Suzuki’s well-built and durable little goer is a neat fit for gen Y buyers CRAIG DUFF email@example.com
Little Suzuki puts engineering over aesthetics. The Thaibuilt goer punches above its weight
THAILAND ranks behind only Japan as the source for cars sold in Australia. Last year 171,878 Thai-built cars were sold here, so a Thai version of the Suzuki Swift is a good thing done cheaper.
The Swift continues to punch well above its weight thanks to its reputation for simple, reliable motoring. So far this year it has outsold the Ford Fiesta, Kia Rio and Holden Barina. The Swift’s mid-life update can only help, with the popular mid-range GL model adding cruise control and Bluetooth to compete better on the features front.
Swift buyers appreciate the model’s solidity, in perception and in build. The 1.4-litre engine is far from the most powerful in the class but, mated to the fivespeed manual, it is an enthusiastic and proven performer.
Bluetooth is a long overdue addition, particularly given the young demographic that buys this car. Likewise the steeringwheel mounted cruise control system is a licence-saver in Australia. Suzuki says the upgrades to the GL are worth $850 and the updated model’s price rises by only $300.
The four-speed auto is a $2000 option and metallic paint adds $475.
The update is cosmetic but, oldschool four-speed auto apart, that isn’t a bad thing. Propelled by a modest 70kW/130Nm, but a genuine lightweight at 1025kg, the Swift hustles respectably to 100km/h in under 10 seconds.
Fuel consumption, or the lack of it, is another selling point. Suzuki’s claimed 5.5L/100km translates into low 7s in suburban driving, making this one of the most frugal petrol cars in this segment. The
City slicker: The Swift does the job around town