Since the Maruti Suzuki has come out with the Swift hatchback in the Indian market, the hatchback has been a star car for them. Launched in 2015, these 13 years have taken this product by far to one of the best selling products here. Every time, Maruti launches the Swift the very next day you will witness a long waiting list for it. There is no doubt that all Marutis are known for their best resale value, on account of their demand.
If you think, it is very difficult to buy a pre-owned Swift! Well, not every time. If you have an idea about all the know-how of the model. So, if you are in the market looking for a used second-generation Swift, we will give some important info on things that you should look out for before buying one.
Model – Maruti Suzuki Swift (2011-2017)
Model best known for - Features and drive comfort.
Generally, a good example of Swift would range between Rs 3.5 lakh to 5 lakh. But this range might run down to as low as Rs 3 lakh also, if the owner has past huge figures on its odometer. It also includes the facelift version of the model that was introduced in 2014, carrying minor updates to give it a taste newness during the cycle. Changes were made to the exterior like new honeycomb grille, silver l-shaped appliqué added to the fog lamps and a new set of alloys.
While the updates were more reserved for the interiors - engine start/stop button, reverse parking sensors, 60:40 splitting rear seats, front power windows, remote locking, power folding ORVMs and not to forget the Bluetooth controls on the steering wheel, that were missing out from the 2011-2014 Swift. Not forgetting, that Maruti did fine tuning to the engine, for making it more fuel efficient. So basically this model is best known for its features list along with its comfort ride. That apart, Swift has been known as one of the reliable products as well. But, still in the past few years there have been some recalls for the model that you need to know, in order to inspect that the product you are looking has been rectified with the said faults.
Issues to look out
In 2013, Maruti Suzuki recalled 592 units of the Swift, manufactured between October 19 and 26, 2013, to rectify a problem with the steering column. So, do check the manufacturing date of the model and if you are looking at a model that was manufactured between this span of time, check whether the vehicle has gone through this campaign. Maruti made another recall for the 47,237 units of the Swift in 2014, to rectify fuel leakage in the cabin. While you take the for a test ride check, if the cabin smells of fuel. And both these issues were rectified free of cost.
Take the vehicle for a short spin and try to drive it over unleveled tarmac. Check, if there is any noise coming out of the suspension system, that calls for a worn out rubber bushes. Also check the acceleration, does it have a significant pick-up or any loss in power, for this you need to rush for a throttle body sensor. Check Brake pads as well, as the previous could be a heavy-footer. Go through interior once and check the lights and switches all over the dash and on door panel as well.
Being backed by Maruti, that is for sure that the maintenance cost would be pocket friendly. And it will cost between a range of Rs 5000 to Rs 6000 for the parts and service cost, while the annual cost of the insurance with a value of around Rs 4 lakh will price somewhere around Rs 13,000-14000 (Zero Dep.).
You can get the best deal of the Swift VXi for around Rs 4 lakh to 4.2 lakh and why not opt for a ZXi variant that will come loaded with some extra features like fog lamps, alloys and Bluetooth audio system. All you have to do is shell out some extra Rs 25000-30000. Range can cost you between Rs 3.8 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh (depending upon the variant, vehicle condition and KM run).