2007 Suzuki Swift | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The Swift brings to the compact car segment a blend of eye-catching good looks, Japanese quality and European-inspired driving dynamics, along with excellent handling. It has the individuality to attract the most discerning of supermini customers. Intended to compete in the B segment with the likes of Peugeot 206, Opel Corsa and the Fiat Punto, the Swift is ’s new “global car” and produced in Hungary, India, Japan and China.

Muscular, flared wheel arches, bold sills, wheels ‘in each corner’, and a broad-shouldered beltline that continues all the way to the tail lights suggests stability while providing more than a hint of the car’s dynamic appeal. The expressively styled tailgate meets a large rear bumper that forms a solid visual base for the lower part of the body, while at the top of the tailgate the roof’s trailing edge is shaped as a spoiler – improving aerodynamics while saving a valuable 1kg over a conventional bolt-on item. Its proportions and essential shape are unmistakely like the Mini Cooper, due to the blacked-out A- and B-pillars and bumper-car stance.

At 1690 mm, the Swift has one of the widest bodies in its class and together with a long wheelbase, permits a spacious cabin with ample luggage carrying flexibility. The interior is chic yet functional and uses aluminium trim highlights to add an air of understated sophistication. Tight fit and finish of trim items together with high-grade plastics contribute to an overall sense of refinement and quality.


With the Swift likely to spend much of its time in urban environments, Suzuki has given the Swift’s powerplant advanced variable valve timing to maximise torque and power throughout the rev range. The 1.5-litre engine produces 100 bhp at 6800rpm and 148 Nm of torque at 4800rpm. There is strong performance at low and mid-range engine speeds. Power is sent to the front-wheels using either the standard five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic with a gated shift lever option.

Body Type
Price (in AED)43,000-46,000
Engine (litre)1.5
Power (bhp)100
Torque (Nm)148

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