On both journeys, the car clocked over 1000km. There were no issues with regard to seating as all the occupants were very comfortable. The well contoured seats provided enough support all around while the pliant ride meant, the car took most of rutted rural roads without losing its composure too much.
Added to this mix was the fact that my family had recently brought in a four-legged member to the troupe. Ray really enjoyed his first big car journey and this has lead me to believe that he definitely gives a paws-up! To the Swift as a highway companion.
Out on the smoother blacktop, we were able to cruise in the entry-level three-digit range comfortably and as you have read earlier, it achieved the astronomical 20.4kmpl number. The car felt even more composed and planted once we had packed the 268-litre boot. While the capacity is not all that much, it is wide and will swallow up the weekend luggage of a family of four without losing a step.
We did face a few hiccups on the way though. The music system wasn’t up to the snuff and this the second time we’ve highlighted this issue. Despite being priced at Rs 9 lakhs (On-road Delhi), this ZDi Swift does not come with a touchscreen system and that makes even pairing a phone via Bluetooth lengthier than needed.
Another grouse I had was the visibility around the corners. The thick pillars, while giving the car a distinct look, impede my view around the corners. I felt this the most while navigating the single lane ghat roads that dominate the route to my hometown in southern Maharashtra. The AMT is a bit slow to respond when climbing slopes and many a times, I had to switch to manual mode with a downshift to negotiate the climbs.