The Suzuki Swift has been immensely successful over the past few years of it’s existence, but alas, there is a brand new Swift that has hit the market and it has big shoes to fill.
The new model is only 10mm shorter than the outgoing model but it is 40mm wider too. The front and rear tracks have both been widened by 40mm and 35mm respectively, making the interior of the Swift more spacious for passengers. Front passengers benefit more for shoulder room whereas rear passengers benefit for headroom and everyone sits lower down giving it a more sporty feeling.
The Drive in the Suzuki Swift is comfortable and without fault, giving you a sporty drive yet it doesn’t encourage you to misbehave. One thing I should mention about the Swift is that the Bluetooth system doesn’t work too well and is more of an inconvenience than anything else. It also doesn’t help that the South African Variant does not come with an infotainment screen whereas the European models do. However, This is the only little niggle I have with the new Swift.
One of the biggest complaints received from the previous Swifts is that the boot space wasn’t that great with only 210 litres of capacity. Suzuki have increased that, with the new model, to 268 litres meaning there is now room for that extra bag or two when travelling. The rear seats also fold down in a 60/40 split if you ever do need extra space.
The 1.2L petrol engine is the same unit used in the outgoing Swift, pushing out 66 kW and 113 Nm of torque. These figures are perfect for day to day driving, not to say that it’s slow, but it’s definitely punchy! Suzuki also boast the loss of 95 kg over the previous model, leaving the fuel consumption at a very modest 4.9l/100km. It has a fuel tank capacity of 37 litres and you have a choice of either a 5-speed manual or an Automatic Manual Transmission (AMT).
Stepping inside the Suzuki Swift you’re greeted with a sporty steering wheel and driver focused gauges, showing that Suzuki really care about the person driving. Every Swift comes with remote central locking, front/rear electric windows, air conditioning and power steering.
GL variants come with an audio system with Bluetooth/USB/AUX connectivity, controls on the steering wheel and electrically adjustable door mirrors. The GL models also have the option of colour coded door mirrors, a luggage cover and front fog lamps. In terms of safety, there are 2 front airbags for the driver and passenger, rear ISOFIX mounts, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
Pricing for the Suzuki Swift is as follows:
- Suzuki Swift 1.2l GA Manual R159 900
- Suzuki Swift 1.2l GL Manual R175 900
- Suzuki Swift 1.2l GL AMT R189 900
Each are sold with a 5-year/200 00km mechanical warranty and a 2-year/30 000km service plan.