2010 Suzuki Swift | new car review

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 by










There are a quite a few Swifts whizzing about the region, and with good reason – it’s cheap, it has a decent level of equipment, and it has a reputation for being a fun car to drive.

Those qualities have attracted a young fan base and even a racing series – the UAE Suzuki Swift Cup began racing at Dubai Autodrome at the start of 2010, attracting drivers because of its balance between thrills and cost.

With the five-door Swift costing just 53,000AED new, it’s certainly not expensive, and it has a good level of equipment.

Power comes from a 1.5-litre engine with 99bhp, which might not sound much, but remember that the car weighs just 1,020kg with the heavier automatic transmission. Said transmission is a four-speed affair, with a five-speed manual gearbox also available.

Just one trim level is available – the GL, which comes with a CD player that can also play MP3 CDs. The car sits on 15-inch alloys and while the standard upholstery is fabric, leather seats are available as an option. A bodykit can also be specified, which gives the Swift a more racy, sporting appearance through a spoiler, new front and rear bumpers and sideskirts.

On the safety side of things, the Swift comes with ABS as standard, as well as electronic brakeforce distribution, which keeps the car stable in the event of an emergency stop. ISOFIX child seat mounting points are also included, as are airbags for driver and front seat passenger.

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