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SUZUKI SWIFT HATCHBACK

1.2 Dualjet 83 12V Hybrid SZ-L 5dr

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Suzuki's sixth generation Swift supermini has been improved. But not beyond recognition. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Buying a car from a budget brand isn't usually something anyone does by choice. But the cost savings over more familiar options are often hard to ignore, especially when it comes to superminis. So what if you could pay budget brand prices, yet get mainstream quality? That's exactly the proposition this little Suzuki Swift has always aimed to serve up. Previous Swift models have certainly been convincing in this way, more than a million of them having been sold in Europe since 2005. This improved version of the MK6 model benefits from Suzuki's growing understanding of mild hybrid technology. Pair that with this model line's usual light weight and an efficient little supermini seems in prospect.

Driving Experience

The Swift has always been quite entertaining to drive, mainly because of its relatively light weight; it still is. Engine-wise, the main change here is that Suzuki has standardised its 1.2-litre Dualjet mild hybrid petrol unit across all mainstream models. This 12V electrified powerplant was available previously, but this is an upgraded 'K12D' version of it, with a new fuel injection system that offers both more powerful response and higher fuel efficiency. This balance is made possible through advances that include an electric intake VVT (variable valve timing), along with a variable displacement oil pump and electric piston cooling jets. The powerplant's mild hybrid system now features a much bigger lithium-ion battery (increased in size from 3Ah to 10Ah). Engine output is 83PS, with a modest 107Nm of pulling power facilitating a 0-62mph time of 12.2s in the CVT auto variant (you can also have a manual). You have to have a manual if you want the ALLGRIP 4WD variant that continues on at the top of the range; that's a rare thing, a 4WD supermini. At the top of the Swift range, the Swift Sport hot hatch features a 1.4-litre Boosterjet mild hybrid unit with 129PS and a 48V electrified system. Both the 'SHVS' or 'Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki' mild hybrid engines work much as before; they can't ever power the car independently by battery (as a full-hybrid model like a Toyota Yaris or a Honda Jazz could), but the battery you do get under the driver's seat helps out in acceleration (around 50Nm of extra torque for up to 30 seconds) and powers the stop/start system. The SHVS set-up harvests kinetic energy when you brake and converts it into electrical energy.

Design and Build

Suzuki hasn't altered the looks of this facelifted model too much, though as usual with a mid-term update, the front grille and headlamps have been re-styled. Blacked-out B-pillars give the roof a 'floating' look and the tail lamps now feature LED illumination on all models. Otherwise, things are much as before with this 5-door-only sixth generation model, which remains compact at just 3,840mm long. Familiar Swift design cues include the wraparound windscreen and the smiley lower air intake. The car remains exceptionally light, just 925kg. Inside, the cabin hasn't been altered at all - which means you get the same 7-inch centre-dash touchscreen, which has rather dated graphics but includes Apple CarPlay smartphone-mirroring. Apart from making calls it also facilitates receiving directions for optimised traffic conditions, listening to music, accessing email, text messages and more. Cabin storage space isn't that great - the glovebox is notably small - but a relatively long wheelbase delivers more interior space than the exterior dimensions suggest you'll get. Two fully-sized adults will be quite happy in the rear, as will three kids. The boot's bigger than you might expect too, with capacity rated at 265-litres. That's easily enough for a couple of carry-on bags.

Market and Model

Affordability has always been a Swift strength and like so much else, that hasn't changed with the latest car. There's no three-door bodystyle these days and prices start at around £14,800 for the base 'SZ-L' variant. Another £1,500 gets you the mid-range 'SZ-T' derivative and the option of CVT auto transmission. The top 'SZ5' version, which requires a budget of nearly £18,000 can be had with a CVT option or, if you're happy with a stick shift, can be had in 'ALLGRIP' 4x4 form - for around £19,000. The Swift Sport hot hatch with its 1.4-litre 48V mild hybrid Boosterjet engine, costs around £21,500. Even the base 'SZ-L' variant is pretty well equipped, with air conditioning, a rear view camera, Radar Brake Support with Adaptive Cruise Control and a Smartphone link display audio system with DAB radio. There's also a leather steering wheel, privacy glass, LED Headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, front fog lamps, polished 16-inch alloy wheels and front electric windows. The SZ-T adds grey painted 16-inch alloy wheels, Dual Sensor Brake Support, Lane Departure Warning and Weaving Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition and rear parking sensors. The top SZ5 adds Navigation, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, keyless entry and start, telescopic steering wheel adjustment, rear electric windows and door mirror side turn indicators.

Cost of Ownership

While the Swift has always been cheap to buy and reliable, its fuel economy and CO2 emissions once tended to let the overall cost of ownership down a little, but more recently, that's been no longer the case as Suzuki has got into gear with its mild hybrid engine tech. this improved model's K12D engine improves things further, managing very competitive WLTP readings - 57.2mpg on the combined cycle and 111g/km of CO2. that's with manual transmission. The upgraded 12V Hybrid system that features on mainstream Swift models is a compact and lightweight unit that incorporates an Integrated Starter Generator (known as ISG) which acts as both a generator and starter motor. The ISG is belt driven and assists the engine during vehicle take off and acceleration and also generates electricity through regenerative braking. The ISG unit has a power output of 2.3kW with a torque figure of 50Nm and the components of the system add just 6.2kg to the overall weight of the car. What about other costs? Well, every version comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty to match most rivals. There's also a year's breakdown cover that extends across the whole of Europe and includes roadside recovery. A 12-year anti-rust guarantee comes with the car too. Service stops are needed every year. Once your Swift has been registered for three years, it will become eligible for Suzuki's fixed price service package which will enable you to get servicing carried out for a single fixed price that will include parts, labour and VAT. There are around 180 Suzuki dealers in the UK and they're noted for excellent customer service. You can also even cut the cost of regular maintenance with a 'Service Payment Plan' that covers you for anything between one and three garage visits.

Summary

The Swift has always been known as the thinking person's supermini selection - and very little has changed in that regard with this improved version of the sixth generation model. You come away from looking at one thinking that Suzuki deserves a higher profile than it currently enjoys in the UK - but maybe that's the way Swift owners like it. This isn't a supermini that most of those who'll settle for a Fiesta or a Corsa will ever consider. But it's an alternative they should have tried before signing on the dotted line. Here's an affordable car that doesn't feel like one. And a well kept secret that doesn't deserve to remain that way.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions111.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed112mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic start/stop system
  • Colour LCD information display
  • Fuel consumption screen
  • Lights on warning
  • Low fuel level warning light
  • Outside temperature display
  • PAS
  • Rear parking camera
  • Remote fuel cap release
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limiter
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB interface

Exterior Features

  • 'Guide me home' headlamps
  • 2 speed wipers+intermittent wipe
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black coloured A & B pillars
  • Black front grille chrome
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Green tinted glass
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Heated door mirrors
  • High beam assist
  • High mounted stop lamp
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED position lamps
  • LED projector headlamps with DRL
  • LED rear combination lamp
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • 12V Accessory socket in front console
  • 2 Isofix seat anchors
  • 3 cupholders
  • 3 spoke leather covered steering wheel
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Accessory socket
  • Air conditioning
  • Centre console storage
  • Centre lower box
  • Chrome handbrake release button
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Door pockets with bottle holder
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors
  • Front head restraints
  • Front map light
  • Front passenger side assist grip
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Glovebox
  • Heater
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Luggage area lamp
  • Passenger seat back pocket
  • Pollen filter
  • Rear headrests
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Tilt adjustable steering wheel
  • Top tether anchor plate for isofix child seat

Safety

  • 3 point ELR seatbelts for centre seat
  • 3 point ELR seatbelts front and rear
  • ABS+EBD+Brake assist
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver airbag
  • ESP + traction control
  • Foot protecting brake and clutch pedals
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill hold control
  • Passenger airbag
  • Radar brake support system
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Side airbags
  • Side impact protection beams
  • Tyre pressure indicator

Security

  • Alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Freewheeling key cylinders
  • Immobiliser
  • Key in reminder
  • Remote central locking

Trim

  • White instrument panel and front door trim

Wheels

  • 16" Polished alloy wheels
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    88
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    111

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1197
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Engine Code
    K12D
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    5 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    MANUAL

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    4.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    57.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    65.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    65.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.2
  • Badge Power
    83
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Dualjet 83 12V Hybrid
  • Coin Series
    SZ-L
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    20D
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    Not Available
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    83
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    3
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    69
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    25
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    13.1
  • Engine Power - BHP
    83
  • Engine Power - KW
    61
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    79
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    14.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    107
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2800
  • Top Speed
    112

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    185/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Rear
    185/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Not Available
  • Wheel Type
    16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1495
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    3845
  • Wheelbase
    2450
  • Width
    1735
  • Width (including mirrors)
    Not Available

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    37
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    1365
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    579
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    265
  • Max. Loading Weight
    454
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    400
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    911
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    9.6
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Customer Reviews

   
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Julie Judge

"Excellent Service I would definitely recommend. Scott and Holly have been outstanding. Thank you so much I love my new car!!."

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