One of Suzuki’s biggest achievements in recent years was the Swift. First introduced in the Philippines in 2004, the all-new Suzuki Swift retains the sporty subcompact character of its second-gen predecessor, but with added value of comfort fitted to Filipinos.
Outside, the exterior still retains the design characteristics of its immediate forebear, including the hallmark oversized and elongated headlamps, wraparound windscreen and assertive stance that made the second gen Suzuki Swift an attention magnet. Muscular, flared wheel arches, bold sills, 16-inch wheels pushed out to each corner, and a broad shouldered beltline that continues all the way to the tail lights are a feast for the eyes. The slight body plus-sizing can be seen in the all new Suzuki Swift’s loading ability. There’s 210 liters of luggage space, which can expand to 562 liters with the 60:40 split folding rear seat collapsed.
Inside, the cabin has a smattering of aluminum trim mixed with tight fitting high-grade plastics to create a chic yet functional ambience. The functional aspect is reinforced by supportive front seats, a four-speaker setup and a USB input. The head unit is seamlessly integrated into the dashboard and can be operated using either the head unit’s one-touch push buttons or steering wheel-mounted audio controls.
Keeping the eco-conscious motorist happy is the equally eco-conscious 1.4-liter inline four cylinders that guarantees ample power throughout the rev range. Fuel efficiency is one of the key factors of the Suzuki Swift. During my test, I only consumed 15.34 kilometer per liter.
In terms of safety, the Siuzuki Swift is equipped with ABS, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist to instantly transmit quick deceleration. Driver and passenger front and side airbags come standard, should the unit get involved in a collision.
The all-new Suzuki Swift is priced at Php 769,000 for the automatic and Php 729,000 for the manual variant, and is available in Ablaze Red, Snow White Pearl, and Star Silver Metallic.
Vehicle 2011 Suzuki Swift
Type Sub Compact Car
Engine 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinders
Horsepower 94 @ 6,000 rpm
Max. Torque 130 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
TRANSMISSION 4-speed AT
Length 3,850 mm
Width 1,695 mm
Height 1,510 mm
WHEELBASE 2,430 mm
WHEELS & TIRES 185/55 R16 aluminum alloy
PRICE AS TESTED P769,000.00