The Chevrolet Sail U-VA has been priced neck and neck with the Maruti Swift, with some of the variants providing more value than the Swift. But will it really change the way things are in the market? The Maruti Swift is the current leader in the premium hatchback space and it will take considerable effort from General Motors for the Sail U-VA to be able to even dent its market share.

CarToq takes a look at the key selling points that the Sail U-VA brings to the race in comparison to the Maruti Swift. Also read: General Motors launches Chevrolet Sail U-VA

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Where the Sail U-VA is better

Safety and features

The Chevrolet Sail U-VA places safety better than what Maruti does with the Swift. It offers all its diesel variants with a driver’s airbag, with the top end variant getting two airbags. The mid and top-end variants get ABS with EBD. Among petrol variants as well, all except the base get a driver’s airbag and the top-end getting passenger airbags as well.

In terms of features too, the Sail U-Va manages to better the Swift, with all variants offering a tachometer, power windows, central locking and power mirrors. In the Swift, only the top-end variant and mid-variant get power mirrors and tachometer. The Sail also offers Bluetooth phone connectivity which the Swift does not offer.

Interior space and comfort

The Sail U-VA is clearly much larger than the Swift on interior space. It has much better legroom in the rear-seat than the Swift. It also has a larger boot than the Swift at 248 litres compared to 210 litres for the Swift. Those looking for a spacious car for four and five at a squeeze would prefer the Sail U-Va over the Swift. With a larger wheelbase and softer suspension setup, the U-VA is a more comfort oriented car.

Engine performance

The Swift has a peppy 1.2 litre petrol engine that puts out 86 bhp (87PS) of power and 114 Nm of torque. The Sail U-VA matches that at 85 bhp (86PS) and 113 Nm of torque, both with five-speed manual transmissions. Among the diesels, both cars use the same 1.3 litre multijet diesel engine, although General Motors has managed to tweak and tune it for more power in the Sail U-VA at 77 bhp and 205 Nm of torque, compared to 74 bhp and 190 Nm of torque in the Swift. The petrol Swift is better, but the diesel U-VA definitely has a fighting chance.

Warranty and maintenance coverage

What is a selling point for the Sail U-VA is the kind of warranty coverage that General Motors is offering. The Sail U-VA comes with a five-year engine and transmission warranty valid for 1.5 lakh km. It also gets a bumper-to-bumper 3 year warranty valid for 1-lakh Km. And General Motors is also offering a three-year maintenance package (valid for 45,000 km) on the car. These are good points to consider for any buyer, and are better than Maruti’s warranty coverage on the Swift.
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Where the Swift is better

Driving and handling

The Maruti Swift has always been one of the driver’s favourites and continues to be one of the better performing cars in its segment. We have not yet test driven the Sail U-VA, but going by initial reports the petrol car is not really a thrill to drive, although it probably has better ride comfort than the Swift. Among diesels, the Sail U-VA may have an edge over the Swift.

Brand and service network

There is no beating Maruti’s service network. The company has the largest service network in the country and that’s something that General Motors will take a long time to match up to. In the metros it won’t really make much of a difference as both have a presence, but in tier II and rural areas, Maruti clearly has a dominant position.

What we think

While the Chevrolet Sail U-Va and Maruti Swift may have their share of fans – we’re not even looking at looks and design here, as both have their plus and minus points – the Swift will continue to sell on the back of the Maruti brand and its extensive reach. The Chevrolet Sail U-VA will appeal to those who are looking for a spacious car with decent performance, especially the diesel. But can it challenge the Swift? Not really, but it may sway a few buyers from the Swift as well as other brands, especially in larger cities. Also read: Is the Chevrolet Sail U-VA overpriced?

Share your thoughts on the Chevrolet Sail U-VA vs the Maruti Swift.

 

17 COMMENTS

  1. Author looks to be more biased towards Swift without looking at parameters to compare so at the end he says it may sway a few buyers from other brands.Sail is 86bhp not 85 bhp correct it..Also it has better mid range punch and low end torque which favours Indian traffic.Looks is not good from back side although..Swift looks much better than sail overall except from front!!!

  2. THE AUTHOR IS NOT BIASED,HE IS EXPLAINING THE FACT,AS FOR AS FEATURES AND WARRSANTY IS CONCERNED,SAIL IS BEST IN TERMS OF DRIVING PERFORMANCE,YET 2 BE JUDGED,@revanth WHEN COMPARED 2 FIGO AND PUNTO,THE ACCELERATION OF 0-100 OF SWIFT IS 25% BETTER,AND CORNERING AT HIGH SPEEDS IS QUITE COMMENDABLE,SO THE ACCELERATION AND CORNERING,AT HIGH SPEEDS OF SAIL YET 2 BE DECIDING FACTOR

  3. @Ganesh Prasad, Fluidic Verna has got the highest Bhp and shortest 0-100km/hr accelerations but still is not considered as a Drivers Car where as Fiesta and Linea are consider as a Drivers car even though they have got lesser power and 0-100 timing. Cars with good dynamics that will keep it planted to ground, good suspensions and steering feedback contribute greatly to be considered as a driver’s car as a good driver would be maintain a constant speed rather than frequent acceleration. Figo and Punto have much better steering response, cornering speed, sturdy suspension than that of Shift.

  4. I have still not got my hands on Sail but from the reviews from the car magazines, got to know that it’s not fun to drive instead easy to drive in city and also has got good ride quality.

  5. main thing for drivers car is ,the body roll should be minimum,especially cornering highspeeds,and i hope this doesnt happens on figo,also figo”s suspension failure,becoz of which more than 5000 were called back 2 repair,and for ur kind information,swift suspension is rbs,RALLY BASED SUSPENSION,AND THIS TYPE U CAN ONLY EXPERIENCE in MITSUBISHI CARS LIKE CEDIA@revanth ,but sail is yet 2 be judged

  6. Punto and Figo have much lesser body roll than Swift and higher cornering speed. The chassis of figo is that of 5th generation Fiesta sold in foreign markets and best know for they stability, ride quality and handling characteristics. The 5th generation Fiesta hatchbacks is sold in India as Figo with different engine options. They were more extensively used in rallying than that of Swift. With my experience of these cars, clearly the Punto and Figo the best driver’s car in diesel hatchbacks.

  7. @revanth U CAN ALSO COMPARE POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO,OF THAT FIGO LAGS BEHIND ALL HATCHES,IN MY DRIVING EXPERIENCE FIGO IS 2 LAZY,AND ITS SUSPENSION ON POT HOLES,AND RUGGED ROADS DEFINATELY FAILS,FIESTA IS A DIFFERENT BENCH MARK,I AGREE WITH THE STABILITY,AT THE SAME TIME DURING LONG RUN 1 EXPECTS GOOD ACCELERATION,THAT IS ABUNDANT IN SWIFT WHEN COMPARED 2 PUNTO OR OTHER HATCHES,ALSO IN 3RD GEAR IN SWIFT U ARE ABLE 2 MANOUVRE AT 20KMPH,SINCE THE GEAR RATIO IS VERY WELL MATCHED,BUT THE SAME U CANNOT DO IN A POLO,PUNTO,FIGO,FIESTA,i20,LIVA,MICRA,JAZZ,BRIO,VISTA,AND EVEN IN RENAULTS 1.5 LT ENGINE,SINCE I HAVE TRIED THIS ALL PERSONALLY

  8. @ganesh… dude how can u compare swift with PUNTO ha..? jus check out the build quality of punto. whatever the case punto sticks on to gound and driver feels more confident in punto at top speeds than swift and accleration is good during long run. swift is getting sold in huge numbers jus coz f brand and service network bt it should not be an issue with a real aggressive driver. i feel like swift sails over in air at top speeds.it has poor build quality. and stop comparing it wit polo and jazz. and i agreee thr is bit of turbo lag in i20 hence it cant be manoured at low gears in lesser speeds. SWIFT IS GOOD ONLY FOR SMOOTH DRIVING..(uncles).

  9. @sachin dev u go 2 my picture album of fb,WHEREIN U SHL FIND PHOTOS OF SWIFT OVERTAKING OTHER BRANDS LIKE JAZZ,POLO,LIVA,FIGO ETC ALSO THE SWIFTS TOP SPEED ON HIGHWAY BEING REACHED TO 170KMPH

  10. @Ganesh Prasad, If you really feel good driving Swift at hifg speeds, then if you have driven Figo and Punto at the same speeds, you will denifitely love these cars more than Swift if your thinking is not biased.

  11. PUNTOS TOP SPEED IS JUST 150 KMS,BUT AFTER PRESSING THE THROTLE FOR 75 SECS IT TOUCHES 155,BUT SWIFT AFTER TOUCHING 140,IF THE THROTLE IS PRESSED FOR 20SECS IT CROSSES 165 AND TOUCHES 170,AND MIND IT IT IS NOT SPEEDO ERROR,MEASURED BYGPS

  12. Yesterday test driven Diesel version. Looks stuning as there are no funny curve like Swift, i20, Figo. Its look very mature and very specious. But not very responsive upto 2nd gear like my existing car Alto K10 (Petrol). Otherwise power catch up very leaner when touch 3rd gear on ward. And after 100 it feels like it starting the rev now. Break is super (though it was ABS). Horn button are too small to use in crowd. Steering wheel looks outdated. But build quality and seat are very solid and straight for good ergonomics. Wheel size must be 15 not 14 inches. Handling overall very good. And gear change just like little push. Gear ratio are long. Even though I managed to put down 4 th gear within 40 kmph. Over all it good. Only little bit costlier as in basic / LS version has driver airbag, 4 power windows, spit steat etc. 7.1 lakh on road in Hyderabad. It is good comparative to other in this segment.

  13. Ford Figo and just launched base version of Sail UVa is the best practical car in this segment……. Punto is soild and gr8 car to drive build but too expensive as its a generation old.. europe got new punto some 3.5 years ago… Swift is no doubt a driver’s car plus it has a gr8 resale value… but if you are a family person looking for practicality and would hang on to car more more than 6 years go for the FIGO/SAIL..

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