A compact car that has continued to emphasize running
Due to the hit of Honda Fit, compact cars have become mainstream with utility systems that emphasize the size of the interior space. However, the Toyota Yaris that appeared in 2020 has a utility-type tall wagon called Roomy, so we changed the route to a car that emphasizes driving. In the same way, there are models in the compact car market that have been pursuing driving performance for a long time. That’s the Suzuki Swift. By the way, Suzuki also has a model called Solio, a compact car of height wagon.
The Swift has a high reputation as a compact car with a smooth ride that has been refined in Europe, and the Swift Sport, a hot hatch with refined running, is popular among young people as a sports model that can be purchased at an affordable price. I’m here. This thorough review is a compact car that runs like that, Suzuki Swift.
Sporty interior and exterior
The current Suzuki Swift went on sale in December 2016. The current model Swift adopts the new platform “Heartect” that achieves both light weight and high rigidity, and is characterized by dynamic styling that makes you feel good driving.
The interior is characterized by sporty tailoring, such as an instrument panel that is conscious of driving, which is different from compact cars that emphasize space efficiency. It also has an interior space for storage.
Variety of engines including two types of hybrids
At the beginning of its debut, there were three engines: a 1.2L in-line 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine that pursued low fuel consumption by improving thermal efficiency, a mild hybrid that combines a generator with a motor function and a lithium-ion battery, and a 1L in-line 3-cylinder turbo. was set. The transmission was a combination of a 1.2L engine, a 5-speed MT, and a 1L turbo engine with a 6AT, centered on a CVT.
In July 2017, a vehicle equipped with Suzuki’s unique hybrid system, which combines a 1.2L gasoline engine, a drive motor, and an auto gear shift that is lightweight and compact and has excellent transmission efficiency, was added.
A 6-speed MT is also available for Swift Sports
In addition, in September of the same year, the Swift Sport, a sports model that adopted the Swift’s first 3 number body in the domestic market, was added to the lineup. The Swift Sport is equipped with a 1.4L straight 4 turbo engine that generates a maximum torque of 230Nm in a wide band, and the transmission is combined with a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT. Although the drive system is only 2WD (FF), the synergistic effect with the lightweight body demonstrates class-leading driving performance.
In terms of safety equipment, the “Dual Sensor Brake Support” collision damage mitigation system, which employs two different devices, a monocular camera and an infrared laser radar, has been set as a “safety package” from the beginning, and maintains a constant distance from the vehicle ahead on highways, etc. Adaptive cruise control was also available.
Renovated appearance and grade composition with minor changes
And in May 2020, the Swift/Swift Sport underwent minor changes and enhanced safety equipment. There is no change in the grade structure of the Swift Sport, but the 1L turbo engine of the standard Swift has been abolished, and the 1.2L gasoline engine equipped vehicle is 2 grades, the mild hybrid is 2 grades, and the hybrid is 1 grade, totaling 5 grades. Did.
The exterior design includes a newly designed front plated grille and aluminum wheels that enhance the three-dimensional effect. In addition, the RS, Hybrid RS, and Hybrid SZ use special aero parts to emphasize their fearlessness. In addition, a 2-tone roof specification is set for all grades, and body colors are available in 10 colors for the Swift and 9 colors for the Swift Sport.
Not only safety equipment but also driving support functions are at the top level
However, the main improvement this time is the enhancement of safety equipment. A “reverse brake support” function has been added to the collision damage mitigation brake, and a rear parking sensor, which is a function to prevent erroneous rearward start, has also been installed. The adaptive cruise control has also been updated with an all-speed tracking function, and has also adopted a lane departure prevention function and a traffic sign recognition function. In addition, the blind spot monitor [with lane change support] detects vehicles approaching from behind in adjacent lanes and notifies the driver when the vehicle is traveling at a speed of approximately 15 km/h or more. When you operate the turn signal on the lit side, the indicator flashes and an alarm sounds to alert you. When the vehicle is reversing at low speed in a parking lot, etc., the system detects vehicles approaching from the left and right behind the vehicle, and uses a rear cross traffic alert to warn the driver with a display in the meter and an audible warning. The system is very complete and achieves top-level safety in its class.
Swift’s fuel efficiency is 19.6-23.0km/L in the latest WLTC mode. It is a level that can be given a passing score of 16.6 to 17.6 km / L even in Swift Sports.
Reasonable price same as light car
The Swift/Swift Sport is a compact car that combines high driving performance, safety, and excellent fuel efficiency. Among them, the grade called RS is a discerning grade equipped with a special suspension and tires that have been trained in Europe. This RS, or mild hybrid RS, can be said to be the best buy grade among Swifts.
*The content of the article is based on information as of September 2020.