Motorists attracted to the appealing looks and excellent dynamics of Suzuki’s recently launched Swift supermini, now have the choice of diesel power in the shape of the 68 PS 1.3 DDiS 5-door, the latest model to join the range. It’s priced at an attractive £9,750 on-the-road.
Power comes from a common rail engine equipped with turbocharger and intercooler, and this latest Swift is capable of delivering smooth, effortless progress even at low engine speeds. With the wide spread of torque peaking at 125 lb ft (170 Nm) at just 2000rpm it provides superb flexibility and particularly kind-to-the-wallet running costs; mated to the same quick-shifting five-speed manual transmission that’s used in petrol models, this latest diesel derivative is capable of 61.4 mpg in the Combined cycle.
Otherwise the 1.3 DDiS offers the same comprehensive package that has been winning over customers since the Swift’s launch. Funky looks that stand out from the crowd, a spacious interior thanks to one of the widest bodies in class, Euro NCAP 4 star rating for occupant protection, and a taut, responsive chassis are matched to comprehensive equipment levels: front, side and curtain airbags, radio/CD player, remote central locking and immobiliser, electric front windows, electric and heated door mirrors, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and tinted glass.
And because the specification is equivalent to GLX grade petrol engined models, this latest Swift also features air conditioning, alloy wheels, and front fog lamps. Only the petrol-engined model’s keyless entry is absent.
As well as being cheap to run, owners won’t have to pay out a fortune to insure it, either - the Swift 1.3 DDiS has been awarded an insurance group rating of just 4A.Published 15 August 2005