Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Vs Ford Figo Diesel – Which is Better and Why?

In continuation to our Car Blog India Comparison Series we will compare the new Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel variant with the Ford Figo Diesel variant in this post. We have already compared the petrol variants here –

Maruti Swift 2011 Petrol Vs Ford Figo Petrol



Maruti Swift 2011 Exteriors Vs Ford Figo Exteriors

We have already competed the two in detail here. In summary, we think Maruti Swift looks better than Figo in overall exterior appeal.

Maruti Swift 2011 Interiors Vs Ford Figo Interiors

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image – Maruti Swift 2011 Interiors

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image – Ford Figo Interiors

We have already compared the interiors in details here. We equally like the Interiors of Swift 2011 and Figo for their own appeal.

Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Engine Vs Ford Figo Diesel Engine

Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Engine Specifications

  • Re-Tuned DDiS 1.3 Litre Fiat Multijet CRDI Diesel engine
  • 4 Cylinder, Displacement 1248 CC
  • Max power of 73.5 BHP @ 4000 RPM
  • Max torque of 190 Nm @ 2000 RPM
  • 5 Speed manual transmission
  • ARAI Certified mileage of 22.9 KMPL

Ford Figo Diesel Engine Specifications

  • 4 Cylinder 1.4 Litre Diesel Engine
  • Displacement 1399 CC CRDI Engine
  • Max Power – 68 BHP @ 4000 RPM
  • Max Torque – 160 Nm @ 2000 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 20 KMPL

Going by the engine specifications and figures, there is not much different in max power, but there is a considerable difference in the torque output of these two cars. Maruti Swift gets an advantage of being more punchy and easies to drive in congested traffic because of high torque. But there is a considerable turbo lag in Swift which means some gear downshifts required at times of congested traffic driving. So we would say Swift does better in terms of engine. Also Swift manages to deliver better mileage.

Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Handling and Performance Vs Ford Figo Diesel Handling and Performance

The new model of Swift Diesel 2011 has been re-tuned to give a linear power curve and gives less punch in the mid RPM range. This makes Swift less punchy compered to the older model, but this difference does good to the fuel economy of the car by improving it to 22.9 KMPL (ARAI). In terms of suspension, cornering performance and drivability, it is agile and handles quite accurately.

Ford Figo handles quite good with a good punch of high torque at low RPM which makes it east to drive in city. The handling is good and quite precise. The cornering, stability and maneuverability of Figo is good in congested city traffic.

Overall, if I compare Figo Diesel with new Swift Diesel, Swift has an upper hand because of more torque and also handles better than Figo. So Swift comes out to be better on this front.

Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Price Vs Ford Figo Diesel Price

All prices mentioned below are ex-showroom Delhi

Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Price In India

  • Maruti Swift Ldi Diesel is priced at Rs. 5.17Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Vdi Diesel is priced at Rs. 5.61 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Zdi Diesel is priced at Rs. 6.38 Lakhs

Ford Figo Diesel Price In India

  • Price of Ford Figo 1.4L TDCi LXi is Rs. 4.59 Lakhs
  • Price of Ford Figo 1.4L TDCi EXi is Rs. 4.96 Lakhs
  • Price of Ford Figo 1.4L TDCi ZXi is Rs. 5.19 Lakhs
  • Price of Ford Figo 1.4L TDCi Titanium is Rs 5.57 Lakhs

Ford Figo Diesel top end Titanium variant comes at a price slightly lesser than Swift Vdi model. Since the top end variant of Figo Diesel features safety features like airbags, ABS with EBD, Fog lamps, integrated audio system with Bluetooth connectivity  etc., it is a better value for money in its segment.

On the other hand, if you consider the fully loaded Swift Diesel Zdi, it comes at about Rs. 80,000 more than the Figo Titanium Diesel which is a considerable difference in price. Zdi comes loaded with ABS, airbags, integrated audio system without Bluetooth and Automatic climate control (which is not there in Figo).

Car Blog India verdict – Maruti Swift 2011 Diesel Vs Ford Figo Diesel

If you are looking for a value for money family car, Ford Figo is better as it comes at much lower price for the top end features offered with Titanium variant. It does lack the features like climate control and does not match Swift in terms of handling, but it does handle well and offers a lot of features for the price.

If you are not much bothered to shell extra bucks and want top end performance and handling, you can overlook the fact that Figo better bang for the buck. For the enthusiasts and driving heads, Swift is the most affordable performance car in its segment. It may not be the best family car, but it surely is one of the best Driver’s car.

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Maruti Swift 2011 Petrol Vs Ford Figo Petrol