India’s leading automaker, Maruti Suzuki India Limited launched the new version of Maruti Swift Dzire in 2012, which is now the second largest selling car for the company. Launched first in 2008, the Dzire was originally the Swift with extra boot and rear passenger space. The competitive pricing and rich features made the new Swift Dzire an instant success in the market. With an intention to trim down the cost of production and get excise duty benefits, the company shortened the length of new Maruti Swift Dzire, making its lesser than 4 meter. It was not the very first time when a car manufacturer reduced the length of a sedan. As we look into accounts of Tata Motors, it reduced the Tata Indigo sedan and launched the new Indigo CS, which was apparently the first compact sedan in the Indian market.
With the extra styling and about 150 new features, the new Dzire costs Rs. 13, 000 higher than the older version. Taking its design inspiration from the new Swift, the compact sedan looks certainly better than the ex-generation model. And despite keeping a sub-4 metre length, the engineers have merged 316-litres of boot so well that it has made the rear look even better than before. However, it now looks more like a notchback than a sedan. Also the wheelbase is now longer measuring 2430mm as compared to the original Dzire’s 2390mm. This resulted into more spacious rear seats to accommodate five passengers comfortably with good knee and leg room. The new squarish boot lid has great resemblance with the Kizashi. The new Dzire has several prominent changes including new radiator grille, fog lamps, larger rear door, rear tail lamp and more. The interior of car is bestowed with premium quality upholstery and features.
The changes made inside the car are easily noticeable with its all new color scheme that feels very vibrant. The other attractive features include liquid crystal information display, audio system with various controls, automatic climate control, dashboard with good storage space, well cushioned seats etc. Just like ex-generation Dzire, the new Maruti Swift Dzire comes with both the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.3 litre diesel engine options that deliver 86bhp and 74bhp of peak power respectively. The new petrol version is much better than the old Swift Dzire, thanks to the variable valve timing (VVT) technology. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the new Maruti Swift Dzire is quite an economical one with ARAI certified mileage of 23.4kmpl. In terms of handling, stability and ride quality the new Dzire car scores higher than the old model.
The Swift Dzire comes with sleek and comfortable interiors. The enhanced wheelbase has also helped the car get more spacious for five passengers. In terms of interior quality, the new Swift Dzire feels pretty impressive. The black and beige color scheme looks very sporty. The black theme is extended over the dashboard to door panels, whereas the rest of the parts are in elegant beige scheme. The silver chrome lining around the door handles, steering wheel and AC vent on center console further adds to its appealing look.
The light color cabin looks very spacious. One can easily notice stylish alternations on the instrument cluster and manually tilt adjustable steering. The liquid crystal information display on the instrument cluster provides details of mileage, distance, trip meter reading, time, outside temperature etc. The all new Swift Dzire also has good quality audio system, and just beneath that is the automatic climate control. And right below that there is an accessory socket and USB port. In terms of comfort and space, the well cushioned seats of new Dzire feel same as the old Dzire. The increased wheelbase has extended the rear leg room. The interior of Dzire fails to give a head-to-head to its competitors like Tata Manza, Toyota Etios and Mahindra Verito.
The Swift Dzire has a Nippon music system with four dynamics speakers and two tweeters. The standard FM radio and USB features are also an offer with the music system. The top end variant of the new Swift Dzire comes with several advanced features like electrically operated ORVMs, climate control, steering mounted audio and several other accessories.
Powering the new Maruti Swift Dzire are the same 1.2-litre K-Series petrol and 1.3-litre mulijet diesel engine options found in the old Dzire. But the engines were tuned for improved efficiency. Its 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine delivers the mileage around 18kmpl in city and 22-23kmpl on highways. The ARAI certified mileage for the Swift Dzire diesel is 23.4kmpl. On the other hand, The Dzire petrol returns an impressive 15-16kmpl of mileage in city, while on highways, it goes upto 19kmpl. The petrol automatic transmission version of the Dzire too returns an impressive mileage of 17.4kmpl.
Performance and Handling
The new Dzire shares the suspension with its older version, but the rear torsion beam with coil spring suspension are now tuned for more comfort. The petrol version impresses with smooth ride quality. The wider wheels and increased wheelbase contribute to its improved stability. The front brakes and rear brakes are ventilated disc and drum brakes respectively. Its new refined engine and five-speed gearbox provides great driving pleasure on city as well highway roads.
The overall drivability of car feels impressive even after the increased turning radius (4.8metre). However, the ground clearance of 170mm remains the same. What betters the braking system of the car is the anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist and electronic braking distribution (EBD). With decent handling, ride quality and braking system, the new Maruti Swift Dzire scores higher over the old version.
Maruti Swift Dzire vs Honda Amaze
Launched against the India’s best selling compact sedan ‘Maruti Swift Dzire’, the Honda Amaze begun the most challenging game in the Indian automotive industry. Based on the Brio platform, the Honda Amaze looks very refreshing and young and takes a lead over the conventional design of Swift Dzire. Both the cars feature a comfortable and spacious interior, but Honda Amaze has more to offer with superb seat cushioning and support, comfort features, accessories and sophisticated designing. Honda is known for manufacturing highly efficient and prompt engines, and Honda Amaze is not an exception here. The diesel powertrain of the Amaze produces an impressive torque with good throttle response. On the other side, with a decent torque and significant turbo lag, Maruti Swift Dzire diesel engine doesn’t disappoint, but fails to stand against Amaze. With powerful controls, decent cornering antiquates and predictable handling, Amaze marks its dominance. Coming to the Dzire, its smooth suspension system provides better ride quality at low speed, but can’t compete with Amaze’s high speed performance. One thing that still goes in favour of the Dzire is impressive NVH level even at high speeds, while Amaze become unbearable over 100kmph.
The shortening of boot is the major cosmetic change in the new Swift Dzire that benefits car from the excise duty and brings down the total cost of production. Despite the shrunken boot, it is still quite spacious. The overall width and height is enhanced by 5mm and 25mm respectively. With an aim to enhance the spaciousness, the wheelbase is increased by 40mm.
The car looks sporty with slated black grille, new headlights and body colored bumper and well positioned fog lamps. The ORVMs are incorporated with turn indicators. The front fascia of new Dzire looks like its elder sibling, except the extended hood and larger headlights. The rear of car has gone through a complete revision, which differentiates it from the old Swift Dzire. The small boot still maintains the usability of car. The boot lid looks stylish with thick chrome bar on it. The rear quarter glass and door has minor cosmetic changes. The ground clearance of 170mm remains unchanged. However, the new Dzire doesn’t look like a proper sedan; it looks more like a notchback.
The entry and mid level variants of the new Swift Dzire come with fourteen inches wheels with steel rim. Whereas, its top-end variants are equipped with more efficient and better looking 15 inches alloy wheels. These alloy wheels add oomph to the car. The 165/80R14 and 185/65R15 tyres size are noted for the steel and alloy wheels respectively. These wheels enhance the overall stability and ride quality of new Dzire.
Engine & Transmission
With Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology, the 1.2-litre K-series petrol engine became even more powerful and efficient. It churns out a maximum power of 86bhp at 6000rpm and a peak torque of 114Nm at 4000rpm. It offers a displacement of 1197cc. This engine is mated with a five speed manual transmission. The new Maruti Swift Dzire VXi variant is available with a four-speed automatic transmission. The new petrol version returns an impressive mileage of 15-16kmpl and 19kmpl on city roads and highways respectively. This powerful engine can attain 0-100km in just 13 seconds and achieve 160kmph hurdle-free. The Swift Dzire has 1.3 litre Multijet, DOHC, DDiS diesel engine under the hood, incorporated with a fuel injection system with turbocharger and intercooler combination. This engine delivers a peak power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and maximum torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. It gives a mileage of 23.4kmpl on highways and 18kmpl in city traffic. The Dzire diesel variant offers a displacement of 1248cc. It reaches 100km from standby in just 14.2 seconds and has top speed of 162kmph. The engine feels very smooth with controlled NVH (Noise, vibration and harshness) levels. The diesel version of new Maruti Swift Dzire brings more pleasure on freeways.
The 1.2-litre K-Series petrol powered version touches the 0-100kmph mark in just 13 seconds, and has a top-speed of 160kmph. The 1.3 Multijet diesel engine can achieve 0-100km in just 14.2 seconds and has top speed of 162kmph. Both the engines are refined and are fun to drive, taking no time to reach 150kmph, however, one feels the vibration after that.
The new Dzire petrol features the 1.2 litre K-series petrol engine that produces maximum power output of 86bhp at 600rpm and a peak torque of 114Nm at 4000rpm. The Variable Valve Timing technology has helped the Swift Dzire petrol offer more power i.e. 86bhp compared to the older version's 84bhp. Its 1.3 diesel variant has been incorporated with advanced fuel injection system with turbocharger and intercooler combination. This engine produces a peak power of 74hp at 4000rpm and torque of 190Nm at 2000rpm. It delivers a displacement of 1248cc, which is quite impressive.
Braking and Safety
This compact sedan has various active and passive safety features including anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist, front dual SRS airbags, an engine drag control system and electronic brake distribution.
The ABS with EBD and brake assist provide great protection against skidding even on highly slippery roads. The robust chassis/ body design contributes in better handling and stability of car.
What we think
Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire is a fun car to drive both on city roads and highways. The real character of the Swift Dzire shows when it's driven on high speeds, it's a gem on high RPMs. The 1.3-litre multijet diesel engined powered version of the Dzire is one of the best performers in its segments with impressive NVH level. Since, it's an extended version of the Swift, it doesn't have a proper three box design, and its rear portion looks little weird. In terms of fuel efficiency and drivability, the Dzire is even better than the Swift. So, if design is kept aside, the Swift Dzire offers you more than its value.