Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Swift – Buy Swift or Wait for the Exter?

Exter vs Swift

Should you go ahead and buy the Maruti Suzuki Swift, or wait for some time and buy the Hyundai Exter SUV? Is Swift hatchback better than the Exter SUV? Let’s compare the two against each other to find that out!

Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Swift – Design

From the front, it has flat bonnet with a big Hyundai logo on it and the three-tier design nose. It has H-shaped LED DRLs that are connected via a black strip that could possibly be a connected LED light bar for the top variant. The headlamps are square shape that are projector headlamps and could be an LED for top variants. Then there is the body cladding finished in matte black all over the car to contribute towards the Exter’s looks. Moving to the side, you’ll realize the SUV has boxy shape. The doors seems to be big to accommodate easy in’s and out’s of the SUV. The alloy wheels, roof rails, and A and B-pillars has the dual-tone treatment. It has an upright tailgate with the rear windshield slightly tilted, shark fin antenna at the top, small roof-spoiler, flat and tall rear bumper with dual-tone finished. The taillamps has an H-shaped in them with a big black panel with big Hyundai logo at the center, it could feature connected LED light bar for the taillamps in top variants.

At the front, the Swift has a big honeycomb grille for air intake for the engines and chrome strip at the center of the grille, with LED DRLs and LED projector headlamps but the fog lamps are halogens. From the side, it has alloy wheels with the door handles for the rear passengers at the window frame. Moving to the rear side, it gets LED taillamps but the indicators are halogen and a standard bumper with no changes or sportier look.

From the outside, the Exter looks good over the Swift as the Exter exterior profile give Spacious SUV vibes while the Swift hatchback is simple yet appealing. It’s basically a preference choice when it comes to liking the exterior design of these two models.

As for the Exter, it’ll have the 8-inch infotainment system that’ll be free-standing stand out on the dashboard with two-spoke multi-function steering wheel with digital instrument cluster. The gear selector will not be placed between the two front seats but instead it will be integrated with the console which will be positioned slightly vertically for each reach. The door handles are finished in chrome and ambient lighting.

The Swift on the other hand, has a 7-inch infotainment system placed below the round-shaped AC vent and the AC vents at the side are placed horizontally. It has dual-tone dashboard theme option, and the pedals are finished in black. It has three-spoke multi-function steering wheel with analog instrument cluster, and round dials for automatic climate controls. It has one USB port at the front for charging. At the rear, the seats are split in 60:40 ratio.

So, from the inside, the Exter looks so good than the Swift gives a spacious vibes where as the Swift interiors looks the same as every other Maruti model. While the interior styling and designing of the Swift definitely needs an update, I would prefer the Exter interiors more than the Swift’s interiors.

As for the dimensions of the Exter, expect the Exter length to be around 3800mm, width of 1595mm, and height of 1575mm with a 2400mm wheelbase. It’ll have fuel tank of 35 litres and ground clearance of 170mm. The Swift measures 3845mm in length, width of 1735mm, and height of 1530mm with a wheelbase of 2450mm. It has a fuel tank of 37 litres Petrol and 55 litres of CNG and ground clearance of 163mm.

So, when in comes to Dimensions, the Swift is a bit lengthier offering better comfort to passengers and driver in the car.

Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Swift – Engine Options

Hyundai ExterMaruti Suzuki Swift
Engine1.2-litre Kappa Engine1.2-litre petrol
Power81.8 bhp88.50 bhp
Torque113.8 Nm113 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT, 5-speed AT5-speed MT, 5-speed AT

When it comes to engine options, both the Exter and the Swift are powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine. The Exter is powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine that puts out 81.8 bhp and 113.8 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed Manual and 5-speed Automatic Gearbox. The Swift on the other hand is powered by the 1.2-litre petrol engine that put outs 88.50 bhp and 113 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed Manual and 5-speed Automatic Gearbox. So, the petrol engine in Swift is powerful than the Exter

Hyundai ExterMaruti Suzuki Swift
Engine1.2-litre Bi-Fuel (CNG)1.2-litre CNG
Power67.72 bhp76.43 bhp
Torque95.2 Nm98.5 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT5-speed MT

Not only both the cars has petrol engine, but also has CNG fuel option as well. The Exter is powered by the 1.2-litre Bi-Fuel (CNG) engine that puts out 67.72 bhp and 95.2 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed Manual Gearbox only, no Automatic Gearbox on offer. The Swift has the 1.2-litre CNG engine that produces 76.42 bhp and 98.5 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Gearbox only. So, in CNG, the Swift is powerful than the Exter when it comes to engine performance.

Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Swift – Features

Hyundai Exter will come with numerous features such as LED Projector headlamps, digital instrument cluster, 8-inch infotainment system, automatic climate control, wireless charging, sunroof, rear AC vents, Type-C USB Charging ports both front and rear, voice control, ambient lighting, cruise control, cooled glovebox, connected car tech, height adjustable driver seat, 6-speakers sound system, and 15-inch alloy wheels. In safety, it’ll come equipped with six airbags, automatic headlamps, ABS with EBD, Tyre-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), hill-hold assist, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ISOFIX anchorages, and reverse-parking camera with sensors.

As for the Maruti Swift, it has LED projector headlamps, 7-inch infotainment system, 15-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, voice command, automatic climate control, cruise control, 6-speakers sound system, and height adjustable driver seat. In safety, it has dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), hill-hold assist, ISOFIX anchorages, automatic headlamps, and reverse parking camera with sensors.

Hyundai Exter vs Maruti Swift – Price

ModelPrice (ex-showroom)
Hyundai ExterExpected Rs. 6 lakh
Maruti Suzuki SwiftRs. 5.99 lakh – Rs. 9.03 lakh

Maruti Swift starts at Rs. 5.99 lakh for the entry-level ‘LXI’ variant and Rs. 9.03 lakh for the top variant, ‘ZXI Plus DT Automatic.’ As for the Hyundai Exter, it is expected to start at Rs. 6 lakh

In the end, the decision to buy which model depends totally on you, however, we recommend you to wait for the Hyundai Exter as even though the Maruti Swift is bigger in dimensions, the Exter has better features and safety on offer. The Swift having the dimensions advantage, it offers good comfort and great mileage when travelling for long trips. Therefore, this being a preference thing, it really depends on your requirements on whether if you want an hatchback or an SUV.

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