body color bumpers, electrically powered ORVMs with turn indicators, front and rear fog lamps for enhanced visibility during unfavorable weather conditions, black out film on A and B pillars and 165/80 R14 steel wheel cap. Swift VXI looks like a high-end hatchback with plush and chic interiors. The sporty wrap around the door trims with silver accents on them renders a menacing look to the car. The day and night IRVM and passenger side sun visor protects from the radiations in this variant of Maruti Suzuki Swift. The silver accents on 3-spoke steering wheel have been added in this variant. The inside door handles have chrome polishing on them which render posh appearance to the inmates. The instrument cluster includes Tachometer along with standard equipments like seat belt, key-off, and door close and light-off reminder for driver, low fuel warning, multi information display etc.
ZXI/ZDI: ZXI/ZDI is the top-end variant with same engine specs as the other Swift petrol and diesel engines. So it will not account for any deficiency in Swift, rather will take complete care of the driver’s and passenger’s needs. The variant is loaded with comfort factors like power and tilt steering, power windows with auto down function on driver side window, driver seat adjuster, automatic climate control, lane change indicator, high-end stereo with radio and CD Player, intelligent speed based auto volume, Aux-in and USB socket, 2 front and 2 rear speakers, 2 integrated front tweeters, steering wheel mounted audio controls with illumination. Not the luxury, but practical options are available in the model like accessory socket, retractable cup holder for passengers and in centre console, rear seat back folding centre locking, keyless entry, front seat back pocket, remote fuel lid opener, electromagnetic back door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer.
The 1.5-litre diesel engine on the Verito Vibe is a gem. It has almost of no turbo lag and even is very drivable. This oil burner is very frugal and even the performance is decent and good enough to potter around town.
Diesel 1.5-litre : The diesel engine, again, is the same that used to power the fabulous Logan. Mated to the same 5-speed manual transmission gearbox as its petrol-feeding sibling, this version of the engine gets 65bhp of power and a 160Nm of peak torque. The NVH levels are pretty low and remain so whether the car is left to idle away or when the engine is turned on, thereby highlighting the sophistication that is expected of a sedan. Plus, the power delivery is also very linear making overtaking extremely easy and driving extremely pleasant, be it the bumper-to-bumper city ride or the wide open highways. Being mated to the same transmission system presents this mill with the same problems also and hence, rubbery gear-shifts are a part and parcel of this version as well. As for the mileage, Verito Diesel maintains an average of 18.01kmpl in the city and 21.03kmpl on highways.
The petrol and the diesel versions of the Swift are both reliable and highly frugal. With highly refined mills, Maruti Suzuki has played well with its cards on the new Swift. The new petrol engine now gets an addition of variable valve timing.
1.2-litre Petrol: The new Swift’s petrol engine received the variable valve treatment. This augments performance and fuel efficiency, though on paper, power ratings for this engine are 86bhp – a mere increase by a couple of horses. Like any modern petrol, the engine is quiet and low on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
When off the gas, the low engine whining sound— as experienced on the old 800s— is audible. Mid- range is good, but it does make you work-hard a bit to extort performance. If your shifts are good, then the Swift is the fastest amongst competition. Overtaking in city might require a downshift, despite the engine’s gradual power deliverance. The gear shifts on the Swift are short and effortless. The previous-generation Swift had good shifts; these are a further improvement over those.
1.3-litre Diesel: Previous generation Swift had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The engine however had a noticeable amount of turbo lag. The R&D team of Maruti Suzuki has rectified now this issue in the current-generation Swift. The low-end pull is cleaner making the engine more drivable than the outgoing version. The NVH levels and refinement is far more superior as well. Crank the engine and it springs to live without the slightest of hesitation or melodrama. Driving in bumper-to-bumper city traffic and overtaking isn’t a tough ask in the Swift. The gear shifts are also positive and the engagement process is smooth.
The ride of the Verito is plush as it built on the Logan’s suspension, which is very good. Most of the shocks from the road are soaked up by the suspension and even the handling is decent.
The suspension system of Mahindra Verito Vibe is composed of a McPherson type mechanism paired with Wishbone link working at the front end and an H-section Torsion Beam mechanism integrated with Programmed Deflection-Coil spring working at the rear end. This proficient suspension system, in combination with the incredible Logan-inspired underpinnings, makes Verito Vibe the supple and composed ride that it claims to be. Easily and effectively absorbing all the jerks, jolts and bounces in the road, this cleverly designed framework of Verito Vibe makes it a very plush ride and smooth ride.
Even the handling comes to Verito Vibe as an inheritance. The car is planted and inspires confidence in the driver when driven on straight roads or pushed around corners. There is not much body roll and as for the steering, it acts precisely at low speeds. However, it is the high speeds that make it feel a bit slack.
The ride and handling of the Swift was always good, but now Maruti Suzuki has made it even better. The ride compliance is sorted and with a longer wheelbase and broader tyres, the handling has also been enhanced.
Ride quality of the Swift is sorted. It has to be. This hatch is built for this purpose. Potholes, bumps and the unevenness of the road surfaces are taken care of; without any grating. The suspension set-up on the rest is fairly akin.
Handling is one department where the Swift outshine most of its competition. The front tyres grip and the Swift clings to the line as per your decree. Minor corrections can be made through the steering that weighs well, giving an accurate feedback. The flexibility of the chassis adds to the enjoyment. Being engineered for city and highway, the steering wheel is light for easy manoeuvrability. It also weighs up with speed with a good feedback.