The introduction of the diesel 1.3 DDIS Suzuki Swift M.Y. 2010 was highlighted by the House with a Hamamatsu livery graphics inspired by the Japanese imperial flag, used on the roof and door mirrors utilitarianism of the Rising Sun. The Suzuki Swift 1.2 VVT Samurai Design object of our road testInstead, is driven by the 4-cylinder gasoline 1.242cc that, thanks to variable valve timing on intake and exhaust valves, produces an output of 94 hp and a torque of 118 Nm at 4,800 rpm. With its 3.85 m in length, the Swift married the design philosophy of “utility” of the past generation – the current interpreters of the class, in fact, all measuring about 4 meters – comparing (in size) in the B segment with the Toyota Yaris, 3.78 m long, and Mazda2, Equal in length to 3.92 m. The special series “Samurai Design” is developed on the basis of the “GL Style” version with which it shares the equipment and running from a price of € 14,190. You can deepen the confrontation between the three Japanese in our price, Where we examined the same engine and equipment.
The impact of the Swift is proof of our strengths. If the versions of “traditional” is in fact characterized by a particular style, inspired by the MINI cut in the roof and in the inclination of the windshield, the livery of “Samurai Design” always inspired by the little English, but instead of Union Jack shows off the roof and mirrors on the Japanese imperial flag. For the remainder of the restyling of 2010 was amended in part square design Swift’s original, adding curvature the volumes of the body and lengthening the shape of the headlights. The result of the style has changed a bit ‘self image, now less sporty and more mature. The more substantial changes, however, relate to the adoption of a new petrol engine and the setting of the interior.
L ‘cockpit Suzuki Swift immediately greets us with a nice seat, shaped to provide good content, not “force” too occupants with spoken profiling: the sides of the seat and back adapt it to different body types. Adjusting the driving position benefits from the practice to handle “crick” for the variation in height, but in any event, even for people of above average stature, centimeters above the head abound, While the side panel door and the wheel arches are properly shaped to “prop up” and left leg and elbow support the body in the corners. Rather, the pedal is slightly offset to the left, but freedom of movement of the feet is wide, with the clutch pedal very distanced from those of the brake and accelerator. Even taking into account the standards of a B-segment car, the space is wide enough to enable front-seat passengers not to interfere with each other as two adults who sit on the rear bench seat can face long journeys and enjoy a discreet comfort. The central place is not too raised, though the tunnel removes foot space. Good interior space obtained by the designers of the sacrifices required in the carrying capacity, since the volume of the trunk (211 liters), indicates typical values of the lower segment cars. The bay is shallow and in fact has a pronounced step between the plane and the loading floor. The hat is raised through a “freeze” placed in the hinge: a pity that not closing the door back in a horizontal position, blocking the rear view of the rearview mirror. The loading versatility instead it is very good, thanks to the release system of the seat, which folds easily but forming a drop compared to the bench.
The system keyless entry is very convenient and allows you to open doors and boot lid with a button. The starter motor is then pressing the switch on the dashboard after the operation of the clutch pedal. Talking about the startup of the engine, you miss the Stop & Start system, available on another version (same name) this in list from € 15,190. The update that affected the Swift in 2010 redefined the provision of bridgeNow developed more vertically to obtain more space to store objects. The compartment at the bottom, console Central, in fact, is very convenient to empty his pockets and wallet and mobile phone to accept, or to connect your multimedia device to slot USB, built next to the 12V socket. Going with the look, we see that the layout of the audio and climate is very orderly, with the automatic adjustment of the latter made the intuitive controls that guide the flow and vary the temperature. The illumination color of the ice bridge is echoed by instrumentation, Where it is easier to read analog dials the display Multifunction digital, which split into four distinct areas is clear and simple, with some information always shown (time, temperature, odometer) and other sequence shown in (consumption, remaining fuel, …). This data flow is displayed by pressing a button within the quadrants: in addition to citing the inconvenience of the drive, a note should be made on security, because we are forced to put his hand through the steering wheel spokes, with obvious risks if this is done with the car in motion. With the new series of Swift has renewed the graphics of the quadrants, which now has the values-driven speedometer and tachometer in tangential direction, although the passage of the hidden hands that housed the scale. A small inconsistency ergonomic then there is fog, when you realize that the lights of “fog” can be operated by the dimmer switch located on the steering column, while the fog lights are controlled by a button lower left on the dashboard, next to the rule of ‘height of the projector and switch the ESP stability control. The merging of the two functions is now practices at the majority of carmakerSo please get used to the setting chosen by designers for Suzuki. A custom among the Japanese manufacturers, which is also found on the Swift, then the lighting is restricted only to the button dell’alzacristalli electric driver’s side, who is also the only benefit of the operator. In contrast, for the remaining, surrounding the switch to their lock / unlock and command to adjust the mirrors is not provided on the backlight, making it visible at night instead of the remote buttons for the Hi-Fi and cruise control, Located on the steering wheel spokes.
In accordance with the latest European standards, the mirrors are very large and, in collaboration with the shape of the rear window, offer a good rear view while driving. Besides the already mentioned lack of hat, which can obstruct the visual field, the assessment of the visibility Compromise is in part due to the shape of the third column and the tail quite high, which does not allow you to easily perceive the dimensions of the body during maneuvering. Instead the content is particularly noise rolling from the tires (unit under test is equipped with Continental “Conti Premium Contact 2″ 185/55 R 16), as well as engine noise is well soundproofed, and the noise that filters in the cockpit well muffled. The gear ratios are not too long – which gives a good agility of travel to the Swift – and the absence of a sixth gear but the door to turn 1.200cc highway schemes quite high, at the expense of comfort. No noise also comes from the wheel during the shaking of suspensions, Which is not affected by the presence of 16-inch wheels with regard to the ability to absorb road irregularities. The calibration dell’elastocinematica is never dry and rough passages on the car is always very composed. A certain buoyancy stiffness describes a dynamic behavior that limits the load transfer in roll and pitch, but should never be at the expense of ride comfort. The suspension calibration allows feel good support for external placement on the wheels and travel curve, while the loss of grip due to the rear emergency maneuvers are very progressive and controllable. The Swift is not very sensitive to release, or Cornering Brake Control and Electronic Stability is completely disconnected, act promptly, without being sharp in the drives and does not suffer delays. Understeer in the corners, finally, is comprised of: l ‘attitude is therefore one of strengths of Swift, secure and fun to drive. The downside is given, however, the behavior of steering. The load seen at the wheel is quite artificial, with a feeling unusual – for an electrically assisted steering box – heavy at low speeds (up to 50 km / h) and small angles: the increase of both, however, you have lightening that prejudice to the feeling transmitted to the driver. The behavior of the variable power assistance is therefore not linear and does not foster the perception of what is happening under the front wheels. The feeling of emptiness at the center is evident and affect the sensitivity of control, especially in driving straight ahead, while a lack of precision often forced to correct the trajectory set in large radius curves, such as those found on the highway. The readiness is average and living with the adjustment of the power steering at different speeds: the above mentioned non-linearity of the strategy also involves the enslavement progressiveness steering, which often exhibit the effects of “second time” that should make the habit. The feeling improves Mixed tracts typical of many highways, where the command adjusts the power assistance on a valid calibration, at least up to 90-100 km / h. In particular, in relation to highway speeds, the accuracy increases, while progressive and readiness do not derive significant benefits.
The 4-cylinder gasoline 1.2-liter variable valve timing on intake and exhaust unit is very smooth in ‘delivery. The 94 hp provide excellent smooth ride – a prominent feature of Swift is in fact the fluency – With good acceleration and extension of dowry. The performance aspect in which the engine is lacking recovery, Which forces you to properly evaluate the space when overtaking, even nell’evenienza which step one or more gears. The ability to consume little and reduced noise of the engine are still balanced by some sacrifice in terms of pure performance and then the roar that comes at high speed has a nostalgic tone in that it brings to mind the 16-valve engine of the Japanese cars of the late 90′s, very popular with young people at the time. Moving with the times are the consumption, Which varied in the use we put the Swift (urban, motorway trips and guided traits), stood at the average values indicated by the onboard computer of around 6.3 l/100 km. Furthermore, for constant speeds between 90 and 110 km / h we were within a range between 5.5 and 6.0 l/100 km. To help the engine to achieve a balance between performance and efficiency is then exchange manual, whose main talent is the extreme softness – associated with the lack of gumminess – marches in step. This feature does a good pairing – or matching, To borrow a phrase from insiders – with the pedal clutch, Which is distinguished by the lightness and the scalability of a so called “break”. Only when more committed, they occur very fast gear drives, contrasts emerge in the grafts, in step with impuntature first to second. In general, the maneuverability is always rather “dry” and what in technical jargon is defined as “positive” control, which results in the feeling that the lever “easy” stage of grafting, is very good. Rather, the real fault is attributable to the presence of transmission Sun 5-speed: A sixth would in fact rest on the engine at highway speeds, highlighting the qualities of parsimoniosità of 4-cylinder 1200 cc and making the most of the delivery, with better spacing of the reports. No father’s heart when it comes to stop, because ‘braking system is a good size with the brake pedal that offers a convincing response, like modulation. During the race – quite short – support under the foot is consistent with the deceleration el ‘ABS operates with a logic suitable to the needs of a family car. The only comment we can make this active safety system is the noise of the motor drive pump during the entry into operation of the hydraulic module of the controller.