2018 Maruti Swift Long Term Review
The Maruti Swift has become a hit with everyone in the MotorBeam team
My daily driver for the last few months was the Maruti Ignis diesel MT and while I liked the car in general, I started feeling some of its shortcomings like the bouncy ride quality which really gets to you when you drive for long distances. Maruti recently launched the third generation of one of its most popular cars and shortly thereafter we welcomed a Swift ZDi+ in our long term fleet. Having covered more than 3000 kms with the Swift in barely 2 months, I have a lot to write about my experience with the car.
The Maruti Swift, since its first generation, has known to be a fun to drive car with a lot of praise coming in for its steering and body control. That got me excited and I was longing to drive this car for an extended duration to get to know it better. I still remember the first time I drove the new Swift, the seating position is so good and felt so much better than the Ignis. The front seats, while a bit soft, offer very good support and hug you from the sides. The steering is positioned at just the perfect angle and the large windshield gives a clear view ahead.
Ignition on, I got going with the familiar 1248cc, DDiS engine purring under the hood. The steering feels very light at city speeds, the clutch is again very light and driving the car in city traffic is as easy as it can be. The ORVMs offer a clear field of view but visibility at the rear does get a bit limited due to the door handles on the C-pillars and the smallish rear windscreen. The air conditioning works brilliantly and I like how quickly it chills the cabin.