In this day and age does size really matter? checks out Suzuki’s new 4x4 supermini.
retaining the Swift’s compact footprint, agile driving characteristics and don’t particularly need a lofty SUVstyle driving position, the Swift 4x4 certainly sounds like a decent alternative. For the UK, buyers are presented with a refreshingly simple choice: one engine and one bodystyle. Believing that the heavily lifting will always be done by a regular SUV, the Swift 4x4 is powered by the firm’s familiar 1.2-litre petrol motor and wrapped in a five-door body. For moderately taxing conditions the unit’s 93bhp should be ample. Its freerevving nature ensures progress is brisk, and it’s no hardship to zip through the car’s manual five-speed gearbox. Suzuki’s done more than simply add a few extra oily bits to the Swift, though. So that it’s not perceived to be all mouth and no trousers, the 4x4 supermini has been fitted with a suspension set-up to maximize the all-wheel drive system’s potential. In the real world the Swift 4x4 proves more than adept at coping with adverse conditions. Firing up a big SUV just to go to the local shops doesn’t seem right when the Swift will do the job just as well.