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Maruti Suzuki Swift Old vs New: Real World Performance Compared


Does the facelifted Swift’s additional 7PS and fuel-saving tech make a real-world difference? We compare both the models back to back to find out

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Maruti Suzuki recently gave the Swift a minor cosmetic update and additional features as part of its mid-life update. It also took this opportunity to introduce the updated 90PS 1.2-litre petrol engine in the hatchback. Despite the 7PS extra power, the carmaker claims the new Swift is more frugal than before. We put that claim to test by putting in the new and pre-facelifted Swift for a detailed real world performance and fuel efficiency test. 

Spec Check

 

Pre-facelift Swift

New Swift

Engine

1.2-litre

1.2-litre

Power 

83PS

90PS

Torque

113Nm

113Nm

Transmission Options

5-speed manual / 5-speed AMT

5-speed manual / 5-speed AMT

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Despite both motors displacing around 1,200cc, the Swift’s updated unit develops 7PS more than before. Torque output is the same between both units. The Swift’s new Dualjet engine also comes with idle auto engine start-stop technology, which claims to improve fuel efficiency. 

Performance Test

 

Pre-facelift Swift

New Swift

0-100kmph

12.71 seconds

11.63 seconds

30-80kmph (3rd Gear)

10.46 seconds

10.77 seconds

40-100kmph (4th Gear)

19.73 seconds

19.54 seconds

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The 7PS power advantage is felt in the real world as the facelifted Swift is a second faster in the 0-100kmph run. However, the difference in the roll-on acceleration between both cars is so minute that it won’t be felt in the real world. 

Fuel Efficiency Test

 

Pre-facelift Swift

New Swift

City

16.10kmpl

NA

Highway

22.43kmpl

NA

Claimed 

MT / AMT

21.4 kmpl 

23.20kmpl / 23.76kmpl

We are yet to test the new Swift for its fuel efficiency, but based on claimed numbers, the new model is up to 2.36kmpl more fuel efficient than the K series engine. We reckon the idle start stop tech would help it deliver the better numbers in the real world too. 

Verdict

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The facelifted Swift, priced between Rs 5.73 lakh and Rs 8.41 lakh (ex-showroom) might be pricier than the outgoing model by up to Rs 25,000. But it justifies that premium by offering slightly improved performance and better claimed fuel efficiency figures. The new Swift also comes with more features. Read about it here.  

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