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Suzuki brings new Swift to Geneva
Suzuki's new Swift supermini gets its European debut; features lighter yet roomier body.
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2017-03-23: First drive: 2017 Suzuki Swift

What's all this about?

The European-spec third-generation Suzuki Swift is finally here. Based on the same 'Heartect' platform as the Baleno and Ignis, the new supermini has pulled off the magic trick of being bigger but also lighter than the model it succeeds.

How much bigger?

We're talking millimetres, but they all add up to give a 25 per cent increase in boot space and a useful improvement in passenger legroom and headroom. The base SZ3 model weighs in at a paltry 890kg, and it's refreshing to see superminis come out of their difficult obese phase at last.

What about trim levels and equipment?

Three versions will be available, called SZ3, SZ-T and SZ-5. All cars get six airbags, digital radio and daytime running lights, while each higher iteration adds more toys. Both SZ-T and SZ-5 get a 4.2-inch LCD screen displaying vehicle parameters, while the top version gets automatic air conditioning, LED lights front and rear and satellite navigation.

Is there a hybrid model?

Sort of. You can mate the 1.0-litre Boosterjet three-cylinder engine with a (very) mild hybrid system on the SZ5 model to give a quoted CO2 emissions figure of 97g/km, while a 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is also available across the range and can be got with 'Allgrip' all-wheel-drive transmission, although that particular option can be had in SZ5 trim only. In terms of fuel economy, all powertrain options are said to achieve over 60mpg.

Anything else I need to know?

The Swift will only be offered in five-door form, although hidden rear door handles do help disguise that fact upon first glance. Safety features like adaptive cruise control and collision avoidance are fitted to the SZ5 model, and both SZ-T and SZ5 trims get a seven-inch central touchscreen for infotainment functions. The car will be available in the UK from June onwards, with pricing information due to be announced in May.

Maurice Malone - 7 Mar 2017

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