Tata Indica Vista Diesel versus Maruti Swift Diesel

  • Oct 28, 2011

Tata Motors is one of India’s largest passenger car manufacturers and one that always tries to innovate and bring new features in its products. It also has to its credit to building the word’s cheapest car. Amongst its vast line of products we have the Indica Vista hatchback which has been a very successful product for Tata over the years. Maruti is another manufacturer in this overcrowded market segment which is also India’s largest car manufacturer. They have a fantastic car in their product line known as the Maruti Swift and it happens to be a crowd favorite. We compare these two excellent cars to help you find out which one suits your needs better over the other.

Looks and design:


Tata Motor’s newest hatchback the Indica Vista features great new design with its striking new clear lens headlamp which resembles the unit on the Tata Manza looks fantastic combined with the large front grille which is chrome tipped and features the Tata badge. It also has body colored bumpers which have integrated chrome tipped fog lamps which combined with the overall stance of the car gives the whole front end a very sport look. The car has been well designed and the long tail lamp gives a proportionate look the front to rear styling of the car. The dual tone eight spoke alloy wheels look great and the car has good build quality and paintjob looks excellent on the new Indica Vista.


Maruti Swift is the hottest new hatchback to hit the market segment and brings plenty of new features to market. It now sports swept back headlamps and tail lamps which looks great combined with well designed front grille and body colored bumpers with the integrated fog lamps add to very contemporary European styling of the car. It has sporty looking alloy wheels and has fantastic side profile. The hot hatch in its new avatar sports a slightly low slung stance which gives it an aggressive look from the front. Maruti has done a fantastic job making a well rounded car which also sports very good build quality, excellent paintjob and fit and finish which is on par with its rivals.

Looks overall – Tata Indica Vista Diesel 7/10
Looks overall – Maruti Swift Diesel

Interiors – design, space and features:


Tata Indica Vista has very comfortable seats which you can sit into and offers the best comfort in the range. It gives very good support to your back and under thigh and ensures great comfort over any kind of road surface. It also features goodies such as HVAC air circulation modes, integrated audio system which plays CD/MP3 with steering mounted controls with 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, full fabric interiors add to the premium feel inside. It also has height adjust and lumbar support on the front seats, air bags , internally adjustable RVMS and plenty of storage space for your knick knacks and offers 232 liters of boot space for carrying your luggage.


Maruti Swift brings very comfortable seats to the segment which gives excellent support and holds you in place during spirited driving sessions. It has silver accented black interiors which look classy and give a premium feel to the interiors of the car. There is ample leg room and head room and it doesn’t feel cramped anymore. It offers height adjustable drivers seats and steering mounted audio controls for its 6 speaker CD/MP3 music system with Aux and USB compatibilities. Swift also brings climate control and rear wash wipers and has airbags while the instrument cluster on its dashboard is easy to read and packed with features including the MID. Swift has plenty of storage areas in the car and comes with 206 liters of boot space for carrying small luggage in the car.

Interiors overall – Tata Indica Vista Diesel 7.5/10
Interiors overall – Maruti Swift Diesel 8/10

Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:


Tata Indica Vista is available in two diesel engine variants and the first one is a TDI diesel engine which is a 1.4 liter engine producing maximum power of 70 BHP at 4500 RPM and a maximum torque of 135 NM at 2500 RPM. It offers an excellent combination of fuel efficiency and performance. The other variant is a more power common rail diesel engine which is a 1.3 liter Quadrajet engine from Fiat which produces 74 BHP at 4000 RPM and a maximum torque of 190 NM at 1750 RPM. This engine has oodles of low of torque making it easy to drive in the city and offers maximum drivability. ARAI has rated the 1.3 liter Tata Indica Vista at 22.29 kmpl and 1.4 liter engine to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 19.43 kmpl.


Maruti Swift has a fantastic diesel engine and brings the 1.3 liter DDiS engine with the superior CRDi fuel injection system with the turbo charger produces a maximum power of 74 BHP at 4000 RPM and a maximum torque of 190 NM at 2000 RPM. This engine is one of the peppiest engines in the market and a very fuel efficient one. It offers excellent drivability and has loads of low of end torque and combined with the 5 speed manual gearbox offers stellar performance. Swift Diesel has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 20 kmpl. The engine delivers strongly during city drives and high speed highway runs as well.

Engine overall – Tata Indica Vista Diesel 8/10
Engine overall – Maruti Swift Diesel 8/10

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Tata Indica Vista manages to be a well rounded car in its segment and offers great level of comfort. It has a softly tuned suspension setup which offers a very comfortable ride. It is a little soft and can get quite bouncy over bad roads but if driven carefully it offers very good ride quality and comfort. The steering offers adequate feedback and does well inspire confidence while driving. Tata has ensured that the body roll is well controlled on this unit and the inclusion of ABS + EBD ensures that the car can quickly come to a halt from high speeds. The braking is sufficient on this car and the car handles well around curves.


Maruti Swift is known for its excellent handling capabilities and driver friend characteristics and it continues in the new model from its predecessor. Swift has a plush ride quality which isn’t too firm and retains high level of comfort for all its passengers. There is minimal body roll and even that seems to be very well controlled for the Swift. The new Swift offers agile handling characterizes for all who love driving in a spirited manner will enjoy driving it. The steering unit on the Swift offers excellent feedback and is well weighted making it a pleasure to drive this car anytime. The diesel version doesn’t add too much weight while the handling is not affected from the change in the engine variant. Swift also brings safety features such as ABS + EBD including brake assist on the top end models to help you slow down quickly from higher speeds.

Suspension overall – Tata Indica Vista Diesel – 7.5/10
Suspension overall – Maruti Swift Diesel – 8/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Tata Indica Vista has great features and offers good build quality and the performance is very good for the hatchback from Tata sporting the Fiat engine. It offers a good combination of fuel efficiency and performance and has been priced from (ex-showroom Delhi) 4.81 lakhs for the base variant diesel Tata Indica Vista Quadrajet LS, Indica Vista Quadrajet LX has been priced at 5.28 lakhs, Indica Vista Quadrajet VX has been priced at 5.49 lakhs, Indica Vista Quadrajet ZX has been priced at 6.10 lakh. The other two diesel engine variants are priced from 4.33 lakhs for the Indica Vista TDI LS and Indica Vista TDI LX has been priced at 4.78 lakhs respectively.

Maruti Swift Diesel is a value for money car and brings the latest features, good build quality and high performance from its Diesel engine. The diesel variant of the Swift starts with the price (ex-showroom Delhi) of 5.16 lakhs for the base variant Swift LDI, the middle variant Swift VDI is priced at 5.66 lakhs and the top petrol variant Swift ZDI is available at a price of 6.48 lakhs. Maruti Swift hatchback is a fun to drive car that is also value for money for all the features that it brings and the Maruti badge it adorns.

Value for money overall – Tata Indica Vista Diesel – 8/10
Value for money overall – Maruti Swift Diesel – 8/10


Tata Indica Vista has been given so many options and engine choices and that makes a real bargain for a prospective customer as it suits everyone’s budget. However Tata has yet to catch up to Maruti’s unmatched service backup and after sales experience. But the product is an excellent value for money purchase and that is very important. Maruti Swift in its brand new avatar is a potent hatchback that offers style, performance and fuel efficiency and not to forget unmatched Suzuki reliability and these things make it seem much better value over its competitors, making it increasingly difficult to decide on a good hatchback from this overcrowded market segment.

Tata Vista Maruti Swift
Car version LX TDi LX Quadrajet VX Quadrajet ZX Quadrajet ZDi LDi VDi
Ex-showroom price 473162 528850 546907 606700 637904 517163 560662
Length 3795 3795 3795 3795 3850 3850 3850
Width 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695
Height 1550 1550 1550 1550 1530 1530 1530
Wheelbase 2470 2470 2470 2470 2430 2430 2430
Boot space 232 232 232 NA NA 232 232
Kerb Weight NA NA NA NA 1080 1050 1075
Turning radius NA NA NA NA 4.8 m 4.7 m 4.7 m
Tank capacity 37 37 37 37 42 42 43
Clearance 165 165 165 165 170 170 170
Displacement 1405 1248 1248 1248 1248 1248 1248
Max. Power 71PS @ 4500 rpm 75 PS @ 4000 rpm 75 PS @ 4000 rpm 75 PS @ 4000 rpm 75PS@4000rpm 75PS@4000rpm 75PS@4000rpm
Max. Torque 135.4 Nm @ 2500 rpm 190 Nm @ 1750-3000 rpm 190 Nm @ 1750-3000 rpm 190 Nm @ 1750-3000 rpm 190Nm@2000rpm 190Nm@2000rpm 190Nm@2000rpm
Fuel economy 19.4 22.3 22.3 22.3 22.9 22.9 22.9
Cylinders 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Type Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Speeds 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Tyre Radial Tubeless Radial Tubeless Radial Tubeless Radial Tubeless 185/65 R15 165/80 R14 165/80 R14
Front NA NA NA NA MacPherson Strut McPherson strut & coil spring McPherson strut & coil spring
Rear NA NA NA NA Torsion Beam Torsion beam & coil spring Torsion beam & coil spring

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