Maruti Suzuki is the leading carmaker in India in terms of sales. The Swift hatchback is the third best seller in India, and is going to receive some stiff competition from the all-new Ford Figo.
The Figo hatchback seems to have entered a territory, to compete with Swift, a car that kind of revolutionized the hatchback market in India. There are reasons why it is so popular in India: good design, fuel efficient, ease of service and maintenance, powerful, and most importantly affordable.
So how does the new Ford Figo compare against the Swift in terms of pricing, performance, specs and features? Let's take a look:
Maruti Suzuki Swift:
- Petrol - Starts from INR 4.65 lakh onwards
- Diesel - Starts from INR 5.84 lakh onwards
- Petrol - Starts from INR 4.30 lakh onwards
- Diesel - Starts from INR 5.30 lakh onwards
Note: All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
The Swift has a familiar design, since it has not received any major change for a while now. Compared to when it was launched, the Swift has grown bigger in dimensions and has also received engine upgrades. It features swept up headlights, tail lamps that match the front light design, and the roof line slopes down, to give it a sporty look. The Swift too draws designs from its sedan version, the Dzire.
The Ford Figo on the other hand has seen a major design upgrade compared to the previous generation model. It carries forward the bold Aston Martin inspired front grille and the bold design of the Ford Figo Aspire sedan. It has an impressively designed headlamp and waistline design, giving the car a good road presence.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift features automatic climate control, engine start/stop button, audio system with bluetooth connectivity and steering mounted audio controls. Other features also include electronically adjustable ORVMs, rear fog lamps and keyless entry in top spec variants while the base models are quite bland.
The Figo hatchback features dual-tone dashboard, Ford's SYNC multimedia system, MyKey—a feature that allows the owner to increases seat belt use, limits vehicle top speed and regulated the audio volume; Ford My Dock that enables you to store, mount and charge your smartphone or satellite navigation system and to integrate these gadgets into the car's entertainment system.
Maruti Suzuki Swift:
- 1.2-litre petrol engine (83 bhp, 114 Nm torque, 5-speed manual)
- 1.3-litre diesel engine (74 bhp, 190 Nm torque, 5-speed manual)
- 1.2-litre petrol engine (87 bhp, 112 Nm torque, 5-speed manual)
- 1.5-litre diesel engine (99 bhp, 215 Nm of torque, 5-speed manual)
- 1.5-litre petrol engine (110 bhp, 136 Nm of torque, 6-speed automatic)
The Swift returns 20.4 kpl from its petrol engine while the diesel engine returns 25.2 kpl. The Figo on the other hand, returns 18.16 kpl from its 1.2-litre engine, 25.83 kpl from its diesel engine and 17 kpl from its 1.5-litre petrol engine.
Being a major criteria these days, the Swift gets literally nothing, apart from seat belts in the base model, however, the top spec model has dual airbags, reverse sensors, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and brake assist.
The Figo is better equipped—standard airbag for the driver, while the top spec variant features side and curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, Emergency assist, perimeter alarm and seat belt reminder.
Any guesses? Well, the Ford Figo is the pick. It has better equipment, better safety, better engine options although the petrol engine returns a marginally lower fuel efficiency figure. The Figo looks better and the automatic transmission option is a boon to drivers in the city. It's marginally cheaper than the Swift too!