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Maruti Suzuki Swift – Long term review

Maruti Suzuki Swift – Long term review

Snapshot: The Swift could well be the best new car launched this calendar year. Yes, it is that good.

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Step inside the Swift’s funky cabin and you will immediately realise that this car has plenty of mojo. It’s hard to exactly pin this on any one thing. It could be the funky cabin, the centre console that’s tilted to the driver, the touchscreen or simply the groovy looking controls for the AC.

We are enjoying the long list of features on the car too, especially the Apple Carplay enabled infotainment system, which simply works seamlessly with iPhones. Special mention has to be made of the front seats. If you spend a lot of time travelling within city limits then you will simply enjoy these seats. They offer excellent cushioning, great support all across and the squab is both wide and long for the tallest of tall passengers. In short the front seats of the Swift are the best in its segment and can outshine some more expensive cars as well.

Our team also appreciated the nice and ultra-light steering wheel, which doesn’t need too much effort and doesn’t tire you out driving in the maniac city traffic. Talking about city traffic, the light clutch is also very nice to operate and helps while driving in the city. What you will also like is the fuel economy. We’ve managed a consistent 15-16kpl with the AC on and four people on board in the last month since the car has been with us. These are generous figures considering that the car travels mostly in peak traffic hours.

What could be better?

A backlit USB port that you can spot in the dark when you start the car may seem like a small thing—but it’s something you will deeply miss when searching to hook up your USB drive or charge your phone while driving back home at night. Sure, you can switch on the cabin light and locate it, but a backlit one would have been better.

Another small miss is the boot. Now, Maruti Suzuki has improved it over the earlier car, while it is sufficient for the monthly trip to Big Bazar, you will find it wanting for a long trip to the hills with the entire family.

Overall

So far we are more than happy with the Swift’s abilities. It continues to be the car of choice in our office for anyone wanting to move within city limits. It seems like Maruti should extend their trophy compartment. The new Swift could well take away a large chunk of awards this season – it will be hard to beat in more areas than one.   

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