One of the more popular cars with motoring writers for 2005 was the Suzuki Swift but what does this car really have going for it?
A blunt nose certainly does give this car a presence and butat first glance the price tag of $15,990 for the base model might turn people away. At that price it certainly isn’t as cheap as the Holden Barina or the Ford Fiesta but then the Suzuki Swift does come with more features that it’s cheaper competitors.
The base model comes with:
- Dual front airbags
Six speaker CD set into the dash with controls mounted on the steering wheel
Height adjustable driver’s seat
Electric windows and mirrors
Remote central locking
The Swift is powered by a 1.5 litre engine that reportedly works best with the 5 speed manual box and doesn’t perform well with the 4 speed auto. On country trips that involve hills small engines and 4 speed automatic boxes tend to produce lots of unnecessary gear changing as the auto box struggles to find the right gear for the conditions.
Suzuki claims that the Swift will return 9 litres per 100 km around town and 5.9 litres per 100 km in highway mode.
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