Suzuki Swift

 suzuki swift

SWIFT HATCHBACK - 1.2 Dualjet SZ3 5dr



MANUFACTURER PRICE

£11840.55

BEST PRICE

£10,183 

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Suzuki's sixth generation Swift supermini has been improved. But not beyond recognition. Jonathan Crouch reports.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
SWIFT HATCHBACK
1.2 Dualjet SZ3 5dr
PETROL
£10,182.87
SWIFT HATCHBACK
1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T 5dr
PETROL
£11,902.87
SWIFT HATCHBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS
1.2 Dualjet Attitude 5dr
PETROL
£11,988.87
SWIFT HATCHBACK
1.0 Boosterjet SHVS SZ5 5dr
HYBRID
£13,218.67
SWIFT HATCHBACK
1.2 SHVS SZ5 ALLGRIP 5dr
HYBRID
£14,061.47
SWIFT HATCHBACK
1.0 Boosterjet SZ5 5dr Auto
PETROL
£14,336.67
SWIFT HATCHBACK
1.4 Boosterjet Sport 5dr
PETROL
£15,325.67

Ten Second Review

With this improved take on the sixth generation version of their Swift supermini, Suzuki have stayed true to the design principles that have long served them in the small car sector, low running costs, light weight and a spacious cabin being the highlights. The car is now better equipped too, plus its very efficient thanks to enhanced 12V mild hybrid technology.

Background

Buying a car from a budget brand isn't usually something anyone does by choice. But the cost savings over more familiar options are often hard to ignore, especially when it comes to superminis. So what if you could pay budget brand prices, yet get mainstream quality? That's exactly the proposition this little Suzuki Swift has always aimed to serve up. Previous Swift models have certainly been convincing in this way, more than a million of them having been sold in Europe since 2005. This improved version of the MK6 model benefits from Suzuki's growing understanding of mild hybrid technology. Pair that with this model line's usual light weight and an efficient little supermini seems in prospect.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
98
CO2 (g/km)
106
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
115
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Transmission
MANUAL
Gears
5 SPEED
CC
1242
Engine Code
K12C
Fuel Consumption - ICE
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
4.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
4.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
52.3
EC Urban (mpg)
48.7
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
76.3
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
70.6
EC Combined (mpg)
65.7
EC Combined (mpg)
61.4
WLTP - MPG - Low
46.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium
60.2
WLTP - MPG - High
64.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
50.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb
55.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
46.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
46.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
60.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
60.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
64.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
64.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
50.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
50.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
55.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
55.4
General
Safety Concerns?
False
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Coin Series
SZ3
Coin Description
Dualjet
Generation Mark
4
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
83
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
75
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
69
NCAP Safety Assist %
25
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
3
Badge Power
90
Badge Engine CC
1.2
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
22D
Performance
Engine Power - KW
66
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
88
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
89
Engine Torque - NM
120
Engine Torque - RPM
4400
0 to 62 mph (secs)
11.9
Top Speed
111
Engine Power - BHP
90
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Torque - MKG
12.2
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Tyre Size Front
175/65 R15
Alloys?
False
Space Saver?
False
Tyre Size Rear
175/65 R15
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
15" STEEL
Vehicle Dimensions
Height
1495
Length
3840
Width
1735
Wheelbase
2450
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
890
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
37
Gross Vehicle Weight
1365
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
265
No. of Seats
5
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
400
Max. Loading Weight
475
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
579
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
9.6
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Driving Experience

The Swift has always been quite entertaining to drive, mainly because of its relatively light weight; it still is. Engine-wise, the main change here is that Suzuki has standardised its 1.2-litre Dualjet mild hybrid petrol unit across all mainstream models. This 12V electrified powerplant was available previously, but this is an upgraded 'K12D' version of it, with a new fuel injection system that offers both more powerful response and higher fuel efficiency. This balance is made possible through advances that include an electric intake VVT (variable valve timing), along with a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets. The powerplant's mild hybrid system now features a much bigger lithium-ion battery (increased in size from 3Ah to 10Ah). Engine output is 83PS, with a modest 107Nm of pulling power facilitating a 0-62mph time of 12.2s in the CVT auto variant (you can also have a manual). You have to have a manual if you want the ALLGRIP 4WD variant that continues on at the top of the range; that's a rare thing, a 4WD supermini. At the top of the Swift range, the Swift Sport hot hatch features a 1.4-litre Boosterjet mild hybrid unit with 129PS and a 48V electrified system. Both the 'SHVS' or 'Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki' mild hybrid engines work much as before; they can't ever power the car independently by battery (as a full-hybrid model like a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Jazz could), but the battery you do get under the driver's seat helps out in acceleration (around 50Nm of extra torque for up to 30 seconds) and powers the stop/start system. The SHVS set-up harvests kinetic energy when you brake and converts it into electrical energy.

Design and Build

Suzuki hasn't altered the looks of this facelifted model too much, though as usual with a mid-term update, the front grille and headlamps have been re-styled. Blacked-out B-pillars give the roof a 'floating' look and the tail lamps now feature LED illumination on all models. Otherwise, things are much as before with this 5-door-only sixth generation model, which remains compact at just 3,840mm long. Familiar Swift design cues include the wraparound windscreen and the smiley lower air intake. The car remains exceptionally light, just 925kg. Inside, the cabin hasn't been altered at all - which means you get the same 7-inch centre-dash touchscreen, which has rather dated graphics but includes Apple CarPlay smartphone-mirroring. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more. Cabin storage space isn't that great - the glovebox is notably small - but a relatively long wheelbase delivers more interior space than the exterior dimensions suggest you'll get. Two fully-sized adults will be quite happy in the rear, as will three kids. The boot's bigger than you might expect too, with capacity rated at 265-litres. That's easily enough for a couple of carry-on bags.
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