A Good Value For Money.

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  • Value For Money
  • Fuel Economy
  • Overall Satisfaction

Pros : Nice Design and better features

Cons : Braking issues at Faster Speeds

I've recently purchased a Red Swift - VDI early October 2011 and i am pretty satisfied with the vehicle and the value of money (On road cost me Rs. 6,72,000 on road in Hyderabad). I've already completed 6300 Kms and have completed the first 2 free services. Is a pleasure to drive and own this beauty.


Pros: The Company has really given the new Swift 2011 a whole new makeover. Nice bold body lines on the outside, Bigger Head and tail lamps, Well designed front grill and much sharper edged front bumper. ORVM with indicators controlled electrically gives a superior feel.

Cons: Bigger bumper makes it look slightly odd when compared to the proportion of the other features/fittings on the back. Better Ground Clearance would have been a good differentiating factor from its predecessor. Rear tail lamp design extend outside the lines of the metal body making it more susceptible to be hit by wandering 2 wheelers around the rear of your car in peak traffic. ABS missing in the mid variant was a real bummer considering that upgrading to their top model almost cost just about 1 Lakh more on the road. The build quality of metals not as superior and heavy as the Polo.

Interior (Features, Space & Comfort)  

Pros: The fine lines, inclusion of chrome finish on the dashboard, doors and steering in the VDI gives it a plusher look for an Indian Hatchback model. Electrically operated ORVM is a plus point with the additional features of Key reminder, head lights still ON when leaving the car and low fuel warning sounds. Newer design for the AC Vent Grill. Sliding cup holder for the co-passenger, an all new speedo LED display with Kms to empty tank are like additional goodies in the Sweet bag. Space for the driver and front co-passenger is comfy but that for the rear although slightly enhanced from the previous model is still not a wow factor.

Cons: Smaller parcel tray with an indent making it slightly difficult to fix the rear audio system in models which lack an integrated music system. Driver seat height adjuster should have been a standard feature.

Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox

Pros: Pickup seemed amazing before the first service. Assume that this will be fine over time of using the vehicle. Fuel economy was at 14.3 kmpl for the first tank fulls of 42 litres. For the next, it gave me about 15.5 kmpl which seemed decent with AC in city conditions. And yet to try by luck with mileage on the highway.

Cons: Gearbox seems better than the earlier version. Reverse gear seems to have a problem at times which doesn't shift at the first attempt (could be the way I use the reverse). 

Ride Quality & Handling

Pros: Nobody roll when taking sharper turns at higher speeds. Suspension feels better with the steering response better than the earlier version. Cons: Braking is an issue at high speeds which might make one insecure about pushing the engine and yet being ready for the odd speed bump or unforeseen animal or vehicle needing you to come to a sudden halt. Brake Assist and ABS should have been a must at least for the mid variant which is currently missing in LDI and VDI versions.

Final Words A good value for money but could have done better with certain features - something as basic as good braking. Areas of improvement - Better Brake assist - Better Pickup at lower speeds. - More features for the price quoted - Should have had an optional variant with ABS like before.

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  • Sidharth |24 Jan,2012 08:04:29 PM

    Hi Avinash, can you please tell me about charges of your first two free services ? how much dey costed each ?

    Avinash |31 Jan,2012 08:00:44 PM

    Hi Sidharth, The first servicing included just an overall check up and not really servicing of the car. Since the engine is new, they change the engine oil for the first service and charge you of course with taxes (was about 900 INR including taxes). The service station however does a wax coat for the interior and the exterior of the car free of cost. The second servicing was free with another overall checkup - The supervisor mentioned that they followed a checklist which included tightening of any bolts under the car. 3rd service is due only once 10,000 is complete. Regards, Avinash

    Sidharth |02 Feb,2012 11:46:12 PM

    Thanks Avinash :)

    Avinash |03 Feb,2012 03:59:53 PM

    @ Sidharth: One small thing that I forgot to mention, for the 2nd free service, they do not change any engine oil as this is only due during the 3rd service (once the car completes 10,000 kms or 6 months). I must however point out that the mileage seems to have increased a little from 15.5 kmpl to 16.4 kmpl (was a mix of city a little outer ring road drive). Looking forward to the mileage showing results of 18kmpl and above. Are you planning on buying the new SWIFT or already own one ? Regards, Avinash

  • Manjay |26 Jan,2012 03:45:11 AM

    How much on Road price in Chandigarh (Swift ZXi)

    Avinash |01 Feb,2012 02:57:56 PM

    @ Manjay: I think Maruti has recently raised the price of their Swift cars by 12k to 20k over the last month. The ex-showroom road price of ZXI (petrol) in Chandigarh should be around 5,58,000 and the price on road should be about 6.3L - 6.8L based on your % of road tax and vehicular insurance amount.

  • Avinash |31 Jan,2012 08:13:55 PM

    @ Manjay: I think Maruti has recently raised the price of their Swift cars by 12k to 20k over the last month. The ex-showroom road price of ZXI (petrol) in Chandigarh should be around 5,58,000 and the price on road should be about 6.3L - 6.5L based on your % of road tax and vehicle insurance.

  • Avinash |26 Mar,2012 12:45:55 AM

    New swift VDi and ZDi have the same Engine, i have completed 8620 Kms on my New swift Zdi The mileage clocked is in between 27.8/27.4 Kms per liter of diesel with A/c on every-time (tank full method),The Engine has a sweet spot at 1800 RPM and 80 Kms per hour, I Use Mobil Engine oil and Nitrogen 50 in front and 45 at back points of pressure

  • jack |24 Apr,2014 09:40:38 PM

    I'm just very curious about this and would like appreciate views of the esteemed readers on this forum. Have the guys at Maruti actually resolved the issue on the brakes for LXI-VXI / LXI-VDI?

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