Tiago vs Swift Comparison

Tata Tiago vs Maruti-Suzuki Swift Comparison

Overall, The Tiago diesel is the most practical option amongst this test. It is immensely more spacious than the Swift, is easier to drive around city traffic and rides much more comfortably over Indian roads. On paper, it also seems better value for money than the Swift. But it is a bit of gamble, in the sense that a couple of unscheduled repairs is all it takes to make it more expensive than the Swift, in the long run.

Swift vs Tiago Comparison Video:

Pricing & Features:
The mid-range Swift ‘VDi ABS' variant, retails for 7.52 Lakh (On road, Delhi), which is without doubt one of the most popular hatchbacks in the country. But thanks to jaw dropping pricing of the Tata Tiago, prospective buyer considering a mid-range Swift might give the top-end Tiago a thought. The Tiago (diesel) 'XZ' variant costs 6.12 Lakh, which is a ridiculous 1.4 Lakh rupees cheaper than the Swift ‘VDi ABS’! The Tiago also has umpteen extra features over the Swift, (as detailed below) which are easily worth 40,000 Rs, making the Tiago 1.8 Lakh rupees cheaper than an equivalent Swift. (Swift ‘VXi ABS’ costs 6.23 Lakh while Tiago petrol 'XZ' costs 5.20 Lakh, on road, Delhi)

Common Features: ABS, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Stereo: FM, USB, Aux + 4 Speakers, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Rear Wash-Wipe-Defog, Fog Lamps, Tilt Steering

Extra Features in Tiago (XZ): Airbags-2, Parking Sensors, Rear Wash-Wipe, Alloy Wheels, Steering Wheel Switches, Bluetooth, 4 Tweeters, Height Adjustable Driver's Seat

Extra Features in Swift (VDi ABS): Electrically Folding Mirrors

Performance & Drivability:
Petrol: Swift's K12 engine feels like a quantum leap over the Tiago's non-turbo version of the 1.2 Revotron engine. The K12 is supremely refined and blissfully free-revving in stark contrast to Tiago's raucous and harsh sounding motor. Both engines lack adequate low-end grunt, resulting in the need for constant gearshifts in city traffic. Sadly neither of the cars are available with automatic transmissions as of today. The Swift does have noticeably better performance than the Tiago across the rev-range.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 85@6000, Swift – 84.3@6000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 114@3500, Swift – 115@4000
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Swift – 955

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 79, Swift - 88 (11% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 106, Swift - 120 (13% difference)

Diesel: The Tiago has slightly lesser turbo-lag than the Swift, making it easier to live with on daily commutes. However, it has none of the ballistic acceleration of the Swift once the turbo gets going. Tiago feels completely out of breath on the highways, where the Swift really excels, making short work of overtaking lorries and inter-city buses. Not surprising given that Swift is almost 40% more torquey than the Tiago, considering the toque-to-weight ratio of both the cars.

Power (PS@rpm): Tiago – 70@4000, Swift - 75@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Tiago - 140@1800-3000, Swift – 190@1500-2750
Kerb Weight (kg): Tiago – 1080, Swift - 1050

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Tiago – 65, Swift – 71 (9% difference)
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Tiago – 130, Swift – 181 (39% difference)

Fuel Efficiency:
In our real world tests, both the diesel cars returned identical fuel-efficiency. Amongst the petrols, the Tiago was surprisingly half a kmpl less efficient than the Swift.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 23.84, Swift (petrol, manual) – 20.4
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 27.28, Swift (diesel, manual) – 25.2

Fuel Cost for 75,000 km (in Lakh):
Tiago (petrol, manual) – 3.13, Swift (petrol, manual) – 3.65
Tiago (diesel, manual) – 2.25, Swift (diesel, manual) - 2.43

Space & Comfort:
Swift may be slightly larger than the Tiago on the outside, but the Tiago has far better space on the inside. Swift has a uncomfortably cramped and claustrophobic cabin, especially for the unfortunate rear passengers. Legroom, knee-room and head-room is in short supply even for two normal sized adults. Tiago, is much more accommodating in comparison. There's adequate space for a family of five aided by an airy ambience. Even the Tiago's boot-space of 242 litres, though not great, is a crucial 40 litres more than the Swift's 205 litre joke of a boot! Both cars have pleasing, well appointed cabins, but the Swift's feels more solidly put together than the Tiago's

Length (mm): Tiago – 3746, Swift – 3850
Width (mm): Tiago – 1647, Swift – 1695
Height (mm): Tiago – 1535, Swift – 1530

Ride Quality & Handling:
The Tiago is a well-balanced and lively car to drive, but it is no match to the brilliant handling of the Swift. Swift's taut chassis and sharp responses make it a cinch to drive around twisty roads. However that takes a toll on its ride quality. Ride over broken roads is no less than a punishment in the Swift, especially for the rear passengers. The Tiago copes with bumps and ruts much better, and keeps the occupants well isolated from the rough stuff.

Ground Clearance (mm): Tiago – 170, Swift – 170

Tyre Size: Tiago – 175/65R14, Swift - 185/65R15 (ZXi/ZDi), 165/80R14 (LXi/VXi/LDi/VDi)

Reliability and After Sales Service:
Tata needs to raise its game, big-time to catch up to the lofty levels of After Sales Service that Maruti-Suzuki is known for in the country. Tata's cars are known to have teething troubles at launch and then niggling issues keep cropping up as if it's a norm. Service centres also need a major intervention from the company to get the quality of workmanship in order.

Resale after 5 to 7 years est. (Lakh):
Swift is bound to hold significantly better resale value than the Tiago over a usage period of 5 to 7 years, thanks to Maruti-Suzuki's stellar track record at product reliability as well as service support.
Tiago XZ (Petrol manual) – 2.65, Swift VXi ABS (Petrol, manual) – 3.55
Tiago XZ (Diesel manual) – 3.30, Swift VDi ABS (Diesel, manual) - 4.51

Total Cost of Ownership (in Lakh): (Vehicle Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Overall, the Tiago 'XZ' works out to be just 48,000 Rs. less than the Swift 'VDi ABS' in terms of Total Cost of Ownership. The petrol Tiago 'XZ' works out to be a noteworthy 65,000 Rs. cheaper compared to the Swift 'ZXi ABS'.
Tiago (Petrol manual) – 5.67, Swift VXi ABS (Petrol manual) – 6.33
Tiago (Diesel manual) – 5.06, Swift VDi ABS (Diesel manual) - 5.54

Verdict:
The Tiago diesel is the most practical option amongst this test. It is immensely more spacious than the Swift, is easier to drive around city traffic and rides much more comfortably over Indian roads. On paper, it also seems better value for money than the Swift. But it is a bit of gamble, in the sense that a couple of unscheduled repairs is all it takes to make it more expensive than the Swift, in the long run.

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