The Suzuki Swift is swiftly gobbling up the competition making up 30% of new car sales in the segment and being such a yummy little contender in the budget/entry-level compact hatchback it’s no surprise.
By MICHELLE YORK
The Suzuki brand overall has been gaining a little traction in South Africa and it is well deserved. Suzuki’s new HEARTECT platform also received much attention and praise when the new Swift was named one of the 2018 Urban World Car of the Year finalists.
No matter how you slice or dice it, the Swift is a budget car and it ticks all the boxes like ABS, EBD, front fog lamps, dual front airbags, remote central locking, Isofix child seat mounting, all-round electric windows, and electrically adjustable side mirrors, a multi-function steering wheel and more. The additional features on smaller cars are becoming more and more comprehensive – always a major benefit for consumers! I loved the hidden rear door handles, LED detail in the tail lamps and curvy flanks in the overall design.
Besides the Suzuki Swift being a rather good-looking hunk of metal, nuts and bolts (now being a substantial 95kg lighter, making it one of the lightest vehicles in the upper B-segment). The proven little 1,2-litre naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine on the lighter platform is a rather fun little drive that’s agile and responsive. I certainly had very little to complain about dashing around town. Thankfully I didn’t need to do a massive amount of shopping or hide a dead body in the boot. As with all these budget cars you can’t expect to load masses into the boot, but they have increased space up to a competitive 268 litres and rear seat-backs that slip and fold too.
It might not be ideal for a mobster, but the mobs will still throng to buy one, and I will encourage them all the way.