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Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZ3 Dualjet

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By Jonathan Crouch

Suzuki's Swift has long been one of our favourite superminis and makes particular sense in efficient Dualjet 1.2-litre petrol form. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 54

The latest sixth generation Suzuki Swift gets a decently efficient engine in the shape of the volume 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol unit. It can average over 65mpg and return less than 100g/km of CO2. Otherwise, the highlights are as with other versions of this latest model, including a better quality cabin and extra safety equipment.

Backgroundword count: 141

Is there a more underrated supermini available on the UK market than the Suzuki Swift? We don't think so. As much as we love the Ford Fiesta, the Volkswagen Polo and the Renault Clio, there's a lot to be said about keeping things simple. Suzuki has long adhered to this mantra, developing cars that offer what you need and not a whole lot extra, with prices reflecting that fact. Its Swift model has come through a number of iterations and by now, you might expect it to have gone all polished and upmarket, but it still feels peppy and infectious like superminis always used to. That's a good thing. Most customers buy a Swift powered by a 1.2-litre Dualjet petrol engine and we can see why because this powerplant is also a very good thing. Read on and we'll explain why.

Driving Experienceword count: 239

The Dualjet engine develops 90PS and 120Nm of torque at 4000rpm which is key. Most choose the conventional version, but also available is an 'ALLGRIP' 4x4 model that pairs this 1.2-litre unit with Suzuki's 'SHVS' mild hybrid technology. Here though, our focus is on the standard model. Unlike some similarly-priced entry-level petrol-powered superminis, you don't have to row this one along with the gearlever to make decent progress. It's not exactly concussive in its acceleration though, getting to 62mph in 11.9 seconds en route to 112mph, but numbers don't always tell you everything. The bald stats don't do anything to convey how much fun the Swift is to drive. They don't give you a clue as to how light and direct the 5-speed manual transmission is, how effortless yet faithful the steering is or how that lightweight engine helps create a front end that just loves to be thrown at a corner. Drive one and you can't help but feel that this is almost the perfect small car for cities, with just about enough suspension compliance to cope with city streets without ruining the perky handling. Out on the motorway, the Swift can feel a little out of its comfort zone, with some road noise filtering in and the steering, which is so good in town, feels a bit lighter than perhaps you'd like. That said, it's been designed for a purpose and it does that job really well.

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