The Suzuki Swift is a small, compact car that provides a worthy alternative to huge, gas-guzzling SUVs. It also boasts plenty of features, so definitely consider it if you make fuel economy a priority.
The Suzuki Swift is a uniquely designed and styled car that boasts a number of advantages over its bigger and more powerful rivals. The obvious benefits of opting for the Swift include a more practical vehicle in every way, coupled with great fuel economy and an overall urban go-getter. Add features like great engine response, a dynamic ride and a slightly retro charm as demonstrated by manual-winding windows, and what you’re left with is a four-wheeler that puts an emphasis on usability with character as opposed to nothing more than luxury. Reliability and practicality are also synonymous with Suzukis, so here’s everything you need to know about this car.
Frugality As Its Middle Name
The Suzuki Swift fits the frugality bill in spades. Powered by a1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with multi-point electronic fuel injection, it pumps out 103 horsepower and 107 lb.-ft. of torque. Weighing 1,105 kilograms, that’s more than enough muscle to provide lively acceleration and quiet cruising while being extremely friendly to your monthly gas budget. With its 45-litre fuel tank, the Swift gives you an effective highway range of more than 700 kilometres between fill-ups. That will help anyone’s wallet. A five-speed automatic transmission is available and a four-speed automatic comes as standard.
The front seats offer plenty in the way of lateral support and are more than comfortable; the height adjuster on the driver's side and the tilt wheel means you can set up a proper driving position. The left seat locates the driver behind a wide-rimmed steering wheel that frames a basic four-dial instrument array and within reach to the right a centre stack with a CD audio system up top and a trio of round dials for the climate control system below. All-around visibility is excellent, cruising speed noise levels are quite good and the ride quality is remarkable given the car’s overall small size and conveniently planted stance.
The Heart and Soul of the Swift
The Swift has a surprisingly sporty driving character. The suspension features independent MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam at the rear, combining to provide a firm yet supple ride. The result is that it takes the sting out of the worst road bumps and ripples without jarring the occupants and stays flat in the corners. With its light, direct, power-assisted rack and pinion steering, slick-shifting five-speed transmission and light, progressive clutch action, it’s not hard to imagine you’re behind the wheel of a high-performance sports car costing thousands more dollars.
You Want to Go Back to Basics? This is the Car
While it might sound strange in this day and age, this is a car that has manual-winding windows, manually adjustable outside mirrors, no air-conditioning, no cruise control, no power door locks or remote keyless entry and only three cup holders. On the other hand, it does have a four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system plus an auxiliary power outlet on the centre console, sun visors with vanity mirrors, two-speed and intermittent windshield wiper/washers, a rear window wiper/washer/defroster and a neat holder for sunglasses above the driver’s door. Overall, it might be a bit rough around the edges but it more than makes up for it with plenty of character, usability and fuel economy. Consider investing in the Suzuki Swift if you value these qualities first and foremost.