Suzuki Swift – Fun To Drive Family Hatch – The renowned Japanese automaker Suzuki is known for its sumptuous fleet packed with advanced aspects and power churners under the hood. Though this company was established more than a century ago but it jumped into automotive manufacturing in the year 1937. With a long line-up consisting hatches, sedans and MPVs, Suzuki is a name which is taken with respect in the automotive world. One of its creations, Suzuki Swift, is carrying this legacy forward making the manufacturer proud with the elevating sales figures. Swift was launched in the year 1983 for the first time and is in its third generation since 2010. While this drive has gone through major changes thrice till now, there have been numerous minor changes and modifications given to it over these 2 decades to suit the needs of the customers.
Let’s check out what this stylish hatch has within to offer to its prospective customers –
Decently Powered Engines
Suzuki Swift comes packed with 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre engines across its trims. So, both of these engines are offered in the standard trim but the Si (sport inspired) variant is available only with the 1.2-litre engine. The 1.2-litre engine knocks out 87 hp of high power at 6000 rpm along with 114 Nm of high torque at 4000 rpm while the 1.4-litre engine is capable of delivering 95 hp of peak power at 6000 rpm and 130 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm. Both of these engines come mated with either 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. Talking about the fuel economy, the 1.2-litre engine can run up to 20 kmpl while the 1.4-litre bigger engine shows a mileage of 15 kmpl in standard conditions.
Structure & Styling
Swift is counted among one of those subcompact hatches which carry neat and subtle styling, good enough to attract anyone. The well-sculpted structure has glossy black criss-cross radiator grille with arched headlamps by its side. The exterior is crafted keeping sporty appeal keeping the interest of youth in mind while the bold and stylish design enhanced its overall stance to attract customers who are looking for a family-oriented hatch. Though Swift is a subcompact hatch but it comes with decent dimensions worth 3850 mm x 1695 mm x 1530 mm (L X W X H) along with wheelbase counting to 2430 mm. For stability and safety, this drive has been appointed with 15-inch alloy wheels along with 185/65 R15 tires.
Cabin & Comfort
Suzuki has given a sleek and stylish all-black interior trim to its swift which enhances the sporty appeal of this drive. The plastic material used on the dash and interior is of high-quality. The dashboard reflects a great work of craftsmanship with intelligently plotted gauges. Though this is a subcompact hatch but that makes no difference in the comfort of the 5 occupants in terms of cabin space. All the trims have power windows, door locks and side mirrors to add on the convenience. Coming to the entertainment onboard, Swift has a standard audio system which is GPS ready with touchscreen audio unit in the 1.2-litre engine trim while the 1.4-litre engine variants has got an advanced facility comprising CD player, MP3, USB, AUX and 6 speakers. A boot space worth 210-litre, which can be enhanced to a maximum of 533-litre, is also provided at the rear.
The Japanese manufacturer has ensured to offer decent aspects so that the passengers onboard may feel safe and secure. All the trims come equipped with dual airbags for the driver and front seat passenger. Also, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) is also provided in this subcompact hatch. This system prevents the wheels from locking while applying brakes on high speed and distribute the force of the applied brakes equally on all 4 wheels. With all these safety features, engine immobilizer is also provided in this Suzuki drive to prevent it from any theft.
Suzuki Swift comes with a starting price of PhP 638,000 for the 1.2 M/T trim which is pretty competitive keeping the aspects and brand value in mind. Overall, Suzuki Swift 2015 looks like a perfect family hatch for those who are looking for something better than an entry-level car with decent features and economical engine.