Toyota Etios Liva Vs Maruti Suzuki Swift and Maruti Swift 2011 New Model

In our car comparison series, we have compared the newly launched hatchback from Toyota, the Toyota Etios Liva with many other small cars like Maruti Wagon R, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Hyundai i20 etc.. We have saved the best for the last, the Maruti Swift. One major reason that Swift will be the strongest competition for Etios Liva is that the new model of Swift, the Maruti Swift 2011 is yet awaited and will launch in a few weeks (no official launch date announced as yet). Maruti Suzuki  has already stopped production of Maruti Swift old model and offered existing Swift bookings to be upgraded to new Swift. In this post, we will compare the Etios Liva with the old model Swift (pre-2011 model) and the upcoming new Swift 2011.

Toyota Etios Liva Vs Maruti Swift 2011

Toyota Etios Liva Exteriors Vs Maruti Swift Exteriors

Toyota Etios Liva features a simple front look, a nice side profile and a very sport rear. The styling is contemporary and elegant with simplicity at front with little chrome to add to richness and elegance. The rear of the car is something which makes its pleasing in looks. In terms of dimensions, its fairly wide, is long and low in height for a good stable structure.

Etios Liva Dimension:

Length = 3775mm; Width = 1695mm; Height = 1510mm;

Maruti Swift old model is almost same in length with Liva and has almost same width and slightly more height. The overall structure is more rounded and the looks are fairly different from the crowd. Its something which is not contemporary and will either attract or distract most of the people, with just a few people with neutral opinion about it. Personally I find it very sporty and different in a good way. But since there are lots of them on road already, we take their beauty for granted most of the time.

Maruti Swift Dimension:

Length = 3760mm; Width = 1690mm; Height = 1530mm;

Maruti Swift 2011 is something which will make good even better. The longer, more spacious, lower in height Swift will be a stunner and will be better looking than existing Swift. The increase in length is noticeable and will help more on increasing the interiors space. Slightly larger width will help add more elbow space.

Maruti Swift 2011 Dimension:

Length = 3850 mm; Width = 1695mm; Height = 1510mm;

If I have to pick one of these cars based on exterior looks only, my pick will be Maruti Swift 2011 New model for its beautiful looks and style.

Toyota Etios Liva Interiors Vs Maruti Swift Interiors

image- Toyota Etios Liva Interiors

Toyota Etios Liva has good quality interiors, well packaged with ample of good features and space. One thing which I really like about Liva is the no-nonsense looks, clean and neat looks, extremely spacious legroom. Other thing is the chilled large glove box and intelligently placed AC vents for better cooling. However there are some features which are lacking like the automatic climate control which is there in the top end swift variants. Apart from it, Liva has got a nice cabin feel with ample space and nice features.


image- Maruti Swift Old Model Interiors

When it comes to Interiors of Existing model of Maruti Swift, I don’t get too impressed with it. The main reason being the quality and finish of the Maruti Swift Interiors. For a hatchback on northward side of Rs. 4 Lakhs price tags, Swift gives too little on Interior quality and finish. Although the features are nice in its segment and the drivability of the Swift is much better than other cars in its segment, yet Interiors is something which Maruti needs to think about seriously. I have seen many people not buying Swift because of less than pleasing interior quality.


image- Maruti Swift 2011 Model Interiors (European Swift)

Maruti Swift 2011 New model Interiors are expected to be better than the existing Swift with better quality of plastics, fabric and other features. Although there are no official pictures of new Swift 2011 released, the one we have is of the European variants which come loaded with lots of convince and comfort features, which will not be same as Indian versions considering the price of the Swift in India. We expect that Maruti will make it pleasing enough to keep the customers from buying other cars just because of the interiors quality. One good thing about the new Swift 2011 will be the increased legroom at the rear which has been just about sufficient in the old model. With increased length, Maruti Swift 2011 will feature more space in cabin making it a more pleasing car.

If I have to pick one of these three cars, my pick will be Etios Liva for its spacious and good quality of material used on the Interiors.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Engine Vs Maruti Swift Petrol Engine

Engine Specifications of Toyota Etios Liva:

  • 4 Cylinder 3NR-FE Engine
  • 1.2 Litre / 4 Cylinder / 16 Valve DOHC
  • Max Power output of 79 BHP @ 5600 RPM
  • 104 Nm Torque @ 3100 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 18.31 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight 890 Kg to 920 Kg

Engine Specifications Of Maruti Swift Petrol Old Model:

  • 4 Cylinder Suzuki K12 M Engine
  • 1.2 Litre MPFI Petrol Engine
  • Max Power of 84 BHP @ 6000 RPM
  • Max Torque of 113 Nm @ 4500 RPM
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of 17.94 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight 980 Kg to 1010 Kg

Engine Specifications Of New Maruti Swift 2011 Petrol Model:

  • 4 Cylinder Suzuki K12 Series Engine
  • 1.2 Litre MPFI Petrol Engine
  • Dual VVTI Technology
  • Max Power of 90-BHP
  • Max Torque – Data Not Available
  • 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • ARAI Certified Mileage of around 20 KMPL
  • Kerb Weight – Data Not Available

Although the specifications of Maruti Swift seem to be the best among the three, the Kerb weight of the car and gear ratios plays a vast role in the agility of the car. Etios being the lightest among the three is most agile, but in terms of handling and performance, there is no beating the Swift. So far, we believe Swift has an upper hand on the engine performance with high torque, high power, well tuned suspension which suits India roads, and sporty handling characteristics which Swift has.

Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Price Vs Maruti Swift Petrol Price

Toyota Etios Liva Hatchback Ex-showroom prices in Delhi are as follows:

  • Toyota Etios Liva J is priced at Rs. 3.99 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G is priced at Rs. 4.59 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva G (SP)* is priced at Rs. 5.05Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva V is priced at Rs. 5.49 Lakhs
  • Toyota Etios Liva VX is priced at Rs. 5.99 Lakhs

Maruti Swift Old Model Ex-Showroom Prices in Delhi are as follows:

  • Maruti Swift Lxi is priced at Rs. 4.09 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Vxi is priced at Rs. 4.62 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Vxi with ABS is priced at Rs. 4.77 Lakhs
  • Maruti Swift Zxi is priced at Rs. 5.38 Lakhs

Maruti Swift 2011 New Model Ex-Showroom Prices in Delhi:

Official data not available as of now. As per dealer estimates and automobile experts opinion, the prices of the new Swift will be about up to Rs. 30,000 more compared to the existing Swift. This will make the approximate cost of Swift between Rs. 4.4 Lakhs to Rs. 5.9 Lakhs Ex-Showroom Delhi (Estimated price).

If we compare these cars on prices front, with respect to the convenience and safety features these cars give, Maruti Swift seems to be quite right prices. But with the new model on the horizon and a price rise expected, the Zxi model will cost close towards Rs. 6 Lakhs price point which is the amount you need to spend if you want Airbags. We do consider safety features seriously which Toyota seems to provide at lower price points with G (SP) variant. On a bigger pictures, if you are not looking for the most basic variant, Swift is quite attractively priced against Liva. If you want the very basic bare bone version, Liva offers very competitively priced G variant.

Car Blog India verdict – Toyota Etios Liva Petrol Vs Maruti Swift Petrol

If you want a sporty car with great handling, go for Swift. If you can afford to spend some extra bucks, do get the top end variant for safety sake as it features airbags and ABS.

If you want a spacious and elegant car with good safety features  and good quality of Interiors at affordable price tag, Liva is a better car for you.

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