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Suzuki Swift 2011 review

Plenty of competitors in this segment, but the Swift knocks them all for six in terms of style

WE turn the spotlight on automotive's newest and brightest stars, as we ask the questions to which you want answers. Ultimately, however, there is only one question that really needs answering - would you buy one?

What is it?

The GLX is Suzuki's top of the range Swift which has just been updated although it looks very much like the previous model.

How much?

GLX is $18,990, $3000 more than the entry GA and $2000 more than the mid-range GL model. The optional four-speed auto adds $1700 to the price.

What are the competitors?

Plenty of competitors in this segment, but the Swift knocks them all for six in terms of style. It's actually 90mm longer and 10mm higher than the old one, with another 50mm between the axles which means more room inside.

What's under the bonnet?

Same 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine as the other models. Delivers 70kW of power and 130Nm of torque, compared to the old 1.5's 74kW/133Nm.

How does it go?

Surprisingly well. Even the auto is zippy. The engine has a sporty note under hard acceleration and it remains sure-footed in corners, with stability control to sort things out if necessary.

Is it economical?

Better than before. Suzuki is claiming a 13 per cent improvement in fuel consumption, down from 6.3 to 5.5 litres/100km for the manual, and from 6.6 to 6.2 litres/100km for the auto.

Is it 'Green?'

Gets four stars from the Government's Green Vehicle Guide (Prius gets five). The auto produces 147g/km of CO2, a little more than the manual.

Is it safe?

Gets a full five stars thank you very much. Seven airbags standard, along with traction and stability control plus anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution.

Is it comfortable?

Gets our vote. One of the first things we noticed about this car was its big car feel belying its size. Interior has a much classier feel, with better finishes. Sits on 16 inch alloys, with 185/55 rubber.

What's it like to drive?

Feels very smooth and sure footed, with good sound insulation. A longer engine stroke and electronic throttle control contribute to better throttle response.

Is it value for money?

As well as more gear the GLX adds some mechanical upgrades like foggies, rear disc brakes, and the addition of reach adjustment for the steering wheel. There's also Bluetooth, climate air and a keyless entry/start system.

Would we buy one?

You bet. Love the looks, like the way it rides and handles but the higher price for the GLX puts it within cooee of plenty of excellent competitors. Rear legroom is still tight and the spare is a spacesaver.


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Swift ... bigger and more economical than before.

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(base) 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $4,840 – 7,150 2011 Suzuki Swift 2011 (base) Pricing and Specs
Extreme 1.5L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $4,950 – 7,260 2011 Suzuki Swift 2011 Extreme Pricing and Specs
Beat 1.5L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $4,290 – 6,380 2011 Suzuki Swift 2011 Beat Pricing and Specs
GA 1.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $4,730 – 6,930 2011 Suzuki Swift 2011 GA Pricing and Specs
Chris Riley
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