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Swift and Fabia separated at birth (I mean design) ?

Were the Swift and Fabia – separated at birth or whatever back of envelope drawing that first conceived their deisgn ? I have always felt there are way too many similarities in the design of the Swift and the Fabia. Have not had a chance to drive the Fabia but got a chance to park next to one and sneak a few photos off my mobile :-).

Swift and FabiaSwift & Fabia
(Please click on the thumbnails for larger versions)
Design Similarities:
  • Overall silhouette with tapering roof
  • Glass house area tapering towards C-pillar
  • Blacked out A pillar
  • Bonnet line joining base of A pillar
  • Other than the front grilles the bonnet outline is very similar
Design Differences:
  • The Fabia is narrower by a little bit but longer than the Swift resulting in a longer rear door that doesnt taper as much.
  • The Swift is a bit taller and wider while the Fabia seems lower and flatter.
  • The Swift has better curves 😉
  • Headlamps, Grille, fog lamps are the key differences up front.
  • The rear is different enough – the Swift shows its width with a portly rear.

Related External Link: Also A bit dated comparison  between the Getz, Swift and Fabia by BS

Question: Are there other cars on the road that you think have such visual similarities ? Do let me know. I will do a series of such posts.

4 comments to Swift and Fabia separated at birth (I mean design) ?

  • Nice post there, no dount they look similar but the Swift is the more handsome of the two. I would say the A-Star and the Kia Picanto look similar.
    .-= CarBlog´s last blog ..Hyundai i20 1.4 Diesel Test Drive Review =-.

  • You are mostly right here. I thought the windscreen and the tapering towards the C-pillar and the sharpt cut there is pretty much the same. Swift’ stance is a little bit tall though as compared to Fabia’s longer looks.

    As for the other cars that look similar, for me the Ritz look like the very first Hyundai Santro from behind (and a little bit of side stance as well) – of course the front is great looking in Ritz, I thought while the old Santro had a snubby, grim look.
    .-= Ajith Edassery´s last blog ..Even bloggers need rest! =-.

  • Hi Ajith – Thanks for the comment. I love the front of the Ritz as well.

  • Sushil

    Thanks CarBlog ! Need to go check what the Kia Picanto looks like now :-).

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