The Suzuki Swift has long been one of Suzuki’s best-selling models in Australia and continues to be a popular choice.
The team at Suzuki Australia handed me the keys to a 2016 Suzuki Swift Navigator GL to road test and review.
The Navigator model being essentially a base-model offering, except it offers satellite-navigation.
Priced from $17,490 for the manual and $19,490 auto, power comes from a naturally-aspirated 1.4 litre engine that delivers 70kW and 130Nm.
I had the automatic version, which has just four ratios, and feel that the Swift would be a more enjoyable offering with the five-speed manual.
Like any auto transmission, extra ratios make for a smoother drive and the four-speed box just doesn’t really cut it.
It’s top marks for fuel economy though with the Swift sipping just 5.5L/100km combined.
During my week of mostly urban driving I managed to get 400km out of half a tank of fuel and that really is very good.
On the road the Suzuki offers a surprisingly firm ride and this means you really feel road cracks and potholes.
I found it also a bit choppy and unsettled at the rear when negotiating unsettled surfaces.
The handling though is good and the steering is responsive.
Inside the Suzuki Swift Navigator cabin you will find cloth seats and a mix of textured and shiny black plastic on the dash.
A lack of a centre storage bin also takes some comfort away with their being no centre armrests.
The all-important (in a car called the ‘Navigator’) sat-nav system looks good and is intuitive to use.
While other standard features in this grade of the Swift include:
- 4 Speaker Stereo
- Air Conditioning
- CD player
- Height-adjustable driver’s seat
- Central locking
- Leather steering wheel
- Cruise control
- Power windows
- Power mirrors
Tilt-only steering adjustment is a disappointment (tilt and reach is offered in the Navigator GLX), though cabin storage areas are reasonable enough.
While Suzuki has offered up an agreeable amount of interior space for driver and front passenger and there’s enough legroom in the rear for children, with adults likely to feel a bit cramped.
Boot space isn’t huge at 210 litres, though there is a removable parcel shelf and this will get you some extra space.
All grades of the 2016 Suzuki Swift offer a full five-star ANCAP safety rating and Suzuki charges $500 extra for metallic or pearl paint, with Mineral Grey and Snow White offered as standard.
Summing it up: The Suzuki Swift is still a good-looking model that is ideal for younger drivers.
The four speed auto restricts performance but in normal driving, it’s adequate enough.
Competitive warranty, top safety score, good fuel economy, decent standard features and pricing that won’t break the bank make it a model worth a test-drive.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Suzuki Swift Navigator GL
Engine: 1.4 litre petrol producing 70kW and 130Nm
Transmission: Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: Navigator GL from $17,490