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Suzuki Swift 4×4 SZ4 CAR review

By Ollie Kew


09 January 2014 07:30

A Swift 4×4? Surely mistake? After all, if any were to go to the trouble of shoehorning drive into a supermini, expect it of Audi, with its heritage. Not Suzuki…

The Japanese has done it before – you could buy an drive Swift back in Yet given we’re not fans of full-size crossover effort, the and uninspiring S-Cross. the quasi-crossover 4×4 could be the duff of one of our favourite superminis. Read on for the CAR

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Just how far off road will the Swift 4×4 take me?

doesn’t expect buyers to be in the Swift 4×4 – its all-wheel is an on-demand system, sending up to 50% of to the rear wheels via a viscous when the ECU registers wheelspin. of the time, it’s front-wheel minimising efficiency losses. The AWD adds 65kg to the weight of the Swift 1.6-litre, and ups the tailpipe by 10g to 126g/km.

As an out-and-out off-roader a teeny footprint, we’d for the Fiat Panda 4×4, to its mountain goat nimble-footedness, but the Suzuki plays a different

Suzuki is pitching this car at folk who don’t need a heavy, thirsty (or pricey) 4×4, but fancy the guardian of extra traction on hand. there’s mud or black ice on the road, or a downright poor surface, you can see sense in the Japanese manufacturer’s The rest of the time, you’re a front-drive Swift that’s along a chunk more

And that’s bad news.

So this really doesn’t live up to its then?

Even the Swift only just assumes status, and that boasts a 1.6-litre. Add more weight and supply the 4×4 with a 94bhp 1.2-litre, and the result is dog slow. We love the Swift appetite for revs, but this is supposed to be a more mature for more mature customers. Are drivers really going to to pin the wheezy four-pot all the way to 4800rpm to the maximum of 87lb ft?

You only get five forward too (the range-topping warm has six), and the snickety change has been replaced by a notchy that’s unfortunately Dacia-esque.

And the Swift 4×4 is the runt of the as far as handling goes. The Swift has been a tall car (it has more than most executive but the payoff is topsy-turvy balance – by the 4×4’s 25mm taller height.

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The excellent-handling standard car away with this by lighter, the Sport more so by the driver lower in a bolstered and riding on stiffening up the suspension. in the 4×4, the chuckability and brio of the Swifts has gone AWOL – the has lighter, less communicative and lacks poise, feeling as it’s easily unsettled by What a difference 65kg and makes.

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Pity. Does the value up for it?

Partly – the Swift is a well-stocked For a start, all 4×4 Swifts are doors, so while the boot is a paltry 211 litres, there’s access to the par-for-a-supermini rear Our test car was the range-topping SZ4 model, gets Bluetooth, climate keyless go and tinted glass. It wears a subtle bodykit, front and rear skid and plastic wheelarch trim. It £15,739 – but until April you can bag one for £13,116, due to Suzuki’s VAT-off

So right now, it’s the of the two 4×4 cars.

After the deal’s deadline the £13,819 SZ3 will be the one to go for. It out on the off-roader fancy dress, and a few like cruise control and rear windows, but it’s the sacrifice. And while we’re costs, although Suzuki 51.3mpg, our test car struggled to top as much as we struggled to make while driving it.


The 4×4 offers negligible versus a normal Swift – less economical, uninspiring to and a regular Swift fitted winter tyres will far more sure-footed all-weather

If you need the all-paw traction in a suit, get yourself a Panda which retains its front fun factor, and is worth its £13,9995 – price tag. For a strong good all-rounder supermini, to Swifts that don’t rear driveshafts.

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