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2024 Maruti Swift vs rivals: Enthusiasts reveal their choice of car

Stylish exterior is unmistakably "Swift", although opinions can be polarizing.

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2024 Maruti Suzuki Swift

What you'll like:

  • Stylish exterior is unmistakably "Swift", although opinions can be polarizing
  • Smart-looking interior with a good-looking dashboard and fine ergonomics
  • Manual transmission with short throws is very slick and a joy to use. Absolutely brilliant MT!
  • Great drivability and light controls, along with a small footprint make it a joy in the city
  • Sporty engine sound is addictive. It's the best sounding 3-cylinder I've driven
  • Choice of sporty MT and convenient AMT - take your pick
  • 3-cylinder engine is fuel-efficient; ARAI rating of 25.75 km/l for the AMT (MT is 24.80 km/l)
  • Enjoyable handling & good high speed composure with a precise steering
  • Long list of features including automatic LED projector headlamps, LED DRLs, LED foglamps, cruise control, 9-inch touchscreen HU paired with an Arkamys sound system, rear A/C vents, wireless charging, footwell lighting, connected car features etc
  • Safety features such as 6 airbags, 3-point seatbelts for all, ESP, hill-hold assist, ABS+EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts etc.
  • Maruti's widespread service network, excellent after-sales support & fuss-free ownership experiences

What you won't:

  • 1.2L petrol is not fast & exciting enough for enthusiasts. Not as refined as the outgoing 4-cylinder, nor as powerful (power has actually dropped to just 81 BHP)
  • Priced very close to the more premium & spacious Baleno
  • Mediocre plastic quality (interiors) is typical Maruti grade; very ordinary
  • AMT can get jerky & slow. Some competitors offered smoother ATs (e.g. Altroz DCT, Hyundai's AMT, i20's IVT)
  • No CNG or diesel option like some rivals
  • Low speed ride is jiggly due to suspension tune & 15-inch wheels
  • Black interiors and smallish glass area can make one claustrophobic, particularly at the back
  • Rear seat’s under-thigh support is mediocre for taller passengers
  • Some misses (auto-dimming IRVM, TPMS, sunroof, driving modes, smaller spare tyre on the Z trims...)
  • L & V variants get horribly skinny 165 mm tyres. Please upgrade
  • 163 mm ground clearance raises our eyebrows, although Maruti hatchbacks aren't known to scrape speed breakers

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Hyundai Grand i10 Nios

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Tata Tiago

What you'll like:

  • Great styling. A very chic-looking hatchback at a value-for-money price!
  • Tata has put in a lot of effort on quality and it shows. No signs of cost cutting at all
  • Solid build & construction, unlike most of its flimsy competitors
  • High quality, well-designed interiors. Lots of storage and a useful 242 liter boot too
  • Suspension offers excellent ride comfort with neutral handling
  • City friendly nature: light controls, agreeable ergonomics & good driveability (both engines)
  • Amazing 8-speaker Harman entertainment system. Sounds top class
  • Feature list with 2 driving modes, parking sensors + display, cooled glovebox, full MID & more

What you won't:

  • Mediocre 3-cylinder engines. Petrol, especially, is unimpressive
  • Low refinement levels. NVH package has many holes
  • Rear headroom is tight. Also, a rare Tata hatchback that cannot seat 5 (best for 4)
  • Concerns over long-term reliability, more so of the freshly developed engines
  • Tata's after-sales experience remains a gamble. Service quality is far from that of Maruti & Hyundai

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Hyundai i20

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno

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Toyota Glanza

Baleno Vs Glanza

Tata Altroz

What you'll like:

  • Looks absolutely stunning! Solid build too
  • Nice interior with good quality parts & adequate space
  • Accommodating 345-litre boot is among the biggest of the segment
  • Competent turbo-diesel engine. Good driveability, punchy & fuel-efficient
  • Mature on-road behaviour, including at highway speeds
  • 5-star NCAP safety rating! Safety package includes dual airbags, CSC, break reminder etc.
  • Enjoyable Harman 6-speaker ICE. One of the better systems in this segment
  • Impressive kit (auto headlamps & wipers, cruise control, ambient lighting, adjustable armrest...)
  • Factory-fitted customisation packs available

What you won't:

  • Under-powered, lame & noisy 3-cylinder 1.2L petrol engine
  • Suspension has a firm edge at low speeds (16" rim variants). Bad roads will bother you
  • Diesel variant carries an insane premium! Works out to almost Rs. 2 lakhs on the road
  • Service visit every 6 months / 7,500 km (1 year / 10,000 km is the norm today)
  • Some missing features (auto-dimming IRVM, thinner spare tyre on top trims, split-folding rear seat...)
  • No automatic variant in a market that loves its ATs
  • Tata's after-sales service quality is a hit or miss. Remains a gamble
  • Concerns over niggles in a freshly-baked Tata product
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  2. Altroz Turbo-Petrol Review Link
  3. Altroz DCA Review Link
  4. Altroz CNG Review Link

Maruti Suzuki Ignis

What you'll like:

  • Unique, funky design - exterior & interior stand out in a crowd. Customisation options available
  • Smart packaging! Good legroom & headroom in such a small car. Useable 260-liter boot too
  • Peppy petrol & efficient diesel. What’s more, the AMT automatic is available with both engines
  • Dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchors are standard across all variants
  • Maruti's widespread service network, excellent after-sales support & fuss-free ownership experiences
  • Features such as LED projector headlamps + DRLs, reversing camera, Apple & Android ICE, navigation, electrically-foldable ORVMs etc.

What you won't:

  • Simply overpriced, not a VFM Maruti. Top trim is especially pricey
  • You can buy more accomplished cars for the same (Grand i10) or a little more (Baleno) money
  • Weird rear end styling. Overall, the unconventional looks will polarize opinions
  • AMT, although improved, still can’t match conventional ATs on smoothness or speed
  • Narrow cabin width. Rear seat is better for 2 adults than 3
  • 32-liter fuel tank is too small for this segment. Even the humble Alto gets a larger tank

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