De­pend­able Run­about

Car India - - OUR CARS - —JimGorde

IT’S BEEN AN­OTHER COU­PLE of months with the Swift and it’s prov­ing to be quite a city com­pan­ion. It’s not ex­actly tiny, but man­ages to make its way ef­fec­tively around town with ease, han­dling ev­ery­thing from crowded lanes and high­way stretches with aplomb. It re­cently went for its ser­vice and I am happy to re­port noth­ing needed fix­ing. Just an oil top-up and reg­u­lar checks taken care of, and she is back with me, good as new.

Of late, with ris­ing pol­lu­tion lev­els and the in­evitable smoke from burn­ing on win­ter morn­ings, the wellinsu­lated cabin and fast-work­ing air-con are def­i­nitely big pluses. The big­gest joy for me, even af­ter all th­ese months, still re­mains the tractabil­ity of the diesel en­gine and its abil­ity to make the most of low-range revs, yet build up a head of steam and pile on the speed when nec­es­sary.

The Swift has had its fair share of high­way runs and has al­ways been a de­pend­able run­about at the push of a but­ton. It swal­lows up cam­era bags and lug­gage — with the par­cel shelf out, there’s no need to open the hatch to ac­cess any­thing from the bags, should the need arise. That’s proper hatch­back prac­ti­cal­ity at its best.

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