Two airbags | Auto climate control | All Power Windows | Keyless entry | Electric ORVMs || Audio sys with Bluetooth, USB, Aux | Standard Warranty 2yr/40,000 km I Extended warranty available
Ihave spent a little over three years at Auto Today and by now, my colleagues firmly believe that my loyalties lie more with Maruti-Suzuki than with the magazine. This is my fifth long term car here and no prizes for guessing the manufacturer. In my defence of being loyal to my profession, I haven’t shied away from calling a spade a spade. Where the Brezza and S-Cross impressed, the Ignis and Celerio diesel got the short end of the stick from me. But yes, I do like their cars over the competition and for many reasons. Maruti-Suzuki now offers a much more premium suite of cars across the range compared to the past eras of the Zens, Altos and Esteems. “Premium” comes from realising that value for money shouldn’t
be used in conjunction with cheap because cheap doesn’t sell anymore in India. Watching Esteems still killing it on the racetracks further reaffirms my belief in the manufacturer’s products.
The new-gen Swift without doubt, emanates a vibe of premiumness. From the time I took a closer look at the exterior to sitting and experiencing the interior of the car, I can firmly say that this is a product that may still be affordable but screams upmarket for the various styling cues and features it offers. From the use of LEDs for the headlamp and tail lights, to the absence of gaudy chrome on the exterior, right down to the fonts on the dials housed in the centre console that have been matched with those of the LCD display, the new Swift is a premium design all around.
Maruti-Suzuki made the package even sweeter by offering the kind of handling that I haven’t been able to flaw as yet. The suspension setup offers sporty handling characteristics balanced with pliant ride quality offering comfort too. While the tried and tested 1.3-litre diesel engine doesn’t have anything new to mention, the 22.4kmpl figure on the average consumption readout is always a good sight. This being the figure while commuting in the city and that’s commendable. The Swift not only impresses in its new avatar but also surpasses my expectations of a product from Maruti-Suzuki.
MARUTI-SUZUKI MADE THE PACKAGE EVEN SWEETER BY OFFERING
THE KIND OF HANDLING THAT I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FLAW
Interior is sportier than ever on the new Swift and this view shows the driver focused dashboard design
Clear analogue readouts for the speedo and tacho while the LCD MID in the centre shows running data