Nissan Micra Vs Maruti Swift

Monday 31 October 2011, 19:58 PM by

As Nissan has brought out its all-new Micra, the small car makes a foray into its fourth generation and also gets highly inspired with the style and looks of its previous variant. At the same time, the latest Swift too vows to pull the masses, owing to the unprecedented success of its predecessor and also the upgradations it has received lately. Thus, the two hatchbacks can possibly make it to the battle ground, locking horns with immense intensity, in order to outpace each other.

Nissan Micra Vs Maruti Swift - Exteriors

The exteriors of Micra grab immense attention by offering humongous bug headlamps, the Mini-like grille and plethora of curves being provided all over the body. Moreover, the curvaceous roof and the greenhouse attributes to the unmatched popularity of the car. The Swift on the other hand makes use of a perfect blend of sharp bulges and special features, in order to offer a unique and well-defined look, though it does have commonness with the predecessor.

Nissan Micra Vs Maruti Swift- Interiors

On the inside, the Micra offers exemplary space, in order to ensure abundance of leg, head and shoulder room, both for passengers at the front and rear. It is equipped with plethora of accessories, ranging from the keyless start-stop, which is offered for the first time in the segment, to electrically folding mirrors, an effective stereo system and optimum use of materials. The varied surfaces and colours that make the dashboard look haphazard is the major setback of Micra. Some of the plastics being used do not match with the best in business, but the switchgear is quite satisfactory.

However, the Swift is just a hue of black from inside, with no other shade whatsoever. Plastic quality is appreciable, though not the best but gels well with the interiors. The Swift, though lacking a start-stop button and electrically folding ORVMs, comprise stereo controls on the steering and attractive and comfortable front seats. Space seems to be compromised with, as the rear has been provided with less scope of spreading out legs or arms. Mind-bendingly, the Swift has a bigger boot of the two, although the margin is quite low.

Nissan Micra Vs Maruti Swift- Engine

The Micra's 1200cc, three-cylinder petrol engine is powerful and the ratios are effectively distributed to adapt to both city and highway conditions. Acceleration too is a plus point with 100 kmph figure being displayed on the meter in a matter of 15 seconds. Top speed for Micra is around 160 kmph that speak volumes for the strength it is backed with. Overall driveability is impressive, though, the engine sounds coarse past 5000 rpm and the gear shifts are not that cooperating as one would anticipate. Moreover, a lot of tyre and wind noise enters into the cabin after the 80 kmph mark is surpassed.

The Swift on the other hand assembles a four-cylinder 1.2-litre K Series unit that is revived, boost enough torque and is more powerful than the Micra, with a generation of a maximum power of 84 bhp against 76 bhp of Micra. 100 kmph speed is achieved in just 13.5 seconds that overshadows Micra's performance. With a top speed of 165 kph, the car continues to outpace its rival.

Nissan Micra Vs Maruti Swift- Dynamics

Dynamics have proved to support the unprecedented success of Swift right from the start and the car with number of refinements, over five years, has now emerged as a hatchback that offers memorable ride and unmatched handling balance. The ride quality has been emphasised on, more than ever before, especially during low and high-speed ride, although Micra does not let Swift surpass in this aspect. Handling of Micra is admirable, especially on-the-edge where the Micra's effective suspension outclasses every other hatchback.

Nissan Micra Vs Maruti Swift- Mileage

With an overall mileage of 14.05 kmpl for the Micra and 13.5 kmpl for the Swift, both the leading hatchbacks are racing up with the similar speed and equal efforts.