2014 Suzuki Swift | new car review

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 by
2014 Suzuki Swift
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3.5 stars
  • Very Good
AEDAED 46,000 - 75,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 70%
  • Interior
    Editor: 70%
  • Quality
    Editor: 60%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

The Swift is a member of the B-segment of the automotive market and started its life way back in 1983. Adopting multiple identities in its early days, the Swift was referred to as the Cultus in Japan, while other markets knew it as the Jazz and Forsa.

Pros

The Sport variant looks mighty fine

Cons

The styling of the Swift Dzire can be tweaked to make it a little more pleasant on the eyes

Looks

Three versions of the 2014 Suzuki Swift are currently being offered by the Japanese manufacturer; a four door sedan known as the Swift Dzire, a regular five door and a sportier version of the standard , presumably referred to as the Swift Sport. While the Dzire is definitely the most unattractive of the bunch, the Sport flaunts tasty hot hatch design cues such as a rear diffuser, smoked headlamps and a rear spoiler.

2014 Suzuki Swift Sport top

Feels

Red stitching on the steering wheel and seats, embroidered logo’s on the seatbacks and a slick perforated leather steering wheel are all present in the Swift Sport. But hop into the Swift Dzire or the Swift hatchback and it’s all a little different. Suddenly the hard plastics are more dominant than ever before and the tacky wood trim on the dashboard and door panels heighten the sense of cheapness.

2014 Suzuki Swift interior

Engineering

Since the Swift Sport is the performance flagship of the Swift series, Suzuki pursued higher levels of chassis performance, thereby improving balance of controllability and stability. Greater toe and camber rigidity in the torsion beam, greater lateral rigidity in the torsion-beam bushings, and larger rear wheel bearings pursue stability at the rear in the higher speed range.

2014 Suzuki Swift Dzire rear

On offer

The smallest engine up on offer is a 1.2 litre unit that makes its way into the Swift hatchback and Swift Dzire, producing just 86 horsepower and 114 Nm of torque. The 1.4 litre 4 cylinder is the next level up and produces 94 horsepower and 130 Nm of torque while being mated to a 4 speed automatic transmission. At the peak of its engine line-up is a 1.6 litre engine that is underneath the hood of the Sport variant and completes a 0 – 100 km/h run in 8.7 seconds and comes mated to either a 6 speed manual or CVT transmission.

2012 Suzuki Swift Sport

Verdict

The Kia Rio and Ford Fiesta are worthy competitors to the Suzuki Swift. While the Kia Rio can be parked up your driveway in just AED 46,000, the Fiesta is significantly more at AED 65,000. Slotting in neatly between the two, the Suzuki Swift starts out at just AED 46,000 and tops out at AED 75,000 for the Sport variant.

2014 Suzuki Swift Sport front

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