Maruti Swift owners surely know the feeling of pride and confidence. Owning a car which has been constantly present on the most selling cars chart of India, is surely a feeling of pride.
Since its launch in 2005, the Maruti Suzuki Swift has performed very well in order to maintain its position in the market. However, while it had its own sets of highs, there were usual lows. Although, nothing could deter the spirits of Maruti’s own hatchback.
From one generation to another, the Maruti Swift is proudly owned by many in the country. So, with great popularity come a set of stereotypes and myths around a car. What do you think are some of them for the Maruti Swift? Let’s find out.
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“It’s Heavy, isn’t it?”
Granted. The first generation of the Maruti Swift looked pretty heavy. But the engine inside ensured it wasn’t something that hampered the driving experience. Moreover, with a kerb weight of 1,000 kg, the car did weigh a little heavier than its counterparts.
The Maruti Swift in 2005 was offered with a 1.3-liter engine generating 87 PS of power and 113 Nm of torque. The larger engine made it a hit with the enthusiasts, whereas the prices brought in the sales.
“It Runs Smooth”
Now, this is more of a brag but the Maruti Swift deserves it.
While there is a long list of entrants in the hot hatchback segment today, the Maruti Swift got admiration back when it seemed unreal. Maruti Suzuki somewhat knew that the car might not pop the numbers on the sales chart owing to the price aggressive nature of the Indian market.
However, as it is always said, the Indian auto market is a paradox. It is the easiest difficult market to capture.
The customers of the car are used to hearing about the smooth transmission and powertrain of the Maruti Swift.
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As soon as you tell someone that you’ve got a Maruti Swift, the first thing that anyone asks is what model is it?
While that runs for all the other cars currently operating in their second or even third generations, the Maruti Swift owners have been hearing it quite a lot now.
“Is it a sports car?”
This was something that ran through many minds back in 2005. While the Indian car market was still growing, the Maruti Swift seemed to be something out of the future.
Most of the carmakers were focusing on trimming down their cars so as to cut down the costs. However, at that very time, Maruti Suzuki decided to launch the Swift, way above the price point of the popular Maruti Alto.
Although the ‘sports car’ features were trimmed down in the upcoming second and third generations, the car did tick all the right boxes.
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“Are You Sure?”
Yes, that’s what many of the Maruti Swift owners were tired of hearing.
At a time when most of the cars were becoming simpler and cheaper, the Maruti Swift was a new thing in the market. The people who went for the Maruti Swift back in 2005 were actually going for something risky. When Maruti launched the Swift even they were a bit skeptical.
So buying a car that’s priced above the current market leaders and wasn’t particularly the kind of car most people drove those days, was a risk.
However, as of today, things have changed a lot. Hatchbacks are here to stay and are in fact ruling the market. So, buying a Maruti Swift has rather become a smart decision rather than a risky decision.
Aftermarket Accessories? Check.
Is it just us or have you also seen most of the Maruti Swift cars sporting a plethora of aftermarket accessories? Let us know in the comments below.
There are some cars that gain a reputation and Swift has gained the same for aftermarket work and accessories. Whether it be alloys or those bulky bass tubes at the back, there is some order of modification for sure.
“It isn’t sporty anymore.”
The Maruti Swift has had a rollercoaster ride for the enthusiasts.
With its first generation, the car was able to grab the attention of all the driving enthusiasts. Back when most of the carmakers were offering a 1.0-litre engine, Maruti went on to offer a 1.3-litre one.
“It seems a little bulky”
The car did have a bulbous design in the first generation. However, Maruti took that criticism positively. Keeping the consumer preference and the weight of the vehicle in mind.
Moving ahead, Maruti decided to trim the extra kilos down and give the Maruti Swift a lean mean shape, perfect for its sporty characteristic.
“Mileage? Might Not Be Good”
Maruti Suzuki is a synonym for mileage. While that is a fact for almost all the Maruti vehicles, the same didn’t sit well with the Swift.
The car seemed to have a sporty characteristic, which didn’t sound like ‘good mileage’ to many Indian consumers. Many Maruti Swift owners must have heard these words at some point.
However, contrary to the popular belief, the car does offer a decent. Moreover, the new idle stop-start feature in the latest 2020 iteration of the Maruti Swift adds to the fuel efficiency.
“It isn’t safe.”
Things have changed.
While mileage hasn’t been one of the most strong points of Maruti, the Global NCAP ratings say something else. The 2020 Maruti Swift is the safest hatchback offered from the stable of Maruti. Surprising? Well, let’s not go there.
Conclusion | Being a Maruti Swift Owner
The Maruti Swift has been here for quite a time now. While things did seem a little risky before Maruti went ahead with it, it has changed the fates of the company now.
The Maruti Swift has become a brand in itself. Averaging a sale record of 2 lakh units a year is no joke. Although, it does seem like an easy task if you have a Maruti Swift in your arsenal.
All in all no matter what you hear from anyone, being a Maruti Swift owner is a feeling of pride.
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