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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 0.0
CO2 108 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 11.9 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Alloy Wheels
Immobiliser/Alarm
DAB
USB

The latest Swift aims to offer more for less. Jonathan Crouch checks out the 1.2-litre petrol model

Ten Second Review

Suzuki's latest Swift will be most popular powered by a Euro 5-compliant 1.2-litre petrol engine. It's true that the new model is difficult to distinguish from the old one but despite the visual similarities, improvements have been made. The latest generation car is lighter, quieter, offers more space and its cleaner engine comes with better economy and lower emissions. Added to this, prices remain low, yet equipment levels are higher.

Background

This Swift is a small car that has really put its brand on the map. A small runabout that's chunkily good looking - a car you'd want to be seen in. None of which is any accident. Suzuki threw away its Japanese ideas when designing this car, instead turning to Europeans to get the kind of quality-driven, style-conscious approach that really works in the West. With today's third generation version, the Suzuki's design team, under the direction of Chief Designer Tetsuya Ozasa, has opted for evolution rather than revolution. Under the skin though, much has changed, not least below the bonnet of the 1.2-litre petrol version that will undergird sales in the UK.

Driving Experience

The model's 1.2-litre Euro 5-compliant petrol engine is the one that will attract most attention. It replaces the 1.3-litre unit in the previous model yet despite its smaller size, the improved technology of the engine means that it's more powerful and efficient. Thanks to an advanced variable valve timing system that controls the intake and exhaust valves on each cylinder to optimise performance, it's reassuringly high-tech. It also produces some 93bhp which is a lot for a 1.2-litre unit, along with 118Nm of torque. The 0-60mph trial takes 12.2s and the top speed is 103mph. Despite these impressive figures for a small engine, it did prove a little tardy at low revs requiring frequent use of the gearbox to maintain progress.

Design and Build

Virtually every panel on this Swift is different to the previous generation model. Established Swift design features like the curving bonnet and the blacked-out pillars that create a 'floating roof' effect remain but car has expanded in size while also growing lighter and stiffer. The use of higher strength steel in the chassis meant less metal had to be used and weight was shaved while the whole structure gained in rigidity. At 3,850mm long and 1,695mm wide, it still isn't one of the larger superminis but it is 90mm longer than the previous Swift, with 50mm of that gain in the wheelbase. Cabin space is improved but the designers couldn't work miracles, so this is one of the less generous superminis with regard to rear-seat occupant space. The cabin design has been edged upmarket but the sturdy simplicity that helped the old Swift stand out has been lost in favour of a design that apes other supermini products. The quality remains strong but many of the plastics feel less upmarket than they look.

Market and Model

Affordability has always been a Swift strength and like so much else, that hasn't changed with the latest car. Price-wise, it's positioned at the lower end of the supermini market and even looks attractive next to some city cars from a value for money point of view. This Swift is available in three and five door bodystyles and three trim levels, SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4. All models get ESP stability control and seven airbags as standard which is very commendable on Suzuki's part.

Cost of Usership

While the Swift has always been cheap to buy and reliable, its fuel economy and CO2 emissions tended to let the overall cost of ownership down a little. That is no longer the case with this 1.2-litre model achieving some outstanding returns at the pumps. The 1.2-litre engine is capable of 56.5mpg on the combined cycle while the emissions are just 116g/km. This is reduced to 113g/km if the Auto Stop Start option is selected.

Summary

You can see why Suzuki have high hopes for this Swift model. Now that the 1.2-litre petrol version we've tested here has highly class-competitive fuel and CO2 figures, the overall package is one that rivals will have to take more seriously, good looking, well built, decently equipped and good to drive. Undeniably, there are still more sensible superminis around. Still, sometimes sensible can wait.

CO2 (g/km)
108
HC+NOx
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
124
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1242
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Engine Code
K12C
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery
MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears
5 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
5
WLTP - MPG - Comb
51.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
51.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
51.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
46.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
46.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
46.2
WLTP - MPG - High
59.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
59.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
59.4
WLTP - MPG - Low
44
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
44
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
44
WLTP - MPG - Medium
57.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
57.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
57.1
Badge Engine CC
1.2
Badge Power
90
Based On ID
79652
Coin Description
Dualjet
Coin Series
Attitude
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
25D
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
Not Available
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
83
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
75
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
3
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
69
NCAP Safety Assist %
25
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Special Edition
Yes
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
Not Available
Timing Belt Interval Mileage
Not Available
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
11.9
Engine Power - BHP
90
Engine Power - KW
66
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
89
Engine Torque - MKG
12.2
Engine Torque - NM
120
Engine Torque - RPM
4400
Top Speed
111
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
185/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear
185/55 R16
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style
Not Available
Wheel Type
16" ALLOY
Height
1495
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
3840
Wheelbase
2450
Width
1735
Width (including mirrors)
Not Available
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
37
Gross Vehicle Weight
1365
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
579
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
265
Max. Loading Weight
475
Minimum Kerbweight
890
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
9.6

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Transmission Manual Manual Manual Automatic Manual Manual
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol Diesel
Seats 5 5 5 5 5 5
Doors 5 5 5 5 5 5
CO2 108 g/km 105 g/km 130 g/km 125 g/km 116 g/km 90 g/km
MPG - - 49.6 51.4 55.4 -
BHP 90 100 90 130 140 102
0 to 62 11.9 sec - 13.2 sec 10.1 sec 9.0 sec -

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