New Maruti Swift facelift when compared with earlier version, shows only minimal changes when it comes to numbers. Overall dimensions including length, width, height, wheelbase and ground clearance are identical, even the engine block and its mating parts appear to be same; but power figure of petrol variant is different. Last model gave output of 87 PS max power @ 4,200 rpm and 114 Nm peak torque @ 4,000 rpm. New Swift facelift records only 84.3 PS @ 6,000 rpm and 115 Nm @ 4,000 rpm. Kerb weight is reduced by 25 kg in petrol top end ZXi trim, while diesel high end ZDi variant sees loss of 20 kg. Consequentially, along with some sorcery, Maruti claims mileage of new swift has increased from 18.6 kmpl to 20.04 kmpl in petrol variant and from 23.4 kmpl to 25.2 kmpl in diesel model. Thats about the end of prominent changes in specifications of new Swift.
In comparison with rivals, Maruti Swift petrol has almost identical power and torque values to Hyundai Elite i20, while Punto EVO 1.2 litre version is the least powerful with 68 PS and 95 Nm, and just above stands Volkswagen Polo 1.2 MPI variant giving out 75 PS and 110 Nm. Most powerful petrol hatch of the lot is Polo GT TSI, with 105 PS max power and 175 Nm peak torque.
Diesel variant comparison shows Maruti Swift is least powerful with 75 PS max power and 190 Nm peak torque. Punto EVO lower trim gives out 76 PS and 197 Nm, while Sports variant throws 92.72 PS and 209 Nm. Hyundai Elite i20 records output of 90 PS and 220 Nm, while Volkswagen Polo‘s new 1.5 TDI generates 90 PS and 230 Nm. Most powerful model, again, is Volkswagen Polo in its GT TDI tune, which blasts 105 PS and 250 Nm.
Maruti Swift remains to be the most affordable in its segment, at Rs. 4.42 lakhs for base variant and 5.90 lakhs for top end trim (ex-showroom Delhi). Fiat Punto EVO is most expensive at Rs. 6.65 lakhs, but massive power seekers will have to shell out Rs. 7.99 lakhs for Volkswagen Polo GT TSI. In case of diesel hatchbacks, Punto EVO is least expensive at Rs. 5.27 lakhs, while most expensive is Rs. 7.67 lakhs for Elite i20 and Rs. 7.99 lakhs for Polo GT TDI.