Suzuki Swift Test Drive : "a Round Of Applause For The Development Team With The Guts To Go Against The Masses"


2012 Suzuki SwiftRecently, the Suzuki Swift has been given some minor but tasteful updates.

According to the development team, research of customers who purchased the Swift indicated much satisfaction in regards to its design and the way it drives but not so much for the vehicle's gas mileage and economy. However, they say that development began with the main goal of finding a way to improve gas mileage.

And well, with that in mind, what do you do? The quickest solution would be to put in an electric motor (hybrid-ize it) and increase the amount of time the electric motor drives, therefore decreasing the consumption of fossil fuels. However, that would at the same time result in an increase of parts, cost, and vehicle weight.

This reminds me of Mazda's SkyActiv. Rather than simply turning everything electronic (at this point), Mazda challenged themselves by seeing how far they could improve their existing engine. They also secured a favorable reputation from the market by doing so. However, by the words of Suzuki's development team, SkyActiv is "very extravagant." Along with utilizing a direct injection engine, they believe that the SkyActiv was developed with no worries towards how high the cost of the system or parts will be.

But the Swift isn't like that. They cannot abide by that "do whatever is takes!" stance. I'm saying this with the utmost respect, however, the Swift is much poorer (haha). The range of Swift models (over ¥1,600,000 for its most expensive 2WD version) fulfills its fuel saving goals for its cost and sales value. Therefore, it has no need to be a hybrid or to be loaded with a direct injection engine. The only "revamped" engine parts that stand out are the dual injectors. Aside from that, be it the compression ratio or the combustion chamber, they earnestly set on improving and fixing existing technology. Putting all those new adjustments together, there is not a single "projectile weapon."

Therefore, it may be hard for the news to get hyped over it. The Swift was made under the premise of making the car (parts) inexpensive, but, absolutely better than existing models! This time it was up to "MC Swift" to directly challenge and surpass Japan's "popular vehicles." In fact, it was named the "Dual Jet Engine" because there are two fuel injection apparatus for each cylinder. Also, its idling stop completely halts the engine when driving at speeds under 15km/h.

Now, how about the new Swift on the road? This time we tested the vehicle only through town driving. Although these conditions do not allow for the Swift to show its true value in cornering, even at low speeds this vehicle's gait was supple, and rode very smoothly. At low RPMs the engine produces adequate "power" and really felt like something exceptional in a vehicle meant for daily use. There were times when low fuel consumption engines seemed to lack torque in the lower to mid revs (the development team also worried about this), however the "dual jet" didn't appear to have this type of deficiency. When pushing down on the accelerator, it appropriately demonstrates the "power" and driving force the driver desires.

And the Swift has one more strong point. That is the seat. When the RS was added to their lineup, I thought the new seat on it was excellent. I believe this time they used that seat as the base and upgraded it all around. The basic shape supports the lower part of the back (spine) very well and at the same time wraps the entire body evenly without adding any unnecessary stress on any particular areas. It's amazing how you can acquire such an amazing seat at this price.

In general, this model received minor changes that expand on its good points and improve on its weak points. I would like to extend a round of applause to the new Swift.

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