26 March 2013 ~ 23 Comments

Maruti Suzuki Swift (Petrol)

Maruti Suzuki launched the Swift in India back in 2005. Since then, the car has undergone more than a couple of changes with respect to the engine to comply with the reintroduced emission norms. The latest versions of the LXi, VXi and ZXi petrol cars come equipped with a K-series petrol engine with VVT. This has a 1197cc displacement and with 4 cylinders can generate a maximum power of 87PS at 6000RPM and torque of 114Nm at 4000 RPM. This is extremely similar to the engine specs that we discussed for the Maruti Ritz not so long back.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Lxi petrol

Talking of other important specs, the Swift measures 3.85m x 1.695m x 1.530m, has a wheelbase of 2.43m and a ground clearance of 170mm. The car weighs 960kg (LXi) and has a fuel tank that can take in 42 liters at its brim. The Suzuki Swift LXi is the cheapest variant available and is available at an ex-showroom price of Rs. 4.49 lakhs at Delhi.

Manufacturer Claim on Mileage

The Swift has a lot of things in common with the Ritz. Both cars have a 1197cc engine that delivers close to 87PS power. The physical dimensions are more or less the same on both cars. However, the Ritz weighs slightly more than the Swift. While the kerb weight of the Ritz is around 1030kg, Swift roughly weighs 50-60 kg lower. This has an implication on the overall mileage claimed by the manufacturer since a higher weight requires the engine to spend more fuel in moving the car and consequently lowers the efficiency.

However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. According to Gaadi, the manufacturer claims a mileage of 18.6 kmpl on the Swift LXi which is almost the same as what is claimed on the Ritz. So it’s either the better engine on the Ritz or that Maruti doesn’t really want to cannibalize the sales of one of its cars due to the other.

Test Drive & Customer Reviews

MaxAbout does not offer great independent insights this time. They note that the latest version of the car has bigger and better headlamps, automatic climate control and a steering wheel with music controls. However, their report on mileage doesn’t seem to be independently assessed. According to them, the Swift should deliver around 12 kmpl on city roads and 18 kmpl on highways.

The report on ProKerala seems to be similar with vague information on how the reported mileages were tested. They note the Swift to offer 11 kmpl on city roads that goes up to 16 kmpl on the highways.

There are a few reviews of the Suzuki Swift on AutoJunction, and according to these, the expected city mileage on the car is around 10.55-14 kmpl while on highways, it can go as high as 19.78 kmpl. This is apparently the economy a user observed on his Bangalore-Chennai trip.

IndianAuto.com does a great job in comparing the specifications and features on the petrol and diesel variants of the Swift. On their comparison page, the reviewers note that the diesel variant consistently gives around 2-3 kmpl more than the petrol variant. Accordingly, they expect the LXi petrol variant to offer close to 11.5 kmpl on city roads and 15.8 kmpl on highways with the overall figure hovering about 12.6 kmpl.

CarBHP does not have a great deal of review going on their site. Hence I am unsure if the mileage they claim on the Swift is from independent tests or sourced from elsewhere. Anyway, they say the overall economy on the Swift LXi could be around 12.3 kmpl.

One thing that has been coming up persistently on the MouthShut forum is a “brake failure” issue that a lot of users have been facing at low gears. Customers say that the brake becomes extremely difficult to apply or doesn’t work at first or second gears sometimes causing minor accidents. Maruti Suzuki apparently is in the know and so it’s likely that this issue may not occur on your newly purchased Swift. In any case, do remember to test it out before accepting the delivery. On the fuel consumption front though, the car has received a 4/5 rating. There are not too many reviews in the past year talking about fuel. However the one that did talks highly of it claiming 16.5-17 kmpl on city roads and 21 kmpl on the highways. Seems kind of unlikely though.

Here is a summary of the results noted from various sources. What is your view on the Suzuki Swift Petrol? Would you be going for it? Tell us your thoughts, comments and questions in the section below.

[table]
Source, City roads (kmpl), Highways (kmpl)
Official, –, 18.6
MaxAbout, 12, 18
ProKerala, 11, 16
AutoJunction, 10.55-14, 19.78
IndianAuto, 11.5, 15.8
CarBHP, 12.3, —
MouthShut, 16.5-17, 21
[/table]

23 Responses to “Maruti Suzuki Swift (Petrol)”

  1. shreedhara 23 July 2013 at 6:33 pm Permalink

    I am using since 2010, vxi 19 km on highways, petrol vesion is smooth, powerful, less maintenance charges, joyful for journey… cost is also less…

  2. abhishek 7 October 2013 at 7:35 am Permalink

    Friends, believe it or not, I have got a new Swift VXI for myself last month. And I am getting an average of 15 kmpl in city and 19.5 kmpl on the highways

    • Naresh 26 December 2013 at 7:24 am Permalink

      Hi, Next Month I pay to buy new swift(petrol) pls give ur personal review.

  3. Raj 8 November 2013 at 10:03 am Permalink

    Yes, even I got above 15, but after a month I am getting only 13.7. What do I do?

    • sourish chakraborty 31 December 2013 at 6:36 am Permalink

      mileage can be max 15kmph if driven excellently well and 13.7 under moderate economical driving

  4. sunny 5 January 2014 at 6:52 pm Permalink

    Friends, believe it or not, I have got a new Swift VXI. I am getting 2 kmpl. What can I do?

    • Zinga 12 June 2014 at 12:38 pm Permalink

      Sell it !!

    • Manoj 25 June 2014 at 11:10 am Permalink

      Better you learn to drive a car

    • Mihir 11 July 2014 at 9:39 am Permalink

      I say you drink a liter of petrol..probably you will push it 12 km before you run out of gas. *2kmpl* What have ya got there bud? too much beer and a jet plane?

    • Baba 25 February 2015 at 5:35 am Permalink

      Abay swift ko OLX pe bech de, aur Rikshaw kharid ley, swift chalana tere bas ki baat nahi hai…….

    • CaptCool 16 June 2015 at 3:27 am Permalink

      Mileage of 2.. R u kidding us :)

    • Sithaka 17 June 2015 at 7:11 am Permalink

      I guess the BMTC AC bus which can carry 70 plus people with full AC gives 3kmpl 😀

  5. ranjit 26 January 2014 at 7:26 pm Permalink

    purchased on 17th Jan .. fuel efficiency depends on how u drive. first day I got 10kmpl. next day onwards I drove my swift the way it should.. and get 15kmpl now.

  6. GP 25 February 2014 at 8:00 pm Permalink

    I am getting 19.5/ltr on highway, In city getting almost 18.4/ltr. After 1st servicing its increased by 1 KM.

  7. Funny 5 March 2014 at 6:07 am Permalink

    I got my new swift vxi last month, it is reached 878 kms so far..
    I’m using it only on highways and sharply getting the mileage of 20.2 KmPL. Un-believable but fact,,,:)

    It also matters of how smooth & well U drive ur vehicle…

  8. archita 12 March 2014 at 11:40 am Permalink

    i love swift its choooo qoote

  9. Ram 13 August 2014 at 7:10 pm Permalink

    Can I buy new swift vxi, is it fuel efficient?

  10. Prabhjot 30 August 2014 at 5:22 am Permalink

    MouthShut reported 21 kmpl on highway. Is it possible or they reported right?

  11. tushar 17 October 2014 at 11:03 am Permalink

    Friends, believe it or not, I have got a new Swift VXI. I am getting 50 kmpl. What can I do?

    • karma 30 June 2015 at 1:46 am Permalink

      Check your car engine. There could be Boxer engine installed in it.

  12. James 14 November 2014 at 6:49 am Permalink

    i am getting around 11 kmpl in city daily trip of 25 kms(both ways), ac on in the evening.

  13. Pushpendra Singh 4 January 2015 at 3:33 pm Permalink

    I drove 2 times from pune – Bhopal with Swift-LXI 2013 Model, I got around 21.21 KMPL (806 KMs in 38 Liters)

  14. Sudhir Prakash 19 January 2015 at 7:27 am Permalink

    Friends i have got a new swift VXi in july 14 and i got a mileage of 16.5 – 17 in city and 21.7 on the highway.


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