2017 SUZUKI SWIFT
Price $16,990 drive away (GL manual) up to $22,990 drive away (GLX)
Small car specialist Suzuki has just introduced a new generation, lighter Swift five door hatch, with competitive pricing and specification that should make buyers love Swift all over again.
Everything is new apart from the badge…new chassis, engines, body structure, styling, performance, technology.
MADE IN JAPAN
Better still is the fact it’s made in Japan which almost guarantees quality and reliability as opposed to vehicles from elsewhere.
They’ve rekindled Swift’s cuteness factor retaining a familiar look to its flanks but with a much better, driver oriented interior and more features including a handy centre tablet control screen that’s becoming common to nearly all Suzukis.
SHORTER, WIDER, LOWER
The 2017 Swift is up to 135kg lighter, shorter, wider and lower but with a longer wheelbase than before and follows Suzuki’s small, more efficient engine philosophy. That means a 1.2-litre four cylinder petrol in the three versions of GL and a 1.0-litre, turbo three cylinder in the range topping GLX.
Both engines are used in other Suzukis – Ignis and Baleno, as are the transmissions, a five speed manual and CVT in the GL and six speed conventional auto in the GLX.
Some driver assist technology makes its way into new Swift, particularly up towards the top of the range models which feature adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and weaving alert.
All models get a reverse camera, cruise control, D-cut wheel and comprehensive trip computer.
It’s a hoot to drive in any spec’ thanks to the weight reduction and well calibrated dynamics. Great value too with the best option being the GL Navigator with safety pack at $19,190 drive away.
➔ Cute styling.
➔ Surprisingly good ride and handling all models.
➔ Surprisingly good performance from 1.2 four cylinder.
➔ Roomy for its size.
➔ Sharp drive away pricing.
➔ Super economical at better than 5.0-litres/100km .
➔ Japanese quality and reliability.
➔ Easy to park.
➔ Excellent trip computer.
➔ Built for 5 star crash rating (not tested).
➔ Likely strong retained value.
NOT SO MUCH
➔ Drum rear brakes on all but GLX
➔ Base model GL misses out on too much kit.
➔ Tilt only wheel adjustment
➔ Boring colour range
ENGINE: 1.2-litre, four cylinder petrol 66kW/120Nm, 1.0-litre turbo three cylinder 82kW/160Nm
TRANSMISSION: 5mt, CVT, 6at
THIRST: Best 4.6 L/100km (GL man)
0-100KMH: About 11.0 secs GL, 9.0 secs GLX
ALTERNATIVES: Heaps of ‘em: Ford Fiesta from $15,825, Holden Barina Spark from $13,990, Honda Jazz from $14,990,Mazda2 from $14,990, Toyota Yaris from $15,290. (Prices recommended retail)