THE Suzuki Swift has always been one of SunWheels’ favourite hatchbacks and now it’s getting an upgrade.
As with the outgoing version, the new Swift offers a decent drive, practical value, good fuel economy, a willing engine and solid quality for a reasonable price.
SunWheels tested the GL version with manual gearbox. Our test car had some snazzy optional extras such as alloy wheels to boost its appearance.
The new Swift has a new lightweight construction which drops weight to around 900kg. Its light and compact 1,2-litre petrol engine offers the best of both worlds – decent performance and fuel efficiency with a claimed average fuel consumption figure of 4,7 litres every 100km.
The new Swift is a little smaller than the older version, but the cabin and boot space are bigger. While it comfortably seats four occupants, the boot holds 264 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The GL comes with top features such as a sound system with Bluetooth, power steering, air conditioner, electric windows, dual-front airbags and ABS.
It is hard to dislike the Swift so put it on your shopping list if you are considering an affordable hatch to run around in city traffic. It is also destined to reward you with a satisfying motoring experience.
Price: R175 900
Engine: 1,2-litre petrol
Power: 61kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque: 113Nm @ 4 200r/min
Top speed: 170km/h
Service plan: Two years/30 000km