Tata Motors launched the face-lifted Vista a week after the new Swift was launched. The Swift is the popular and more preferred car among the two, but you will be surprised by this: for a certain set of buyers, the Vista diesel Quadrajet is a better proposition than the Swift diesel. Here’s why!

Let’s first understand why the Swift will be the preferred choice for a large number of buyers and the waiting period for delivery is three months.

Swift clear choice if performance, looks primary need

The Swift has always been among the best when it comes to handling and performance. And the new Swift diesel has an even more improved performance, which can be attributed to its refined engine (1.3 litre DDiS diesel) and nicely spaced gear ratios. The precise steering feedback, responsive engine and slick-shifting gear stick in the Swift is a driver’s delight.

The new Swift’s NVH levels reduce cabin noise by 3db and the rally-spec based suspension setup makes you feel confident when throwing the car around corners as there is minimal body roll.

The new Vista has been improved in terms of gear-shift action, clutch action, steering feedback and suspension setup. The body roll in the new car has been reduced and darting in and out of traffic has become more sure footed.  Also read: Vista First Drive

Overall, when it comes to handling, high speed stability and NVH levels, the Swift has a clear edge over the Vista as the latter tends to feel a bit light at high speeds and allows some engine noise and tyre noise into the cabin. Also read: Swift First Drive

In terms of looks, fit and finish also, the Swift has an advantage over the Vista.

So for those looking for performance, the Swift is clearly a better buy. But for those who are looking for the best value between the two diesels, things get interesting.

Vista diesel better value for money than Swift diesel

Typically, those who want the best value for money want lower price, better mileage, bigger car and more features for the price paid.

Lower price: The Vista diesel is priced competitively and in fact, more than Rs. 44,000 cheaper than the Swift. To be precise, the Vista (Quadrajet) diesel base variant starts at Rs. 5.09 lakh as against the Swift diesel base variant which start at Rs. 5.53 lakh.

The top-end Swift diesel, which offers the same features as the Indica Vista ZX Quadrajet is priced at Rs. 6.76 lakh, while the Vista is priced at Rs. 6.40 lakh.

Have a look at the prices of the diesel variants of Vista vis-à-vis Swift

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Similar mileage: And when it comes to mileage, both offer similar fuel efficiency. The diesel Swift has a mileage of 22.9 kmpl as against the Vista’s 22.3 kmpl.

Bigger car: The new Swift is comfortable for the front occupants, but when it comes to the rear, space is still at a premium. The grey interiors, small rear windows and the thick C pillar make it claustrophobic for rear passengers while the middle passenger also has less leg room.

The Indica Vista has one of the most spacious and comfortable rear seats among premium hatches. Though the middle passenger legroom is slightly compromised because of the transmission tunnel intrusion, the Vista still is spacious enough to fit three adults abreast. The Vista’s 232 litre boot space is more than the Swift’s 210 litre boot. Also the Vista allows for split folding of the rear seats allowing you to carry a little more stuff in the Tata hatchback.

Overall, the Vista has a refreshed cabin, with good amount of head-leg-shoulder room, for both the front and rear passengers, thus making it have a slight edge over the Swift.

Loaded with features: Both the top-end variants of Vista and Swift are well equipped and they have some exclusive features too.

The new Vista has intelligent rear wiper that switches on when engaging the reverse gear provided the front wipers are kept on.  The Vista engine starts only if the clutch is depressed, thus avoiding re-cranking the engine and improving safety.

The Vista has two 12V power sockets, one at the front and the other at the rear. The Tata hatchback has ‘Blue 5’ feature that allows you to pair up to five mobile phones with the audio system. Phone books and audio streaming can also be done with this system.

The new Swift has some unique features such as turn indicators on ORVMs, intelligent speed based auto volume, electro-magnetic back door opener and driver side power window – auto down function.

Comparing the variants of Vista and the Swift, the Vista variants are better equipped than the Swift variants. Hence, in terms of features, the Vista has an edge over the corresponding variants of the Swift.


If you are looking for value for money, and want a diesel hatchback, the Vista diesel (Quadrajet) is the one to go for.The Vista is powered by the same refined Fiat engine as the Swift diesel.

It offers good fuel economy and has spacious interiors for five passengers. It has more features than the Swift, and most importantly, it is cheaper than the Swift by up to Rs. 44,000.

Share your views!

*Pricing all prices ex-showroom, Delhi


  1. @Pranay +1 to that.Both are good and the real reason behind this is that Vista will be good for 5 ppl and swift for 2 ppl or 3 thats all.Moreover i liked the Vista’s Biege n black interiors when comparet to that of swift’s where the black dash gets dreary after long journeys

  2. @Vishwas Agreed dude.. To be precise vista is a more practical vehicle as compared to swift. If I’ve to choose one I’ll definitely go for Vista.

  3. Vista is my Choice…But Swift is people’s Choice…..My verdict…If you don’t want body rattling Then Swift and If you want your Purse jingling….Vista….

  4. dazz jus a myth
    new tata carz are much more betta dan b4 naw
    ew cn take de xample ff indigo manza_its beatin swift d’zire badly

  5. I wish people would not just make statements and give some rationale behind their choice… also, I wonder if any one of the people commenting owns either of the two cars above?

  6. both cars are vfm cars, tata and mahindra both indian car manufacturers r creating waves the world, i love how they compete with their rivals.

  7. I never used a diesel car personally but know that Vista is good. Especially Quadrajet technology is the huge improvement and space is a definite advantage. Anyways finally its always price which always take predominance in my case.

  8. I own a previous model of vista.I bought it in August..Vista really rocks in looks, performance, space, comfortable.I missed the face lift version by a whisker, But I am not too worried about it Because I got the same in lesser price…

  9. @ Rama: True, a majority of the population goes by price, however, it should not just be which is cheaper, but which is more value for money.

    However, I have noticed a trend, at least in the urban population (also owing to considerably more and growing variants/ options) – where a car has moved on from being a luxury to a necessity. So we should see more people bending to practical considerations

  10. @[691971081:2048:Anirudh] : Much as I hate to say it, I am glad that as best enemies, we agree on SOMETHING :-P

  11. @[691971081:2048:Anirudh Pathak] – I would prefer to be a listener when it comes to a discussion on Cars and Dogs dude. definitely you know better in this regard.


  13. now a days trend changed… tata cars really doing a great job.. in quality too.. truely value fo money…

  14. ur brain says it’cheap and maybe lots of additional feature, and ur heart says it’s look is better than vista and quality better than vista may be expensive but it’s better than vista

  15. actually speaking, none of d cars satisfy all yo expectation … even swift’s plastic quality is not up to d mark …. in plastic materials,vw polo’s quality is great. likewise space, comfort, performance,handling….etc compromise will be der in anyone part.. in all the cars.


  17. @[793531163:2048:Rupinder Singh]: Au contraire, mon frère. To be enemies, you must first agree. Be it agree to disagree, or even to agree to be enemies… :)

  18. Maruti is BULL SHIT when it comes to Diesel. Prefer TATA any day in Diesel. Vice Versa for Petrol.

  19. ofcourse the vista is vfm than swift but wat makes the choice so clear is the product quality in terms of body and painting job.
    rather swift also doesn’t have much more good finish but can be preffered over the TATA one.

  20. You don’t need to own a car to comment here. One can experience by driving a Vista or a Swift of his/her friend.

    This is a open space, and anyone can mark his/her presence here.

    YOU Boredom, just **** off…….

  21. Randhawa Saab, is there any problem in Quadrajet engine in terms of performance…….which one is more better……..Quadrajet or TDi.

  22. change ur mind set guys…,
    tata s have reached a long way in quality…they are producing a car jaguar which s an 80lakh product…
    vista quality s far better than swift ( iam using swift LDi for 4 yrs)
    when u sit in swift u never feel like ur sitting in a premium hatch.
    is it worth really worth of 6,50 lakhs??????????
    only advantage of swift is its resale value..

  23. Rajbinder Singh , i love cars! and decisions related to love cannot be taken by brain! i’ve booked the new swift long back, expecting delivery anytime now!

  24. tata is not cheap but practically priced car, i c people praising maruti like anything only because it is cheap and poor can maitain it, try a european car first than u will know what a car is. tata is much better than maruti. maritu cars are not safe enough.

  25. Vista is far better Than the swift in terms of best equipments and comfort,whereas the swift has only been changed at the outside and the same dreary black interiors sucks big time,whereas Indica Vista is always refreshing when you enter the vehicle and even the rear seats feels better and 3 ppl can seat abreast and comfortable in the highways.

  26. To a serious buyer-buy the Vista TDI-is actually 80% as good in terms of drivability as compared to the quadrajet and cheaper to maintain;MUCH cheaper to buy-infact as costly as a petrol version of most cars-YOU start SAVING from day 1;-i own one-LOVE IT!

  27. Tata vehicles suffer due to quality issues. That ‘impression’ carries on for all its vehicles. Until they take that seriously, they will never get valuation that they really deserve. They really need to get their act together. AND thats why Maruti outsells others. Reliability. Add to that looks and maintenance..and you have a winner. In that scenario, Rs.36000 premium doesn’t really come across as a differentiator. Tata as a brand is very much loved and respected by Indians, and everyone wants them to succeed, but, somehow, they arent able to get their act together.

  28. @ Mr. Ganesh Prasad lolz you saying it feels like Ferrari when you sitting in Swift tell me one thing does it pains when you sit in Ferrari,I drove friend’s swift from Jaipur to Punjab and you know i was like “what the shit is this” m an avg. height guy (5’11), soo uncomfortable.. hehe.. Swift sucks you getting same power engine n even better comfort space n lot more cheaper than Swift, and as far i,ve seen TATA have improved and he is improving his technology have you heard TATA MANZA HYBRID just have a look on it and yes also see TATA VISTA SA SPORT its 140 PS gasoline turbo charged engine dude that’s huge.
    dude i’ve actually worked with the Chevrolet machines and you know with all the technical specifications Vista rocks and everything’s is just superb in that TATA..

    P.S. Better just go have a drive of Manza Elan and The all new Vista and then go sit in Swift you’ll stuck in it.. lolz

  29. Space & comfort are two big things that one should look for while taking a car. The swift has a waiting period of 6-7 months which is another concern. Addition to that the VDI version would cost you 6,47,000/- on road in Pune that too without a music system. Where as the Vista comes with a price tag of 5,50,950 for the VX model & is loaded with the Bluetooth & USB music system. So more space, more comfort, less price, more features the Vista is definitely a winner.

  30. Vista i always better then Swift. Here we are just living a sheep life if someone says swift is good then everyone starts to folllow. But what is good about swift no one will able to answer. Vista always best when compared with Swift.

  31. The all new Vista backs out on some of the features. First is the interior plastic quality that has always been a concern with Tata buyers, in new Vista as well this error can be easily seen.http://goo.gl/vSgbr The gear shift is not one of the smoothest as Tata claims, it requires more than just a flick of the wrist. At high speeds, you will feel the need of ABS which is only limited to top variants.

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