Used Car Review: Maruti Suzuki Swift

The Maruti Suzuki Swift has been around for a long time and you could say that it’s quite an iconic car because the car has 2 million proud owners in India. It is one of the most in-demand cars in the used car market and therefore, our first used car review is on the Swift

Should you buy a Maruti Suzuki Swift?

Maruti Suzuki Swift VDi —

For the ones who just want this question answered, here is my answer. The rest can move on and read the whole review.

The Good stuff about Maruti Swift:

  • Good, quick and powerful engine with 83 BHP for petrol and 74 BHP for diesel.
  • Swift is trusted by a lot of people
  • It’s a good driver’s car and still gives good mileage
  • Very low maintenance costs due to low prices of Maruti service and spare parts
  • You wouldn’t lose much when selling the car unless you bought a brand new Swift

The Bad and Ugly Stuff about the Maruti Swift:

  • Very Poor safety ratings. Swift was given a zero star rating in the Global NCAP safety tests compared to the VW Polo which got a 4 star rating. This means you could sustain fatal injuries in case of an accident in a Swift
  • It’s a very common car. Not the type of car that will turn heads unless it is modified

So if your priorities are resale value, a good driving experience, quality and low maintenance costs, then go ahead and buy the Maruti swift. If safety features and more luxurious interiors are more important, you should give Polo and i20 a look.

To see all the Used Maruti Suzuki Swifts listed in Zoomo:


Maruti Swift ZDI —

The Swift looks very modern and fresh despite the familiarity of its shape. The nose is characterized by sweptback lights, but they are quite large and extend further back into the body. The tailgate lights subtly cut into the leading edge of the bonnet.


Maruti Swift VDi —

Headroom is tight, the small glass area continuing to give a cooped-up feeling in the back. At 204-litres, boot space isn’t generous either.

The front seats are very generous and have a sportier design with more contours and strong side bolsters, The plastics are not great and the all-black insides, relieved only marginally with the use of silver plastic trim, continue to exude a gloomy ambience.

The front seats are snug-fitting, and Suzuki engineers have gotten the driving position spot on. Support for the driver’s seat is absolutely fab. The seat compound is on the softer side. While most prefer the softer seats for short urban commutes, firmer seats offer better support for long drives. The chosen upholstery feels durable, albeit the quality of stitching is crude.

The rear seat is quite fine, two 5’10” adults can fit in the back seat. This isn’t a bench that I would term as very comfortable or “spacious” though. The Swift is a compact hatchback and space is at a premium. The scooped-in seat back (of the front seats) helps in releasing some extra knee room for rear passengers. And, as a thoughtful touch, the part where your legs would hit the underside of the front seat is soft & cushioned.


Maruti Swift VDI —

If Maruti is famous for something, it’s definitely how low the costs of the various spare parts of Maruti is, as well as how cost efficient is to maintain a swift. The Maruti dealers can be trusted to do quite a good job as well. The swift can give you a mileage in the range of 16 km per litre, but this would depend on your driving style.


Maruti Swift VXI —

Swift is a driver’s delight. It has the 1.2 K-series petrol and 1.3 Fiat-sourced diesel engines under the hood. The 1.3L diesel engine is rated at 74 BHP (@ 4,000 RPM), 0–100 cap is rated @ 14.8 seconds. The engine feels immensely tractable once you are in turbo zone and can be quite a lot of fun on the open road. For a diesel, the 1.3L is reasonably rev-happy too. It’s well suited to long distance cruising. And the best part is, at a 100 kph, you are right in “turbo zone”. For expressway kinda overtaking, a gentle nudge on the accelerator is all that’s required (no downshift). The gearshift quality is butter smooth. It’s slick to use, the gears slot nicely and the gates are well-defined.

Maruti’s 1.2L Petrol K-series has always been considered a jewel. The power output is 86 BHP. Maruti insists that the engine has been tuned for fuel-efficiency, and the tame nature is immediately evident at the bottom end. You will need to downshift more often than in the Ritz or a car like the i10 Kappa2. On the positive side, the engine remains very rev-happy & refined throughout the RPM range.. The clutch is even lighter (than the diesel), as is the gearshift operation.

To summarize the engine notes, the Swift has the best application of the Fiat 1.3L diesel engine. On the petrol side, The Hyundai 1.2 Kappa2 Is the best petrol engine from the segment, followed by the Swift & the Brio (an equal No.2). The 1.2s from the Beat, Micra, Figo and Punto aren’t even close to this trio.

Maruti has managed to hit the hallowed “sweet spot” in terms of ride & handling balance. For city driving, the steering is neither too heavy nor too light. It’s somewhere in the middle, and women drivers will be comfortable piloting the Swift around town. The steering feels direct, well-calibrated, and suits the car’s sporty intentions. That, combined with a tight chassis, makes the Swift feel incredibly agile. Agility that cars like the Punto & Vista can only dream about.

Resale Value

Swift has one of the highest resale values in the hatchback segment. If the car is well-maintained and moderate run, the car will sell at higher prices compared to its competitors. Since the swift has very high demand in the market, it sells quite quickly in the used car market.

Usually, this is the fair price range for a Used Swift petrol VXi as per Zoomo:

2011 — Rs. 4.2–4.4 Lakhs

2012 — Rs. 4.5–4.75 Lakhs

2013 — Rs. 4.8–5.1 Lakhs

2014 — Rs. 5.1–5.4 Lakhs

This is the fair price range for a Used Swift diesel VDi as per Zoomo:

2011 — Rs. 4.5–5. 0 Lakhs

2012 — Rs. 5.0–5.3 Lakhs

2013 — Rs. 5.3–5.6 Lakhs

2014 — Rs. 5.5–5.9 Lakhs

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