The premium hatchback segment has seen a lot of new entrants recently – Tata Bolt, New Fiat Punto and the Elite i20. The choice available to the customers is large and is still growing. The two old cars from this segment are Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Volkswagen Polo, we do a specification comparison to see how the cars stand along side.
The specification sheet has been prepared by comparing Suzuki Swift ZDi with the Volkswagen Polo TDI Highline and Suzuki Swift ZXi with the Volkswagen Polo TDI 1.2 MPI Highline.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Volkswagen Polo (Design and Exterior)
The new Maruti Swift looks very similar to its predecessor and is indeed one of the most beautiful car of the segment. The car is bigger, has stylish front grill, large headlamps, ORVMs with integrated blinkers, chrome finished logo and fog lamps. The headlamp cluster along with the tail gate, lamps and bumper has been redesigned.
The side profile though does not carry major changes and looks very similar to the predecessor. The mid variants of Maruti Swift come fitted with 14 inch steel wheels whereas the top variants come with larger 15 inches steel wheels.
Polo is a car that looks very understated and elegant just like all other cars from Volkswagen. The car is one very low slung which makes it look sporty. The front single-slat chrome grille is all new. The new polo also comes with redesigned front bumper which makes it look rugged. The headlamp cluster along with the twin fog lamps looks really great. However, there are no daytime-running lights (DRL). The new Polo also comes fitted with new set of alloys which looks great. The tail-lamp cluster has been redesigned too.
The top variant comes with 15inch alloy wheels as standard whereas the base variant comes with 14in steel wheels and mid variant comes with 15inch steel wheels.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Volkswagen Polo (Interior and Features)
Maruti Swift comes with all-black interiors. All black interiors do give the car a stylish and sophisticated visual appeal. The car comes with features like digital display trip meter, dashboard with integrated cup holder, chromed door handles, LCD display, speedometer cluster, automatic climate control, sun visor, anti glare inside rear view mirror etc. You can enjoy listening to music inside the car with six speaker audio system, which supports USB and Aux-in. You also get steering mounted audio controls which illuminate during night to provide you better visibility. Other features include electrically adjustable ORMVs etc. All these features come with the top variant only.
Polo's interiors are indeed very pleasant to look at and the fit and finish of the plastics is top notch. The drivers' seat is height adjustable. The steering wheel is all new and comes with a flat bottom which makes it looks very sporty. The top variant of the car also gets piano finish and there is also support for Bluetooth and voice command buttons. The dual tone dashboard looks premium along with the new centre console. The instrument cluster consists of tachometer, speedometer, odometer and trip meter. The centre multi-function display, which was bright red has been replaced with a monochrome display. A trip computer feature comes only with the top variant.
The car has lots of space inside for the front cup holders, bottle holders and sunglass holders.
The centre console also has a 12V power socket to charge your Smartphone and a parcel tray to keep it. The top variant of the car also comes with ‘Climatronic’ automatic air conditioning. The base and mid-level variants come with manual air-conditioning. A top variant and mid variant of the car come with CD/MP3 player with USB, Aux-in, SD card input and 4 Speakers comes as standard. The top variant ‘Highline’, in addition also gets Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones and Voice Command.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Volkswagen Polo (Engine and Transmission)
The Swift comes with petrol as well as diesel engine. The petrol motor is a 1.2-litre unit has a displacement of 1197cc while the Swift diesel has a 1.3-litre (1248 cc) multijet motor under its bonnet. The petrol motor churns out a maximum power output of 83.14bhp at 6000rpm and 115Nm at 4000rpm of peak torque. The diesel unit delivers 73.97bhp at 4000rpm and 190Nm at 2000rpm of torque.
Polo too, is being offered with petrol and diesel engine. The petrol motor is a 1.2-litre (1198cc) multi-point fuel injection engine and it is the same engine that was offered on a previous generation Polo. The diesel motor is a 3-cylinder Inline 1.5 litre (1498cc) unit. The petrol mill develops a top power of 74bhp at 5400 rpm and a peak torque of 110Nm at 3750 rpm. The diesel on the other hand delivers 88.8 bhp at 4200 rpm and a peak torque of 230Nm at 2500-3500 rpm.
Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Volkswagen Polo (Safety features and Mileage)
The ventilated disc brakes and drum brakes at rear along with 3 point ELR brakes are offered as standard on all Swift models. The Swift also comes with Dual SRS front Airbags, ABS (Anti-lock braking System), computerized Anti-theft system, automatic lock system, front and rear fog lamps, highly mounted stop lamps, child lock etc. However, most of these advanced features are only available on top-end variants.
The new Polo comes with dual front airbags as standard. The braking system comprising of ventilated discs up front and drum in rear. The Comfortline and Highline versions also get an Antilock Braking System (ABS). Additionally, there are 3-point front seat belts, 3-point rear outer seat belts, lap belt in the middle, speed-sensing auto door locks, fog lamps etc.
Marutis are known for their frugal engines and the Swift is no different. The petrol engined Swift returns an impressive 20.4kmpl on highway and 15.6kmpl in the city. The Swift diesel returns 25.2kmpl on highway and 20.9kmpl in the city. The Polo due to its comparatively higher kerb weight suffers and does not provide mileage as good as the Swift. The Polo petrol delivers 14.12kmpl in the city and 16.47kmpl on highway. The Polo diesel manages to deliver 16.02kmpl in the city and 20.14kmpl on highways.
There is indeed very hard to pick a clear winner amongst the cars considering the fact that both these cars come very close in the overall equipment level that they offer and are refined products. However, the cars do have their plus and minus points. The quality of Polo interiors are a cut above that those on Swift. Also, the build quality of the Polo feels much better. The Swift on the other hand delivers a better fuel efficiency and is offered by Maruti which has a vast service network which Volkswagen cannot match this time.
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