Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

2005 Model a Real Good Buy

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

2005 Model a Real Good Buy

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Byline: EWAN KENNEDY

SUZUKI Swift is a fun little hatchback that's offered on Australia's used-car market in two quite different forms. It was a hit in the 1980s and 90s, but discontinued in 2000. Older models are close to their use-by date and we won't examine them here. Instead we will concentrate on the all-new Swift that first arrived in February 2005.

An updated Swift was introduced to Australia in February 2011, but we'll ignore it also as it's still scarce in the used sector.

The 2005 Suzuki Swift is significantly bigger than the older ones, giving it a better ride and a more relaxed interior. Best of all is the styling. The chunky lines appeal to just about everyone and they respond well to being dressed up. Bigger wheels and tyres works wonders in the visual stakes and adding the right body kit makes it something special to the owner.

The Suzuki Swift isn't only about looks, though. It has a well-sorted suspension and provides driving pleasure to those who like sharp steering. Good throttle response from the engine is another fun factor.

Swift has good interior space for a car in the 3.7 metre class. Obviously there isn't space for large adults, but the little Suzuki lets you juggle the seats to get the best from the interior space. The front seats have plenty of fore and aft adjustment and the driver's seat can be raised and lowered.

Boot space is good for a car of this size, though small in absolute terms. There's the usual option of folding down the seat back in various ways to make it a better luggage carrier.

Two adults and a couple of kids fit nicely, though the most common use of Swift is for a single or couple.

Power comes from a twin-cam, multi-valve engine, with a capacity of 1.5 litres in most models. It puts out a handy 74 kW and 122 Nm. The latter comes to a plateau at 3000 rpm and remains there until the tacho gets to 4000 rpm.

There's also a Sport model with a bigger engine, but more about it soon.

Many Swifts in Australia have a five-speed manual gearbox, which is probably the pick of the transmissions in a car of this class. There's also the option of a four-speed automatic transmission, but not in the Swift Sport. …

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