Global recall leaves a dent but this little dynamo should shake off concerns — quickly
top-selling model due to a defect that may lead to petrol leaks. About 109,000 Swifts that had been manufactured between September 2010 and April 2012 were recalled globally.
Our latest long-termer escaped the recall, but not the stigma now attached to it. Which shouldn’t take long to shake off, for there is good reason that the Swift is Suzuki’s biggest seller. It’s just a bloody good little jigger. Cheap to buy and run with excellent spec and safety, the top-spec Sport model’s tunedup engine, stiffer suspension and extra goodies make it a prime candidate for city dwellers who need compact transport by day, and a bit more spirit on weekend escapes.
But will it prove to be worth the price hike over the popular base car— and live up to its name as a mini hot-hatch alternative?
The Sport is its top-of-the-line variant, starting at $23,990 for our six-speed manual, and $2000 more for a CVT auto with paddle shifters.
Some may baulk at the price, particularly when the base car sells from $15,990.
The price premium brings a power and torque bump of 30kW/30Nm, and the addition of 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, cruise control, climate control aircon, Bluetooth phone and audio.
The eye-popping yellow hue is exclusive to the Sport models is the only option at $475.
As far as top tech goes, the drivetrain is relatively unremarkable. The 1.6-litre four-potter develops 100kW
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