SUZUKI

SUZUKI SWIFT HATCHBACK 1.2 Dualjet 83 12V Hybrid SZ-T 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph13.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2111 g/km

SWIFT BY NAME..

Suzuki's Swift is a rather left-field supermini choice but for all that, a very good one, thinks June Neary

Will It Suit Me?

Suzuki's Swift supermini has reinvented itself - but you wouldn't know it from a quick glance. Check out this fourth generation model, as I did recently, and you might be forgiven for thinking that you were looking at the previous MK3 model version. Get familiar with the car though, and it becomes easy to see where improvements had been made.

Practicalities

As with the old Swift, this one's certainly very shapely, familiar cues including the wraparound windscreen, the upright headlamps and the smiley lower air intake. This five-door-only MK4 model is 40mm wider than its predecessor, but also 10mm shorter and 15mm lower. More significantly, thanks to its new platform, it's also significantly lighter, tipping the scales at a mere 890kgs in entry-level trim. Even the hybrid version is just 925kg. Cabin space is improved but the designers couldn't work miracles, so this is still 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. One bugbear of mine is the need to be constantly manipulating tiny, fiddly audio and climate buttons and Suzuki at least have made some attempt to get away from this irritating design practice, opting instead opted for big, easy to reach dial-type controls. The audio system can also be operated from a set of optional wheel-mounted switches. One thing you notice, particularly sitting in the back, is that the Swift is wide - wider in fact than most other cars in the supermini class. Coupled with a long wheelbase and compact engines, this frees up plenty of room in the cabin and allows for a decently sized 265-litre luggage area. The plush model I tried featured keyless entry for simple door unlocking, engine start-up and locking. With this system, there's no fumbling, and no need to insert a key or press a remote. Instead, as long as you're carrying the key, or it's in a pocket or bag, the system detects its presence and unlocks the car. The doors are opened simply by pressing a button on either front door handle, while the engine is started by twisting the ignition key housing. As soon as you walk away from the car, the system detects the key's absence and the car is locked and immobilised. Neat.

Behind the Wheel

There are two engines for customers to choose from. There's an 90bhp 1.2-litre four cylinder Dualjet unit mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Or a 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged 'Boosterjet' powerplant which offers 111bhp and can be ordered with auto transmission. The 'Bosterjet' powerplant can be had with the option of mild hybrid assistance. Suzuki calls it 'SHVS' or 'Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki' technology and it's based around the use of what's called an 'Integrated Starter Generator' powered by a tiny 0.2 kWh lithium-ion battery that sits under the driver's seat. This set-up harvests kinetic energy when you brake and converts it into electrical energy. Not the kind that could take you short distances on electric power alone - the battery isn't big enough to allow for that. Instead, the regenerated energy is used to power the standard engine stop/start system and also to provide a mild extra power boost as you accelerate - around 50Nm of extra torque for up to 30 seconds. 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's no longer the case, with the latest model achieving some standout returns at the pumps. The 90bhp 1.2-litre variant manages 65.7mpg on the combined cycle and 98g/km of CO2. The 1.0-litre turbo 'Boosterjet' engine manages 61.4mpg on the combined cycle and 104g/km of CO2. It's worth looking at the mild hybrid option. This set-up reduces CO2 emissions by 7g/km, improves fuel economy by 4.3mpg and saves £20 on first year VED tax.

Value For Money

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 any more and prices start at around £11,000 for the 'SZ3' variant, but most models will be sold in the £13,000 to £15,000 bracket. The 'SZ3'-trimmed variant comes with six airbags, air conditioning, a leather steering wheel, a DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body coloured door mirrors and front electric windows.

Could I Live With One?

The best small Suzuki yet - by some margin. The trick for dealers of course will be in letting people know that this car actually exists, let alone getting them to try it. For those that take the plunge however, a trendier, more interesting view of supermini motoring awaits.

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

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

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

  • Remote fuel cap release
  • Automatic start/stop system

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

  • Heated door mirrors
  • Electric door mirrors

  • White instrument panel and front door trim

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

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

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

  • Heater
  • Air conditioning
  • Pollen filter

  • Tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • Glovebox
  • Cloth seat trim
  • 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
  • 12V Accessory socket in front console
  • Centre lower box
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Chrome handbrake release button
  • Front passenger side assist grip

  • Luggage area lamp
  • Front map light

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

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

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

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors

  • 16" Painted 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: SZ-T
  • 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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