Maruti Suzuki has launched the third-gen Swift in India with prices starting at Rs 4.99 lakh (Swift launch report). With the update, it seems like the carmaker is looking to further strengthen its presence in the segment. Let's find out how the new Swift fares against its competition and whether it has what it takes to remain at the top its category.
Starting off with the dimensions, the new Swift is the tallest and widest hatchback in its segment. It also has the longest wheelbase among the three. The Swift’s’ wider and taller construction makes it a more spacious car than before. When it comes to luggage carrying capacity, the Swift remains the leader while the other two get an almost identical boot space. With a ground clearance of 174mm, the Figo is best equipped among the lot to take on tall speed breakers and deep ruts that our roads are known for. The Grand i10 comes second with 165mm followed by the Swift at 163mm.
The Figo gets the largest capacity engine of the three. The 1.5-litre unit is also the most powerful one here. The other two cars get engines with identical power and torque output. Amongst the three, only the Swift gets the option of an AMT gearbox alongside the 5-speed manual which comes as standard on all three cars. On the fuel economy front, the Swift is the most efficient one.
Likewise, the petrol Figo is the most powerful car in this comparison. The other two cars have identical power and torque figures. However, this time around, all three cars are offered with automatic transmission, albeit different technologies. While the Figo automatic gets a more advance dual-clutch gearbox, which is offered only with the 1.5-litre petrol engine, the Grand i10 gets an old-school 4-speed torque converter. The Swift, be it in manual or automatic guise, continues to be the most fuel efficient one in this comparison as well.
When it comes to pricing, the Grand i10 is the most affordable car of the lot with a starting price of Rs 4.59 lakh, about Rs 40,000 lower than both the Swift and Figo's base price. But the Grand i10 gets basic safety features like ABS and airbags in higher variants only, which is where it lacks a bit.
The Ford Figo is also priced at par with these cars but feels a bit dated now considering the features and interior design. If you prioritise performance over features though, the Ford Figo diesel makes for a good choice too.
The Swift could be the car for you if you are looking for a set of wheels which is high on space while being fun to drive and supported by a wide after sales support that only Maruti Suzuki can boast of. Overall, the Swift looks like a better package than the other two. We're waiting to get our hands on the Swift to do an extensive comparo with its competitors.