Maruti-Suzuki Swift

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Auto Today - - Dashboard - Ab­hik Das Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent ab­hik.das@in­to­day.com @Ab­hik616

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

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