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 biggest USP in the new Wagon R is its space. The Wagon R has acres of space, while even the interiors look contemporary. The build quality and the feel of the plastics isn't that great, but you can't get any better for this price tag.
The new generation Wagon R might retain similar styling to the previous car on the outside, but the interiors are all new. The Wagon R gets a new instrument panel, with newly designed centre console. Even the instrument cluster gets a dash of orange on it, to make it look sporty. The new steering wheel is similar to that on many other Maruti Suzuki vehicles. This is far superior to the previous generation Wagon R, which did look and feel a generation older in its design.
The new Wagon R is a lot more spacious than the previous generation Wagon R. The first and the second rows, both have sufficient space. There is ample of headroom and legroom in the car in both the rows, and even the boot size is good one. The thigh support on the seats could have been better. The older car didn't have much room for the second row, especially the knee. Also, the new Wagon R is more wider than before, which means more people can sit comfortably in it.
LXi: The LXi is the base model on the Wagon R, like most of the Maruti Suzuki products. It gets power steering, front power windows, air-conditioning. The ORVMs are manually adjustable in this version and it also misses out on integrated audio system.
VXi: The Wagon R doesn't come with a ZXi model and hence, the VXi is the top of the line model. The Wagon R gets rear power windows, integrated audio system with speakers, tachometer, adjustable steering wheel, front and rear fog lamps and vanity mirror.
VXi with ABS : This version gets all the features of VXi with the inclusion of ABS.
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 1.0-litre K-Series engine is a tried and tested mill. It is a happy to revv three pot engine and it is peppier than the older four cylinder 1.1-litre that it replaced. Despite the minus of one-cylinder, there isn't much of vibration during ideal.
The engine on the Wagon R is the Suzuki's K-Series 1.0-litre mill that also powers the Estilo, A-Star and the Alto K10. This engine is highly refined with low levels of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). The power delivery of this mill is linear and there is sufficient power, not just to potter around in city in a higher gear, but also to make those quick overtaking moves. The five-speed manual transmission on the Wagon R is a cable shift, and the shifts on this transmission are a bit rubbery, despite the throws being short. As per the ARAI cycle, the Wagon R returns a fuel economy of 18.9kmpl.
The Wagon R also comes with a LPG option. Earlier, the company continued to sell the older design in the LPG variant. Now, it is being offered to the current generation. The LPG can be switched back to petrol as well. Hence it is called as Duo. The power from the LPG version is good and as the octane number of LPG is higher, the performance is as good as petrol.
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.
The ride of the Wagon R fairly smooth and composed, as it is designed for this purpose. The handling isn't something that one can flaunt of.
Wagon R is the car for the masses, and hence its ride quality is fairly sorted. With the McPherson struts at the front and the trailing link at the rear, the Wagon R does well on bad roads. It is only the smaller size of the tyre that doesn't help much in absorbing the bumps.
The handling of the Wagon R is just decent. It is built for city driving and some amount of highway; hence the focus has been more on the ride. The new generation Wagon R being a bit wider has better handling than the previous car. The steering wheel is also light and easy to turn and park in the city.