Suzuki Philippines inc. aims to be the customer's brand of choice for having a name with heritage of trust and reliability. It believes in the motto of “small cars for a big future” and going by that motto only it came out with a car named Suzuki Swift which is a five seater hatchback. Philippines always needed a car with a high ground clearance to get a decent chance against floods, and with the Swift all its prayers got answered. It is fully loaded with all the premium features to make driving smooth yet thrilling.
Engine, mileage and variants
This hatchback has been integrated with a 1.2 litre DOHC, 4 cylinder 16 valve , VVT engine with multipoint fuel injection which has the ability to displace 1197 cc. It can produce a maximum power of 87 hp at 6000 rpm along with a peak torque of 114 Nm at 4000 rpm. It comes with an option of 5 speed manual transmission gearbox or 4 speed automatic transmission gearbox, which sends the power output to its front wheels. The Swift accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in 12.3 seconds and achieves a top speed of 165 kmph. It returns a combined fuel consumption of 5 litre per 100 km which is exceptional.
Swift comes out to be a neat looking car with a well sculpted body. The arched headlights in the front with black criss cross grille in between and fog lamps on the lower side gives it a sporty look . Its total length and width measures 3850 mm and 1695 mm respectively. The overall height comes to 1530 mm with a decent wheelbase of 2430 mm. Towards the side profile of the car you can see body coloured door handles and body coloured side mirrors with turn signals integrated into it. The body of this hatchback is designed ergonomically and one feature which its competitors doesn't have is the rear spoiler. It is integrated with 15 inch alloy wheels with tires of size of 185/65 R15.
The all black interiors of the Suzuki Swift look stylish and sleek. The plastic used overall looks hard and of high quality reflecting a great craftsmanship. The seats are very comfortable and can move four ways but the steering wheel only adjusts for tilt. With a boot space of 210 litres it provides a roomier cabin along with a wider legroom thanks to its redesigned seat configuration and thinner interior side panels. Its has got a multi information display panel which shows the average fuel consumption, driving range, digital clock and exterior temperature. You also get an additional feature of USB connectivity that allows you to connect your devices and then operate it through main console.
Safety, braking and miscellaneous
The braking system of this hatchback is quite efficient that is further enhanced by an anti lock braking system (ABS) which gives it a nice grip on the road. Other features which help the driver avoid accidents are A/T shift lock and high mount stop lamp. The dual airbags in the front would help you to avoid any kind of casualty during a head on collision with another vehicle or object. The other features which could protect you in the event of crash are collapsible steering column, side impact beams and Suzuki's very own patented TECT design on body.
Swift turns out to be one of the best valued cars among the current hatchbacks. It gives up a bit in the interior space but is a wonderful car to drive. Thanks to the improved engine and transmission. Overall, the car would not disappoint you.