Swift Dzire 2014-2017 LXI Review
Being the classy centric variant, Maruti's latest attempt, the Maruti Swift Dzire LXI will also accommodate the likes of all the types of categories, starting from the daily commuters to the comfort first seekers. It is not surprising that its manufacturers has once again answered such mixed demand within one variant. Though being the entry level trim, it manages to offer all the necessities that are expected from the current market. This variant is offered in seven stunning shades of which four of the colors are it's recent addition. Interiors being well furnished with multiple equipments, also serve parallel providing convenience for the passengers as well as the driver. Such a cabin can only be sampled by listing features like adjustable head restraints, cup holders and a loaded instrument panel with automated mechanism. Safety of this vehicle is served with advanced features like an immobiliser for anti-theft and a child door-lock system as well. While retaining the standard features, this trim has been enhanced to deliver better performance and smoother handling. Over and out, this variant can be described as a perfect vehicle for those who expect convenience as well as style incorporated.
The outer look of this vehicle is quite decent with standard features that has been added with a couple of other equipment too. The front facade is neatly done up, wherein the wide radiator grille covers most of the area and is colored in a black shade. There is a large headlight cluster that is integrated with powerful lamps along with a side turn indicator. Below this is the bumper, which has a wide air dam that takes in air to cool the engine. Surrounding this is the fog lamp bezel ornament that is in black. Furthermore, the windshield has been fitted with a pair of two-speed intermittent wipers that can be regulated depending on the rain. The side profile has outside rear view mirrors on both sides, which are manually adjustable. These as well as the door handles are in black color as well. The wheel arches have been fitted with a set of steel wheels, which are further covered with radial tyres. Both the windshield's as well as the other window panes are made up of tinted green glass, which helps in keeping the cabin slightly cooler. The rear end looks quite similar to its predecessor and includes a well set tail lamp cluster, a broad license console and variant badging as well. The roof looks sleek and has a glossy finish with an antenna perched on it.
The insides of this base level Maruti Swift Dzire LXI variant has ample storage capacity by providing a front door trim pocket and a roomy glove box. Additionally, a ticket holder is offered to the driver side sunvisor and the co-driver has a sunvisor too. The seating has 3 folding assistant grips for the co-driver and both sides of the rear seats. Along with these, there are 3 point seat belts for the rear bench seat corners and a 2 point center center belt. There is a retractable cup holder in its dashboard for the co-driver and another cup holder in the front console, which further adds to the storage again. It also has a remote fuel lid opener affixed on the dashboard. There is a manual air conditioning unit with vents on the dashboard. Both its front seat head restraints are adjustable, while the rear seat headrests are integrated into the seat. The center console as well as the instrument panel is well loaded with multiple notifications that form a part of the comfort factor as well. There are varied functions like a speedometer, a seat belt reminder for the driver seat, a head light-on as well as a key-on reminder, a door ajar warning lamp along with other few notifications are installed in the instrument cluster. The multi functional display consists of digital clock, a fuel consumption meter that displays the instantaneous and average usage of fuel, a trip odometer, front accessory socket and a low fuel warning lamp as well.
Engine and Performance:
The engine type is a K-series petrol engine with variable valve timing technology that displaces 1197cc. With four cylinders and a total of sixteen valves, a multi point fuel injection based supply system is integrated. The engine generates a maximum power of 83.14bhp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 115Nm at 6000rpm. The performance is improved by air charging system which is naturally aspirated. The engine is in compliance with BSIV norms.
Braking and Handling:
A pair of ventilated discs are fitted to the front wheels and the rear wheels have drum brakes. The suspension consists of a McPherson strut in the front axle and the rear axle has been fixed with torsion beam. The rack and pinion based power steering which is additionally tilt adjustable helps to make the handling of this trim smoother and easy. It has 4.8 meters of minimum turning radius.
The features that provide the occupants ample comfort could be listed out starting with electrical power steering that makes the handling of the vehicle expedient. Additionally, the tilt adjustable steering wheel column adds to the convenience. When it comes to the comfort of the passengers, the interior have been offered with a manual air conditioning unit, which also has a heater and whose vents are well placed to regulate the temperature efficiently all around. The comfort quotient is further increased by providing adjustable head restraints to the front seats, whereas the rear seats have integrated head rests. Automated features like remote back door opener and remote fuel lid opener are offered too. The lighting in the trunk with luggage lamps is a definite advantage, when it comes to keeping some luggage in it as well as while doing any other maintenance work.
This Maruti Swift Dzire LXI is equipped with the features that are in demand by the current trend. One of them is the advanced technology called as an engine immobilizer. It helps in avoiding the threats related theft and any unauthorized entries altogether. Then there are child locks given to the rear doors, which makes it family friendly as well. The corner passengers in the rear cabin are protected with 3 point seat belts along with 2 point center lap belt that ensures all round protection. Apart from these, there are side impact beams and a radiant tail lamp cluster, which adds to the protective aspects of this trim.
1. Has an impressive mileage.
2. An improvised instrument panel and console.
1. The safety can be improved by equipping ABS and EBD braking system.
2. Exterior needs more enhancement.