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Sweeter –Suzuki Swift 1.2Glx Facelift

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COVID-19 is showing us flames, in business , relationships and our health, we have never come across anything like this, every day is a new struggle, as I pen this story a cleanup operation is underway in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal , this is after a short period of violent unrest and looting inspired by those that felt the former president is invincible and above the rule of law, demanding his immediate release from his 15month jail sentence after he repeatedly disrespected the Zondo Commission to answer for alleged transgressions during his reign . I mention this because that civil unrest has left serious damage to businesses and livelihood alike. The entire country was affected, as a result we have less fuel, no bread in some parts of both affected areas, and significant administration as the army has now been deployed to assist in managing this. During my test period with this Suzuki I was quite concerned as a small group tried some disruptions but local Taxi organization took control and defended the Bay and Kariega. As the dust settles we still have to face COVID, and mind you this was taking place under Alert Level 4, a strict setting or so we thought. Our motoring  fraternity has had to find  new ways to of doing things, I mean after seeing a truck full of locally built BMWs burn, I though every brand would cancel launches and put a hold on test cars. Most insurance companies don’t cover vandalism and riots, now imagine the cost during hard hit times financially.

For the months of May and June ‘21 the diligent Japanese car sold 4029 units , the S-Presso taking the bigger slice of 1254 units in the top spot, with the Swift a in close second place with 798 units, in such times of turmoil , these are impressive especially in brand loyal South Africa. Heck I noted a rise in Ertiga sales as I see more and more units in the scholar and long distance space of the Taxi industry.

About the Swift facelift, as they saying goes “Less is more” the upgrades include a chrome strip on the more pronounced  grille which now looks bigger in hexagon shape, new 15” alloy wheels for GLX models, 2 tone paint combinations to further elevate the floating roof design in an array of stunning colours. Nothing much has changed on the interior apart from bigger touch screen radio, a reversing camera and ESP across all models. We all need the safety.

It’s great to know that the Swift has not lost any of its natural charisma, instead it has gained better looks with these upgrades, in one of my social media updates on the car, someone voiced a concern about the power from the tried and tested 1.2L power plant over long distances as I praised its efficiency, no need to worry , even though  61kw and 113nm does not sound like much, it is balanced by how much the Swift weighs, less than a ton, meaning the power to weight is impressive. Over the test period we were a mere 0.8l/100km of the claimed fuel consumption of 4.9L/100km, at the halfway mark of the tank we had covered just over 300kms.

With pricing from R180 900  for the entry level GA, our tester is placed just below the range topping GLX automatic at R218 900, All pricing include vat , all Suzuki Swifts come with a standard 2year/30 000km service plan, and a 5year/200 000 Warranty.

Thanks to Suzuki Motors SA for the test unit.

Yours in motoring

Wezile Lorenzio Bonani

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