Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Swiftly Does It; Suzuki's Swift Supermini Has Been Improved, but Not beyond Recognition. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Swiftly Does It; Suzuki's Swift Supermini Has Been Improved, but Not beyond Recognition. JONATHAN CROUCH Reports

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Byline: JONATHAN CROUCH

WITH the current 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, high quality and a spacious cabin being the highlights.

For the latest model year, the range has been refined and extra equipment added. Other changes have included the addition of a 4x4 model and a five-door Sport bodystyle. Plus there's a frugal 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine as an option. Overall, it's all enough to ensure that the Swift remains an appealing package.

Nearly all UK Swift customers choose 94PS 1.2-litre petrol power - so many, in fact, that the old 1.3-litre DDiS diesel unit has been discontinued. Thanks to an advanced variable valve timing system that controls the intake and exhaust valves on each cylinder to optimise performance, the green pump 1.2 is reassuringly high-tech. Its useful output is a lot for a 1.2-litre engine, as is its 118Nm of torque.

The 0-62mph trial takes 12.3s and the top speed is 103mph. As an alternative to topspec SZ4 customers, there's a torquier, greener 90PS Dualjet 1.2-litre petrol powerplant.

Customers of the Swift Sport hot hatch get a 1.6-litre petrol unit good for 62mph in 8.7s on the way to 121mph. As for the 4x4 version, it's based on an ordinary 1.2-litre petrol variant and features a proven and simple fully automatic and permanent 4-wheel drive system which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling.

Great for those living in rural areas who don't want to stretch to a small SUV.

If you haven't checked out this Swift for some time but are familiar with the model, you might notice that the latest versions have been treated to a minor wash 'n brush-up running to things like a redesigned front bumper and grille and silver detailing to the lower front bumper. …

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