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Maruti Suzuki, the country's largest car manufacturer is known for making budget, family cars, which are popular among budget conscious car buyers. The Suzuki Swift is one of the country's top selling hatchbacks, which comes with aggressive styling, fuel efficient engines and spacious interiors. The company is well known for offering a variety of products in one segment, and the biggest example for the same is Ritz and Swift. Both models fall in the B-segment hatchback segment. The Ritz hatch offers a perfect blend of new generation design and fuel efficient engines. If you are confused between the two models, here is a brief spec based comparison.
Exterior and Interior
Maruti Suzuki Ritz hatchback features cab forward design with more sculpted bumpers that accommodates large mesh grille, large sweptback headlamps and stylish fog lamps. The side profile gets body coloured outside rear view mirrors, door handles, while the wheel arches have been fitted to 14-inch alloy wheels. It is equipped with black coloured B pillar, rear window defogger, hub caps and neatly designed rear end with large bumper.
Maruti Suzuki India updated the Swift hatchback in 2015. The vehicle receives subtle changes to both exteriors and interiors. It gets redesigned bumper, large airdam and silver accents for fog lamp housing. What’s also on offer is new honeycomb grille, flanked by large, sweptback headlamps. The top-end model gets new alloy wheels, while the entry level variants get new wheel caps.
Talking about interiors, the Ritz hatchback gets 60:40 split rear seat, foldable grip assistant, front adjustable head restraint, cup holder in console, boomerang shaped lamps, sporty dashboard, waterfall console, etc. It offers decent legroom and headroom space for both front and rear occupants. On the other hand, the Swift facelift gets handful of changes that enhances the overall driving experience. It features rear adjustable headrests, 60:40 split rear seat, front power windows and remote locking, audio player and electrically adjustable wing mirrors, etc. The top-end model has engine start-stop button, rear parking sensors and Bluetooth compatible music system.
Maruti Suzuki Ritz and Swift hatchback share engine lineup. The Ritz hatchback is powered by a 1.2-litre K Series petrol engine that churns out 83.8bhp of power at 6000rpm and 113Nm of torque at 4500rpm. The oil burner is the tried & tested 1.3-litre multi-jet unit that is good for 74bhp of power at 4000rpm and 190Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels of the hatchback via a five-speed manual gearbox.
On the other hand, the Swift facelift gets same engines but are tuned to achieve higher fuel efficiency. The 1.2-litre K Series engine’s power has been reduced to 83.1bhp from 85.8bhp, and is claimed to return an impressive 20.4kmpl of mileage that makes it 10 per cent more fuel efficient. The oil burner is the 1.3L Fiat-sourced MJD unit, which comes with tweaked ECU. This engine is good for 74bhp of power and 190Nm of torque. This engine is tweaked to offer 10 per cent more fuel efficiency at 25.2kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Swift is one of the best hatchbacks in India that offers good performance, class-leadding mileage, stylish exterior and interiors. On the other hand, the Ritz hatchback offers good performance at lesser price tag.