Maruti Suzuki Swift has been one of the best sellers for the company and now the refreshed model comes with silver accents and new seat upholstery. The all-black interiors look neat but it may repel anyone looking for an airy interior.
The Swift's front seats are the best in the business and the driver seat comes with a height adjuster. Other premium features on the list include push start button, electric retractable ORVMs with turn indicators, new alloy wheels, premium upholstery, reverse parking sensor, speed based auto volume and Bluetooth connectivity, audio switch in steering wheel and Electromagnetic back door opener.
LXi - The petrol base variant 3-point ELR seatbelts, high mounted stop lamp, sporty wrap around door trims, parcel shelf, sun visor, body coloured bumper, manual internally adjustable ORVMs, 14-inch steel wheel with centre cap, 60:40 split rear seats, tilt steering, remote fuel lid opener and back door opener, and manual air conditioner.
LXi (O)/LDi - The LXi (O)/LDi variants get security alarm system, silver accents on trims, front door power windows, driver side power window-auto down function, central door locking and keyless entry.
VXi/VDi - The mid variants VXi/VDi get day/night IRVM, passenger side vanity mirror, silver accents on steering wheel, inside chrome door handles, body coloured door handles, electric adjustable ORVMs, ORVM mounted side indicator, front and rear fog lamps, blacked out A and B pillars, 14-inch steel wheels with full wheel cap, front and rear power windows, tachometer, stereo with radio and CD player with USB and Aux-in support. The VDI variant gets the ABS with EBD option.
ZXi/ZDi - The top end ZXI/ZDI variants get reverse parking sensors, driver and passenger airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, 15-inch alloy wheels, push button engine start, electro-magnetic back-door opener, rear window defogger, rear wiper and washer, front seat belt shoulder adjuster, automatic air conditioner, outside temperature display, Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls.
The Indica Vista was always a spacious hatchback, just like its predecessor Indica. The interiors were also leaps and bounds ahead of the previous generation and the recent facelift has also solved the quality issues in the car.
The titivated version of the Vista has much better interiors than the outgoing version. We do love the black and beige interior combination over the previous beige interiors. Indians love the beige colour for some reason. We believe beige goes well only when used on leather than fabric.
The front row seats are large and comfortable, even the thigh and back support offered is good. The only issue is the seat adjustment levers are hard and need some extra effort for adjustment. The central tunnel in the second row is also almost flat. This makes easy seating for the middle passenger. Even the second row seats are comfortable, with sufficient shoulder room for three people without any squeezing. The thigh support in the second row is decent. Space is immense in the front and the second row and this has been the biggest USP of all Tata vehicles.
Even the boot of the Vista is large enough to swallow the clobber for a weekend. We wish the sill was a bit lower for easy loading of luggage. Another good touch on the car is the place to pull down the hatch without dirtying your hand. To our dismay, the steering wheel feels a bit large for a hatchback and we wish it was a bit smaller. The steering mounted-audio controls are perfectly placed and are easy to use. These buttons on the steering wheel are illuminated, and these come handy at night.
LS: This is the base model of the Indica Vista. The G stands for gasoline. This version gets power steering, air conditioning and central locking as standard features.
LX: The Indica Vista LX/GLX gets features like steering mounted audio controls, integrated music system, Bluetooth, keyless entry and front power windows. This is the only car in the segment that gets so many features in the second base model.
VX Tech: This model gets features like adjustable tilt on the steering wheel, height adjustable for driver’s seat, 60:40 rear seat fold, full fabric seats, tachometer, anti glare rear view mirror, rear wiper and defogger, electrically adjustable ORVMs, ABS, seatbelt and door open warnings. This variant also gets more features, as the instrument panel is moved to the right, ahead of the driver and it also gets driver information system and a touchscreen infotainment system too. This variant basically gets all the features that the D90 had in it, but it is available on the 75bhp multijet engine.
Maruti Suzuki has retained the same petrol and diesel engines as before, but has made some tweaks to improve its overall fuel efficiency. The petrol variants are equipped with a 1.2-litre engine while the diesel variants are powered by the famous 1.3-litre Multijet engine. Both engines are peppy and finely refined.
Maruti Suzuki Swift petrol engine makes a maximum power of 84.3 PS at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 115 Nm at 4000 rpm and comes fitted with 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Petrol comes with a 9.67 % improvement and a fuel efficiency of 20.4 kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Swift diesel is fitted with a 1.3-litre diesel engine making a maximum power of 75 PS at 4000 rpm and a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. Here too the diesel variants get only the 5-speed manual transmission. The Swift Diesel's fuel efficiency has been increased by 10% at 25.2 kmpl.
The 1.3-litre quadrajet is definitely the pick of the lot. The engine is frugal and has good pick-up also. The 1.3-litre quadrajet is one of India’s favourite diesel engines and has to the ideal choice, if you have loads of travel. The petrol engines are discontinued for a while as it will get new engines.
1.3-litre multijet engine:
The Indica Vista is powered by a 1.3-litre multijet diesel engine. The 1248cc oil burner produces 74bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 190Nm. The Vista comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission.The NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels of the engine are fairly low, however there is a typical diesel clatter on cold starts. The clutch has been softened by 20% as per Tata’s claim and it does feel light. However, if you release the clutch slowly in traffic, there is a lot of clattering noise from the engine. This sounds like knocking, but is actually to do something with the clutch plate, as it stops once you leave the clutch pedal or press it completely.
The engine has some amount of turbo lag and it is at about 1900rpm when there is a rush of power. Below 1900rpm, the engine hesitates a bit to pull. This multijet engine is one of the most reliable engines and the most widely used diesel engine in the Indian car market. This can be a bit of trouble, but once used it things are fine. The Vista’s engine is fairly smooth, and the engine doesn’t really slur and the power delivery is fairly linear like a petrol mill. Overtaking isn’t an issue and the engine has sufficient power to drive in the city and also on the highway.
The gearbox on the Vista is a five-speed manual and is a tad rubbery. The clutch is soft but its the shifts that we have complaints about. Even the throws could have been shorter.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has always been a fun car to drive with a great steering. The feedback from the steering is among the best in its class and the car's suspension is tuned for great handling.
The Swift gets McPherson struts to the front and torsion beam to the rear. The car gets around the corners and turns with amazing confidence and holds its ground.
The Indica Vista definitely has one of the best ride in its segment and it is ideal for Indian road conditions. There are no two ways about it. The handling is good enough for city driving.
The ride of the Vista is supple and composed. The upgraded Vista has even better suspension set-up than the previous version of the Vista, when speaking of the handling. The company has managed to improve the ride quality without affecting the handling characteristics.
The handling is better than before, as the suspension had been tweaked for better handling, when Tata introduced the D90 variant. The suspension set-up now is a lot better for handling. The steering wheel is light, but it does feel slack in terms of feedback.