For over ten years, the Suzuki swift nameplate has steadily grown into a likeable mini hatch. It is cheap to run, fun to drive and very reliable. In 2020, Suzuki finds itself tangled for supremacy with the likes of the Toyota Vitz, Renault Kwid and the Volkswagen Polo. Question is, does it have what it takes to be the king of the mini hatches?
The refreshed Swift has been redesigned. New styling elements such as rear door handles in the C-pillar have been added. This makes the new model both completely new and stylish.
At the rear, the luggage door has an integrated bulge that rounds off the shoulder line. Additional high-level LED stop lamp is integrated into the discrete roof-spoiler. The rear brake lights also incorporate LED technology.
Inside the cabin, Suzuki has retained the Swift’s driver-oriented design philosophy, while further improving the quality and tactile feel of the cabin materials.
The driver-first philosophy is most evident in the new model’s D-shaped sporty steering wheel. Additionally, the redesigned front seats offer firmer support reducing fatigue on long journeys.
It is powered by a 1.2 Litre 3 cylinder petrol engine that generates 61kW. 113Nm is sent to the front wheels via a 5-speed manual or 4 speed AMT transmission. Power-wise, it is at par with other vehicles in its class and overall performance is zippy. However, you have to engage into higher gears when on an incline or when overtaking.
The suspension is built to handle the Kenyan tough terrain with McPherson Struts up front and Trail link rear suspension at the back keeps handling tidy and comfortable on all surfaces
If you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful mode of transportation, that’s reliable and well built, the Swift is what you’re looking for. Its price starts from Ksh. 1.3 million. It comes with a 3 year/100,000 kilometre warranty courtesy of Suzuki by Toyota.