I have owned the Suzuki Swift with the 1.3 engine for five weeks now. I live in Germany so have more opportunities to find out what the car is really like (due to the lack of speed limits on most stretches of the German motorways).
The interior is up to date and has all one needs. I don't know what the models in the UK consist of but the 1.3 Comfort in Germany has a 92bhp engine with 116Nm of torque. I managed to get it up to 125mph going down a slight but long hill. The acceleration up to 100mph is not bad, but the rest takes quite a bit of time, getting up to about 85mph just takes a jiffy.
The fuel consumption is OK. I tried a stretch of just over 180 miles doing a constant 60mph and managed to get 54.7 miles to the gallon, but when thrashing it for a while the fuel consumption does tend to get a little high for my liking. For example, at a constant 100mph, I only managed to get about 30mpg.
All in all, I am quite pleased with the car but when the diesel comes to Germany early next year, I will have a test drive and think about changing.
The only thing that puts me off the diesel is that the 0-60mph acceleration time is a little slow but the fuel consumption of around 60mpg is very good - especially when one takes the terrible fuel prices into consideration. (By the way, diesel in Germany is about 15% cheaper than petrol.)
Saw the car develop from concept and also on the stand at NEC.
As soon as arrived in showroom I booked test drive and was given the keys for the day. Had a second test drive and again was given the keys for the day. Made the deal.
I am a very satisfied customer. Our Kashmir blue 1.5 GLX is a superb performer with plenty of space and power. Friends and neighbours are full of awe re its roominess, power and style.
Looking forward to the resurgance of Suzuki with the forthcoming GV, SX4 etc.
well since my first review i have covered just 6000 miles and have now started getting my problems. firstly the mpg readout on the dash is like something from losvegas it continually goes between 8mpg and90 mpg what ever style of driving.also the abs light now stays on but i think that maybe something has broke but thats not good for a car on this low mileage and 15 months old.i still like the car after all and i am lucky to each year test drive the jaguar range and when you consider what you pay i believe it to be excellent value,after all you would have to wait a long time to buy an xkr for 9 grand and get 3 years makers warranty.still i hope susuki can solve these niggles and return the street cred this little car deserves.
What an excellent surprise!
I was aprehensive about considering a Suzuki when looking to change my Fiesta, but once inside the showroom all my doubts went. The staff were helpful and positive and the car was a revelation!
Stylish, roomy, well equipped and even good to drive.
In all, the Honda Jazz is the better product (more quality, better engineering, top notch image), but I would have the Suzuki for it's youth appeal.
Well done Suzuki! A breath of fresh air!
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