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We drive Suzuki’s new Swift

Sergio Davids

When I got behind the wheel of a Suzuki back in 2008, I have to that I was skeptical about its

After a month behind the of Wheels24’s erstwhile Swift I found myself pleasantly That being said, popular little hatchback may been considered by some as a surprising hit in South Africa, sold 4 108 models locally its local debut in June following the brand’s relaunch

Now Suzuki’s introduced a new and improved of its Swift hatchback, promising “a lot more than you’d

After a quirky media involving a dance routine by Got Talent winner Darren and an introduction by comedic actor Rob Van Vuuren, we hit the open roads of KwaZulu-Natal for a ride and drive.

In its sportier new guise, the Swift’s tweaks are most visible on the light clusters front and and the car’s wider body. The new gains a minimal increase in of 95mm to a total length of Inside, the interior has been to provide a “classier” feel to the compared to its predecessor.

Mixing up the colour scheme are new chrome and flashier-looking dials.

The new Swift’s reflects an evolution of Suzuki’s Effective Control Technology The use of higher-strength steel has improved roll stiffness and impact

In essence, the proportionally wide and short wheelbase of the original have been retained, but has been added between the for improved interior space. The track is increased by up to 20mm, and the by as much as 15mm (depending on


A new 1.4-litre from the Japanese automaker its debut in the new Swift, replacing the model’s 1.5-litre unit.

The new sees a five percent in power, translating to a performance of 70kW at 6000rpm (down 74kW) and a maximum torque of 130 Nm at 4000rpm (down from

This results in a lower consumption figure of 5.5 litres per for the manual (down from and 6.2 litres per 100km in the auto from 6.7l).

The new model as eager as ever (especially in the though it’s a shame no extra oomph added to the The handling is crisper compared to the model and overall the new Swift more robust than

Suzuki’s new 1.4-litre engine, as drives either through a manual or four-speed automatic The manual gearbox has a newly-adopted mechanism for reduced driver while the auto’ boasts a pattern, as well as lock-up control.

Although the automatic is than capable of handling driving conditions, I found the searching for gears when hills – although there is a tipshift shift option, it could do with an extra

Statistically, the manual version of the new is capable of accelerating from in 10.9 seconds and 12.3 in the auto, with top speeds of 170 and 165 km/h, respectively, for the two 1.4-litre

Braking performance has also improved with new ventilated discs, allowing more stopping power and improved feel compared to the outgoing


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Topping off the new Swift is the GLS model distinguished from its by 16-inch alloy wheels larger 185/55 R16 tyres and fog lights.

The interior has had a leather makeover and a USB socket is added for the system. This top-of-the-range also feature keyless and climate control.

A minimum of two airbags are specified as standard on the GL model, while the higher-spec GLS dual side airbags into the front seats, with curtain airbags. Isofix child seat are provided for the rear seats.


New Swift carries it an increased price tag on all the variants the base model breaching the 000 mark. The new automatic is now above 000 which is rather steep the four-speed gearbox on offer.

pricing has increased to the value of R10k — with a marginal R5000 increase on the GLS It will be interesting to see how the new Swift against competition from the of Toyota’s Yaris Zen3 and T3 Volkwagen’s Polo, Chevrolet’s and Ford’s Fiesta.

The new Swift is a cute little hatchback, than capable of handling any driving need and, the drop in power over the old this one’s improved and design tweaks will the new Swift will continue to the brand’s legion of fans.


Swift GL manual R152 900

Swift GLS manual R169 900

Swift GLS auto R183 900

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