Indians wake up to a world of chaos and anarchy every day. We follow a daily
grind and leave the comfort of our homes to battle our way to work. But what if
the battle were to be made easier? What if comfort and convenience can make the
daily commute a more pleasurable experience? Maruti Suzuki recently launched
their most popular sedan the Swift Dzire with their Auto Gear Shift technology.
The automatic transmission of the car promises to bring in a more pleasurable
driving experience. We put it to the Motown Test to find out how good this AMT
version really is.
1248cc, 16V, 4 Cylinder, DDiS Diesel
Front: McPherson Strut
Rear: Torsion Beam
Front: Ventilated Discs
Fuel Tank Capacity
Top Speed/ 0-100kmph
8,39,743(ex showroom Delhi)
Dzire AMT comes with the same 1248cc diesel mill which the other versions
of the car have. The engine produces 74bhp@4000rpm and 190Nm of torque at
2000rpm. There are no doubts that this diesel mill is one of the peppiest
engines in the segment but what happens when you mate it with an automatic
transmission manufactured by Magnetti Marelli? Well to be honest it makes
driving in city traffic a hell’uva lot easier. The petrol version of the car
was already available with an automatic gearbox but that was a 4-speed box. The
Dzire diesel ZDI gets a brand new 5-speed gearbox which we found to be more
the gear is in Drive mode the transmission shifts automatically depending on
your throttle inputs. If demanded of it the gearbox will rev all the way up to
4500rpm. But unlike a petrol motor the turbo lag is quite prominent on the
diesel powered cars. The turbo kicks in just about 2100rpm after which a surge
of power gives you enough momentum to pull ahead of traffic. In Drive mode we
felt that while the car was up-shifting it did feel a little rocky, like a boat
over troubled waters. There was a definite lag before the turbo kicked in and
every time the transmission up-shifted we would have to wait for 2-3 seconds
after which the turbo kicked in. If you don’t mind that swaying motion then
this is probably the best automatic sedan to buy in the segment.
we stick the gear into manual however it’s a different game altogether. The
gearbox will let you redline and go beyond if required. You can let the engine
rev all the way up to 5200rpm and the shifts feel smoother. The turbo lag also
does not feel so obvious and the drive is more enjoyable with all 74 horses at
your disposal. The 60kmph mark comes at just a few seconds over 5.3 seconds and
by no means do you feel left wanting for power while overtaking city traffic.
The AMT version of the Dzire is a tad bit expensive when compared to the manual
ZDI version. But if it is comfort and convenience that you want along with a
great mix of build quality, technology and features, then Rs. 8.39 lakh is just
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