Suzuki Swift Overview
The Suzuki Swift is a subcompact hatchback and one of Suzuki Philippines’ notable nameplates since it was initially launched. The Swift has seen several generations abroad and two in the local market. It’s also one of the popular cars of the automaker, along with the Ertiga and the Jimny.
The current iteration of the Swift is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that can be coupled to either a 5-speed manual or CVT. it rides on Suzuki’s TECT chassis making the vehicle safer and stiffer. Other notable features include its LED lights and its 8-inch infotainment system for the highest trim.
Suzuki Swift Launch
The current-generation of Suzuki Swift was launched on June 28, 2018 along with its sedan counterpart, the Dzire. Compared to the older model it was replacing, the new Swift features a new design language and got rid of the boxy design of the model it was replacing. It was launched with three variants – the first being a 5-speed manual and the rest being CVTs. Trim levels came in the GL and GLX, the GL had the option for a manual transmission while the GLX only came in a CVT.
The Swift was launched with a price tag that ranges from P755,000 to P899,000.
Suzuki Swift Chassis, Platform & Powertrain
The Suzuki Swift is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that produces 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque. While this engine is smaller than what could be had with previous models, it promises to be more fuel-efficient. With that in mind, the 1.2-liter mill is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT to further add emphasis to efficiency.
The Japanese hatchback sits on a light and highly rigid body which uses Suzuki’s Heartect platform. On top of this new chassis, the Japanese car manufacturer has added its TECT technology making the vehicle safer in the event of a crash. For stopping power, the hatchback comes with ventilated disc brakes in the front and solid disc brakes in the rear.
Suzuki Swift Driving Performance
Powered by the K12M gasoline power plant that shares with its sedan version, the Dzire, the Swift is an effective city cruiser as it is outside the Metro. The CVT won't do you any favors if you’re after straight-line speed but what lacks in power it will more than make up for in fuel efficiency. The Swift can easily get up to 11.5km/l in the city, depending on traffic and 21.5 km/l on the highway. Note that these figures are what we got during our tests and results may vary depending on route, driving habits, and traffic conditions.
Suzuki Swift Technology Features
The Suzuki Swift can either be had with a 7 or 8-inch touch screen depending on the variant. The touchscreen head unit features Bluetooth, USB, and AUX input. All these features help make your daily commute a little less boring. Sound is sent through 4 speakers, two in the front and two in the rear. Air condition controls can either come in manual or automatic depending on the variant chosen. It also comes with a push-start ignition depending on the variant choice.
Suzuki Swift Exterior
The Swift features a softer and sultrier exterior compared to the model it replaced. The hatchback features LED projector-type headlamps which are paired with LED daytime running lights. LED lights can also be found in the fog lights as well as in the taillights.
Suzuki Swift Interior
The interior of the Swift features black fabric seats all around, matched with the general black aesthetic of the car. Those who will want to carry little children around will be happy to know that the seats of the Swift come with child seat anchors. It also comes with automatic air conditioning depending on the variant. In case more cargo space is needed, the rear seats can easily be folded with one touch.
Suzuki Swift Safety
For safety, the Suzuki Swift carries two airbags, one for the passenger and one for the driver, coupled with standard ABS and EBD. It also features electronic locks and central locking to add more convenience to the vehicle. Standard in the vehicle is 3 point seatbelts for all five passengers.
The Swift also comes with a pedestrian injury mitigation body. It helps prevent major injury to pedestrians in case of a crash. In addition, the swift is equipped with an impact-absorbing body design that utilizes Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT). The technology helps disperse and absorb the energy from a crash.
The Suzuki Swift got a 4-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP testing.
Suzuki Swift Pros and Cons
What you'll like about the Suzuki Swift is its lighting as it features LED lights for the headlights. These give the vehicle excellent vision during the night or during rainy weather conditions. The vehicle also has an impressive fuel economy and the dashboard design was executed nicely.
On the other hand, the cons for the subcompact hatch are that it lacks speed-sensing door locks as well as it has a relatively weak air conditioning system that may struggle to keep you cool when the weather gets hot. The overall handling of the vehicle is one of its weaker points.
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