Suzuki Swift 2012
This is what Ewan Kennedy liked most about this particular version of the Suzuki Swift: Sports models have substantially more go
The 2012 Suzuki Swift carries a braked towing capacity of up to 1000 Kg, but check to ensure this applies to the configuration you're considering.
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Suzuki Swift 2012 Price and Specs
|Suzuki Swift Model||Body Type||Specs||Price from||Price to|
|Extreme||Hatchback||1.4L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$5,300||$8,140|
|Extreme||Hatchback||1.4L ULP 5 SP MAN||$4,600||$7,370|
|GA||Hatchback||1.4L ULP 4 SP AUTO||$4,300||$6,930|
|GA||Hatchback||1.4L ULP 5 SP MAN||$3,800||$6,160|
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Suzuki Swift 2012 Q&As
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Suzuki Swift 2012: Transmission "slipping" when going up hills
While the less sporty versions of Suzuki’s Swift of this era used a conventional automatic transmission, the Swift Sport used a CVT transmission. And I’m wondering if maybe that’s all there is to your question. The CVT is quite capable of feeling like its slipping when you use lots of throttle, such as when going up a hill or accelerating to overtake. It’s actually quite normal and is the method a CVT uses to maximise fuel-economy by keeping the engine operating in its most efficient zone.
But if you’ve owned the car for some time and its behaviour has changed, then it could be that the CVT is beginning to wear internally. Or perhaps it’s the torque-converter (that links the engine to the transmission) that is starting to wear out and allowing the engine to rev harder than it used to for a given road speed.
Suzuki did recall this model (and conventional automatic versions) to check for loose bolts that secured the torque converter to the transmission. But if these became loose and fell out, you’d have no drive at all, so I don’t think that’s the problem here.
Fun and reliable first cars
Both are fun cars to drive, they’re relatively new, so should be reliable. I would prefer the Swift; I reckon you’ll get a better run out of it.
Best first car options?
Do not buy a Cruze, or buy a European brand. They will prove costly. It's best to go for the cars that are well proven over many years. The Lancer is a good one, but so too is the Toyota Yaris or Corolla, Suzuki Swift, Mazda2 or 3, or Mitsubishi Colt.