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Aditya Chatterjee Aditya Chatterjee Monday 21 Oct 2013, 6:25 PM

The Maruti Suzuki Swift was launched in 2005 and it saw the same success as the iconic 800 in the premium hatch market. The sales of Swift kept in rising. Maruti also was very serious about the Swift and kept on updating it from time to time. A new generation Swift is also on the card soon. So far, the car has been receiving an overwhelming response from the Indian buyers and more than 5,00,000 units of this car have already been sold in the country. It is priced between Rs. 4.75 lakhs to Rs. 7.23 lakhs

The Honda Brio marked Honda’s entry in the entry level cars. Being always associated with expensive premium cars the company needed a car for the masses. The Brio was launched as an entry level hatch but then Honda knew that even the range starting vehicle should boast of the same quality standards that its other cars are famous for. The Honda Brio is available at a price range of Rs. 4.36 to Rs. 6.46 lakhs. It is available in 7 variants including one automatic variant.

Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Exterior

In the Brio, the radiator grille looks like a nose with the solid chrome Honda badging on it, the bumper has a broad and wide slit which looks like a teeth set, different from the mundanely and conventionally designed, which gets very predictable. There are subtle profile lines on the front hood giving it a good but not too loud character.

Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift
Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift

There is a very definite jaw line to the car and cause of the line running just below the petite radiator grille; it gives a very nice profile to it. The headlights have a pearl drop effect and have the indicators integrated in them.

Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Interior

Inside the Honda Brio, The cabin is as plush and upmarket as any other Honda car, which is very impressive. One can hardly find any negative aspect in the cabin and it is full of positive vibes. The quality of plastics is superb and one does not feel of it as a entry level vehicle at all.

Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift
Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift

The steering wheel of our S (O) MT variant had audio controls affixed on it. The instrumental panel is very sporty with the Speedometer taking the central position. The digits done on it are very sporty and are way better than what the competitors offer.

In the new Maruti Suzuki Swift, considerable importance has been given to improve utility and cosmetic interior features. New features include a sporty wrap around door trims, day and night internal rear view mirror, three spoke sporty steering wheel, silver accents in steering wheels, front door trim pockets, large volume glove box, Parcel shelf, folding assistant grip, sun visor, and ticket holder on driver side, roof lamp, inside door chrome handles etc.

Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Performance

The Honda Brio comes equipped with a PFM-Fi 1198 cc SOHC i-VTEC engine, which produces 88 PS of power at 6000 RPM and a torque of 109 Nm at 4600 RPM. It is assimilated with a 5 speed manual transmission. The engine of the Brio is super smooth, which becomes an issue as one cannot make out if the engine is running or not. The 1.2 L engine may be a pint and detuned version of the Jazz unit but then it is a fun motor.

The Swift comes with a K series Petrol engine with VVT. This is a 1197cc engine which produces a power of 87PS as 6000 rpm and a torque of 114Nm at 4000 rpm. It is metted with a 5 speed manual transmission. There are many who vouch for the petrol unit’s performance and claim this is the best in its class. The 1248cc DDiS diesel engine churns out 75 PS of power at 4000 rpm and a torque of 190Nm at 2000 rpm. Maruti Suzuki does not provide an automatic transmission

Honda Brio Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift Conclusion

Honda Brio has already attracted positive reviews for its offerings. The entry level small car market which normally was not an exciting segment has got spiced up. With the raising petrol prices the once upon a time adamant on diesel Honda has finally expressed its plans of a diesel Brio soon. Trusted insiders reveal that Honda is eyeing the festive season for the launch of the diesel variant with its i-DTEC engine.

The Swift has the pioneering advantage and also it comes from the house of Maruti Suzuki which is a synonymous name in every household as there is barely anyone who hasn’t heard of it. The Swift also commands a fantastic value in the used car business.