In this day and age does size re­ally mat­ter? checks out Suzuki’s new 4x4 su­per­mini.

Iain Doo­ley

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentmotors -

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.

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