Maruti Swift versus Volkswagen Polo

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Rating: 8.5/10 (4 votes cast)

Maruti Swift has been a best seller for Maruti for many years and is the segment leader amongst hatchback cars. It brings the right mix of performance, features and looks and is available at good pricing. We compare it with the Volkswagen Polo hatchback car to find out how these two rivals fare against each other in our car comparison today. So keep reading to find out more about these two fantastic cars.

Looks and design:


Maruti Swift is a very good looking car and the facelifted version looks quite good in comparison with many cars in the segment. It has upswept headlamps and tail lamps. It has a sporty front end design and aggressive overall contemporary looks. It has sporty alloy wheels and flared wheel arches that add to the sporty character of this machine. It has good build quality and the fit, finish and paint quality is excellent.


Volkswagen has really surprised its customers over the years with their excellent product offerings and new launches. The Polo hatchback is one such beautiful car with contemporary styling elements that created waves in the most popular car segment in the country. It brings sporty and aggressive looks and has muscular styling. It also brings the best of German engineering and build quality.

Looks overall – Maruti Swift 8/10
Looks overall – Volkswagen Polo –

Interiors – design, space and features:


Maruti Swift is a fantastic car and has good features. It has a spacious cabin area with ample leg and head room for the front passengers while the rear leg room could have been slightly better. It has comfortable seats that offer good support to the body. It also brings an effective air con with automatic climate control, dual air bags and MP3/CD player with good speakers. It has a boot space of 206 liters.


Volkswagen has done a very good job with their Polo hatchback in the Indian car market. They have given it good interior features that are on par with the rest of the cars in the segment and also better than some others. It has height adjustable driver seat and tilt adjustable telescopic power steering. It brings power windows, CD/MP3 music system and front arm rests and a total boot space of 280 liters.

Interiors overall – Maruti Swift 8/10
Interiors overall – Volkswagen Polo

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


Maruti Swift brings a powerful 1.2 liter engine which makes 86 BHP and 114 NM of maximum torque at 4000 RPM. ARAI has rated this engine to deliver 18.6 kmpl from the petrol engine. The diesel engine variant is a 1.3 liter DDiS engine which makes 74 BHP at 4000 RPM and 190 NM of torque at 2000 RPM and has been rated by ARAI to deliver 20 kmpl. Both the engines have low NVH levels and excellent performance.


Volkswagen Polo is available in a 1.2 liter three cylinder engine mated to a 5 speed gearbox and produces 74 BHP at 5400 RPM and 110 NM of torque at 3750 RPM and a 1.6 liter four cylinder petrol engine which produces 103 BHP at 5250 RPM and and 153 NM of torque at 3750RPM. ARAI certified fuel efficiency for 1.2 liter Polo is 17.2 kmpl and 1.6 liter Polo engine delivers 15.26 kmpl. Volkswagen Polo is also available in a diesel engine variant that produces 74 BHP at 4200 RPM and 180 NM of torque at 2000 RPM and has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 22.07 kmpl.

Engine overall – Maruti Swift 8.5/10
Engine overall – Volkswagen Polo

Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:


Maruti Swift is a very good car and brings a plush ride quality and well tuned suspension setup. It offers a comfortable driving experience and is one of the better cars in the segment. It handles well and is a fun to drive car in the city and has excellent highway manners. It has a very well weighted steering unit that offers good feedback to the driver and the powerful brakes aided by ABS + EBD offer excellent stopping power.


Volkswagen Polo is a fantastic car to drive. It is one of the most driver friendly cars out there. It brings excellent suspension setup that allows you to drive spiritedly around curves. It absorbs all the bumps and rides like a bigger car. It has excellent ride quality and the steering unit offers excellent feedback to the driver. It has excellent brakes and brings ABS + EBD to improve braking performance and control.

Suspension overall – Maruti Swift – 8/10
Suspension overall –
Volkswagen Polo – 9/10

Value for money – sticker price, standard features:

Maruti Swift petrol variant starts with the price (ex-showroom Delhi) of 4.39 lakhs for the base variant Swift LXI, the middle variant Swift VXI is priced at 4.79 lakhs and the top petrol variant Swift ZXI is available at a price of 5.63 lakhs. 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.

Volkswagen Polo is available in three engine options with the price starting from 1.2 L Polo Trendline which is priced (ex-showroom Delhi) at 4.63 lakhs to top variant Polo 1.2 Highline is priced at 6.04 lakhs. Polo 1.6 L Highline is priced at 6.38 lakhs only. The diesel engine Polo 1.2 Trendline is priced from 5.59 lakhs to the top variant Polo 1.2 Diesel Highline which is priced at 7.06 lakhs. The pricing is good value for the Polo hatchback car.

Value for money overall – Maruti Swift – 8.5/10
Value for money overall – Volkswagen Polo – 8/10


Maruti has the largest dealer network and has service centers across the length and breadth of the country. It has a low cost of ownership compared to many of its rivals in the segment. Volkswagen Polo is a fantastic car in the segment and has a lot on offer for its potential owners. It brings many exciting features and is priced well for a German car in the most popular car segment in the country.

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Maruti Swift versus Volkswagen Polo, 8.5 out of 10 based on 4 ratings