Maruti Swift vs Tata Tiago – Which car one should buy?

Maruti Swift vs Tata Tiago

It is time when we compare the two hatchbacks from the dominating carmakers of India, Maruti Suzuki’s Swift and the Tata Motor’s Tiago to see which car has an edge over each other.

Maruti Suzuki vs Tata Tiago – Exterior and Interior

Let’s talk about the exterior first.

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.

Tata Tiago had received a facelift update in 2021 with a new face. At the front, the tiago has tri-arrow like design grille with projector headlamps which are halogen and not LEDs. Then there is a chrome line which goes from one headlamp to another. The front bumper has extended fins for that sharp look and the same extended fin for the rear bumper with the taillamps also Halogen and not LEDs. The rear and the side has nothing much going except for the simple design it carries.

Both the cars get dual-tone dashboard treatment. The Swift gets part digital and analog treatment in the instrument cluster whereas Tata had replaced the analog dials with the digital instrument cluster which is similar to the one found on the Nexon as well. Both the cars get 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Maruti Swift vs Tata Tiago – Dimensions

Maruti SwiftTata Tiago
Ground Clearance163mm168mm
Boot Space268 litres301 litres
Fuel Tank Capacity37 litres – Petrol,
55 litres – CNG
35 litres – Petrol,
60 litres – CNG
Kerb Weight985 kg1,100 kg
Gross Vehicle Weight1,405 kg1,391 kg

The Maruti Swift has a length of 3845mm while the Tiago has a length of 3765mm with 80mm difference. The Swift has a width of 1735mm which is more than the 1677mm width. The Swift has height of 1530mm which is 5mm less than that of the Tiago’s 5mm. The Swift has wheelbase of 2450mm which is 50mm more than the Tiago’s 2400mm wheelbase. The Swift has a ground clearance of 163mm which is 5mm less than the 168mm ground clearance.

The boot space on the Tiago is 301 litres which is 33 litres more than the Swift’s 268 litres boot space. The Swift has 37 litre fuel tank while the Tiago has 35 litre fuel tank, but, the Tiago has 60-litre CNG tank while the Swift has only 55-litre. The Kerb weight of the Swift is 985 kg and the gross weight is 1,405 kg whereas the Tiago has 1,100 kg kerb weight and 1,391 kg gross weight.

Maruti Swift vs Tata Tiago – Engine Options

Maruti SwiftTata Tiago
Engine1.2-litre petrol1.2-litre CNG1.2-litre Revoltron Engine1.2-litre i-CNG
Power88.50 bhp76.43 bhp84.82 bhp72 bhp
Torque113 Nm98.5 Nm113 Nm95 Nm
Transmission5-speed MT, 5-speed AT5-speed MT5-speed MT, 5-speed AT5-speed MT
Fuel Efficiency22.38 km/l – MT
22.56 km/l – AT
30.9 km/l19.01 km/l – MT
19.00 km/l – AT
26.49 km/l
Top Speed140 kmph165 kmph

As you can see by just looking at the table, both the car uses the same 1.2-litre petrol engine and 1.2-litre CNG. Let’s start with Maruti Swift first. The Swift has one petrol and one CNG engine on offer and no diesels. The 1.2-litre petrol engine produces 88.50 bhp and 113 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Transmission and 5-speed Automatic Transmission and has a fuel efficiency of 22.38 km/l on Manual and 22.56 km/l on Automatic.

Then there is the 1.2-litre CNG engine that pumps out 76.43 bhp and 98.5 Nm of torque paired to 5-speed Manual Transmission only and no Automatic Transmission with fuel efficiency of 30.9 km/l on Manual CNG. The Swift has a top speed of 140 kmph which is less than the Tiago’s 155 kmph top speed.

The Tata Tiago 1.2-litre Revoltron petrol engine produces 84.82 bhp and 113 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Transmission and 5-speed Automatic Transmission with 19.01 km/l fuel efficiency in Manual and 19.00 km/l fuel efficiency in Automatic and has a top speed of 165 kmph. Then there is the 1.2-litre i-CNG that produces 72 bhp and 95 Nm of torque paired to a 5-speed Manual Transmission only with no Automatic Transmission.

Maruti Swift vs Tata Tiago – Features

FeaturesMaruti SwiftTata Tiago
Wheel size & Tyre15-inch, alloy wheel14-inch, alloy
Auto Power WindowYesYes
Seat upholsteryYesYes
Rear AC vent
Instrument clusterAnalogDigital
Infotainment System7-inch7-inch
Android Auto, Apple CarPlayYesYes
Voice ControlYes
Sound System6-speaker sound system8-speaker Harman sound system
Cooled GloveboxYes
Auto Dimming IRVM
Height adjustable driver seatYesYes

As you can, when it comes to feature, Maruti Swift is missing a lot of features such as AC vents for the rear passengers, auto-dimming IRVM, height adjustable seats, cooled glovebox, and voice control. The Tiago has an 8-speaker Harman sound speaker while the Swift has 4-speaker sound system. The Swift gets LED headlamps while the Tiago gets the Halogen headlamps.

Safety FeaturesMaruti SwiftTata Tiago
AirbagsTwo airbagsTwo airbags
CameraReverse parking cameraReverse Parking camera
Cruise ControlYes
ABS with EBDYesYes
Hill Start AssistYesYes
All 4 Disc BrakesFront DiscFront Disc

In safety features, both the cars have two airbags, reverse parking camera, ABS with EBD, Hill start assist, ISOFIX anchorages, and front discs brakes. The missing features were on the Tiago side as it didn’t have ESC, and Cruise control.

Maruti Swift vs Tata Tiago – Price

Maruti SwiftRs. 6.58 lakh – Rs. 10.12 lakh (On-road prices)
Tata TiagoRs. 6.11 lakh – Rs. 9.04 lakh (On-road prices)

The Maruti Swift starts at Rs. 6.58 lakh for the base variant LXi and goes all the way up to Rs. 10.12 lakh for the ZXi Plus DT Automatic variant. The Tata Tiago starts at Rs. 6.11 lakh for the base variant XE and Rs. 9.04 lakh for the XZ Plus Dual Tone Roof CNG.

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