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Suzuki Swift 2005 review: road test

She may be small in stature but Kylie is larger than life and makes many red-blooded males drool.

And so it is with Suzi.

Suzi who? Suzuki Swift.

Here's a little model with curves in all the right places. Beautifully proportioned and with some serious sex appeal.

And just like Kylie, despite her size, she's a real head turner.

Girls look on in envy and guys do a double-take to get a second glance. Maybe they can see something of their girlfriends in Suzi.

But there's more to the Suzuki Swift than just good looks.

She's full of information. One quick look at her dash will tell you the time, fuel consumption and outside temperature.

And she has all the right accessories – electric windows and mirrors, six-speaker CD player, airconditioning, power steering, remote central locking and UV-reducing glass (to stop all those nasty sun spots) ... and extra stereo controls on the steering wheel.

She's even got mini-compartments – on the instrument panel, glove box, in the front doors and a tray under the front passenger seat plus front and rear cup holders.

And Suzi Swift is safety conscious with a collapsible steering column, front airbags and rear and side curtain airbags that move with the seats (on the S model).

An immobiliser and tamper-resistant door locks are included to help prevent theft.

And all this for just $17,990. That's a lot of value packed into a little price tag.

A 1.5-litre engine powers her along with a five-speed manual gear box (or four-speed automatic).

Little Suzi is perfect for city driving – smooth through the gears, easy to handle and a breeze to park.

But she's also very comfortable and quiet on the open road with enough power for overtaking.

She purrs like a kitten ... a very little kitten.

Clever use of interior space means there is plenty of room for people and luggage.

Shop for a week, pack for a weekend away or fold down the split rear seats and load up even more.

Even 14-year-olds can lounge in the back seats without banging their heads.

Suzuki Swift proves that it's the little things that count.

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(base) 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $2,400 – 4,070 2005 Suzuki Swift 2005 (base) Pricing and Specs
S 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $2,400 – 4,070 2005 Suzuki Swift 2005 S Pricing and Specs