Although Suzuki is no longer relevant in the country, Suzuki continues to be one of the leading sub-compact car manufacturers the world over. Suzuki has introduced the third-generation Swift, its most popular sub-compact ever. The Swift has accumulated sales of 5.4 million units since it came out in 2005.

The 3rd-gen Suzuki Swift is offered with several engines, including a 90hp 1.2-liter four cylinder Dualjet engine that offers CO2 emissions of 98g/km and 4.2l/100km (65.7mpg) for manual transmission model; 111PS and 1.0-liter three cylinder Boosterjet turbo engine (CO2 emissions of 104g/km and 4.6l/100km (61.4mpg) manual. Boosterjet engine now available with Suzuki’s SHVS mild hybrid system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) offering CO2 emissions of 97g/km. The engine options of 1.0-liter dualhet and 1.2-liter Boosterjet are paired to either manual or automatic transmission.

The 3rd-gen Swift is recommended for existing owners who wish to change their currenr Swift as industry leading residual value specialists CAP have set a forecast retained value of 41 per cent for the Swift SZ3 after three years or 60,000 miles, a higher mileage than many Suzuki owners would cover. This is only applicable in the U.K.

Standard equipment for all Swift models in the range is comprehensive and the SZ3 model with 1.2-liter Dualjet engine and manual transmission includes six airbags, air conditioning, leather steering wheel, DAB radio with Bluetooth and four speakers, rear privacy glass, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch wheels, body colored door mirrors and front electric windows.

The SZ-T model is available with 1.0-liter Boosterjet engine and manual transmission adds rear view camera, Smartphone link display audio, 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights glass. The top-of-the-line Swift SZ5 adds auto air conditioning, 16-inch polished alloy wheels, satellite navigation, Advanced forward detection system, keyless entry and start and rear electric windows. The SZ5 is available with a six speed automatic transmission as an option.

At just 3,840mm long, the new Swift is 10mm shorter than the outgoing model, while its wheelbase is 20mm longer, creating more interior room including 25 per cent more luggage capacity at 265L, or 54 liters more. It is also 15mm lower and 40mm wider, further accentuating its low and wide stance. Additionally, the European Swift has a wider front and rear track than the Japanese Domestic model.

The new Swift rests on a new-generation platform “HEARTECT” that delivers enhanced fundamental vehicle performance due to being light and highly rigid. This new platform is now 30kg lighter than before which has contributed to the car registering a kerb weight of just 890kg (SZ3 model), 120kg lighter overall for the whole car.

The new Siwft is available with optional Metallic paint and dual tone metallic paint. Available as a Five-door model only, priced from 10,999 pounds for base variant, and all the way to up the Swift 1.2-liter SZ5 SHVS ALLGRIP with manual transmission at 15,499 pounds.