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Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire Review: Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire AMT Review – CT

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire AMT Review – CT

By Vikrant Singh; 23rd March, 2016
Introduction

 If it’s a diesel automatic one wants for under Rs 10 lakh ex-showroom, the choice is limited to just three – the Tata Zest, the Mahindra TUV300 and the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. But, if one must have a truly efficient diesel automatic at this price, then it’s a toss up between the Tata and the Maruti. And though a Zest vs Dzire is a story for another day, it’s probably important to first get to know the latest entrant a bit better. So, here’s what the New Swift DZire AMT is all about.

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire

 

Exterior

 Nothing has really changed on the outside in the AMT or AGS avatar of the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Its proportions are still off; it still has lots of chrome on its face; and it still looks like a Swift with a boot fused on, albeit in a tearing hurry. The Dzire AMT doesn’t get any particular visual differentiation either from the regular manual versions barring the Auto Gear Shift badge on its boot. It’s clearly not a car you’d buy for its looks; but given the relentless growth in its sales numbers, we – as in the Indian compact sedan buyer – clearly isn’t judging the book by its cover.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

 

Interior

 And that’s a good thing because inside the Dzire is actually quite likable. It isn’t the most spacious of compact sedans – the Amaze, the Aspire, and even the Zest offer more space – but Maruti has done well on both quality and equipment. The look and feel of plastic, the fit and finish, the textures and the operability of the buttons and knobs all around the cabin are all class leading.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

There’s good thought gone behind designing the cabin as well. The Dzire AMT gets a couple of cup holders for the front passengers, a central armrest for the rear passengers, and bottle holders on all four doors. There are door pockets all round as well, and useable ones at that.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

In terms of features, the Dzire gets keyless entry and push-button start, height adjustable driver’s seat, rake adjust for the multifunctional steering wheel, and a music system that can play of USB and AUX and Bluetooth as well. There’s climate control, rear parking sensors and a trip computer too. And on the safety front, there’s ABS and driver and passenger airbags. This is, of course, the top of the line ZXI trim; the only trim level the Dzire AMT is currently available in.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

Performance

 The Swift Dzire AMT is powered by the 1248cc, four-cylinder, diesel engine that does duty on the regular Dzire and Swift models. It comes with the same output figures too – 74bhp of max power and 190Nm of peak torque. In fact, the automated manual transmission or AMT is based on the same 5-speed gearbox as on the regular Dzire diesel. But, the car itself now handles the job of engaging and disengaging the clutch as well as shifting up and down the gearbox. And it does it with the help of a computer program and hydraulic actuators.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

The shift isn’t as seamless as in proper automatics or dual clutch ‘boxes, and every upshift besides being slow is also accompanied by a bit of bogging. Now, it isn’t worse than other AMTs in the market – in fact, it works better than most – but it just doesn’t feel natural. At least initially, it doesn’t. But, give it some time and at slower city speeds, the shift shock doesn’t seem bothersome after a while. There’s still a bit of bogging, but it doesn’t hinder progress. Also, the drive-by-wire throttle on the Dzire diesel is configured beautifully. With the turbo spooled up the throttle response is alert, linear and predictable. So, as far as city use goes, the AMT on this Maruti does work.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

However, if you want to drive in a hurry, then the AMT does feel like its getting in the way. The bogging is more severe, the shifts aren’t fast enough and it doesn’t always translate your right foot’s inputs to how you’d like the gearbox to react. Thankfully, the Dzire AMT does come with a manual override function. In manual mode, the driver has better control over revs and the engine doesn’t mind revving close to its 5,000rpm redline either.

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

As far as ride and handling goes, nothing has changed. The Dzire still rides well over poor roads and through potholes transmitting very little to the passengers inside; it still has good visibility making it fairly easy to live with in the city; and it still steers, brakes and goes around corners with appreciable dynamic prowess. 

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

 

Tech specs
Make Maruti Suzuki 
Model Swift Dzire
Fuel Diesel
Variant ZDI AMT
Engine Capacity 1.3-litre
Max. Power (bhp@rpm) 74 @ 4000
Max. torque (Nm@rpm) 190 @ 2000
Gears  Five
Length mm 3995
Width mm 1695
Height mm 1555
Wheelbase mm 2430
Fuel Capacity (in litres) 42
Tyre size 185/ 65 R15
Features
Features  
Five-speed Automated manual transmission Yes
Climate control Yes
2-DIN music system Yes
Competition
Specifications Tata
Zest
Maruti Suzuki
Swift Dzire
Variant ZDI AMT ZDI AMT
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Engine Capacity 1.3-litre 1.3-litre
Max. Power (bhp@rpm) 89 @ 4000 74 @ 4000
Max. torque (Nm@rpm) 200 @ 1750 190 @ 2000
Gears  Five Five
Length mm 3995 3995
Width mm 1706 1695
Height mm 1570 1555
Wheelbase mm 2470 2430
Fuel Capacity (in litres) 44 42
Tyre size 185/ 65 R15 185/ 65 R15
Conclusion

 The Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire AMT costs a little over Rs 10 lakh on the road in Mumbai, which makes it cheaper than the top of the line Mahindra TUV300 AMT and similarly priced as the Tata Zest AMT, again in top line guise. But, the Maruti is better equipped than the Tata and it out accelerates and out handles the Mahindra; it also outruns the latter in terms of fuel efficiency. If one is looking for a high mileage car (mileage both in terms of running and fuel economy) for city use – given space isn’t really a priority – the Dzire AMT makes for a great purchase. Given that it’s a Maruti, it should also hold its value well when its time to sell it. A worthy purchase option he Dzire AMT most certainly is. 

Maruti Suzuki New Swift DZire

Photo Courtesy By : Kapil Angane