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Which Car to Buy - Maruti Ritz ZXI or New Swift ZXI BSIV

Updated on March 12, 2011

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New technology and latest trends are always in favor than outdated ones and same is the case with automotive. I confess I am just like an ordinary Indian car lover like you. I am saying this because one year ago when Ritz was launched (May 15, 2009), I compared Ritz and Swift and wrote some points that are totally opposite to that I am writing today. My views about Ritz have dramatically changed in a span of one year just because this lovely car has outdated other cars in its segment and has been on everyone’s mind these days including me. Previously, I found Ritz back to be ugly as if it was banged from behind by another car but now after some research I have found that its exteriors match European standard of cars as they are aerodynamically built for more grip on roads on high speeds. Plus there are many more things in my mind, which have changed from previously, and now I think Ritz is better than new Swift with K-series engine. Now read on the points I have listed below on both these cars. Again the decision is in your hands, which car to buy - Swift or Ritz.

Seven Advantages of Buying Maruti Ritz Zxi

  1. ZXI is a good value for money (forget about Auto Climate Control as you are not going to spend your life in the same car).
  2. Aerodynamically built exteriors inspired from European car models (called as Splash in Europe). Some car buyers in India are not appreciating Ritz because they are like a flock of sheep, one takes and other follows and mostly don’t welcome a change or a new trend including me taking into consideration what I wrote when Ritz was launched initially).
  3. Jewel of engine because it is almost silent without any noise.
  4. Stability at approximately 165 kilometers per hour. While Maruti Swift gets a feeling of sailing boat after 150 kilometers per hour.
  5. Interiors are best in class. Rear leg space is even more than Swift and of course Chevrolet Beat.
  6. Tall body design plus high seats give a Toyota Innova experience; the only in class not even Swift.
  7. Boot Space is approximately 240 liters, kinda 8 liters more than Swift but after folding the rear seats in Ritz boot space is 540 liters but in Swift even after folding boot space only 415 liters.
  8. Also, as mentioned by Abhijith in the comment section below I am adding one more point that RITZ is the only car in the Indian market having electromagnetic radiation resistance which is a plus point.

Maruti Ritz - Green color
Maruti Ritz - Green color
Maruti Swift VXI Bharat Stage IV
Maruti Swift VXI Bharat Stage IV

Two Disadvantages of Buying Maruti Ritz Zxi

1. Cup holders.

2. Rear visibility. Rear sensors are not there for congested areas.

Two Advantages of New Swift Zxi BSIV

1. Swift’s design has been admired mostly.

2. Regarding engine, it has new K-series engine, which is also in Ritz so I feel not to comment.

Two Disadvantages of New Swift Zxi BSIV

1. Swift ZXI: Everything in Ritz plus Auto Climate Control AC is equal to 50k extra bucks, certainly not value for money.

2. Rear leg space even less than Maruti Ritz. Also the low height rear seats give a definite claustrophobic effect (rear seats high in Ritz).

3. Swift is very common these days. Ritz is the latest passion.

4. Power and torque in New Swift have remained same.

Which car to buy – Shopping for Ritz or Swift

The tires on the Ritz are identical to those on Swift, 165s for the LXI and VXI variants and 185s for the ZXI. The softer setup, however, means that the Ritz lacks the Swift’s sporty edge. Straight-line stability and road holding are good but the rear tends to pitch on an undulating surface at speed. The softer suspension settings and tall stance results in considerable body roll but you always have a sense of control at any speed. Key to the secure feeling, the Ritz imparts is the steering which has none of the dead feel around the straight-ahead position you find in the Swift. The Ritz’s steering feels linear, precise and shows how electric steering (EPS) has dramatically improved.

Verdict

Maruti’s Ritz is cheaper than its own Swift and priced competitively with the rest of the segment. This car blends a super combination of stellar engines with more space, comfort, and practicality, offering great value for money.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      That Maruti looks pretty snazzy Soni!

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes Maruti Ritz is the latest trend nowadays in India. Each and every new economical car buyer in India has Ritz and Beat in their option lists.

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      ocbill 7 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I'd go for the Maruti

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for your comment ocbill but both cars belong to Maruti company. Tell which model you like Swift or Ritz.

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      creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

      go for punto

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      thanks for opting out for punto creativemind.

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Hey wonderful comparison. For me Maruti Ritz, ofcourse. Congrats! for improving hub score. Well done. Enjoy.

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Tanks a lot AARON for your appreciation on this hub, for improving my hub score, and for your personal email.

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      abhijith 7 years ago

      Ya your review is right.... You can also add a point to the advantage, RITZ is only car we have as electromagnetic radiation resistant car in indian market ....... ! ! !

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much for your review of this article. I have added your point up in the article Abhijith. Cheers.

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      harsha 7 years ago

      Hi Soni, ur review are very useful, I'll be booking the ritz tomorrow.Thanks

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      Rajinder Soni 7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Best of luck for your booking of Ritz Harsha. Tell us about your experience with your new car. We will eagerly waiting for the review.

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      Suman 6 years ago

      No other car brand can boast high resale values either. So the Ritz is the best overall car when compared to Beat! Beat has very less boot, whereas Ritz has good boot,,, Beat engine is not as refined as Maruti Ritz K series engine!!!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Suman, thank you so much for writing up that incredible information about Maruti Ritz. Also, thanks a lot for your visit to my other articles on Indian car reviews.

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      Abhijith 6 years ago

      Soni . . Am impressed with ritz . . Oly we can hear tire rolling sound in high way . . In low speed we will confuse much that whether car is in start or off . . Maruths kseries working well . . Then about suspension really well good than swift . . Little bumps all it will manage well . Really marvellous car . . . Much car . . Just in press of accelerator k12 will wake to fly . . Its really car of the year . . Nothing to look or doubt in ritz . . Own it enjoy the difference . . Fantastic

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot for your incredible review of Maruti Ritz. I agree these are the reasons why people are mad about this car.

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      chaks 6 years ago

      My RITZ is more than a year old now (Racing Green Color). I was one of the first to book it, within the first week of launch.

      I have driven it about 15000 KM and never ever encountered a single problem till now. Handling is great. Efficiency is awesome. It's a great family car. Engine is impressive. Overall a great value for money, more so now as discounts are also available.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Chaks thank you so much for the first hand review of Ritz car. I will many new car buyers in Delhi and of course India.

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      Patil_81 6 years ago

      Hi Soni,I was very much confused between swift and ritz, bu wife's choice was ritz. Well, after having test drive of ritz zxi last sunday, I was impressed. first time in my life i drove up to 150km/hr, and we never notice that flying with that speed,great stability and great comportness. and I booked ritz zxi on that day only. However I'd still some doubts but your review clarifies me all, now I'm more confidence of my decision.Thanks:)

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Mr. Patil for your useful comment. This is the reason why I tell every car buyer to test drive all the cars in a specific segment and make your own decision of which car you can buy. Afterall, reviews are only reviews and are not recommendations. best of luck.

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      Ashvin 6 years ago

      Ritz is a class apart from rest of the hatch backs. It has matured dashboard, water fall console, looks tough, Japanese technology, more space and cheap to maintain. 1000's of service centres across India make it the best choice for those who are looking at praticality and fresh looks. I have booked White Ritz zxi, will change the alloys+wheels and make it look v sporty. This should out shine swift from it age old sporty looks.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent review of Ritz Ashvin. Yes I agree Ritz is more innovative and sporty.

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      Streetwise 6 years ago

      Take a look at this... Ritz is really unique.. !! http://hubpages.com/t/2616f7

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      Jay 5 years ago

      I have serviced my Ritz today and asked service man whether New Swift is better compared to Ritz. He told me "Sir, in new swift Maruti has reduced the Metal sheet Gage" Also he told me that in new swift Petrol tank is made of high grade plastic compared to metal tank to reduce the weight of vehicle and increase Fuel economy. More weight of Ritz gives good road grip at higher speed. I just love my Ritz Baby

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      satyajeet 4 years ago

      My suggession for all maruti dealer to avail some extra. facilities for tourists in terms of quick time of delivery if some one goes out of station and need services

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      Rajinder Soni 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for sharing your feedback for Maruti Service India

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      op olla 3 years ago

      hii soni i am just thinking to buy a new car but at last movement i am confused in swift and ritz i hope u will give me best suggestion

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