Suzuki Swift is no lightweight

2019-03-27 06:02
The new Swift is wider than the previous model and it sports more prominent wheel arches and shoulder line combined with bold headlights and a bigger grille in the new design. The roof has a floating appearance due to the blacked out front and centre pillars.Photo: Supplied

The new Swift is wider than the previous model and it sports more prominent wheel arches and shoulder line combined with bold headlights and a bigger grille in the new design. The roof has a floating appearance due to the blacked out front and centre pillars.Photo: Supplied

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SUZUKI has been breaking its own sales records month after month, with one of their top performers being the new Suzuki Swift.

It is the reigning Japanese Car of the Year and it was a runner-up in the World Car of the Year Awards. It was also the winner of the Budget Car category in this year’s Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, powered by WesBank.

The new Swift model was introduced in June last year, offering an all new Swift with only its 1.2 litre engine carried over from the previous model.

It has a bold new exterior, more room, boot space and features, but the same good value for money as its predecessor.

The Suzuki Swift is available in three model derivatives, the entry level GA-model, followed by the GL model and then the top of the range GL model with AMT transmission.

The GA-model is, despite being entry level, still equipped with an impressive range of features, such as air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat anchors and two airbags.

The GL-model adds – among other features – colour-coded side mirrors, front fog lamps, a Suzuki audio system with steering-mounted controls and a luggage cover for the boot. Thisspecification level has full wheel covers and is available with the choice of five-speed manual or five-speed AMT gearbox.

The new Swift is built on Suzuki’s “Heartect” platform which is also used for the Ignis and Baleno models. One of the biggest benefits of “Heartect” is the reduction in weight.

The new Swift weighs in 875kg, making it one of the lightest vehicles in its segment.

Exterior

The new Swift is also 4cm wider than the previous model and the exterior has been revamped extensively.

More prominent wheel arches and shoulder line are combined with bold headlights and a bigger grille.

The rear has also been redesigned and also sports bulky tail lights.

The redesign also allows for bigger boot space which is now 268 litres – an improvement of 58 litres over the previous model.

The GL specification level offers a 60/40 split and foldable rear bench seat.

The roof has a floating appearance due to the blacked out pillars with the rear handles neatly integrated and hidden into the rear pillar.

Interior

The new dimensions have allowed the designers to increase interior space, especially for rear passengers who now have additional head room.

The front occupants also have additional room.

It has more than enough stowage spaces for bottles, cups and other paraphernalia.

Suzuki has retained the Swift’s “driver first” design philosophy.

The instrument panel and screen of the audio system is slightly angled towards the driver for ease of use.

On the GL-specification level, Suzuki has added chrome accents and a chronograph-design to the instrument panel.

All versions of the new Suzuki Swift are equipped with air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, power steering and remote central locking. All models also have a tilt-adjustable steering column, a detailed info display that includes info such as fuel consumption and range, and a security alarm and immobiliser.

On the GL-models, Suzuki adds an audio system with Bluetooth-connectivity and USB socket, steering wheel controls for the audio system and electrically adjustable side view mirrors.

Ride

The Swift’s K12M engine is known for its good fuel consumption which is stated at 4.9 litres per 100km in a combined cycle.

The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox in the GA-model, while buyers of the GL-model can choose between the same five-speed manual gearbox or an Automated Manual Gearbox (AMT).

PRICING:

Suzuki Swift 1,2 GA manual – R160 900,

Suzuki Swift 1,2 GL manual – R177 900,

Suzuki Swift 1,2 GL AMT – R191 900.

All models are sold with Suzuki’s five-year/200 000km mechanical warranty and a two-year/30 000km service plan.

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