Suzuki Swift new car review

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift 2017 new car review

Suzuki Swift SHVS

The Suzuki Swift hatchback has been a strong global seller for some years though in the UK has often been an under-rated gem in the supermini sector, yet a delight to those who discovered it.

With its agile performance, outstanding handling, reliability and ultra-keen pricing, all the Swift lacked was some visual charisma to boost sales – and the new version just in UK showrooms certainly addresses this issue in impressive manner!

New Swift is an eye-catcher with its cutaway headlights, enlarged front grille and sporty-looking body styling. It is also 10 per cent lighter, 19 per cent more powerful and eight per cent more economical than the outgoing version.

Available only as a five-door – but cleverly designed with hidden rear door handles to look like a sporty coupé – the new Swift is priced from £10,999.

It comes with a choice of 1.0 litre 3-cylinder Boosterjet turbo petrol engine or 1.2 litre 4-cylinder Dualjet engine and standard kit on all models includes DAB radio, Bluetooth. LED running lights and privacy glass. Continue reading

Suzuki S-Cross new car review

Suzuki S-Cross

Suzuki S-Cross new car review

Suzuki S-Cross

The original Suzuki S-Cross didn’t look as sharp or as classy as its main rival, the Nissan Qashqai. But now a new version of the S-Cross is available and Suzuki has addressed those styling issues.

New S-Cross has a bigger, bolder and much more noticeable front end, giving the model greater road presence, and inside there is a softer feel and more classy look to the dashboard and upgraded fabrics for the seats. The revised styling comes together well and widens the market for this type of car, which tends to appeal to more image-conscious buyers.

Under the bonnet, the old 1.6 litre petrol engine has gone, replaced by turbocharged 1.0 or 1.4 litre units, with the smaller one offering less horsepower yet delivering better performance, and with reduced emissions and fuel consumption.

The new 1.4 does better still in the pulling power stakes as well as offering 138 hp and a little more economy that the previous 1.6 litre engine. There is also a 1.6 litre 118 hp diesel available, mildly modified from last time and with slightly improved emissions. It produces combined fuel economy of 68.8 mpg combined. Four wheel drive is available as an option with all the engines. Continue reading