SUZUKI

SUZUKI SWIFT HATCHBACK 1.2 Dualjet 83 12V Hybrid SZ5 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph13.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2111 g/km

With this improved take on the sixth generation version of their Swift supermini, Suzuki have stayed true to the design principles that have long served them in the small car sector, low running costs, light weight and a spacious cabin being the highlights. The car is now better equipped too, plus its very efficient thanks to enhanced 12V mild hybrid technology.

SWIFTLY DOES IT

Suzuki's sixth generation Swift supermini has been improved. But not beyond recognition. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

With this improved take on the sixth generation version of their Swift supermini, Suzuki have stayed true to the design principles that have long served them in the small car sector, low running costs, light weight and a spacious cabin being the highlights. The car is now better equipped too, plus its very efficient thanks to enhanced 12V mild hybrid technology.

Background

Buying a car from a budget brand isn't usually something anyone does by choice. But the cost savings over more familiar options are often hard to ignore, especially when it comes to superminis. So what if you could pay budget brand prices, yet get mainstream quality? That's exactly the proposition this little Suzuki Swift has always aimed to serve up. Previous Swift models have certainly been convincing in this way, more than a million of them having been sold in Europe since 2005. This improved version of the MK6 model benefits from Suzuki's growing understanding of mild hybrid technology. Pair that with this model line's usual light weight and an efficient little supermini seems in prospect.

Driving Experience

The Swift has always been quite entertaining to drive, mainly because of its relatively light weight; it still is. Engine-wise, the main change here is that Suzuki has standardised its 1.2-litre Dualjet mild hybrid petrol unit across all mainstream models. This 12V electrified powerplant was available previously, but this is an upgraded 'K12D' version of it, with a new fuel injection system that offers both more powerful response and higher fuel efficiency. This balance is made possible through advances that include an electric intake VVT (variable valve timing), along with a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets. The powerplant's mild hybrid system now features a much bigger lithium-ion battery (increased in size from 3Ah to 10Ah). Engine output is 83PS, with a modest 107Nm of pulling power facilitating a 0-62mph time of 12.2s in the CVT auto variant (you can also have a manual). You have to have a manual if you want the ALLGRIP 4WD variant that continues on at the top of the range; that's a rare thing, a 4WD supermini. At the top of the Swift range, the Swift Sport hot hatch features a 1.4-litre Boosterjet mild hybrid unit with 129PS and a 48V electrified system. Both the 'SHVS' or 'Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki' mild hybrid engines work much as before; they can't ever power the car independently by battery (as a full-hybrid model like a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Jazz could), but the battery you do get under the driver's seat helps out in acceleration (around 50Nm of extra torque for up to 30 seconds) and powers the stop/start system. The SHVS set-up harvests kinetic energy when you brake and converts it into electrical energy.

Design and Build

Suzuki hasn't altered the looks of this facelifted model too much, though as usual with a mid-term update, the front grille and headlamps have been re-styled. Blacked-out B-pillars give the roof a 'floating' look and the tail lamps now feature LED illumination on all models. Otherwise, things are much as before with this 5-door-only sixth generation model, which remains compact at just 3,840mm long. Familiar Swift design cues include the wraparound windscreen and the smiley lower air intake. The car remains exceptionally light, just 925kg. Inside, the cabin hasn't been altered at all - which means you get the same 7-inch centre-dash touchscreen, which has rather dated graphics but includes Apple CarPlay smartphone-mirroring. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more. Cabin storage space isn't that great - the glovebox is notably small - but a relatively long wheelbase delivers more interior space than the exterior dimensions suggest you'll get. Two fully-sized adults will be quite happy in the rear, as will three kids. The boot's bigger than you might expect too, with capacity rated at 265-litres. That's easily enough for a couple of carry-on bags.

Market and Model

Affordability has always been a Swift strength and like so much else, that hasn't changed with the latest car. There's no three-door bodystyle these days and prices start at around £14,800 for the base 'SZ-L' variant. Another £1,500 gets you the mid-range 'SZ-T' derivative and the option of CVT auto transmission. The top 'SZ5' version, which requires a budget of nearly £18,000 can be had with a CVT option or, if you're happy with a stick shift, can be had in 'ALLGRIP' 4x4 form - for around £19,000. The Swift Sport hot hatch with its 1.4-litre 48V mild hybrid Boosterjet engine, costs around £21,500. Even the base 'SZ-L' variant is pretty well equipped, with air conditioning, a rear view camera, Radar Brake Support with Adaptive Cruise Control and a Smartphone link display audio system with DAB radio. There's also a leather steering wheel, privacy glass, LED Headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, front fog lamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels and front electric windows. The SZ-T adds grey painted 16-inch alloy wheels, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Weaving Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and rear parking sensors. The top SZ5 adds Navigation, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, rear electric windows and door mirror side turn indicators.

Cost of Ownership

While the Swift has always been cheap to buy and reliable, its fuel economy and CO2 emissions once tended to let the overall cost of ownership down a little, but more recently, that's been no longer the case as Suzuki has got into gear with its mild hybrid engine tech. this improved model's K12D engine improves things further, managing very competitive WLTP readings - 57.2mpg on the combined cycle and 111g/km of CO2. that's with manual transmission. The upgraded 12V Hybrid system that features on mainstream Swift models is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor. The ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW with a torque figure of 50Nm and the components of the system add just 6.2kg to the overall weight of the car. What about other costs? Well, every version comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty to match most rivals. There's also a year's breakdown cover that extends across the whole of Europe and includes roadside recovery. A 12-year anti-rust guarantee comes with the car too. Service stops are needed every year. Once your Swift has been registered for three years, it will become eligible for Suzuki's fixed price service package which will enable you to get servicing carried out for a single fixed price that will include parts, labour and VAT. There are around 180 Suzuki dealers in the UK and they're noted for excellent customer service. You can also even cut the cost of regular maintenance with a 'Service Payment Plan' that covers you for anything between one and three garage visits.

Summary

The Swift has always been known as the thinking person's supermini selection - and very little has changed in that regard with this improved version of the sixth generation model. You come away from looking at one thinking that Suzuki deserves a higher profile than it currently enjoys in the UK - but maybe that's the way Swift owners like it. This isn't a supermini that most of those who'll settle for a Fiesta or a Corsa will ever consider. But it's an alternative they should have tried before signing on the dotted line. Here's an affordable car that doesn't feel like one. And a well kept secret that doesn't deserve to remain that way.

  • Green tinted glass
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • 2 speed wipers+intermittent wipe
  • Rear privacy glass

  • Anti-lock Brake System + Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme + traction control
  • Hill hold control
  • Foot protecting brake and clutch pedals
  • Dual sensor brake support

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Weaving alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Speed limiter
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear parking camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Power assisted steering

  • Remote fuel cap release
  • Automatic start/stop system

  • Colour LCD information display
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Lights on warning
  • Tachometer
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Navigation system
  • Trip computer
  • Fuel consumption screen
  • Outside temperature display

  • Heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Door mirrors with built-in turn signal lamp

  • Silver instrument panel and interior door trim

  • Auxiliary input socket
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB interface
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • 4 speakers + 2 tweeters
  • 4 speakers

  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Black front grille chrome
  • Black coloured A & B pillars

  • LED number plate light
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED position lamps
  • LED projector headlamps with DRL
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist
  • High mounted stop lamp
  • Automatic headlights
  • 'Guide me home' headlamps
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Front fog lights

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Pollen filter
  • Heater

  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel
  • Centre console storage
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Accessory socket
  • Door pockets with bottle holder
  • 3 cupholders
  • Glovebox
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front passenger side assist grip
  • Rear assist grips
  • Chrome handbrake release button
  • Gear shift indicator
  • 12V Accessory socket in front console
  • Centre lower box

  • Front map light
  • Luggage area lamp

  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • 3 point ELR seatbelts front and rear
  • Passenger airbag
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Curtain airbags
  • Side airbags
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Driver airbag
  • 3 point ELR seatbelts for centre seat
  • Tyre pressure indicator
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters

  • Rear headrests
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • 2 Isofix seat anchors
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat
  • Front head restraints

  • Deadlocks
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Key in reminder
  • Remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Freewheeling key cylinders

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors

  • 16" Polished alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 88
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 111

  • Engine Code: K12D
  • CC: 1197
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 65.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 65.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 57.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 83
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 69
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 25
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 3
  • Badge Power: 83
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.2
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SZ5
  • Coin Description: Dualjet 83 12V Hybrid
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: N
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - BHP: 83
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 13.1
  • Top Speed: 112
  • Engine Power - KW: 61
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 79
  • Engine Torque - NM: 107
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 14.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 185/55 R16
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 185/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

  • Length: 3845
  • Width: 1735
  • Wheelbase: 2450
  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1495
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 265
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 579
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.6
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 911
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1365
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 37
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 400
  • Max. Loading Weight: 454

  • Metallic paint: £485
  • Pearlescent paint: £485
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Two Tone Metallic paint: £650

  • Metallic - Premium silver: £485
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £485
  • Metallic - Speedy blue: £485

  • Pearl - Burning red: £485
  • Pearl - Pure white: £485
  • Pearl - Super black: £485

  • Solid - Fervent red: £0

  • Two tone Metallic - Burning red pearl/Super black: £650
  • Two tone Metallic - Speedy blue/Super black: £650
  • Two tone Metallic - Flame orange/Super black: £650

  • Cloth - Grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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