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Suzuki SWIFT HATCHBACK 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr

Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
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Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
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Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr
Suzuki SWIFT 1.2 Dualjet SHVS SZ-T 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelHybrid
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph11.9 secs
  • Top Speed111 mph
  • C0294 g/km
  • BHP90
  • Torque89 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

With this improved take on the sixth generation version of their Swift supermini, Suzuki have stayed true to the design principles that have long served them in the small car sector, low running costs, light weight and a spacious cabin being the highlights. The car is now better equipped too, plus its very efficient thanks to enhanced 12V mild hybrid technology.

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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.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
'Guide me home' headlamps
2 speed wipers+intermittent wipe
Automatic headlights
Black coloured A & B pillars
Body colour door mirrors and handles
Body coloured bumpers
Electric door mirrors
Electric front windows + drivers one touch
Front fog lights
Halogen multi-reflector headlamps
Headlamp levelling
Heated door mirrors
High mounted stop lamp
LED daytime running lights
Rear fog lights
Rear privacy glass
Rear wiper
Tinted glass
Driver Convenience
Automatic start/stop system
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection
Digital clock
Fuel consumption screen
Lights on warning
Low fuel level warning light
Outside temperature display
PAS
Rear parking camera
Smartphone connectivity
Tachometer
Trip computer
White instrument panel and front door trim
Entertainment
4 speakers
Auxiliary input socket
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Digital radio
LCD display
USB interface
Interior Features
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 inside door opener
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
Height adjustable driver's seat
Isofix
Luggage area lamp
Neck rests to rear seats
Passenger seat back pocket
Pollen filter
Rear head restraints
Steering wheel audio controls
Storage area with lid
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
Rear child proof door locks
Rear seatbelts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer
Side airbags
Side impact protection beams
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Deadlocks
Freewheeling key cylinders
Immobiliser
Key in reminder
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central locking
Wheels
16" alloy wheels
Tyre repair kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 94
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 113
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1242
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Engine Code K12C
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 Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 4.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 56.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 50.3
WLTP - MPG - High 63.8
WLTP - MPG - Low 50.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 63
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying Yes
Badge Engine CC 1.2
Badge Power 90
Coin Description Dualjet SHVS
Coin Series SZ-T
Generation Mark 4
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 24D
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
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
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 11.9
Engine Power - BHP 90
Engine Power - KW 66
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 89
Engine Torque - MKG 12.2
Engine Torque - NM 120
Engine Torque - RPM 4400
Top Speed 111
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 Type 16" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1495
Length 3840
Wheelbase 2450
Width 1735
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 465
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 400
Minimum Kerbweight 900
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 9.6

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £146.64 p/m £18.60 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £182.10 p/m £53.11 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £189.26 p/m £53.43 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £132.44 p/m £18.20 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £162.20 p/m £58.16 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £169.42 p/m £66.34 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £121.38 p/m £23.47 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £124.75 p/m £26.37 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £128.12 p/m £29.27 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £136.30 p/m £32.72 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £143.92 p/m £48.94 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £149.80 p/m £59.41 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £155.55 p/m £72.37 p/m
24 months 6,000 miles p/a £175.97 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £181.73 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £187.51 p/m £22.32 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £199.71 p/m £33.77 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £207.62 p/m £48.12 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £218.52 p/m £63.73 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £227.11 p/m £64.11 p/m
36 months 6,000 miles p/a £158.93 p/m £21.84 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £162.91 p/m £27.12 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £166.90 p/m £32.36 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £176.45 p/m £37.68 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £185.78 p/m £47.91 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £194.65 p/m £69.79 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £203.30 p/m £79.61 p/m
48 months 6,000 miles p/a £145.65 p/m £28.17 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £149.71 p/m £31.64 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £153.75 p/m £35.13 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £163.56 p/m £39.26 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £172.70 p/m £58.73 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £179.76 p/m £71.29 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £186.66 p/m £86.84 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Metallic paint £485.00
Pearlescent paint £485.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Burning red pearl £485.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £485.00
Metallic - Premium silver £485.00
Metallic - Speedy blue £485.00
Pearl - Pure white £485.00
Pearl - Super black £485.00
Solid - Fervent red FOC
Trim
Cloth - Black/grey FOC
* option prices shown are estimated