The launch of the all-new Swift has once again heated-up the battle in the compact hatchback space in India. In this price, feature, specification and mileage comparison we pitch the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago in order to see which is the best pick of the lot.
The 2018 Maruti Swift takes the battle in the compact hatchback segment to a whole new level. The car promises modern styling and comes loaded with features right up to the brim. With a prosperous history in India, the Swift’s new model has already started to get the attention of buyers. Maruti Suzuki has received over 60,000 bookings for this hatchback so far. This includes the 20,000 it garnered within just two weeks of its launch. That said, the Swift is not the only hatchback which is at the centre of attention. Tata Motor’s new boy Tiago, in January 2018 sold 8278 units, surpassing Maruti’s Celerio for the first time. Hence, to see which one is the better out of these two, we compare the 2018 Maruti Swift Vs Tata Tiago in this detailed specification comparison.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Design Comparison
Both the 2018 Swift and the Tiago are designed to attract young buyers. Both the cars come with a perfect blend of a sporty design while at the same time having a timid premium appeal. That said, the 2018 Swift being a new entrant looks a tad bit modern in comparison to the now familiar looks of the Tiago. The front profile of the Swift portrays a slightly aggressive look, thanks to the large hexagonal grille and sweptback headlamps. On the other hand, the Tata Tiago’s humanity line grille lends the car a slight smirky stance.
Where the Swift has an upper hand over the Tiago is its expansive feature list. It comes projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lamps, giving the hatchback a slight up-market appeal. Also, the floating roof design, curtsey the blacked out pillars along with the C-pillar mounted door handle, gives the Swift its own unique character.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Interior Comparison
Just like the exteriors, the interior design of both the cars offers modern elements. The colour scheme is primarily black with contrasting silver accents. Both the cars come with three-spoke steering wheels with mounted controls for audio and Bluetooth telephony. The new Swift’s steering wheel, however, gets a flat-bottom design. In terms of the dashboard layout, the new Swift features slightly premium design. Not only this, the material quality of the plastics is a tad better in the Swift than the one used in the Tiago. Overall, the Swift feels better made than the Tata hatchback. Both the cars can seat 4 people with ease. Fitting in a third person at the rear would be a squeeze in both the cars.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Engine Specification Comparison
The 2018 Swift is offered in both petrol and diesel guises. The petrol derivative comes with a 1.2-litre, K Series VVT engine. This engine produces 81.80 BHP along with 113 NM of peak torque. The diesel derivative comes with the 1.3-litre, DDiS motor. This oil-burner is good for 74 BHP along with 190 NM of peak torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is a standard across the range. Not only this, both the derivatives are also offered with Maruti’s 5-speed AGS unit.
The Tata Tiago too comes in both petrol and diesel guises. The petrol derivative of this compact hatchback gets a 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder Revotron engine. This motor produces 84 BHP along with 114 NM of peak torque. The diesel derivative of the Tiago gets a 1.05-litre, 3-cylinder Revotorq engine. It produces 69 BHP along with 140 NM of peak torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard. Just like the Swift, the Tiago comes with a 5-speed AMT unit with both petrol and diesel derivatives.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Mileage Comparison
The petrol derivative of the Swift offers a mileage of 22 km/l. The diesel, on the other hand, offers a mileage of 28.4 km/l. The petrol derivative of the Tata Tiago offers a mileage of 23.84 km/l. The diesel derivative of the Tiago offers a mileage of 27.28 km/l. All these figures are ARAI certified. Rear world driving will result in slightly lower numbers.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Dimension Comparison
The new Swift has grown in proportions as compared to the outgoing model. Dimensionally, now it measures 3840 mm in length, 1735 mm in width and 1530 mm in height. The Swift sports a wheelbase of 2450 mm with the boot space standing at 268-litres.
The Tata Tiago is no less in terms of space. It measures 3736 mm in length, 1647 mm in width and 1535 mm in height. The wheelbase of this compact hatchback clocks at 2400 mm. The boot space capacity is 242-litres, a tad less than the Swift.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Features Comparison
The 2018 Swift comes with a bundle of features. On the exterior front, it comes with projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, alloy wheels, LED tail-lamps among the others. The cabin gets a touchscreen infotainment system (Smartplay), key-less entry and push-button start/stop.
The Tata Tiago does not offer projector headlamps, neither it gets LED daytime running lights. However, it comes with stylish alloy wheels along with a small roof-mounted spoiler at the back. The cabin of the Tata Tiago gets a standard infotainment system and an automatic climate control. Tiago’s biggest plus point is that it comes with a HARMON KARDON sound system which offers superior sound quality, better than any car in its segment.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Price Comparison
The 2018 Swift’s base petrol variant costs INR 4.99 lakh. The top-end petrol variant retails at INR 7.27 lakh. The base diesel variant of the Swift costs INR 5.99 lakh. The top of the end diesel variant retails at INR 8.29 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
The Tata Tiago’s base petrol variant costs INR 3.26 lakh. The top of the line petrol variant of the Tiago retails at INR 5.44 lakh. The base diesel variant of the Tiago costs INR 4.05 lakh. The top of the line diesel variant costs INR 5.85 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom.
2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift Vs Tata Tiago- Comparison Verdict
The 2018 Maruti Swift packs in a lot. While the Tata Tiago is not far behind. The Swift is a slightly bigger car than the Tiago and is also better equipped. That said, the Tiago is effectively a segment below the Swift with the prices of middle variants coinciding with each other. In our opinion, if you want a sufficiently loaded car and are willing to spend up to INR 8 lakhs for the top-end variant, the Swift is the right option for you. On the other hand, if your budget is slightly lower and you still want a decently equipped compact hatchback, look no further than the Tata Tiago.
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