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Which car should I buy Etios Liva or New Swift?

Updated on August 29, 2011
New Swift Diesel 2011 Milky White - first hand photographs
New Swift Diesel 2011 Milky White - first hand photographs | Source

Today, I received an email from Mr. Sunil Agrawal, Chartered Accountant via’s author contact system. In the email, he asked me a few queries relating to his interest in buying Etios Liva or New Maruti Swift. Instead of answering his queries via an email reply, I thought why not publish a new hub sharing my viewpoints about these cars so that people who are searching on Internet to buy Etios Liva or New Swift or other cars in this segment can read and share their own views about these cars. After I will publish this hub, I will send a link to Mr. Agrawal so that he can also read viewpoints of proud Toyota Etios or Swift buyers via this hub and also participate in the online discussion.

Here is the original email sent by Mr. Agrawal:

Sunil Agrawal (via HubPages) <>

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“I am a bit confused which car to buy New Swift or Toyota Etios Liva? Should I buy petrol or a diesel car? Please advise me. And if I select New Swift or Etios Liva, which variant is good? And what about resale value?”

First hand photos of New Swift 2011
First hand photos of New Swift 2011 | Source
Toyota Etios Liva - Spacious sparkling blue car
Toyota Etios Liva - Spacious sparkling blue car | Source
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2011 ZDI ABS - enhanced looks, especially I like the rear which I didn't like of the old Swift. This time it is more like an i20. Awesome looking car.
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2011 ZDI ABS - enhanced looks, especially I like the rear which I didn't like of the old Swift. This time it is more like an i20. Awesome looking car. | Source
Toyota Etios Electric Blue Rear
Toyota Etios Electric Blue Rear | Source
New Swift 2011 cockpit
New Swift 2011 cockpit | Source
New Maruti Swift Vdi in Hoshiarpur Punjab.
New Maruti Swift Vdi in Hoshiarpur Punjab. | Source

Here is my answer to Mr. Agrawal's queries:

Hello Sunil,

Without going towards the technical aspects comparing width, height, tire profile, engine capacity, or anything else, I would like to straight away answer your queries in layman terms. So that my advice should be helpful for first time car buyers as well as third or fourth time buyers. Without wasting our precious time, I would say:
1. You should go for Etios Liva instead of New Swift if you want more space or have a bigger family. Etios is also recommended for people who want more comfort with space while driving, especially tall people or people on heavier side.
2. Toyota sales have doubled as compared to Maruti when you will compare the month of July 2010 with July 2011 as read in a car magazine. Maruti sales are always up than other car brands in Indian car market but this comparison shows people are moving towards other car brands instead of being loyal to Old Maruti.
3. Etios Liva has also got latest accessories and you can feel proud of buying a Toyota in approximately 5 lakhs (for lowest model).
4. Go for Etios Liva if you follow latest trend and unique style and would like to stand out from the crowd.
5. Buy Etios Liva if you want enhanced interiors with Toyota technology.
6. If you want to buy a good diesel car, go for Swift Diesel.
7. If you just want good resale value, go for New Swift.
8. Once you have decided to buy Etios, you can go for any variant, start from G. One of my friend bought his new Etios Liva at a price tag of 5 lakhs 30 thousands on road. Although the G model does not have chrome plating around gear and gearbox but he got it fixed from Toyota by just paying 2500 INR.
9. If you want to buy New Swift, you can start from Lxi. Although Maruti has done a lot of changes in the New Swift 2011 by changing its exterior including rear to a mix of Etios and i20 and front to Swift Dzire, Maruti is not able to provide more space for passengers sitting on back seats whereas Etios has excellent space. Press the front seat to the back and then also you can feel lots of room in the back. Even one of my friends who is 6 feet 3 inches was able to sit on the back seat of Liva without his knees touching the posterior part of front seats as what happens in New Swift.
10. For overall review on Maruti Suzuki Swift and Hyundai i20 in this segment, you can check my other hubs.

Least but not last, both Etios Liva and New Swift are great cars and everything I have written above is my personal recommendation after driving both cars for an extended period of time. But still it depends on your liking which car you actually want to buy. If you or anyone else have more queries, you can start an online discussion via the comment section below. Also on a general note, it is my humble advise to everyone buying cars to read all the reviews on the Internet, take a test drive, and consult your online or offline friends before buying your dream car.

Toyota Etios - the bigger one just 1 lakh more than Etios Liva for several models.
Toyota Etios - the bigger one just 1 lakh more than Etios Liva for several models.


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      lakshminarayan 3 years ago

      thanks for comments friends about swift and liva differences after i read your comments i decided to buy liva G because in engine wise Toyota is best.

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      manish 4 years ago

      I want to buy a petrol variant which one to buy liva G new variant (2013) or swift lxi (2011) pl suggest me very confussed

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      Rajinder Soni 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Mileage is average not so good not so bad Manoj.

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      manoj 4 years ago

      i think liva will be better car than swift. more spacious,good look,branded by Toyota but not confirmed on milage

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      sushil 5 years ago

      which is the long life car average,no maintanance ,&featurable

      maruti swift vdi ya toyota etios liva

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      Divyesh Gautam 5 years ago

      Actually swif diesl have the technology of Fiat it has diesel engine powered by fiat which is of 1248cc of 75 BHP it is complete fiat's engine not only swift diesl but , ritz Sx4 , Ertiga , Swift D zire , all tese cars which are of diesel engine of Maruti have Fiat's Engine Inside very few people know about this thing and the very bad thing is this all this credit people give it to Maruti-Suzuki though you should thanks to Italian Automaker Fiat because it provides herat to your all diesel maruti suzki cars .

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      Rajesh M 5 years ago


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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      See if you look at comfort-ability, Toyota Etios is better than Swift. Also it is good in space and style but after getting some feedback from my friends who own Etios, we have come to the conclusion that Etios is not better than Swift in terms of fuel efficiency which is the most burning issue in India right now.

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      Ganesh 5 years ago

      I am bit confused between Toyota's petrol engine performance and Maruti New Swift VXI engine. can any one help?

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      HRUTHIC 5 years ago

      liva diesel,is to better than swift diesel,,,,,,,,because ,,liva's manufacters are -TOYOTA-

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      Rajinder Soni 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Swift vdi is good but it's exterior quality is rubbish. Recently my brothers vdi was hit by a cycle and the door gOt hit badly

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      SUNIL THAKUR 5 years ago


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      Neev umrigar 5 years ago

      i was purching New liva diesel beeter fueal efficancy car law mantanice good warantty if u buy to plan ur dream new car go with liva its good

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      ravi brar.... 6 years ago

      I m confused both r gud

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      patil 6 years ago

      i agree wid u swift is the fadoo car

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      AMAN 6 years ago


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      yogender 6 years ago

      liva has a more feature than swift.

      we consider etios liva G as a base model.

      and swift lxi is a base model.

      so liva has a body color bumper, side mirror, door handles.

      center locking with all power windows.

      cooled glove box is a very different feature, it is just like a small refrigerator in car.

      liva is best.....

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      sandesh 6 years ago

      liva is the best

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      tarun 6 years ago

      swift is like a every corner,everyone have it...nothing is new in go for livaaa

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      Muthu 6 years ago

      Recently there was some problem in Liva cars, is it true..afraid to buy the car, i need to buy petrol car, which car is best to buy.

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      jeet gurheliya 6 years ago


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      studentart 6 years ago

      I also go for swift because i like this one.

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      shabsdj 6 years ago

      Guys... go for Swift if you wanna play !! otherwise if you promise mom i'll back home then go for Etios Liva...

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      Shubham sharma 6 years ago

      Your swift car is v.v.v.v.v.v.v.v.v.vbest

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      Toyota Etios Liva 6 years ago

      Guyzz Liva iz best ... Go for TOYOTA ETIOS LIVA 1 manufacter in world-TOYOTA

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      ashutosh thakur 6 years ago

      i am a college going student. my dad has asked me to select a car for my college use....i am very much confused between the new swift and toyota liva....which one should i prefer to buy....???? plz help....

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      R.K.GUPTA 6 years ago

      i have been using Maruti 800 for 7 years now, planning to change vehicle but in utter confusion either to go for new Swift Vxi or Liva/ i20. bit of feeling to change brand but unable to take stand on efficiency of engine & interiors, milage, price etc. I have small family and running only 50km in a weak.

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      Richa Bhatia 6 years ago

      I want to know whether Etios Liva(Diesel) has a good resale value?

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      Info Bucket 6 years ago from Kerala, India

      For me, i think 2011 Swift will not be as good as the earlier one coz the FIAT engine is now replaced by the SUZUKI engine, so it's perfomance will be low as compared to the older model. And Etios comes from Toyota, one of the Giants in world market, I hope it's perfomance will be better than Swift. Personally, i will recommend Etios Liva, although i didn't know about the two much...:) Anyway, Good Hub. Liked it.

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      Rahul 6 years ago

      I think New Maruti Swift is much better as compared to Toyota Etios for more information related to both cars visit

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      prince 6 years ago

      is etios liva diesel version is recommendable on swift vdi. vich will beter for bad roads

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      Swift and Liva are kind of the close competitor in terms of power and the reliability one expects from both the manufacturers..

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      Manasranjan 6 years ago

      Now with liva diesel launch nearing I am more interested in knowing the comparison of top end diesel models of new swift vs liva. Need best opinion regarding this