Premium hatchback segment makes the most significant portion of sales in India and the share has only increased in the past. Tata already offers Indica Vista which sells quite well, with the latest offering - Bolt in the segment, Tata is trying to grab a bigger portion of the pie.
In this comparison, we compare the specifications of the new Tata Bolt with the Maruti Swift which has been the class leader for quite some time. The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi with Tata Bolt Quadrajet XT and Maruti Suzuki Swift ZXi with Tata Bolt Revotron XT.
Maruti Swift Vs Tata Bolt (Design and Exteriors)
Maruti Suzuki Swift has matured a lot since it was launched in the year 2005. The car received a facelift in the year 2007 and yet looks pleasing to this day. The Swift is indeed a very good looking car from any angle, it has stylish front grill, large headlamps, chrome finished logo and fog lamps at front. The ORVMs with integrated blinkers, colored door handles, and alloy wheels further enhance the car’s look. The mid variants of Maruti Swift come with 14 inches steel wheels, however, the top variants come with 15 inches wheels.
The Bolt looks a very well proportioned, big and premium hatchback. At front, the car carries blackened out projector headlights that make the car looks very sporty. The front bumper houses a trapezoidal honeycomb grill which goes very well with other design elements. At the rear, the C-Pillars are blackened and the chrome strip on the tailgate, makes the car look very premium. The new tail lights at the rear look a tad small considering the overall large proportions of the car but go very well along with other design elements.
Maruti Swift Vs Tata Bolt (Interiors and Features)
The Swift’s interiors look very well designed and thought out, there’s rich upholstery and interiors are all-black with grey inserts. The car comes with features like digital display trip meter, integrated cup holder in the dashboard, LCD display, speedometer cluster, automatic climate control, single touch lane indicator and sun visor. The top version of the car also come with an audio system with four speaker and two tweeters which supports USB, Bluetooth and aux-in connectivity. The steering also comes with audio controls that can be used to adjust the audio levels.
It must be considered a big achievement of Tata's, the interiors of the car are the best that we have seen in any of Tata’s car. The equipment level is generous too. The top of the line model comes with steering mounted controls and a Navigation system which we have so far not seen on other cars in this class. The fit and finish of the switches and dials is great too. The car comes with all black interiors which go very well along with the overall character of the car and makes it look sporty.
Maruti Swift Vs Tata Bolt (Engine and Transmission)
The Swift comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. The MPFI petrol engine of the car has a displacement of 1197 cc and derives 83.14bhp of power at 6000rpm and 115Nm of peak torque at 4000rpm. The 1.3 litre multijet diesel engine delivers 74bhp of power at 4000rpm and 190Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Both the engines come mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Bolt too comes with a petrol and a diesel engine. The 1.3 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine produces a maximum power of 74bhp at 4000rpm and a peak torque of 190Nm between 1750-3000rpm of torque. Bolt's turbocharged petrol REVOTRON engine is a 1.2 litre (1193 cc) 4 cylinder engine which produces 88.8bhp and 140Nm of torque between 1500-4000rpm.
Maruti Swift Vs Tata Bolt (Safety features and Mileage)
The top variant of the Swift comes with dual SRS front Airbags, ABS (Anti-lock braking System) with EBD, computerized Anti-theft system, automatic lock system, front and rear fog lamps, high mounted stop lamps, front and rear seat belts, child lock, parking assist sensors.
The safety features on top variant of Bolt include two front airbags, ABS with EBD, engine immobilizer and auto door lock system. Unlike Swift, Bolt does not offer park assistance feature.
Fuel economy is something that Maruti Suzuki cars are known for and Swift is no different. The petrol engine delivers an impressive 15.6kmpl in city, driving on highways delivers 20.4kmpl. The Swift diesel delivers 20.9kmpl in city and around 25.2kmpl on highways.
Tata Bolt diesel delivers 22.95kmpl on the highway and 19.8kmpl in the city. Whereas the petrol engine delivers 17.6kmpl in the city and 14.2kmpl in the city.
The Swift is a well proven and accomplished product and there is no doubt about it. In terms of equipment level, it very closely matches the Bolt. The Bolt comes with an equipment level that is generous and offers a navigation system that we have not seen on cars in this segment so far.
Since the Bolt has just been launched recently, it is yet to prove itself in the market. We do not see a reason why a car as well equipped and as refined as Bolt should not work for Tata.
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Watch comprehensive video review of the Maruti Suzuki Swift below