First drive: New Suzuki Swift

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First drive: New Suzuki

Jez Spinks

Fourth-generation Suzuki

Suzuki’s fourth-generation Swift.

The machine has still yet to be invented, so fairly confident that 2011 and not 2005.

Yet the Suzuki before me purporting to be an all-new looks uncannily similar to the car that launched six years

The Japanese brand isn’t to pull a fast one, Taking a more hawk-eye confirms the subtle changes for the Swift: larger, elongated wider and curvier grille and air intake; revised foglight wraparound glass that now upwards rather than at the rear of the car; a cleaner for the rear with revised

Overall, the Swift is also It’s 10mm higher and 5mm so it’s the 90mm extension to the that’s most obvious.

less confusion inside, a far more contemporary and interesting-looking awaits. Soft-touch plastics are on the ground but the presentation — reminds of the company’s mid-size — and fit and finish undoubtedly a more upmarket feel.

particularly noticeable in the Swift the most features, the $18,990 GLX which includes a steering wrapped in beautifully thick yet leather.

The previous Swift decent space but a 40mm increase, while not exactly a Tardis effect, has allowed its to offer some extra room.

The GLX’s steering wheel is the one to adjust for reach as well as and the range-topper is the only Swift to Bluetooth.

All Swifts step up in with the addition of a driver’s bag — for a total of seven and stability control across the There’s also progress in its rating, with its NCAP now five stars rather four.

So far, the new Swift is up to the ‘More Swift’ tag Suzuki up for the car’s development program, not every area has moved

While most car makers are now engines for better fuel without sacrificing improved outputs, the new 1.4-litre four-cylinder a bit of power and torque compared the 1.5-litre unit it replaces, 70kW and 130Nm instead of and 133Nm.

Transmission options, updated, also remain in the Buyers have the option of a manual or four-speed auto manual-only base model) six-speeders are becoming the norm in the city/light car class in which the competes.

Consumption still from 6.3 to 5.5 litres per 100km for Swifts, though, matching the benchmark for the class set by the VW Polo Pick an automatic, which a $1700 premium, and the figure is

The manual is again the pick, and not because it will increase the gap fills. The auto is indecisive it comes to selecting gears as as the engine’s lack of torque is by hills.

Changing gears can’t overcome the engine’s at lower revs, but the 1.4-litre is to be worked hard higher in the rev where it becomes more without becoming buzzy.

and wind noise are more on the road than the engine, even then the Swift’s sounds better insulated before.

There’s refinement to be in the new — but still front rear torsion beam suspension, at least judging by the impressive degree of compliance country and town roads Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

The offshoot’s popular panoramic spot, Arthurs Seat, and the 305m climb to the summit, via hairy hairpins, confirmed the hasn’t lost its dynamic

The Suzuki isn’t in the same league as the rival Ford but the brakes provide good there’s keen turn-in, body control and the steering is and responsive if not always consistent in its

It all adds up to a Swift that to be Suzuki’s most complete It doesn’t exactly move the on for the city-car class, but it’s enough in key areas — pricing that starts at the launch price of $15,990 to ensure it’s a viable to the likes of the Yaris, Fiesta, and Polo.

And for those looking for a more variant, 2012 will see the of a successor to the 92kW 1.6-litre Sport.

I’d love to you more about it but, I don’t have any means of into the future.

7 comments so far

the Swift. looks uncannily to the small car that launched six ago

— And it’s still and shoulders the best looking car in its

Transmission options, while also remain in the past.

In Japan new Swift is available CVT and paddle shift, why aren’t options available in Australia?

will see the arrival of a successor to the 1.6-litre Swift Sport.

Both the original GTI and the Sport a lot of car for a little money. The new Sport has a lot to live up to and I hope it delivers.

I go swiftly Location Anytown and time February 05, 2011,

If the makers of the new Suzuki swift they can knock the Mazda 2 and of their perch, then are kidding themselves. With the of a Renault and the gutless engine of Suzuki better do something to outhandle and out gun these 2 major around the twisty bits and the straight. To make up for power maybe Sukuki should some fade resistant as standard equipment to out brake the and Mazda 2 on the downhill run?

Commenter Goose Location Date and time February 05, 11:17PM

Ive always liked the but have seen how some of the models have dated. It has my mind.

Commenter Daniel Sydney Date and time 06, 2011, 9:12AM

Our household has a Hyundai Getz and an automatic Swift purchased in 2008. a disappointment to read of the reduced on the new model Swift. The car has an excellent looks smart and has style but is gutless. On one particular hill in the I can stay in fifth gear, In the Swift I have to manually lower gears to maintain a speed acceptable to other users.

As I explained to my 10 year old the Getz is boring, has a cheaper but has superior additional features and the Swift enormously. My fold up also fits in the back of the behind the back passenger with a little extra still available, in the Swift the have to be folded forward. As an male I like a car that a statement (ex Mini Moke but the boring Getz is so much to drive — luckily my drives the Swift!

What a disappointment to see the Swift in the wrong direction.

Commenter dl and time February 07, 2011,

I got myself a Getz sx1.6 after having tested the barina, suzuki swift and yaris and polo 77tsi.What honest car. Came bluetooth streaming and phone usb and ipod connectivity, as well as a saving ESC, and only 15k. Would leave the yaris and the rest miles at the lights!

Lil 1.6 is sweet and strong.

now all i is new number plates. Getz it up!

ZMR Location Perth Date and February 07, 2011, 5:45PM

why is it so i want the roof chopped off by few and guards flared up bit more. an awd turbo with around will definitely be my cuppa coffee anyone?

Commenter than thou Location Date and time February 08, 4:12PM

Woke up this to buy a Polo 77TSi manual and out of the Suzuki showroom this having purchased a Swift GL

We have always owned VWs but couldn’t supply one for 4 months and we a car now hence the need to seek options. We looked at Yaris and sick, we tried the Hyundai i20 and it but something didn’t click.

The Swift was very close to the in quality of finish, drivability and of all it was significantly cheaper. We ended up by chance but in reality even if had a Polo in stock given the difference I would have ended up in the Suzuki as it was much value for money.

I can’t to understand why people are so negative these comments. Anyone who has been exposed to this new would feel like a making such derogatory then again maybe the is fitting.

Commenter What are you all on Location Melbourne Date and February 19, 2011, 8:29PM

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