Maruti Suzuki has just launched its updated model of Swift for 2021 and it warrants a thorough comparison against its direct rival in Hyundai Grand i10 Nios. Now, in the mid-size hatchback segment, Swift has been the market leader but the only other product that has come close to Swift is the Grand i10 Nios. Hyundai has equipped the i10 Nios with a ton of features and a multitude of engine-gearbox combinations. Both these products offer varied aspects to the buyers which is why these products are very popular in the country. Whereas the Grand i10 Nios offers a more upmarket feel with modern features and conveniences, the Swift gives you best-in-class mileage. So it is a tough competition and we shall try to help you pick the right option for you.
2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios – Exterior and Dimensions
The 2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift does borrow a ton of key elements from the outgoing model but there are a few prominent features and design cues that are brand new. This includes a modern and sport cross mess front grille with a thick chrome bar in the middle. Apart from this, the Swift comes with LED projector headlamps with LED DRLs, sporty front bumpers, precision cut alloy wheels, C-Pillar mounted rear door handles, LED rear combination lamps with LED high mounted stop lamp and much more.
The front end of the Grand i10 Nios is also very bold and busy. There are projector headlamps and projector fog lamps on offer, along with boomerang-shaped LED DRLs which surround the radiator front grille to give the front a broader appearance, sweptback sculpted creases on the bonnet, roof rails, shark fin antenna, diamond-cut alloy wheels, chrome outside door handles, rear chrome garnish on the boot lid and rear skid plates. In terms of appearances, both these hatchbacks are very well designed according to the dimensions and it really depends on your preference.
|Parameter||Maruti Suzuki Swift||Hyundai Grand i10 Nios|
|Length||3845 mm||3805 mm|
|Width||1735 mm||1680 mm|
|Height||1530 mm||1520 mm|
|Wheelbase||2450 mm||2450 mm|
|Boot Space||268 L||260 L|
There is not much to choose between the two, but Swift is a bit longer and wider than the Grand i10 Nios, although the wheelbase of both the hatchbacks is identical. There is almost a similar amount of cabin space for the passengers as well as the boot space.
2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios – Interior, Safety and Features
The most noticeable change you will notice when you sit in the driver’s seat of the new Swift is the new 4.2-inch Multi-Information Coloured TFT Display for a more sporty feel, a Twin-pod Meter Cluster, Key Sync Auto Foldable ORVM, a 7-inch Smartplay Studio Infotainment System to connect Smartphone, Vehicle and Cloud-based services and Cruise Control to enhance accessibility. However, there are a lot more changes on the safety front which include the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Hill-Hold in automatic variants, steering with enhanced return ability mechanism, bigger sized front and rear brakes which inspires a ton of confidence when you are cruising or cornering at high speeds. Other safety features include These features will complement the already existing safety features like Dual Airbags, ABS with EBD, Pre-tensioner and force limiter seat belts, driver and co-driver seat belt reminder, ISOFIX Child Seat mounts, Reverse Parking Sensors with a Rear View Camera for easy parking in tight spaces.
The Grand i10 Nios on the other hand is also filled with a ton of features including premium dual-tone interiors, an 8-inch Digital Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity via Bluetooth or USB, a 5.3-inch Digital Speedometer Display, Height Adjustable Driver’s Seat, Hyundai i-Blue Smartphone App, Fully Automatic Climate Control, Rear AC Vents and Rear Adjustable Headrests, Tilt Steering Wheel, Rear Wiper and Wash with Defogger, Engine Start/Stop Button, Rear View Monitor, Wireless Charging and much more. On the safety front, the i10 Nios comes with Dual Front Airbags, ABS with EBD, Rear Parking Sensors with Camera, Front seat belt Pretensioner. WIth the updated Swift, it is a pack in a bit more safety features than the Grand i10 Nios which is why it has an edge over the i10.
2021 Maruti Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai Grand i10 Nios – Engines, Prices and Verdict
|Maruti Suzuki Swift||Hyundai Grand i10 Nios|
|Engine||1.2-litre Dual-jet VVT petrol||1.2-litre Petrol;|
1.2-litre petrol + CNG;
1.0-litre GDi Turbo-petrol;
|Transmission||5-speed Manual; 5-speed AMT;||5-speed manual; 5-speed AMT|
|Power||90 hp||83 hp (1.2L petrol);|
68 hp (1.2L petrol + CNG);
98 hp (1.0L turbo petrol);
75 hp (1.2L diesel);
|Torque||113 Nm||113 Nm (1.2L petrol);|
95 Nm (1.2L petrol + CNG);
171 Nm (1L turbo petrol);
190 Nm (1.2L Diesel)
One can clearly see the contrast in engine-transmission offerings from both these carmakers. The Swift comes with an updated 1.2-litre powerful petrol engine only and comes mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox. On the other hand, the Grand i10 Nios comes with a 1.2-litre petrol, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, a 1.2-litre petrol + CNG and a 1.2-litre diesel engine options. Along with that, there are options of choosing between 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT gearbox options for any engine. This makes the Grand i10 Nios a lot more flexible and suited for any kind of need from the customers. The updated 2021 Swift ranges between Rs 5.73 lakh and Rs 8.41 lakh, ex-showroom and the Grand i10 range from Rs 5.19 lakh to Rs 8.40 lakh, ex-showroom.
Needless to say, both these products are extremely popular and for good reasons. If you are looking for a fuel-efficient car with all the necessary modern features and looks, you can go for the new Maruti Suzuki Swift. If, however, you want plenty of flexibility in terms of engine and transmission and want a bit of driving pleasure, you can choose between powerful turbo petrol and diesel options of the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios.