THE SWIFT – SUZUKI’S COMPACT SUPERMINI

  • Swift is one of the cleanest petrol engine Superminis on the market with emissions of just 116g/km and just £30 in annual VED charges (manual transmission)
  • Euro 5 1.2 litre 94PS Dual VVT engine – one of the most powerful in its segment – offers combined fuel consumption of 56.5mpg.
  • Available in SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4 grades; all three equipped with seven airbags and ESP as standard.
  • Minor change revisions to range from June 2014 include addition of front fog lamps and LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights) from SZ2 model upwards.
  • New colour added to the range from June 2014 – Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic.
  • SZ3 adds air conditioning, 16 inch alloy wheels & Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Top specification SZ4 model now adds Navigation system with DAB digital radio as standard; mirrors with integrated turn indicators, auto air conditioning, keyless entry with engine start button, cruise control, automatic headlamps and rear privacy glass.
  • 1.2-litre petrol 4x4 model available in SZ3 and SZ4 grades for greater flexibility when off the beaten track.
  • 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds, max speed 103mph (1.2 petrol 2WD manual).
  • Five star Euro NCAP safety rating.
  • Global Swift sales of over 3.4million since first launched in May 2005.
  • UK Swift sales of more than 95,000 since May 2005.
  • Swift represents around 30-35 per cent of UK range sales mix.

In brief

The Swift is one of Suzuki’s world strategic models and makes strong statements in styling, impact safety, driving performance, handling as well as offering low fuel consumption. Extensive use of high strength steel provides a light and stiff bodyshell as well as refinement in underbody design. During development this also helped improve impact safety for pedestrians as well as occupants.

The interior design has a dynamic feel, with seat design fabric for the model featuring black as its keynote colour with lined accents of blue and grey.

The petrol powertrain is a Euro 5 compliant 1.2 litre engine incorporating Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust Valve Timing) that produces 94PS at 6,000rpm with a torque figure of 118Nm at 4,800rpm.

Swift is highly fuel efficient offering 56.5mpg on the EC combined cycle for the manual transmission model with 2WD. Emissions are also one of the lowest in its class producing just 116g/km on the combined cycle (manual transmission).  An optional four speed automatic transmission is available for the SZ4 2WD five door model.

UK Specification Summary

Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic has now been added from June 2014 which totals eight colours in the range – six Metallic* and two solid – these are:

Cool White Pearl Metallic

Bright Red

Silky Silver Metallic

Superior White

Galactic Grey Metallic

 

Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic

 

Boost Blue Metallic

 

Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic

 

 

*Metallic paint is a £430 option

As part of the minor change specification upgrades from June 2014 all Swift models are now fitted with LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights) and front fog lights. Gear shift indicator has now been added on manual models to help aid fuel efficiency as well as Tyre Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) for added driver safety.

Swift is available in four clearly defined specification grades, SZ2, SZ3, SZ4 plus Swift Sport; in addition to seven airbags and ESP as standard, SZ2 has front passenger airbag deactivation facility, electric front windows, remote central door locking with deadlocks, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, MP3 / WMA compatible CD tuner with USB port and steering wheel mounted audio controls. SZ3 adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, integrated audio unit with bluetooth connectivity, including music streaming facility.

From June 2014, SZ4 adds navigation and DAB digital radio as standard equipment to the already high specification that includes automatic air conditioning, electric rear windows, rear privacy glass (five door models), push button keyless start, Automatic headlamps, cruise control and mirrors with integrated turn indicators.

Pricing for the 2014 Swift range is as follows:

Model

OTR Price

VAT Free Price

3-door 1.2 SZ2 manual

£10,799

£8,999

3-door 1.2 SZ3 manual

£12,359

£10,299

3-door 1.2 SZ4 manual

£14,039

£11,699

5-door 1.2 SZ2 manual

£11,399

£9,499

5-door 1.2 SZ3 manual

£12,959

£10,799

5-door 1.2 SZ4 manual

£14,639

£12,199

5-door 1.2 SZ4  auto

£15,649

£13,041

 

 

 

5-door 1.2 SZ3  manual 4x4

£14,159

£11,799

5-door 1.2 SZ4 manual 4x4

£16,439

£13,699

4x4 model for added flexibility

Following good sales success in Japan as well as several European Countries including Germany and Switzerland, Suzuki took the positive decision in mid-2013 to launch the 4x4 model in the UK.  This model is available as a five door 1.2 petrol model with manual transmission and equipped as either an SZ3 or SZ4 grade. The sales projection in a full year is 1,000 units, representing around 10 per cent of total UK Swift sales.

This model has a well proven and simple fully automatic and permanent 4-wheel drive system which transfers additional torque to the rear wheels when required via a viscous coupling, further enhancing the already highly acclaimed cornering ability of the Swift.  It is also an ideal choice for customers living in rural areas who may need additional mobility across rougher terrain or for crossing slippery surfaces during winter months without owning a larger and more conventional SUV sized vehicle.

The viscous coupling essentially takes on the role of a centre differential to connect the front and rear axles and is made up of two sets of annular metal plates which rotate in a casing containing a silicon type fluid. In normal operating conditions the plates will turn at the same rate but when wheel slippage occurs the silicon fluid will quickly become highly viscous when heated by increased friction and shear caused by differences between the movements of the plates.

 In summary, one part of the viscous coupling is connected to the driving axle and one part to the driven axle. When the front wheels spin the centre viscous coupling locks due to friction and shear caused by the differences in motion of the plates which will then rapidly transfer more torque to the rear axle.

Thanks to the use of small and lightweight components Swift 4x4 is just 65kg heavier than an equivalent 2WD petrol model and emissions are only 10g/km higher at 126g/km. Due to the location of the rear differential for the 4WD system, the fuel tank capacity is two litres smaller at 40litres.  

Apart from 4x4 badging and a slightly increased body ride height of 25mm the SZ3 grade appears identical to an equivalent SZ3 five door. The SZ4 model has a more rugged appearance and offers extra protection over rough ground by adding front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts.

In detail

The Swift is the model with which Suzuki launched its world strategy. Produced at seven plants around the world, it is sold in more than 100 countries and territories. Its dynamic performance and sporty styling have earned it 63 Car of the Year awards in 19 countries and took it to sales of one million units faster than any other model in the company’s history.

Suzuki has annual Swift sales of 55,000 units in Europe with full year UK sales accounting for around 11,000 of these.

With the Swift, driving a compact car does not mean settling for less; within its modest dimensions, Suzuki has condensed all the performance, handling and other essentials for great enjoyment and satisfaction while easing the environmental burden.

Interior

In the cabin, Suzuki’s expertise in compact car space efficiency is reflected in proportions that optimise roominess and comfort. However, the Swift’s compact dimensions still leave plenty of space for rear passengers and their luggage. The interior design also creates a sharp, energetic look and is in tune with the Swift’s performance. Dynamic, sporty forms and exquisite craftsmanship contribute to a great driving experience. A black and silver interior design is adopted throughout the interior for a sporty, refined ambience. The instrument panel is distinguished by contrasts between a stylish black key tone colour and sharp silver coloured details.

Steering

Specially designed low play joints in the steering column shaft provide a firm, linear steering feel. The electric power steering system has a variable gear ratio design providing a relatively quick ratio when the rack is near the centre point to make the car respond quickly at the start of a turn, with a relatively slow ratio near the steering wheel’s turning limits to reduce effort required for bigger turns. As a result, the Swift responds faithfully to every steering input from the driver.

Suspension

The front suspension utilises MacPherson struts / coil springs together with a stabiliser layout which combine to give a high level of roll stiffness without any weight penalties. The rear suspension utilises a torsion beam with coil springs which incorporates an enhanced inclination angle for the torsion beam bushings, this provides 50 per cent more lateral rigidity in the bush mountings which results in better toe control.

Brakes

Ventilated front disc brakes are used for SZ3 and SZ4 models which are fitted with 16 inch alloy wheels as standard; For SZ3 4WD and SZ4 models these are complemented by rear disc brakes with aluminium-alloy callipers. For the SZ2 models with 15 inch steel wheels, ventilated front disc brakes are used with a thickness of 22mm.

1.2 litre petrol Engine.

The Swift’s Euro 5 engine (K12B 1.2 litre petrol) reflects Suzuki’s focus on combining eco-friendliness with great driving pleasure. It offers low fuel consumption and emissions together with high output and good spread of torque as a result of Variable Valve Timing for both inlet and exhaust camshafts.

Safety technologies

To ensure high levels of driver confidence and control, Swift has an outstanding range of safety technologies. Standard active safety equipment includes an anti-lock braking system and electronic brakeforce distribution. Passive safety features include a light, reinforced, energy-absorbing body in which front crumple zones help to absorb impact energy and direct it away from the cabin in line with Suzuki’s proprietary Total Effective Control Technology concept. Front seatbelts are also fitted with pretensioners and force limiters.

Swift is rated as one of Europe’s safest cars, achieving a maximum 5 star rating in Euro NCAP testing. The five door model tested at launch attained a score of 94 per cent for adult occupant protection which was the highest score across all new cars tested at that time.

Other scores were 82 per cent for child protection; 62 per cent for pedestrian and 71 per cent for the provision of safety assistance devices with an overall total of 83 per cent. This total exceeded the score of 75 per cent required to achieve the 5 star rating set by Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP’s (New Car Assessment Programme) rating scheme focuses on the vehicle’s overall safety performance which gives consumers an easy to understand single score. The system considers occupant protection in frontal, side, pole and rear impacts as well as child protection, pedestrian protection and the availability of driver aids.

The rating scheme uses a weighted score, combining many aspects of a car’s safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the availability of safety assistance devices (10%).