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Maruti Swift or Ford Figo: Which to buy?

Last updated on: May 17, 2012 12:56 IST

Maruti Swift or Ford Figo: Which to buy?

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ell to help you arrive at a conclusion we have tried to do a detailed comparison of the two of the most popular hatchbacks in India.

India, also referred as a hub for small cars, has umpteen hatchbacks running on its roads.

Small seems big here, a carmaker's fate can turn if there is one appealing hatchback in its stable.

And leading the gang is Maruti Suzuki, usually referred as the 'king of small cars' in India.

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Ford, the American auto giant, also tasted major success with the launch of Figo. 

Introduction over, now let's get back to business, and try and figure out which of these two is superior.

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Exterior

Ford Figo is an austere looking car; it is petite, sleek and has a close resemblance to its sibling Ford Fusion which is not present in the domestic market.

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On the other hand Maruti Swift comes equipped with redesigned, elongated and sharper headlights and tail-lights.

It has a broad and embossed rear which renders it a capacious look.

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Interior

The new Swift rear seat offers ample space for three passengers comfortably, but Figo lags behind a little in this area.

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The tweaked Maruti Swift sports class apart interiors which has been inherited from Kizashi luxury sedan.

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Figo too comes equipped with class leading features which are absent in other hatchbacks in its segment.

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Between the two, Ford Figo has a considerable boot space, though it is little surprising as Swift looks roomier than Figo.

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Engine

Maruti Swift's petrol variant has a 1.2 litre petrol mill mated to a manual five speed transmission. The engine generates a power of 87PS and 114 Nm of torque.

On the other hand the diesel version is powered by Fiat-sourced 1.3 liter diesel engine that churns out 75PS of power and a peak torque of 190 Nm.

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Ford Figo petrol variant comes equipped with a 1.2 litre Duratec petrol powerplant that generates 71PS of power and a robust torque of 102Nm, while the diesel version is armed with a 1.4 litre Duratorq diesel mill that pumps out maximum power of 69PS with a peak torque of 160Nm.

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Mileage

Of the two hatchbacks, Maruti Swift is more frugal with a fuel efficiency of 14.5 kmpl for the petrol guise in city and 18.6 kmpl on highway.

While the diesel version delivers a whopping 19kmpl in city and a staggering 22.9 kmpl on highway.

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As far as Figo is concerned the petrol variant runs 13.2 kmpl in the city and 17.5 kmpl on highway; however the diesel trim offers 14.8 kmpl of mileage in city and 19.7 kmpl of fuel economy on highway.

Looking at these figures, Swift is the clear winner in this area.

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Price

On the price front, Figo's petrol base variant is available at Rs 381,300 and the top end model comes with a price tag of Rs 496,200 (ex-showroom price).

Figo diesel is up for grabs at Rs 479100 and the top end variant is available at Rs 594,200 (both ex-showroom price).

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Swift on the other hand is offered at Rs 444,616 (base model petrol), while the top end version in petrol guise could be yours for Rs 568,710 (ex-showroom price).

The highly popular diesel trim is priced at Rs 553,982 and the ZDI model is tagged at Rs 647,904 (ex-showroom price).

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The diesel versions of both the cars account for a huge chunk of sales.

One thing which is common to both the cars is that they are the backbone of their respective firms.

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Figo pumped in life to the fading sales of Ford in India, almost 75 per cent of the sales of Ford comes from Figo.

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Maruti too has been riding high on the success with the miraculous response received for new Swift with over 50,000 booking by the day of its launch.

Therefore these two hatchbacks without a doubt are the flagships of their firms in India.

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