2009 Suzuki Swift | new car review

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 by

The Swift is to Japan what the MINI is to Europe. The current Swift super-mini is ’s world car and was introduced in 2005 to replace an ageing model.

With this car Suzuki’s intent was to make an attractive which would appeal to a young buyer base. The Swift’s development involved engineers from Europe and Asia and when it was launched it surprised everyone with its modern design, clever packaging and peppy performance which made people sit up and take notice of Suzuki as a car maker and not just a bike oriented company.

The Swift has European design cues which are evident from its high shoulder line and narrow greenhouse area which tapers towards the rear. Inspiration from the MINI is clearly visible in the blackened out A and B pillars and the rearward sloping roofline. The flared wheel arches give the Swift a muscular profile which is accentuated by the large rear bumper and the neatly integrated rear spoiler which has a built in stop lamp.

2009 Suzuki SwiftThere is also a neatly integrated fog lamp in the centre-bottom of the rear bumper which looks like it was inspired by Formula 1. The front look is ‘cute’ with the peeled back head lamps and sharply curved bonnet which seamlessly integrates into the front bumper.

The Swift comes with only one engine option in the Middle East, a 1.5-litre 100bhp unit which is a nice and peppy mill. The engine delivers 148Nm or torque and revs freely till 6,000 rpm. The Swift does 0-100 kph in 10 seconds and hits a top speed of 175kph. The 1.5-litre engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission which transfer power to the front wheels. The manual is a slick shifter with short throws and a sprightly clutch and the automatic too is smooth and efficient and is good for urban driving.

2009 Suzuki SwiftThe electric power steering is well weighted and is speed sensitive too but it lacks in road feedback and cannot match the hydraulic power steering feel. A brilliant chassis and a wide track gift the Swift with great handling and it loves to rip down corners at speed, changing direction eagerly with the rear keeping in line.


The Swift’s radical design does not fare well on the inside which is very compact and can seat only four with ease. The black interior theme, small glass area and thick C pillar all contribute towards giving the Swift a cramped feel on the inside. The quality of plastics and fabrics though it good and much improved over some of Suzuki’s other cars. Though the car feel well built, the dashboard and door panels tend to develop squeaks and rattles quite early on.

2009 Suzuki SwiftAll Swifts have driver and passenger front and side airbags as standard and a full-length curtain airbag as an option. ABS with EBD is also standard and the Swift gets a four-star NCAP crash rating which is good for a hatchback in this segment.

The is priced from 47,000AED and competes with the Toyota Yaris, Honda Jazz, Renault Clio, Hyundai Getz and Skoda Fabia.


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Price Range (AED) 47,000

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