November 24, 2020
The Suzuki Swift entered the South African market on 6 June 2018, catching everyone’s attention. Two years have gone by and it’s good to reflect on the current standing of the Swift.1
This small-to-medium-sized hatchback oozes with charm to catch anyone’s attention, and in no way disappoints. Although this car is mainly targeting the younger generation, it will please everyone. Suzuki has always been a brand that sells well. Discover more about this popular car as we review it more closely.
With South African motorists paying exorbitant prices for fuel, it comes with great relief to discover that this small hatchback provides a combined fuel consumption of 4.9L/100km. This translates to 750 km/h provided by its 37-litre tank. During the launch, the actual consumption turned out to be 5.3 L/100km when driving on highways and through rural areas.
The extreme lightness of the Swift is felt in its steering and clutch, with its overall weight being 875 kg. Despite this, the car still feels solid to drive. The car’s turning circle radius of 4.8-metre is ideal for those tricky parking spots in the city.
Its K12M 4-cylinder engine delivers 61 kW of power and 113 Nm of torque which is adequate for its class. Using the clutch is effortless, especially in uphill traffic. The engine is mated to a smooth 5-speed manual transmission in the GA-model, whereas the GL model provides the choice for an AMT version that also uses five gears. The car still drives in a perky way despite its small engine. The direct steering with the 14-inch wheels and the sharp ABS brakes provide fantastic control. The Swift’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT) uses robust high tensile steel to reduce body weight.
The kerb weight of the car is only 875 kg and its braking is superb. After comfortable cruising, some mid-corner understeer can be expected if you wish to maintain speed.
The new Swift has much more room than before, while the car has been shortened and widened.
The Swift’s GA model has air conditioning and a heater, which work well and don’t drain the engine of power when switched on. Seating is comfortable, with two front seats redesigned for more generous support. All-round visibility is excellent. It has front and rear electric windows, with two front airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors are fitted. The rear doors also provide extra bottle holders.
The Suzuki Swift is selling at R166 000, and easy to purchase compared to the waiting list experienced with the sold-out “Jimny.”
The new Suzuki Swift is an affordable, great-quality hatchback for South African motorists to enjoy.
Before you purchase the Suzuki Swift, you will need to get comprehensive car insurance if a bank is financing it. Contact PMD for their comprehensive car insurance, which includes unique benefits such as fixed premiums* and a reduce to zero excess*. T’s and C’s apply.