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New Suzuki Swift: more details emerge

Swift will be the most efficient petrol supermini

The Swift's had a subtle redesign

The Swift’s had a subtle redesign

Suzuki has revealed full specification details for its new Swift supermini, which offers 116g/km CO2 and a sub-£10k price tag.

Look once and you could easily mistake the new Suzuki Swift for the old car. Look again and you’ll see the styling is more rounded, and the window line more sharply raked.

This new car is based on a heavily revised version of the previous generation Swift chassis – which is actually very good news since that car offered an excellent blend of comfortable ride quality and engaging handling. Add an all-new 1.2-litre petrol engine that makes the Swift the most efficient petrol-powered supermini currently on sale, and you’ve got an intriguing proposition.

Swift has stability control as standard

Suzuki Swift: Stability control is standard

Stability control is standard

The new Swift will initially be available in three trim levels – SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4 – and a choice of three- and five-door hatchback bodystyles.

The entry-level SZ2 features a comfortable amount of standard equipment. There are seven airbags and stability control, plus passenger airbag deactivation (for the safe installation of child seats), electric front windows, CD-stereo with USB connection and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

SZ3 boosts this with the addition of air conditioning and 16-inch alloy wheels. SZ4 goes further with automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth (with music streaming capability), electric rear windows, keyless go, automatic lights and cruise control.

Inside the Swift

Swift: interior space is more generous than before

Interior space is more generous than before

Interior space is slightly more generous than before, thanks to a 50mm increase in wheelbase and 10mm increase in height. The black-with-silver-highlights interior design builds on what was already a Swift strong point.

The new engine is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol with Dual VVT (Variable intake and exhaust Valve Timing).

It produces 92bhp and 87lb ft of torque (pulling power) – slightly up on the 90bhp and 85lb ft of its 1.3-litre predecessor. More impressively, it also emits just 116g/km CO2 and returns 56.5mpg. That’s a 17% CO2 improvement over the old car’s 140g/km, and a 7.8mpg improvement in fuel economy (all figures according to official EU testing).

Next year a 1.3-litre turbodiesel will rejoin the range. This will offer 109g/km CO2 emissions – a 10g/km improvement over the previous diesel Swift – and 67.3mpg.

Swift prices

The new Suzuki Swift is on sale now. Prices start at £9,995 for the three-door SZ2, rising to £12,245 for the five-door SZ4. Both the five-door SZ3 and SZ4 variants are available with a four-speed automatic gearbox in place of the standard five-speed manual for an additional £1,000. There are nine colour options, with metallic paint costing an additional £390.

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