Swift is a lit­tle flyer

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS -

con­sump­tion will not break the bank ei­ther at up to a shade over 50mpg.

For that you get a great kit list which in­cludes adap­tive cruise con­trol, rear park­ing cam­era, key­less en­try and start, a touch screen in­fo­tain­ment and sat­nav sys­tem (with DAB ra­dio and smart­phone links), a sec­ond screen built into the in­stru­ment bin­na­cle show­ing driv­ing in­for­ma­tion, au­to­matic air con, lights and wipers, 17” al­loy wheels, rear pri­vacy glass and a raft of the lat­est safety sys­tems.

This is the third gen­er­a­tion Swift Sport and, like its fore­bears, the lat­est ver­sion is a driv­ing gem.

The old car’s re­spon­sive 1.6litre engine is re­placed by that slightly more pow­er­ful lat­est gen­er­a­tion tur­bocharged 1.4 boost­er­jet, where forced in­duc­tion has al­most dou­bled the torque. The new car is also lighter by around 70kg – brought about largely by re­designed sus­pen­sion com­po­nents and a stiffer but lighter new body.

In de­sign terms the di­men­sions are largely un­changed apart from the chas­sis sits 50mm closer to the Tar­mac than non-Sport Swifts and 40mm wider. Suzuki claims new in­take strakes along with engine and floor un­der­cov­ers also help re­duce wind re­sis­tance by a tenth.

The lat­est Swift range (which starts from £12,000 for the 1-litre, three-cylin­der su­per fuel ef­fi­cient SZ3) was launched ear­lier this year to great ac­claim and is now com­pleted by this top-ofthe-range per­for­mance ver­sion.

And Suzuki is cel­e­brat­ing some very good news at the mo­ment from the re­sults of the 2018 What Car? Re­li­a­bil­ity Sur­vey in which read­ers re­port on their own­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter the first year and up to four years old.

Of the 31 car brands mea­sured, Suzuki was at the top of the league ta­ble with a score of 97.7 per cent and even when mea­sured at over four years old Suzuki re­mained in the top five with a score of 88.4pc.

Over a week of driv­ing the Swift Sport I be­came quite at­tached to the lit­tle car and am sure Suzuki will con­tinue their win­ning for­mula with this lat­est ver­sion.

More in­for­ma­tion at www. suzuki.co.uk

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