Packaged for excitement
Driving enjoyment depends as much on a driver-focused cabin design as it does on the car’s dynamics. Exclusively designed, bucket-type sports seats with large side bolsters provide front seat occupants with excellent support, while the driver grips a leather-wrapped and tilt-adjustable three-spoke steering wheel. The pedals, fabricated in stainless steel with rubber inserts, are ideally placed - and are also designed to collapse in the event of a frontal impact in order to mitigate leg injury.
The sporty black and red combination upholstery is complemented by red trimmed armrests and aluminium-effect strips along the tops of the door panels, while red stitching is used on the steering wheel, on the seats and on the black gearshift boot. Other fine detailing includes chrome plated inner door handles and a silver-finish gearshift knob.
The instrument binnacle is set relatively low to ensure good forward visibility and reinforce the sense of openess. A triple gauge instrument cluster features a tachometer with a needle that rests in the six o’clock position, reflecting sports bike convention; unique to the Sport are chrome rims. Centrally mounted at the leading edge of the fascia is a digital information display that shows time, instant or average fuel consumption and outside temperature.
The standard radio/CD player is neatly and seamlessly integrated into the central fascia which can be operated using either the simple, one touch push button controls, or those conveniently mounted on the sporty three-spoke steering wheel. Usefully, the system features both speed-sensing volume control and MP3-compatibility. Located beneath the radio/CD are large, dial-type controls for the standard equipment automatic air conditioning.
For even greater driving enjoyment, the controls are positioned to ensure their use is readily intuitive, while each has just the right weighting for a natural, confidence inspiring feel. Trim materials carefully selected for their tactile qualities and tight fit and finish contribute to an overall sense of refinement.
At 1690 mm, the Swift has one of the widest bodies in its class and together with a long wheelbase, permits a spacious cabin that realises exceptional people and luggage carrying flexibility, the latter helped by the compact nature of the torsion beam rear suspension.
Storage spaces for mobiles, CDs and other every day motoring paraphernalia are spread around the cabin and include a compartment in the instrument panel, a glove box, front and rear cup holders (three in total), front door pockets - large enough for A4-size road atlases - and rear quarter trim pockets. The cube shaped ashtray is conveniently moveable and can be placed in any of the cupholders; and of course it can provide other uses for non smokers.
There’s an ample 213 litres VDA of luggage capacity behind the rear seat and the rear seatback can be folded down to expand that to 495 litres VDA. A tyre repair kit replaces the spare wheel of other Swift models.