IT’S BEEN ANOTHER COUPLE of months with the Swift and it’s proving to be quite a city companion. It’s not exactly tiny, but manages to make its way effectively around town with ease, handling everything from crowded lanes and highway stretches with aplomb. It recently went for its service and I am happy to report nothing needed fixing. Just an oil top-up and regular checks taken care of, and she is back with me, good as new.
Of late, with rising pollution levels and the inevitable smoke from burning on winter mornings, the wellinsulated cabin and fast-working air-con are definitely big pluses. The biggest joy for me, even after all these months, still remains the tractability of the diesel engine and its ability to make the most of low-range revs, yet build up a head of steam and pile on the speed when necessary.
The Swift has had its fair share of highway runs and has always been a dependable runabout at the push of a button. It swallows up camera bags and luggage — with the parcel shelf out, there’s no need to open the hatch to access anything from the bags, should the need arise. That’s proper hatchback practicality at its best.