Suzuki Swift revolution

2015-09-15 06:00
The Swift 1.2 Hatch’s modern design presents an attractive and instantly recognisable car.PHOTO: sourced

The Swift 1.2 Hatch’s modern design presents an attractive and instantly recognisable car.PHOTO: sourced

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WITH a quiet engine and effective cabin insulation, the Swift 1.2 Hatch now boasts the refinement you expect from a quality small vehicle.

The Swift 1.2 Hatch’s modern design presents an attractive and instantly recognisable car. The interior is pleasantly presented, turning the simple yet elegant and ergonomically designed cabin layout into the perfect place to explore your heart’s desires.

Externally, the updated Swift 1.2 features a new grille and front bumper design. Inside, the GL model has now gained Bluetooth connectivity, while the rear bench seat of the Swift 1.2 is now split 60:40 for improved versatility. The height-adjustable steering wheel is designed to optimise your comfort while the audio control buttons built into the steering wheel let you control the audio with ease (GL model).

Four speakers with excellent sound quality complement the Swift 1.2 Hatch’s built-in digital radio/CD unit (GL model).

The generous cabin dimensions seat four in comfort with plenty of legroom, and when it comes to boot space, the Swift 1.2 Hatch is modest but flexible.

The Swift 1.2 has been designed to provide the quietest drive possible. Sound-absorbing materials and aerodynamically efficient designs, including the side rear view mirrors, ensure superb noise suppression. For added convenience, the Swift 1.2 Hatch is equipped with a keyless entry system.

The Swift 1.2 petrol engine is ready and willing, allowing for stress-free highway cruising.

For budget-conscious motorists, the improved efficiency and reduced fuel consumption of the Swift 1.2 models will be particularly good news.

As before, the Swift 1.2 Hatch is powered by a 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 62kW at 6000 r/min, and a torque peak of 115Nm at 4000 r/min. The combined-cycle fuel consumption has been reduced from 5.7 litres/100km to 5.3 litres/100 km for the manual transmission model – an improvement of 7.1%.

The automatic version now achieves a consumption figure of 5.8 litres/100km, compared to the 6,3 litres/100 km of the previous version, which represents an improvement of 7.9%.

The Swift 1.2 Hatch proves easy to drive in everyday situations. The steering is light but accurate, while the brakes, gearshift and minor controls require little effort to operate. Ride quality is pleasingly supple around town and stable at speed, exceeding all expectations. - Wheels24

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