thank you all!!! i am so happy at your rave responses!!!
sure, rjk, you can accompany me; but these kind of stuff happen at the drop of a hat, and i do these test drives in, well, a hurry.i had almost the same experiences with the lancer invex, pulsar 180 dts-i, etc.... so, if you can meet up within 15 mins of me callin' ya, then you are most welcome, he.. he.. he..
and evo, the NHC and swift fall into entirely different categories. if the buyer wants ease of driving, and if the parking spaces that he usually drives to, are at a premium, then it's the swift for him. but if he wants more space, comfort, class, and a boot, then it's the city.
but overall, swift is good value for money, and even though the city is better in terms of equipment and space, the swift seems to be a choice that you simply won't go wrong with. plus, you save more than a peti over the city, so...... and regarding the fuel efficiency, expect the swift to give 12-13 kmpl, in city, with a/c. the city would give 11-12 kmpl under the same driving conditions.
yes, autopsyche, the swift is bring launched in delhi today. yeah, do try to hitch a test ride, but most importantly, please squeeze out the pricing first, somehow, so we can put all the speculations to an end....
yes, tabrez02, even though the block is from the esteem, the driving experience in the swift is nothing like the former.
yes, harrie, the prices seemed to google me too, but the guy quoted these as ex-showroom, so we can expect @ 5.3-5.5 on-road, bombay.
yes, scuderia, even i wanted the multi information display, as an option, at least in the zxi- the similarly priced corsa sail seems to have one, so why can't the maruti???
and as for the speed.... the entrance to vasai branches in from the mumbai-ahmedabad highway (which is an NH), and i have about 20 kms of highway, towards mumbai, where you can easily touch 170-180; given the car; and there are long stretches towards ahmedabad, where you can touch even 200 kmph!!! so, if you wanna catch some serious speeds, come to vasai, or khargar dude.... there are excellent highways here, and these are at an arm's length away from my home- boy, am i happy!! and it isn't far off from bombay either- a trip to andheri in my 180 takes just about one hour. add another half if i have a pillion, or if it's a car. and these timings are with sedate driving....
gordon, i tested the car in vasai- at the mumbai-ahmedabad highway, to be precise. and i can't say the dealer's name as yet- but will quote it later, if you require. the guy said that he could get in some serious trouble, if anybody else found out that a non-personnel, other than auto-journos or maruti officials, had test driven the car.
oh, yes, the alloys...damnit, yaar...!!! i forgot to take them pics... but the alloys are 7-spoke ones, shown in the site; so, i guess you should get a pretty fair idea....
and yes, the rear seat is big enough to seat three, and the comfort levels are, well, okay. but it's way better than the esteem's rear bench, and comparable to the baleno, indica, and the palio.
the boot space is marginally larger than indica (220ltrs), at 232 ltrs. but smaller than palio's, which has trunk volume of 260 ltrs. overall, the boot space seemed sufficiently large.
and thanks, dippy. but the first demo swift arrived in bombay at 21st (i think), and noone was allowed test drives; only the permitted personnel, not the general public.
thanks, islero; but the pricings seem okay, as the similarly priced getz offers abs and alloys, so, let's wait and watch..........
thanks, rahul. yes, they have done some work on the esteem block; more in the ignition area. the swift's head employs the digital distributorless ignition (or ddl-i,in maruti lingo), a concept borrowed from the wagon-r, and the baleno.
Last edited by veyron1 : 25th May 2005 at 14:00.