New Maruti Swift vs rivals: Specifications comparison

16th Jan 2018 2:30 pm

Here is how the new incoming Swift compares against the current Swift and its key rivals.

The Swift has always been a money-spinner for Maruti in India, usually registering sales that put it in the top 10 every month. The third-gen Swift, first unveiled at the end of 2016, is likely to be showcased at the Auto Expo 2018 and also expected to launch for the Indian market. It has been spied in the country recently and dealers have started accepting bookings for the hatchback, suggesting that its launch is on track.

Maruti’s contender in the mid-size hatchbacks segment sees it rival the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10, Ford’s Figo and even the Volkswagen Polo at the higher end of the segment.

Here’s how Maruti’s new Swift fares on paper against its competition, and the outgoing, second-gen model:

Exteriors

 

Current Maruti Swift

New Maruti Swift

Volkswagen Polo

Ford Figo

Hyundai Grand i10

Length

3850mm

3840mm

3971mm

3886mm

3765mm

Width

1695mm

1735mm

1682mm

1695mm

1660mm

Height

1530mm

1500mm

1469mm

1525mm

1520mm

Wheelbase

2430mm

2450mm

2469mm

2491mm

2425mm

Ground clearance

170mm

NA

165mm

174mm

NA

Kerb weight 960-1080kg 890kg (approx) 1033-1158kg 995-1048kg 1066-1093kg

The new Swift is marginally shorter in length and height than most of its rivals, and yet sports one of the longest wheelbases. However, the third-gen Swift isn’t expected to have class-leading space. Expect interior room to have increased over the current-gen model. Though, the overall compact dimensions should help manoeuvrability on our congested roads.

Interiors

While the India-spec Swift’s interiors have yet to be revealed in full, we expect the cabin to feature a new instrument cluster, a more upmarket, multi-function steering wheel and a touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink found on all higher-end Maruti cars. In terms of safety, two airbags are expected along with ABS on the higher trims. This kit will set it on-par with rivals.

Engines

 

New Maruti Swift

Volkswagen Polo

Ford Figo

Hyundai Grand i10

Fuel

Petrol

Petrol

Petrol

Petrol

Engine

1197cc

1198cc/1197cc, turbo-petrol

1196cc/1499cc

1197cc

Power

84hp

75hp/105hp

88hp/112hp

83hp

Torque

115Nm

110Nm/175Nm

112Nm/136Nm

114Nm

Gearbox

5-speed manual/5-speed AMT

5-speed manual/7-speed dual-clutch auto

5-speed manual/6-speed dual-clutch auto

5-speed manual/4-speed auto

Fuel efficiency (ARAI figures)

20.4kpl (2ndgen model)

16.47kpl/17.2kpl

18.16kpl/NA

17.4kpl/NA

 

 

New Maruti Swift

Volkswagen Polo

Ford Figo

Hyundai Grand i10

Fuel

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Diesel

Engine

1248cc

1498cc

1498cc

1120cc

Power

75hp

90hp/105hp

100hp

71hp

Torque

190Nm

230Nm/250Nm

215Nm

160Nm

Gearbox

5-speed manual,5-speed AMT

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

Fuel efficiency (ARAI figures)

25.2kpl (2nd gen model)

20.14kpl/19.78kpl

25.83kpl

24kpl

Powering the new Swift will be the same 84hp, 1.2-litre petrol and 75hp, 1.3-litre diesel engines that are available on the current model. However, the new-gen model is expected to outstrip its predecessor in terms of performance and fuel efficiency as it shares the Baleno’s lightweight platform. The new Swift is also expected to be the lightest car in its class, which, on-paper, translates to class-leading economy and performance.

Unlike the current-gen car, Maruti is expected to launch five-speed AMT-equipped versions of the Swift as well. While all the Swift’s rivals have a petrol-automatic option, the Swift will be the only one with a diesel-automatic on offer in this segment.

Pricing

 

Maruti Swift

VW Polo (including GT)

Ford Figo

Hyundai Grand i10

Petrol prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 4.41-6.38 lakh

Rs 5.41-9.20 lakh

Rs 5.00-8.00 lakh

Rs 4.59-6.86 lakh

Diesel prices (ex-showroom, Delhi)

Rs 5.99-7.47 lakh

Rs 6.93-9.34 lakh

Rs 5.96-7.60 lakh

Rs 5.70-7.37 lakh

Like the current model, Maruti is expected to price the new Swift very competitively. The current segment leader, the well-specced Grand i10, is priced from Rs 4.59 lakh to Rs 7.37 lakh, while the Figo will set you back by Rs 5.00 lakh to Rs 7.60 lakh, depending on the variant. Volkswagen’s Polo, particularly the GT-badged models, is at the higher-end of the spectrum and is priced from Rs 5.41 lakh to Rs 9.33 lakh. Expect the new Swift to cost a small premium over the current Swift’s price tag of Rs 4.41 lakh to Rs 7.47 lakh (all-prices, ex-showroom, Delhi).

On-paper, the new Maruti Swift is expected to shake up the segment much in the same way that its predecessor did. A comprehensive road test and a comparison against its rivals will be necessary to get a proper verdict but it looks like Maruti does have another cash cow on its hands.

Also see:

2018 Suzuki Swift Sport image gallery

2017 Suzuki Swift Sport walkaround video

2018 Suzuki Swift video review

New 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift: A close look

 

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