Hope you are all doing great.
There was a lot of research and activity that was involved before I chose Swift VDI to be my car. Decision Making
Initially I owned Santro and being frequent highway rider, I decided to own a diesel car. Later, I bought Fiesta Classic 1.4 TDCI from second-hand car dealer. This was a big mistake I made, the reason being it was way beyond 2Lac kilometres and has alrdy come to bore. The seller and dealer both had cheated me and I had to pay price.
I thought of repairing it however with friends and my parents advice decided against it and bearing a huge loss, I decided to exchange with best market car show-room dealer. Choosing the right Car
As you all guessed already by now, I want a diesel hatch back which is currently a trend-setter and value for money. Looks have to be good, should give good mileage, should be a good highway car and maintenance should be very less.
Keeping all these in mind, I started with the below car options:
a) The new figo TDCi
b) Elite i20 CRDI
c) Honda Jazz i-Dtec
d) Swift DDis
Lets go one-by-one briefly and write down what I liked in them and what not.
a) The new Figo:
Me and my friend visited Ford showroom and asked for new Figo TD. Within 5 minutes, we got the car. Test drove the car and specially liked its space inside, air-bags and ABS
being standard across all variants, diesel 1.5TDCI is absolute delight to drive (I drove it on highway). However, I was really shocked to see the new delicate body of Ford as against its solid-build models from past.
Also, the Ford service quality is still not on par with the market leaders like Maruthi, Hyundai. Having wounded badly on service front in the past decided not to go ahead with Ford.
b) Elite i20:
This car had just made me go weak in my knees. What a design, I am absolute fan of fluidic design offered by Hyundai. This is a head-turner on the road. I took the TD (CRDI model) again on highway. I liked the build quality, space and up-market feel of this car. Coming to drive, I didn't feel the steering feedback which I am badly obsessed with. The wheel has zero feedback and is very light even at speeds of 100+ kmph and body-roll at 60+ is clearly evident. Being a premium car and Hyundai s expensive service (it is true, they are costly) made me hesitate to choose this car. A small rub in traffic to the tail lamp you should be ready to shell out thousands just to replace the tail lamp. Finally, decided not to go with it.
c) Honda Jazz:
First thing in Jazz is space, wow !! and awesome 1.5 i-DTec engine. But, the high price, and heavy body-roll at 100+ kmph, High noise of diesel enigne, skinny tyres and very few Service Centres for Honda were strong factors acting against it. The design, quality and features are the best and on par with elite i20. This car gives a sedan feel when you drive. However, the above factors acted against it for me.
d) Swift DDis:
This was last thing in my list, but I understood when I did TD of this car why its a top seller and commands top resale in Indian market !
My friend came in his VDI one day to my house. I took a spin in his car and immediately fell for it. I decided I will buy it and there was no second-thought. What I liked:
a) The car drives holding road even at 120KMPH as if it is going at 60. Front seat Cushioning is splendid and top class in its segment.
b) Maruthi service is absolute bliss.
c) Diesel engine is almost silent and feels like you are riding Petrol version.
d) Decent and executive like interiors as opposed to Hyundai s dual tone and extra tid-bits (I personally like a single color and am against too much extravaganza like in Hyundai)
e) Amazing mileage of 22kmpl on highway and 17kmpl in city (hard to miss)
f) Last and most importantantly - resale Value !!
You might be thinking, there should be something that I will not be liking. Yeah your guess is right. Here you go: Dislikes:
a) Rear bench space is less (ignorable situation for me)
b) Boot space is less (ignorable again)
c) Plastic quality is ok types when compared to Hyundai/Honda.
d) Premium price for what is being offered
still Swift diesel with its 1.3 fiat multi jet is amazing when it climbs on road, pure fun to drive and hard-to-catch car and makes you forget all the Negatives.
I will now let the pictures do the talk.
1) Car did alrdy 60KM on the delivery day, but I like the cool console, best in its segment
2) All tied-up and ready for the delivery
3) Perfect water-fall ICE and dimly lit orange, that I fell in love with.
2) The rear stance that does make heads turn
3) The new DRLs provision given on front looks absolutely cool
4) The graphite grey color looks just awesome from this angle
5) One thing that I didnt like being fitted with cheap JK Tyres (165/80 R14)
I hope you liked my first review.
Few modifications that I have in my mind for car:
1) want to change the JKTyres to best in industry tyre brands like Michelin/Bridgestone/Continentals, which I will be doing shortly in a span of few days.
2) Fit alloys (could be long term plan but for sure)
3) Fit the DRLs with DRL lamps.
Swift is one such car that every time I look at it in garage I always feel like sitting in driver seat and taking it for a ride. The heart misses its beat, when you drive it on highways. So Comfortable, Cushiony and absolute delight to drive it
I will be posting further as and when changes are done.
Dear Automotives - Your comments are most welcome