Best Diesel Car in India – Maruti Swift Diesel versus Skoda Fabia

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Diesel Cars – Maruti Swift and Skoda Fabia Comparison

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In terms of technical specifications, Maruti Swift Diesel is a four cylinder car whereas Skoda Fabia is a three cylinder car but both are equivalent in terms of power and performance. Rather, Fabia is approximately 1 lakh or more costlier than Swift.

Of course Skoda Fabia's built quality and the brand name itself market it. In addition to that, high-end multi jet engine with all the qualities makes Fabia the superstar, but I am not quite sure of one thing that whether Indian market will accept 6.5 to 7 lakhs hatch of Fabia? One more thing, we need to consider here is the brand image. Maruti has got a good reach across India. Though Fabia is technically better than Swift, it cannot beat Swift in sales.

The Swift Diesel is already a hit and has gone a long way. Both cars have got good engineering speculations. Though I believe that Fabia will be costlier to purchase and maintain. Considering these two factors, Swift is outperforming Fabia in sales chart. The Fabia has a less powerful engine than Swift and the version available abroad has lower performance than our Swift here. Hence, I guess Swift will leave no space for the Skoda to sell in Indian market. I really doubt that Skoda will come out as a superstar mainly because first the engines of Fabia will cost more and second Skoda will not be able to cash on excise duty cut which applies to petrol car less than 1200 cc and diesel cars less than 1500 cc, besides that is the whole reason why Maruti launched sub 1500 cc diesel engine, though they initially planned 1600 cc engine for it.

Now the big question comes that how Fabia is compared with Swift. The Swift looks better and the main question is the price. The basic version of the Fabia costs around 7,50,000 on road as compared to 580,000 for the VDI + ABS for Swift.

The top end in the Fabia diesel goes above 9 lakhs and surprisingly Skoda has only one variant in Petrol, i.e., the top end which costs around 8 lakhs.

In any event, with 7.55 lakhs as the starting price, Fabia is going to find it hard to eat much into the Swift's sales.

Besides that, Fabia Diesel is a serious competition to Swift. Yes, price is an advantage for Swift and maintenance too. It seems the price of the Skoda Fabia is a big letdown, as it starts from 7,50,000 lakhs.

There are four variants of Fabia. The cheapest variant is Fabia Active, after that comes Fabia Classic, Fabia Ambiente, and Fabia Elegance. Fabia Active does not have power windows. Skoda realized that people have problems with the pricing when compared to Swift, so they came up with a cheaper one, i.e., Active.

And between, petrol cars will obviously be cheaper than diesel cars. That is how it works. With diesel, you get better fuel efficiency but a rougher ride and petrol is smoother. Those who go for diesel pay more initially but it is cheaper in the long run.

The prices are way too high for Fabia. I think Skoda got the pricing for Fabia wrong. One cannot sell a hatchback for 8 lakhs here in India. I think they are competing with Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti SX4 in terms of price.

Swift Diesel is more powerful and better.

1. 1.3L DOHC DdiS-Diesel. 2. Displacement is 1248cc. 3. Power is 75 PS at 4000 rpm. 4. Torque is 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. 5. Valve Mechanism is DOHC. 6. Bore is 69.6 mm. 7. Stroke is 82 mm. 8. Compression Ratio is 17.6:1. 9. Number of cylinders = four cylinders. 10. Cylinder Configuration is Inline. 11. Valves per cylinder = four valves.

Besides this, we are not just sitting on the engine without wheels and driving it, we are driving the whole car. There are many other things to it, also considering performance after some time, when the engine is not new. My neighbor who is a chartered accountant has both, Swift Diesel for himself and Fabia for his wife. They know very well how capable each one is.

So build, quality, safety, comfort, ease of use, good space planning, better tires, more planted feel, etc. are not as important as PRICE for most of the people in India. It is just important for a few people. Maybe it is only for high upper class people.

One more thing to add is that a Swift could be serviced with a number of Maruti Service Centers in India. In case of Skoda, try to get in touch with their service other than the urban locales and you will feel the difference. Here comes Maruti's biggest advantage which is their service network and cost of spares in the long run. The Skoda's service centers are less in India when compared to Maruti.

Yes Swift's engine is the best and Fabia is also not bad, as it comes with a pump duse technology. Do not see the bhp and torque, it is only a number game. At the end of the day if you are comfortable and the car you travel fetched you a good brand image that is all. So I think the best diesel car when compared with pricing, service centers, and everything else, Maruti Swift is better and ROCKS long time..............

Skoda Fabia RS vs Suzuki Swift Sport vs Suzuki GTI

A Modified Maruti Swift Diesel.
A Modified Maruti Swift Diesel.
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Maruti Swift Rocks
Swift Diesel - Unmatched performance and sales in India Market.
Swift Diesel - Unmatched performance and sales in India Market.
Skoda Fabia - High price but good looks and interiors
Skoda Fabia - High price but good looks and interiors
Skoda Fabia Elegance in the showroom
Skoda Fabia Elegance in the showroom

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princeland 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

I will go for Swift Diesel. Skoda Fabia is also not too bad but in comparison Swift wins over Fabia.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Mr. Princeland you are not the only one who is saying this. Go to the poll section of this hub and see on your own that Swift has got more popularity than Fabia and why not this should happen as Maruti is still the No.1 car company in India.

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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nicecar. I think enjoy to drive it. But still in my dream

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Prasitio you will really enjoy driving Maruti Swift and Skoda Fabia both of them but Swift wins over Fabia in the long run.

Shalini 7 years ago

Yes I would prefer swift.

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creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

swift is better .. more VFM

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes creativemind Swift has more value for money. Thanks

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creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

swift ddis is peppier also...more mileage too..fabia scores in interiors , ride quality and stability...

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Exactly creativemind

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london_guide 7 years ago from Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

I like it.

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Bentley Fan 7 years ago

Personally I'd go with Skoda Fabia, as they have good build quality.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Skoda Fabia is also a good car but if we talk about India, Swift Diesel is the best for Indians.

K.Sasidhar 7 years ago

Though Indians are economically poor people but there desires are very high.Hence a car should be meet both these

two criterias ie a car should run with handsome fuel price

to meet the first criteria above and with a price which

can be effordable even by a common person.Including above

characters if a car also gives a fine look,decent quality

and comfortable interiors will definitely wins everyones

hearts.I think a car like swift will posses these qualities.

Swift satisfies me if I purchase it

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes I agree Mr. Sasidhar that Swift is best for Indian economy because it satisfies a common middle class Indian's desires and it has met both these two criteria as mentioned by you, fuel efficiency and affordable price.

The third one to mention is that Swift is backed up by Maruti's best sales and service in the world of economical cars.

Yes the interiors of Maruti Swift are great and that is why it wins everyones heart. Swift has and has been and will be satisfying car buyers who have or will purchase it.

Thanks to Maruti Suzuki, Swift rocks long time........

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Vikas, check for the same.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Vrajput. It is so nice to hear from you.

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ciidoctor 7 years ago

so amazing i need more like this

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks ciidoctor. You will get more I promise.

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ajayrocks 7 years ago

swift diesel is best because it has very good torque which wins over the fabia as well as i have driven both of them but the smooth driving pleasure which i got form was the swift!mileage of the swift is also very good my dealer told me it gives 14km/lit. Although The fabia has got very good interiors & some other features which are meant only for the luxury but the swift gives Value For Money apart of that which i felt in my swift that it has better displacement than the fabia!

Specs Maruti Suzuki Swift LDi (Diesel) Skoda Fabia Elegance 1.2MPI

Overall Length (mm) 3760 3992

Overall Width (mm) 1690 1642

Overall Height (mm) 1530 1513

Kerb Weight (kg) 1065 1050

Mileage Overall (km/liter) 14.7

Seating Capacity (person) 5 5

No of Doors 5 5

Displacement (cc) 1248 1198

Power (PS@rpm) 75@4000 70@5400

Torque ( Nm@rpm) 190@2000 108@3000

Transmission Type Manual Manual

Gears 5 5

Minimum Turning Radius (meter) 4.7 dont know

Tyres 165/80 R14 185/60 R 14 (tubeless)

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you very much Ajay Rocks for that input.

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EWealthGuide 7 years ago from Vancouver

Great hub, I've always wanted to drive a diesel car. Never have though, maybe one day!

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes EwealthGuide, Diesel cars are economical plus powerful and with the advent of latest innovation in automotive sector, diesel cars are coming noiseless, day by day better and better than the their older models plus in today's time of recession, more people are moving towards buying diesel cars which saves a lot on fuel prices, especially in developing countries like India.

akshay singh 7 years ago

i own a swift diesel car and it is for sure better than the rubbish skoda fabia

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Swift Diesel is the best but Maruti Ritz is also taking off well these days.

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natloans 7 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

As far a diesel goes the Suzuki Swift is the car for me. It has all the features I was after but in the end I bought a Toyota Corolla.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for sharing your views on Indian Diesel cars.

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walkin 7 years ago from India

Swift has been a great success for Maruti Suzuki in India.

Skoda Fabia on the other hand has been a great disappointment mainly due to its bad pricing.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for your expert advice on Swift and Fabia. I admit it's true.

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Stan200 6 years ago from blog

Maruti Swift Diesel my choice

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot Stan for sharing your views.

Rajiv Issar 6 years ago

Maruti Swift Diesel is the best priced diesel car. I agree. Skoda Fabia is good but its aftersale price is not so good as Swift.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes, after sale price of most Maruti cars has been good since many years. It is the best when compared to other auto brands in India. Easy serviceability and maintenance are two main points.

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nifty@50 6 years ago

Great Hub, Keep them coming! I'm very interested in hearing about the launch of the Nano when it comes to America!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Nifty@50, I really don't know about that. Is it true? Nano is coming to US. I need to do some search now. Thanks for your comment.

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deathmetaller 6 years ago

Agree, thumbs up for Swift!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot deathmetaller.

Karen Perkins 6 years ago

Swift Diesel is the best but Maruti Ritz is also taking off well these days.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Maruti Ritz is taking off but it cannot beat the power of Swift.

Carros Usados 6 years ago

good hub thanks for sharing ;)

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It's my pleasure friend.

saurabh jindal 6 years ago

hi, i have swift vdi such an unbelieving car what a performance, i drive more than 150 km.per day i think so it is a mine racket witch gives u power & style the milage of the car more than 20 km/ short full paisa basul


Arnold Galtine 6 years ago

I have read an article about the growing popularity of the Maruti swift from and beside from that India, is the second largest automaker that sells compact cars and it's actually dethroning the Japan.

sohil 6 years ago

swift is common car

rohit 6 years ago

i want to puurchased any of maruti car .kindly guide me wat car can i purchased

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Deccan Chargers 6 years ago

Very well written hub soni ...... truly awesome , beautiful and useful ..... keep the good work up ....

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sameerk 6 years ago from India

wow nice car but I have taken RITZ

ravilalka 6 years ago

swift vdi better than all small cars. i like black,white and silver colour cars. my car In silver colour.

Amit 6 years ago

how is ritz patrol v ritz disel?

volkswagen vento  6 years ago

Both are best car to me as i drive Swift as feel more comfortable to it. I liked it high quality interior which makes me feel good

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Rudra 5 years ago

Very interesting. Fabia indeed is popular and economical.

bharat bhushan 5 years ago

very good car

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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Saurabh, Arnold, Sohil, Rohit, Deccan Chargers, Sameerk, ravilalka, Amit, VW Vento, Rudra, and Bharat Bhushan for your visit and comments on this hub comparing Swift vs Fabia. I am glad to find that so many people love these cars.

Taranjit 5 years ago

i would like to know if there is any technical problem in Dzire as compared to swift..... because i am planning to buy a diesel car.... but confused.... please help me out guys by your precious suggestions as lot of diesel cars are available in budget is around 5L. any specific difference in swift and Dzire in case of maintainance and engine prformance wise.....any suggetion will be appricicated... thanks

parthasaradhy 5 years ago

swift is good to work !

sidhu 5 years ago

I m Driving Swift VDI Completesatisfaction

vikas deep 5 years ago

my budget is max 7 lacs , want to take deisel car( spacious , efficient performance , low maint), pls suggest which one is most suitable or best3 options

Vishu 5 years ago

Maruti swift as we all know is the market

leader in its segment. People fall in love with

it by seeing its looks, its muscular power

and its performance. How ever, there are

some setbacks in this car too. These

problems discussed below are compiled

together from experiences of many Swift


The first problem that needs to be

mentioned is the rattling problem that

people buying Swift are worried about the

most. I admit that there is a rattling noise in

Swift and it’s not from a single place but

from various interior parts of its body. The

most profound noise comes from the front

left door when the vehicle is on a move and

can be clearly heard even when there is a

music being played in the car. The electric

windows ( power windows) are said to be

the cause for this noise and Maruti did

replace some power windows. Another

rattling sound comes from the driver side B

pillar and a rattling sound emanates from

inside the dashboard for some odd reasons.

The plastics inside the car aren’t that of a

quality which makes the noise even louder.

Because of the rally look a like of the car, the

suspensions are a bit too stiff (heavy) that

makes an itchy noise when the car goes

through potholes slowly.

The common gear shift problem observed in

all Maruti cars these days exists in this one

too. People find it difficult to change the

gears from 1st to 2nd and the reverse gear

almost seems to go into the wrong groove

every first time when applied. You have to

undo the reverse gear and re-do it several

times to get that shaft engage properly, else

it makes a loud cranky noise. But Swift

owners say that this problem eases off as

your car gets to tick some mileage (5000

kms or so).

The shape of the car is bit odd on the sides

and if you observe it by using your rear

view mirrors (RVM’s) you find that the sides

are not straight. The result, parking

becomes a bit tricky especially if you use

RVM’s exclusively. The rear Windscreen

being very small adds to your difficulty even


The paint finish of the car is too smooth and

it is not something to be cheered for. A small

hairline scratch also seems as if seen

through a magnifier.

All owners agree that the back seat is a bit

cramped compared to its Hyundai rival Getz.

Another issue is the A pillar obstructing the

view of the driver during the right side

turns. Although this issue prevails in every

other car, due to a very broad looking A

pillar in Swift it seems more profound. And if

you have a complete black film to your

windows, you can rest assure that you’re D

day is on its way

Having said all these, the bottom line is that,

all swift owners feel very proud about their

selection and unanimously agree that there

is no better option in this category.

So you know which one to choose I guess.

rishi grewal 5 years ago

ya its very sexy car woh i like that

vishu bansal 5 years ago

new maruti swift very beautifull car I like it

rajan 5 years ago

i like swift new but it price is very high

Bapu 5 years ago

Dear Mr. Soni,

I was driving Shift Diesel as well Skoda Fabia. You know, both car design inspire or copy from Mini Cooper (org. design by British Motor Corporation and now part of BMW). I am also car lover since my childhood time. As per my point of view Fabia is the best….Indian mentality is like ek na laya to proven he hoga….why we take a risk….aaj jo baat maruti ka laya ho raha tha wahe word 25 year back fiat ka laya use hota tha. When maruti was new (1987-88) tub log aapas ma bata kar ta tha ke (maruti marva mata and fait farva mata) but now this is old story. As per my point of view Shift has a design problem, when you take reverse (only see 3 mirror) u cannot park properly because of back glass. Back vision is not clear. In India, people are not watching all 3 mirror n drive or you can say only 5% people have a good driving scenes. All other people don’t know or visualize this problem. So, please drive shift in reverse (see only mirror and drive) then you realize real problem.

Pl. check my comment and come back to me or give your valuable reply…

Above all staff is my observation and experience only.

swang 5 years ago

hello sir” maruti swift zxi is very bad car in india.because this car has local has many problem.there is no inprint engine name.some swift car has suzuki engine. some of the cars local engine.why this body s are same , but engine is you know the answer? please tell me sir. because i have swift zxi 2011 model car. i asked my dealer about my dought, they can”t tell answer.i wrote a letter to maruti company 20 times but there is no reply from maruti company.i think maruti is a fraud company in the you know maruti company is original or local company? swift car is local or original? swift car engine original or fake? swift engine has inprint suzuki name or not? dear friends tell me answer please!

swang 5 years ago

Cons : use less engine

Description :

Needs to improve

Overall Experience maruti car is like child doll. this is used only play. not in use.maruti engine is made from delhi local area.this engine is like scrap engine. low milage.late pick up like old man.

bad paint on the car.heavy noise like out source is good but engine is waste.maruti makes fake engine. suzuki engine car is good . but maruti makes delhi local engine is waste. you check car engine isit suzuki or local fake engine before you buy it.


vishu 5 years ago

i own a skoda fabia and m glad to be an owner of this car. noone can beat it. fabia me 1200 cc ka engine hai but because of german technologies, i took it above 160 kmph. ek swift waala bechaara nikaalne ki koshish kar raha tha but nikal nahi paaya. sad but true for all swift owners.

atlast, we cant call swift the worst car, its the best autorikshaw of india :P

D j 5 years ago

What a nice car stunning amazing dame good look

Gowri 5 years ago

Please guide me Wolks Wagen or Maruti Swift or Skoda or Tyota or Nissan which is best diesel car to buy .

A.K.Mishra 5 years ago

As per my knowledge, observation & experiences swift zdi is better than fabia elegance diesel in price & maitenance but 6 months waiting time of swift zdi is more than that.My opinion except these all other are better in fabia in respect of swift.6 months waiting time cost will recover all.

I am waiting for your comment.

ram k ravi 5 years ago

my swift is seivear co

amar choudhary 4 years ago

i have a skoda FABIA.... kya car hai yaar... very comfrbl.. supar mileage.. good looking.. haevy build qlty... Humare indian logo ke dimaak me sirf yahi gusa hua hai ki SKODA bolo to bahut mehangi car hai yaar.. kharach bhi bahut aayega.. ye galat hai.. mere pass 3 year se skoda fabia hai aaj tak service ke alawa maine ek ruppya bhi kharach nahi kiya.. iska har ek part bahut hi gatti (storng) hota hai.. plz go for fabia... ek baar try karke fhir bolna...

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soni2006 4 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for your valuable input friends.

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