The Suzuki Swift is not the most spacious, comfortable or affordable compact car on the market. But he is one of the liveliest – at least with the right heart.
In times in which small cars strive for size, price and appearance towards the compact class, the Suzuki Swift remains faithful for years. Even in the current generation of small Japanese is not one of the most mature, but the agile representatives of its class – at least, if you treat yourself to the stronger of the two engines.
At just under 3.90 meters in length, the Swift remains well below the four-meter limit, the competitors such as VW Polo, Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta long beyond. This facilitates the Durchfuseln in city traffic and the search for parking immensely, while the interior space is naturally impaired. Above all, the trunk is very small and with its high sill also only awkward to equip. Anyone who wants to stow more than the weekend shopping, therefore, early forced to rearrange the backrests, which, however, results in an impractical step in the loading floor. The passengers have a bit more spacious: two adults can sit in the rear, thanks to the high roof, they are also allowed to be taller than the average citizen, but a third passenger can barely accommodate even mid-sized neighbors. The front is classically typical, no one has to feel constrained, which is supported by the large windows. However, the seating is rather tight at each seat and too softly padded for longer periods of sitting.
In general, one notices the Japanese to such details the cost-sensitive design: In quite well-designed interior is much hard plastic, the insulation against engine and road noise is rather moderate and the gear selector needs from time to time a little emphasis, as desired by the Shift gates to slip. In addition, there is an unusual shortcoming: The sun visors for driver and front passenger are so short that they folded to the side barely cover a third of the window and unfold correspondingly little effect. This is the result of the very steep windshield, which is thus unusually far away from the driver during the transition to the headliner.
When choosing the engine, the Swift buyer has to make a fundamental decision that determines the character of the car. Suzuki offers as a basis a 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with 66 kW / 90 hp, which willingly turns up and without annoying noise, it still only slightly in the city with the only about a ton heavy small car in the city. While he seems quite alive there, behind the city exit sign, he runs out of air quickly, on the highway the sucker demands careful planning of overtaking. In return, he is very frugal with fuel and can be with about five liters move. The strongest argument next to the consumption: Instead of pure front-wheel drive is also to have four-wheel drive technology – in this vehicle class an absolute exception.
Significantly more powerful is the alternatively offered 1.0-liter turbo with 82 kW / 111 hp to works, which elicits a quite a bit of driving pleasure from the quite light Swift, the handle to the 103 kW / 140 hp top version, Swift Sport Although there is a small turbo lag, but the abundant power delivery after overcoming compensates for the slightly delayed throttle response when starting and accelerating.Outside, the elastic three-cylinder always sufficient reserves for an intermediate sprint and fun in the Despite the callous steering and the slightly bumpy running gear, however, the accelerated pace is much stronger than the weaker naturally aspirated engine, and consumption on the highway is expected to exceed 6 liters.In urban areas, thanks to the optional start-stop system with mild hybrid function, it can be pushed in the direction of five liters.
As a pure city car, the Swift with the turbo but overpowered; the stronger version is therefore the first choice for the highway or highway. The weaker engine is enough for the City-Flitzen, but lets the little Japanese lose a good part of his charm. And he lives on that – because in the remaining chapters the Suzuki can hardly score against the strong competition in this class. Competitors such as the Hyundai i20, Nissan Micra or Seat Ibiza have meanwhile hurried off in terms of ambiance as well as space and technical extras.
Most likely a purchase argument could be off the beaten turbo nor the price. Although about 13,800 euros for the bare 1.2-liter base model and 14,900 euros at neatly equipped “Club” are not special offers for such a small car, but with most competitors, you tend to pay more with similar equipment extent also for the 1.0-liter turbo, which is indeed with a proud 19.520 euros in the price list, but also comes largely fully equipped.Technical
data – Suzuki Swift:
five-door, five -seat small car with front or four-wheel drive, length: 3, 84 meters, width: 1.74 meters, height: 1.50 meters, wheelbase: 2.45 meters, trunk volume: 265 to 947 liters
1.2-liter four-cylinder, 66 kW / 90 hp at 6,000 rpm, maximum torque: 120 Nm at 4,400 rpm, 0-100 km / h: 11.9 s, Vmax: 180 km / h, average fuel consumption : 4.3 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 98 g / km, emissions standard: Euro 6, efficiency class C, test consumption: 4.8 l / 100 km, price from 13.790 Euro.
1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo petrol engine, five-speed gearbox, 82 kW / 112 hp at 5,500 rpm, maximum torque: 170 Nm at 2,000 rpm, 0-100 km / h: 10,6 s, Vmax: 195 km / h, average fuel consumption: 4.3 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 97 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6, efficiency class C, test consumption: 6.3 l / 100 km, price from 19.520 Euro.
Suzuki Swift – Short description:
Why: Because the small and light Swift with the turbo gasoline engine is a real racer
Why not: because he is average in almost every other way