Ever since the new 2012 Swift Dzire was launched buyers have been constantly trying to figure out if they should go for the Swift of the Dzire due the minor difference in prices. More so when, it comes to the top end variants. Here, we will compare the top-end diesel Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire Zdi and the Swift Zdi to find out which car offers what.
Driving and handling
The Swift and the Dzire are powered by the same 1.3-litre Ddis motor that puts out 74 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. The new Dzire, with it shorter length (compared to the old Dzire) and almost the same kerb weight makes its drive similar to that of the Swift.
Handling-wise, the new Dzire and the Swift are pretty similar too. The Swift feels slightly more planted when taking fast corners. However, these minor elements are insignificant when it comes to daily commuting. Even if you drive both the cars back to back, it would be hard to find the difference between their performances. The Swift still handles slightly better than the Dzire, but only by a slight margin.
Space and Comfort
Neither the Dzire not the Swift have segment best space. The Swift and the Dzire both offer supportive front seats with adequate legroom and headroom. At the rear, the middle passenger may feel uncomfortable due to limited knee room in both cars. Otherwise the Dzire and the Swift are best for four adults and at most a kid over long journeys. With regard to luggage space, the Dzire with its 316 litres can carry more luggage than the Swift’s 210 litres. So if luggage space is very important for you then the Dzire is a better choice.
The suspension system in both the Dzire and the Swift are same. However, the Dzire has a softer setup that provides a better ride than the Swift with its stiff suspension setup. This will make the Dzire, a slightly more comfortable car than the Swift in long drives.
The Dzire has been given a grille with horizontal slats unlike the Swift’s honeycomb grille. The Dzire Zdi has a slightly different pattern of alloy wheels when compared with those of the Swift Zdi. The rear door of the Dzire too is slightly longer than in the Swift. At the rear, the Dzire, with its smartly integrated boot and an integrated roof spoiler gets a bit more muscle. The Swift, with its sporty boot door still looks smarter and more complete. The dual tone black-beige interior of the Dzire makes it appear more spacious than the Swift, though both offer same space.
Features wise, the Dzire has same set of features as the Swift except for rear central armrest. Both the Dzire and the Swift Zdi come with creature comforts such as automatic climate control, steering mounted audio controls and music system with USB and auxiliary inputs. With regard to safety features, both the Dzire and Swift Zdi variants get driver and front passenger airbag, ABS with EBD and brake assist.
Price, Mileage and VFM
The top-end diesel variant Zdi of the new Dzire is roughly Rs. 44,000 more than the Swift Zdi. Hence, the Swift has an edge over the Dzire. Mileage wise, the Swift returns an ARAI certified mileage of 22.9 kmpl while the Dzire returns an ARAI certified mileage of 23.4 kmpl. In real world conditions, both the cars will likely offer same fuel economy.
When it comes to value for money, the Dzire with slightly better comfort features, ride quality and luggage space, making it attractive for people hell bent on comfort and boot space.
Pros and Cons
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What’s our Verdict?
The Dzire with its more luggage space and slightly better ride quality scores more as a highway car than the Swift. However the Swift is still a complete driver’s car and the Rs. 44,000 price premium is worth it only if boot space and a marginally better ride make the world of a difference to you.