The premium hatchback segment has come a long way in India. Majority of first time car buyers instead of buying an entry level hatchback now choose to buy a premium hatchback instead. With the ever increasing available options, the prospective buyer finds himself in a dilemma and state of confusion while making a purchase.
Maruti Swift is a segment leader in the premium hatchback segment and has had the crown infact for the longest duration. We compare the specifications of the car with the Toyota Etios Liva and see which one is the better car.
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Swift ZXi with the Etios Liva TRD Sportivo (Petrol) and Swift ZDi with the Etios Liva D TRD Sportivo (Diesel). Click to compare full features Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Toyota Etios Liva
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Toyota Etios Liva (Design and Exteriors)
The Maruti Swift has only gotten more elegant with each iteration. The latest car is not a great departure from its predecessor, it still maintains its curvy shape and the end creases are now more prominent and there is a hint of sharpness which was missing in the predecessor. The Swift is definitely one of the most beautiful cars ever seen in its segment. There are bigger and swept back headlamps which look great. The latest iteration of the car now uses LED DRLs around fog lamps housed in the bumper which further enhance the look of the car. The car retains all good features of the old car - stylish front grill, ORVMs with integrated blinkers, colored door handles and chrome logo well integrated taillights and sporty roofline etc. The base and mid variants of Maruti Swift come fitted with 14 inch steel wheels, whereas the top-end variant is equipped with 15 inch alloy wheels.
The Etios Liva is one of the most conventional looking car in this segment. Looking at the car from front, you can see two strong creases on the bonnet. The front grille is large divided in three sections, the middle part carries a chrome Toyota logo. A pair of angular headlamps is complimented well by the round fog lamps housed in the bumper. From the side, you can notice wheel arches and ORVMs with integrated blinkers. The base and mid variants of the car uses 14 inch steel wheel and the top variants come equipped with 15 inch, 12 spoke alloy wheels. At rear, you would notice the combination taillight cluster which looks well integrated and it enhances the looks of the car.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Toyota Etios Liva (Interiors and Features)
The Swift come loaded with goodies like push start/stop button, CD player with USB, Aux-in and Bluetooth support, LCD display, six speakers, power windows, trip meter, tilt steering, remote fuel lid opener and back door opener, climate control system, outside temperature display. You also get steering mounted audio/call controls. Some of these features are only present in the top variant of the car.
Swift's seats are the best in the class and the driver’s seat even comes equipped with height adjustment feature. The all back dashboard with silver inserts look very sporty. There are abundant spaces for keeping the bottles and other knick knacks. The boot space is generous too at 204 liters.
The Toyota Etios is not very conventional on the inside. In fact, the dash design is the very radical. The air vents are mounted at the left of the centre console and the instrument cluster is also placed unconventionally in the centre position. The interiors are in dual-tone and use high quality plastics and arm rests use wooden inserts which look chic.
Even the top variant of the car comes with fabric seats, which may not be to everyone’s taste. The infotainment system includes a CD player with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity. The steering wheel is race type - flat bottom which you do not get in any other car in this category. The car has 7 bottle holders and other spaces for knick-knacks. You also get a cooled glove box in the top variant of the car which would help you keep the drinks and other thing cool on long journeys. The boot space is also larger than the Swift at 251 liters.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Toyota Etios Liva (Engine and Transmission)
The Swift comes with both petrol and diesel engine options. The MPFI petrol engine of the car has a displacement of 1197cc 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.
The Etios too comes with two engine options too – a 1.4 liter diesel and a 1.2 liter petrol. The diesel engine is 4 cylinder of 1364cc capacity and generated a maximum power of 67.06bhp at 3800rpm and a maximum torque of 170 Nm between 1800-2400rpm. The engine uses common rail direct injection technology. Whereas the petrol engine is of 1197cc capacity and generates a maximum power of 78.9bhp at 5600rpm and yields a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 3100rpm.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Toyota Etios Liva (Safety features and Mileage)
The Swift comes loaded with safety features; there are ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear. You get ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD and BA (Brake Assist) feature that compliments the braking system and take care of the safety. You also get dual SRS front Airbags, anti-theft system, automatic lock system, side impact beams, front and rear ELR seat belts, child lock, rear parking sensors etc. Some of the high-end safety features are only available on top-end variants of the car.
Toyota Etios Liva comes with ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes at rear wheels. The top variant of the Etios Liva comes with SRS airbags for the driver and the co-passenger, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), engine immobilizer, 3-point ELR belts, rear parking sensors, engine immobilizer etc.
The Maruti Suzuki is known for producing fuel efficient cars and Swift does not disappoints. The petrol variants deliver an impressive 15.6kmpl in city and driving on highways delivers 20.4kmpl and Swift diesel delivers 20.9kmpl in city and around 25.2kmpl on highways. The Etios Liva petrol delivers a close 15.1kmpl in the city and 17.71kmpl on highways. The diesel variant of the car promises to delivers 20.32kmpl in city and 23.59kmpl on highways.
It goes without saying that Maruti Suzuki has the service network which is second to none and indeed it does help in increasing the sales number. Also, the ownership experience of a Maruti car is of the sort that very few companies can match.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift is a great car and matches very closely with the Toyota Etios Liva in every respect. The one area where the Etios perhaps lacks is the looks - which are sober but we feel that it lack that oomph factor of Swift. However, if you prefer the sober looks of Etios, it is an equally worthy option that you should consider before buying.
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