Thursday, 20 September 2018

Suzuki’s sparky supermini

THE Suzuki Swift is one of those cars that has won the hearts of a lot of people.

THE Suzuki Swift is one of those cars that has won the hearts of a lot of people.

Of course, the proof of that statement is always how well a model sells. And the latest figures show that in 2015 there was a 21 per cent increase in sales year on year.

Now Suzuki knows it is on to a good thing, so this week I took delivery of a perky little number that represented an enhancement for the Japanese car maker of this popular model&rsquos appeal.

What Suzuki has come up with is the Suzuki Special Edition SZ-L model, which is available as either a three- or five-door car with manual transmission.

The test car was a fiery spectacle in Bright Red — and I mean “bright” — offset by 16in black alloy wheels.



I learnt a while ago that to get the best out of a Suzuki Swift you have to drive it — which is fine by me.

So when at the wheel of this Special Edition SZ-L model you must not be shy about putting your foot down.

As with all these super-minis with a bit of spark, they can be great fun to drive — and the SZ-L is no exception.

I don&rsquot mean that you have to go mad at the wheel — I think that kind of driving should be reserved for the track (but even then, anyone who has raced a car on a track knows that requires a different kind of discipline).

Anyway, the SZ-L did the job well — it cornered nicely, it was responsive to driver&rsquos whims. This is not a super sophisticated car, so it has its limitations. But I enjoyed putting it through its paces. And its looks cheered me up no end! The SZ-L is based on the SZ3, which is equipped as standard with seven airbags, ESP, air conditioning, USB port, Bluetooth and LED daytime running lights.

As well as the smart alloy wheels previously mentioned, a rear upper spoiler and  SZ-L badging have been added. Further standard equipment features for the SZ-L include satellite navigation, DAB radio, cruise control, sport-type steering wheel with silver stitching — plus further silver stitching to the seats and gear lever boot.

The Swift SZ-L&rsquos 1.2-litre Dual VVT 94PS engine is one of the most powerful in its class, with emissions of 116g/km CO2.

It returns 56.5mpg on the official combined cycle. What Car? magazine achieved close to this figure with the car in its “True MPG” testing at 51.7mpg.

The SZ-L is available in seven colours, including new Horizon Orange metallic, which is available for the first time on the Swift. Metallic paint is a £430 option.



SUZUKI SWIFT SZ-L

Test car price: £11,149

Combined mpg: 56.5

CO2 (g/km): 116

Max speed: 103mph

0-62mph: 12.3 seconds

Insurance group: 11E

Equipment includes: seven airbags, side impact detection beams, immobiliser, remote central door locking, cruise control, air conditioning, LED daytime running lights, DAB digital radio, navigation system



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