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It was with some trepidation that we took the Suzuki Swift 1.2 petrol for a week’s testing. I was nervous because I had just absolutely loved the original Suzuki Swift and was a bit worried that it wouldn’t live up to fond memories of its predecessor after various tweaks to this latest model in the Suzuki range.

Sometimes a car can lose its essence in model upgrades, but this isn’t the case with the Suzuki Swift at all. The small, squat car is still a bundle of fun to drive as it zips into any parking space and holds its own in the ride and comfort stakes on the road. The various facelifts have been kind and it is still quite a head turner in any of the zooty colours found in the updated Swift range.

Inside, the cockpit has been designed around the driver. Seating has been kept low to create ample headroom adding to the superb driveability and handling found in this latest model. The D-shaped steering wheel adds to the sporty feel as well as the chrome touches found around the dash. Standard, as part of the package are just about every ‘mod con’ demanded these days; such as ABS with EBD, electric windows, air conditioning and so much more. At a starting price of R161 900, it’s certainly excellent value for money.

The audio system comes with an AM/FM radio and CD player. Connectivity comes in the form of a wired USB connection or through Bluetooth, enabling a hands-free option for making use of your cell phone.

Safety hasn’t been compromised at the expense of creating an affordable car. The new Suzuki Swift boasts a lighter, high tensile steel body that delivers on lightness and rigidity to enhance driving performance and fuel efficiency. The new HEARTECT Platform makes sure in the event of a collision that the crash energy is dispersed correctly on impact. This also gives a more comfortable ride and offers an even greater driving pleasure no matter the road surface. Both driver and front-seat passenger SRS airbags come standard.

The 1.2 litre engine offers ample power while retaining good fuel economy, which is certainly welcome with today’s petrol prices sky rocketing month by month. The car comes with a two-year/30 000km service plan and three-year/100 000km manufacturer’s warranty. Do the maths and the Swift deserves to be high on your motoring shopping list.

By Claire Macfie

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