Ritz is based on the platform of the old Swift, but being a tall boy there is sufficient space on the inside. The fit and finish of the plastic is also decent and the bells and whistles on the offering are good. There isn’t much to complain about the Ritz, except the fact that it now looks aged when compared to competition.
Most of these cars are trendy on the inside, and are built to attract those young at heart. The Ritz gets a separate tachometer and a huge dial, which makes it look funky. The touch and feel of the plastics is decent and the overall fit and finish of the plastics is good for the price tag it comes for.
There is sufficient headroom and legroom for the front passengers and at the rear the Beat is a bit tight on knee room. With Ritz and Beat being a tallboy design, they offer the better head space than the Brio.
LXi/LDi: This is the entry-level model for the petrol and diesel engines with features like 60:40 folding rear seat, cup holder in console, ashtray, iCATS, child lock, power steering, manual air conditioner, body coloured bumpers, internally adjusted ORVMs, green tinted glass windows, roof antenna, double horn, etc.
VXi/VDi: This is the mid-variant that sits above the LXi/LDi and it gets features like fabric insert on door trims, front power windows, rear power windows, full wheel cover, black colored B pillar, seatbelt reminder, front seat under tray, etc.
VXi / VDi (ABS): This is upgrade model of petrol version with all the features of Maruti Ritz VXI with ABS (Antilock Braking System) as an extra fitment for safety.
ZXi: This is the highest trim level available only on the petrol version with extra features like radio + CD with speakers, parcel tray, seat height adjuster, cigar lighter, tilt steering, steering wheel mounted audio controls, dual air bags and front ELR seat belt with pretension.
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.
Both the engines on the Ritz are good and picking amongst both won’t be a bad decision. Hence, choose the engine as per your usage. The drivability on both is good, and even the gearbox is slick. Fuel efficiency will not be a let down factor either.
Ritz gets the recently developed K-Series 1.2-litre petrol motor, which is refined but is a bit languorous as one has to work through, to extract performance. This mill produces 84bhp of power and 113Nm of maximum torque. Refinement levels of the engine are high, and it is a freely revving motor. The gear lever of the Ritz is short and the shifts are positive. The engine doesn’t pant at low speeds as there is sufficient torque even when you drive it in a higher gear. However, one needs to shift down for quick overtaking in the city and the highway.
Previous generation Swift had earned notoriety with its diesel engine. The engine was highly refined with low NVH levels and sufficient torque. The Ritz has the same 1.3-litre DDiS engine. This engine produces 75bhp and a maximum torque of 190Nm.
There is some amount of lag in this engine and it performs well only if the revs are kept above 2000rpm for best performance. One has to downshift to make those overtaking moves. The engine comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission that is slick with positive and short throws.
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 Ritz being softly sprung, its ride is well compliant. The handling might just not impress you too much, as there is some amount of body roll. The Ritz isn’t made for driving enthusiasts.
The powertrains on most of the hatchbacks in this segment are similar if not the same. It is the driving characteristics that vary. To be more specific, it is more of the handling that differs than the ride quality. All the cars in this segment have a sorted ride as the suspension doesn’t jiggle and disturb the peace of the occupants. Road undulations are well-taken care by the suspension. The Ritz has one of the best ride suppleness as it underpins the softest suspension set-up that glides over potholes.
The suspension set-up is the softest on the Ritz. Drive it quickly around a bend and you shall notice the body roll as this hatchback lack the dynamism that other competition possesses. The steering feels a bit slack at higher speeds, which further doesn’t any confidence into the driver. However, it is lightweight at low speeds, which makes driving a breeze in city traffic.
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.