The new Suzuki Swift 4×4 is heading a range-wide package of updates, which is great news for fans of the little Japanese supermini, offering even more choice across the line-up, with added practicality and performance.
For the first time the Suzuki Swift SZ4 1.3-litre turbodiesel model is also available with five-doors, offering even better efficiency, returning a massive 72.4mpg combined with 101g/km CO2 emissions.
The extra models build on the Swift’s amazing success across the world, having sold over 2.5 million vehicles globally since its introduction in May 2005.
The plucky little Suzuki Swift 4×4 comes with a 94hp 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission sending drive to all four wheels through a permanent all-wheel drive system.
The car is available in SZ3 and SZ4 trim in five-door guise only, but amazingly, the four-wheel drive technology adds only 65kg to the car’s overall weight when compared with the two-wheel drive model.
This means only the most minimal decrease in efficiency has occurred, with the Suzuki Swift 4×4 emitting just 10g/km CO2 more than the regular car – it’s already super efficient anyway, returning 56.5mpg combined with 116g/km CO2.
The trade-off for this tiny increase is a huge gain when it comes to practicality, safety and security.
With harsh winters in the UK becoming a more common occurrence, four-wheel drive technology, such as in the Suzuki Swift offers, extra traction for when grip levels are reduced, giving drivers a more sure-footed, secure feel for added peace of mind. That’s in conjunction with seven airbags and ESP fitted as standard.
Given its size, it’s amazingly capable when the going gets tough, too. The Swift 4×4 rides 25mm higher than its conventional cousin, meaning rough ground and rocks off-road shouldn’t be a problem.
The SZ3 spec car looks identical to the regular Swift, while the top of the range SZ4 boasts a more rugged look, featuring extra protection over rough ground with front and rear skid plates, chunky black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts.
With the fabulous, award winning Suzuki Swift Sport also now boasting a five-door model, along with the regular car and the 4×4, there’s a Suzuki Swift supermini to cater for all tastes – and they’re affordable, too.
The Suzuki Swift 4×4 is priced from just £11,516, offering amazing value for money, while the new five-door Suzuki Swift Sport kicks off from just £14,249 – just £500 more than the three-door car.
And on top of that, all Suzuki Swifts will get a few styling tweaks for 2013 – there’s a new, redesigned front bumper with a stylish silver insert, and a revised interior with new seat fabrics on offer.
What do you think of the new Suzuki Swift 4×4? Could you use the extra grip and practicality of Suzuki’s new all-wheel drive supermini? Maybe you’ve been after a more flexible Suzuki Swift Sport – now you have your answer.