After the launch of new gen Polo and Elite i20, Maruti has also launched the face-lifted version of its premium hatchback, Swift. The car is given significant exterior and interior changes to make it look more appealing and premium. The question is Will it be able to give tough competition to its rivals? Let's find out as we put the new Swift against its prime rivals, Polo and Elite i20.
New Swift has carried forward both its engines which include 1.2L K-series petrol engine and the 1.3L Multijet diesel engine. The petrol engine has a power output of 83bhp@6000rpm while its utmost torque output of 115Nm can be achieved at 4000rpm.
Compared to Polo and Elite i20, Swift has the most powerful petrol engine as the 1.2L 3-cylinder engine of Polo churns out a power and torque output of 74 bhp @5400 rpm and 110Nm @3750 rpm while it's 82 bhp @6000 rpm and 115Nm @4000 rpm for Elite i20 which has a 1.2L, 4-cylinder Kappa unit. All three engines only come equipped with five-speed manual gearbox.
If we talk about diesel than it's Swift which is the least powerful car here at-least on paper. Its 1.3L diesel engine produces a power and torque output of 74 bhp @4000rpm and 190Nm @2000 rpm respectively in comparison to Polo which now with its new 1.5L TDI engine pumps out a healthy power output of 89 bhp @4200rpm and highest in class torque output of 230Nm which is available straight away from 1500 rpm.
Elite i20 also comes close with its 1.4L diesel unit which churns out a power output of 89 bhp @4000 rpm and utmost torque output of 220Nm ranging between 1750 rpm-2750 rpm. Elite i20 is the only diesel car here which comes mated with a six-speed manual gearbox while rest of the two come with five-speed manual gearboxes. Polo is also available with high performance 1.2L TSI engine coupled with 7-speed DSG and 1.5L TDI unit with utmost power output of 103 bhp each.
Swift now comes with improved fuel efficiency which makes it the most fuel efficient car in its class. The petrol engine delivers a mileage of 20.4 km/ltr while it's 25.2 km/ltr for the diesel version. The petrol and diesel versions of Polo and Elite i20 has an ARAI tested mileage of 16.4 km/ltr and 18.6 km/ltr and 20.1 km/ltr and 22.5 km/ltr respectively.
Maruti has added premium features in the new Swift to take on its feature rich rivals. The top variant of the new gen Swift now comes equipped with features such as automatic climate control, speed sensing 2-Din audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted controls, 15-inch alloy wheels, push button start/stop, electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs.
In terms of safety, you now also get reverse parking sensors along with ABS with EBD and Dual Front airbags. Elite i20 also offers all the above mentioned features along with 16-inch alloy wheels, reverse parking camera, rear a,c vents, auto lights and audio system with 1GB internal memory.
The new Polo misses out on few comfort features such as push button start, auto folding outside mirrors, rear a.c vents but it's the only car in this comparison which comes standard with dual front airbags which makes it a very safe car to be in. 15-inch alloy wheels, steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control and rear parking sensors are also some of the premium features that you get in the top variant of Polo.
Maruti has again the hit sweet spot with the pricing of new Swift as the base petrol variant will now cost you INR 4.42 lakhs in comparison to Polo and Elite i20 which starts from INR 4.99 lakhs and INR 4.90 lakhs respectively.
The top petrol variant of Swift is priced at INR 5.90 lakhs while Polo and Elite i20 will cost you INR 6.25 lakhs each. Even the diesel version of Swift undercuts Polo and Elite i20 by a good margin as the base variant of Swift is priced at INR 5.56 lakhs while its 6.27 lakhs and 6.10 lakhs for the rest of the two. The range topping models of Swift, Polo and Elite i20 are priced at INR 6.95 lakhs, 7.55 lakhs and INR 7.45 lakhs respectively.
The GT TSI and GT TDI versions of Polo are priced at INR 8.20 lakh. (All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). These two offer more performance for the extra money.
Maruti Swift has been one of the most popular models but now competition is even tougher than before. While the Swift plays the value card the Elite i20 offers more space plus looks better so it justifies its pricing and without doubt the Polo will have its loyal customer looking for driving thrills. However the new Swift is now back with critical updates which will again bring the spotlight back on itself. Being a facelift all the plus points are retained but Maruti has only made it better to face its new competition.