26 March 2013 ~ 49 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.

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

49 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.

      • Malaya 31 December 2015 at 8:14 am Permalink

        Nice car go for it

  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?

      • Raghavendra 18 September 2015 at 10:09 am Permalink

        I thinks its not swift engine… BMTC engine i think… Happy ride…

    • 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 😀

    • Malaya 31 December 2015 at 8:05 am Permalink

      Try to drive below 2000 rpm and it ll automatically increase ur mileage. My swift gave me 19

  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.

    • Kashif 12 August 2015 at 3:29 pm Permalink

      What did u feed her petrol or baba ramdev’s churan….

    • Satbir Singh 15 October 2015 at 12:44 pm Permalink

      Dear Gently not possible regards

    • sunny 18 October 2015 at 10:39 am Permalink

      man..u r car fitted with TVS50 engine…ha..haa

    • Malaya 31 December 2015 at 8:09 am Permalink

      Omg.plz sell it to me

    • mukarram 1 February 2016 at 9:19 am Permalink


      you must go to school and learn mathematics again, your so poor in mathematics. please recalculate.

  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.

  15. sunil kumar 24 July 2015 at 11:12 am Permalink

    Hi friends,
    I want to purchase a new swift lxi.plz suggest its fuel mileage& its overall efficiency.

  16. Sunil 22 August 2015 at 6:18 pm Permalink

    How much mileage we can expect from swift zxi
    In city and highway
    Pls give me reply
    I brought it today

  17. TAPAS MAJUMDER 16 September 2015 at 8:59 am Permalink

    price of class plat of SWIFT LXI

  18. Raghavendra 18 September 2015 at 10:06 am Permalink

    I got my swift VXI on 10th July 2015- I get mileage of 15kmpl average… I am very much satisfied with performance and look….
    Feels awesome on highway…

  19. Ashwin 19 September 2015 at 2:34 pm Permalink

    I’m going to buy Renault Kwid.

    • Dr. Sawant 26 September 2015 at 2:35 pm Permalink

      KWID looks good, have you taken testride/test drive?

  20. abhishek 5 October 2015 at 5:21 am Permalink

    Am going to purchase swift vxi in this oct 15

  21. sunny 18 October 2015 at 10:45 am Permalink

    last month i got my swift.it gives average 17.5 in 50 km hill station and 50km in highways.

  22. kunal kapoor 20 November 2015 at 5:48 pm Permalink

    i got vxi 2015 model lst week. bt ma car gives me 13kmpl in city or highway what can i do

    • Malaya 31 December 2015 at 8:11 am Permalink

      Try to drive below 2000 rpm

  23. Crownson 2 December 2015 at 12:34 pm Permalink

    I got new swift LXI(O). In city it gives 12-13 kmpl. I tried in all the way (fast driving, gear shift, speed and running max on top gear) but the results are same. No changes in mileage. In highway it gives not less than 19 kmpl.
    Petrol engine is very smooth in running, even u cant find whether engine is in running or off. Quick pick up.

  24. aalok patel 16 December 2015 at 6:35 am Permalink

    I bought swift vxi in Dec, 2013. Km count is around 6500 as of today. In city driving, milage is around 13-14 kmpl. Is it fine? I calculate milage by fully refuelling tank and dividing kms between two refuels by litres of petrol filled during 2nd refuel. I hope this method is correct. Is there any other better method?
    Does swift shows milage on dashboard? The one I can see during driving is very dynamic figure.
    Suggest steps to improve milage.

  25. Shreyas 20 December 2015 at 5:11 pm Permalink

    My swift vxi gives average 13.7 kmpl from last 3 months, no less no more

  26. Santhosh 4 January 2016 at 10:45 am Permalink

    I own a swift vxi for the past 6 months now and I drive most often on Highways and my averages have been beyond 19.5 kmpl. My last travel to kurnool, I maintained a speed of 80-90 and surprisingly got a mileage of 25.1 kmpl which is the highest I could record. The travel distance was 350 kms.

  27. Ajinkya 8 January 2016 at 9:32 am Permalink

    Hi friends I m planning for swift but confused between VDI & VXI which 1 should I buy .. My monthly running was 80-1000 kms.. Help me out please.

  28. Mudasir 16 January 2016 at 6:05 pm Permalink

    It gives me 21.8 on high way baught it in Dec 2015 swift vxi I m shifting early and maintain speed around 60-70 km/h.Total kms driven 2900.

  29. sabby 20 January 2016 at 8:05 pm Permalink

    i want to buy swift vxi 2009-2008 model…or ford fiesta of 2006-2007 model

    can smone please help me out to choose one of these two cars…which one is good in accordance with their maintenance and mileage.

    • mukarram 1 February 2016 at 9:29 am Permalink


      Ford is standard car, and swift is good then fiesta. i suggest you swift.

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