Maruti Swift is one of the best selling hatchbacks available in Indian automobile market. This hatchback is available in numerous trim levels with both petrol and diesel engine options. The Maruti Swift VDI is the mid range diesel variant powered by a 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that is capable of producing 74bhp, while yielding 190Nm. This BSIV compliance engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox, which helps in delivering a peak mileage of 22.9 Kmpl. Despite being the mid range trim, it has several important safety aspects like side door impact beams, iCATS and numerous other advanced features. This trim has several exciting comfort features including retractable cup holders, manual air conditioning system, remote back door and fuel lid opener and central door locking. The highlight is its huge cabin space, which can host seating for at least five passengers. As far as exteriors are concerned, it comes with a dynamic body structure equipped with bold cosmetics, which makes it look eye-catching. This hatchback is available with six alluring body paint options including Torque Blue, Blazing Red, Silky Silver, Glistening Grey, Midnight Black and Pearl Artic White. The company is offering this trim with a primary warranty of 24-months or 40,000 kilometers (whichever is earlier). Interestingly, the extended warranty is available for a period of 3-years or 60,000 kilometers.
The front profile has been fitted with a vertical headlight cluster featuring powerful halogen headlamps and turn indicators. It surrounds a dynamic radiator grille that comes fitted with a chrome plated company's insignia. The front body color bumper is designed with a wide air dam and fitted with a pair of fog lamps. Its side profile is lustrous and it has strong fender flares and several other styling aspects. Its A and B pillars are in a glossy black shade, while the door handles and external wing mirrors are in body color. Its wheel arches have been paired with a set of 14-inch steel wheels featuring full wheel caps, which are further covered with tubeless radial tyres . It has an elegantly crafted rear profile with dominated by a radiant tail light cluster and a large windscreen. It has a concave tailgate with V shaped design, which is further accentuated with chrome plated company's badge. The rear body colored bumper comes with a muscular design and is incorporated with a courtesy lamp. It comes with a total length of 3850mm along with an overall width of 1695mm. It has a decent height of 1530mm and a large wheelbase of 2430mm, which is impressive.
The interiors of this Maruti Swift VDI trim are done up with good quality material, which are in black color. Its cockpit has a large dashboard equipped with several advanced equipments like AC unit, music instrument panel, multi-information display and several other such aspects . The instrument cluster comes equipped with several reminder functions including driver seat belt reminder, door closure warning lamp, instantaneous fuel consumption info, trip/odometer, average fuel consumption display, driver seat belt reminder and tachometer. The seats inside are quite wide, well cushioned and have been covered with high quality fabric upholstery. The car maker has installed several utility based features like driver side sun visor with ticket holder, three folding assist grips, front door trim pocket, silver accent on steering wheel, day/night inside rear view mirror and passenger side sun visor. Its rear cabin is fitted with fordable seats, which contributes for increasing the trunk capacity.
Engine and Performance:
The car maker has equipped this hatchback with a sophisticated 1.3-litre DDiS diesel engine that can displace 1248cc. It has a fixed geometry turbo charging unit along with an inter-cooler. This 4-cylinder engine is based on DOHC valve configuration and is further equipped with a common rail fuel injection system. It has the ability to produce a peak power output of 74bhp at 4000rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 190Nm at 2000rpm. This torque output is distributed to the front wheels through an advanced 5-speed manual gearbox that enables it to deliver a peak mileage of 22.9 Kmpl. It takes only about 14.8 seconds to reach a speed mark of 100 Kmph and it can reach a top speed of approximately 154 Kmph.
Braking and Handling:
This hatchback is blessed with a sophisticated disc and drum braking mechanism along with a robust suspension system. Its comes with front ventilated disc brakes and rear drum brakes, which delivers reliable performance irrespective of road conditions. As far as suspension is concerned, its front axle is paired with McPherson Strut type of suspension and the rear axle is equipped with high performance Torsion Beam type of system. This enables the vehicle to take all the jerks caused on roads and provides exceptional drive comforts. On the other hand, it also integrated with rack and pinion based electric power power assisted system with tilt adjustment, which supports a turn radius of 4.8 meters.
The Maruti Swift VDI is the mid range diesel variant and it is bestowed with several exciting comfort features. It is introduced with a list of features including electric power steering, all four power windows, driver's side with with auto up/down function, accessory power socket, retractable cup holders, rear seat back folding, central door locking, key-less entry, front seat back pocket , electromagnetic back-door opening and several other such features. The car maker is also offering aspects like manually operated air conditioning system, lane change indicator, a roof antenna and a multi-information display with several other such aspects.
This mid range trim is blessed with several crucial safety aspects that provides maximized protection to the occupants. It has features like side door impact beams, high mount third brake light, security alarm system and a dual horn . It is also equipped with 3-point ELR seat belts rear door child lock and head restraints, which keeps the occupants firmly in position.
1. Reliable engine performance adds to the advantage.
2. Spacious interiors with decent comfort features.
1. Price range can be made more competitive.
2. Safety features are not up to the mark.