Maruti Swift is one of the most popular hatchback series in the fleet of MSIL. It is available in several variants in both petrol and diesel engine options for the customers to pick from. This Maruti Swift VXI is the mid range trim, which is blessed with a 1197cc, K-series petrol engine with variable valve timing technology. It is incorporated with a multi point fuel injection supply system that helps in delivering decent fuel efficiency. This engine has the capacity of producing 85.8bhp along with 114Nm of peak torque output. The company is offering this hatchback with a 2-year or 40,000 Kilometers of warranty, whichever is earlier. At the same time, the buyers can also avail 3-year or 60,000 Kilometers of extended warranty by paying some extra money to the authorized dealers. This compact hatchback is being offered with a number of comfort and safety features. Some of these aspects are all four power windows with driver side auto down function, rear seat head restraints, sun visors with passenger side vanity mirrors and so on. The spacious cabin can accommodate minimum five passengers with ease and provide ample leg space. In terms of exteriors, it is designed with a bold grille with a chrome plated company insignia, a body colored bumper, smooth bonnet with a few visible lines and several other features, which gives the hatchback an attractive appearance.
This hatchback comes with an aerodynamic body structure, which has a lot of striking features. To start with the side profile, it is designed with neatly carved out wheel arches, which are equipped with a set of 14 inch steel wheels, which are further fitted with full wheel caps. These rims are covered with 165/80 R14 sized radial tubeless tyres. The door handles and outside rear view mirrors are painted is body color The external wing mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with side turn blinker as well. Coming to the front fascia, it has a large windscreen, which is made of green tinted glass and fitted with a set of 2-speed fixed intermittent wipers. The body colored bumper has a wide air dam for cooling the engine and is flanked by a couple of fog lamps. Just above this, there is a black radiator grille, which is embossed with a chrome plated emblem in the center. It is surrounded with well designed headlight cluster that is powered by bright halogen lamps and turn indicator. On the other hand, the rear end has a body colored bumper with a coupled of fog lamps, radiant taillight cluster, chrome plated boot lid and a large wind shield with a high mounted stop lamp.
This Maruti Swift VXI is the mid range variant and has a spacious internal cabin that is incorporated with sporty wrap around door trims with silver accents and sun visors with passenger side vanity mirror. It also has chrome plated inside door handles and a silver accentuated three spoke steering wheel, which gives the cabin a classy look. The well cushioned seats provide enough room for all the occupants and are covered with high quality fabric upholstery. For the convenience of the passengers, the company has integrated these seats with adjustable head restraints. The smooth dual tone dashboard is equipped with quite a few sophisticated features such as a large glove box, AC vents and an instrument panel with quite a few functions. It is bestowed with a number of utility based aspects that include front door trim pockets, retractable cup holders for passengers, front seat back pockets for storing magazines, rear parcel shelf, three assistant grips and cup holders in center console.
Engine and Performance:
This vehicle is equipped with a 1.2-litre, K-series petrol engine with VVT (variable valve timing) technology, which can displace 1197cc. It is integrated with 4-cylinders and 16-valves using a double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This engine can churn out a maximum output of 85.8bhp at the rate of 6000rpm along with a peak torque of 114Nm at 4000rpm. This petrol mill is coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which allows the vehicle to attain a top speed of 160 Kmph. At the same time, it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from a standstill in close to 12.29 seconds. With a multi point fuel injection supply system this hatchback can generate about 18.6 Kmpl on the highways and 15.6 Kmpl within the city limits.
Braking and Handling:
This variant is blessed with a rack and pinion based electronic power steering system, which is tilt adjustable. It supports a minimum turning circle of 4.8 meters, which is rather good for this segment. On the other hand, the front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated disc brakes, whereas the rear ones are equipped with solid drum brakes. The front axle is assembled with a McPherson strut, while the rear is equipped with torsion beam type of mechanism.
This Maruti Swift VXI is a mid range trim and is bestowed with several features. The list includes an efficient air conditioning unit with a heater, a 12V power socket, rear seat back folding, remote fuel lid and back door opener, rear sporty antenna, tilt adjustable steering column and a lane change indicator as well. The instrument cluster is equipped with driver seat belt reminder, low fuel and door closure warning light, multi-information display, a digital tripmeter, fuel consumption display, door ajar warning and a digital clock.
The company has blessed this trim with a number of crucial safety aspects. Some of these include rear doors with child locking function, a central locking system, front seat head restraints, dual horn, rear windscreen with wash and wipe function, a high mounted stop lamp and 3-point ELR seat belts for all occupants along with a middle lap belt. Then it also has iCATS (intelligent computerized anti theft system) that prevents the car from unauthorized entry along with security alarm system and side door impact beams for protect the passengers in case of any collision.
1. Price is quite affordable.
2. Spacious cabin with comfortable seating.
1. Fuel economy is not satisfying.
2. Absence of music system is a disadvantage.