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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 20th 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---13 Zippy little Swift is streets ahead SERIOUSLY GOOD: The well-built, well-equipped Suzuki Swift EZ is rated a pleasure to drive. on the firstname.lastname@example.org with GRAHAM SMITH The choice is simple with Suzuki Swift EZ (2005-2007) SUZUKI was never taken as seriously as it was when it launched the EZ Swift in 2005, and for good reason, the reborn Swift was a very good little car. The Japanese carmaker had a great reputation as a maker of motorcycles, and its cars were mostly respected for their intricate engineering, but quirky models like the Wagon R+ and Mighty Boy tended to undermine the company's carmaking credibility. The EZ Swift, however, was a seriously good car, one that buyers of used small cars should now add to their shopping lists. model watch Before the arrival of the EZ Swift Suzuki was lost, cars like the Liana and Baleno were bland and boring, it was a brand that rarely ever made car buyers shopping lists. It was a company desperately in need of a makeover if it was to survive; the Swift went a long to way to achieving that. The Swift's designers looked to Europe when they sat down to design the EZ, and it showed. The rather boxy shape was striking, even trendy when it was launched, its shapely snout and tight wheel- hugging curves making a bold styling statement. While it was quite roomy inside with decent head and legroom, it was a little cramped for width. The driver's feet were cramped and there was no room for a footrest. Suzuki launched the Swift with two five-door models, the base Hatch and the better equipped S Hatch, and followed up with the Sport Hatch a year or so later. The Hatch and S Hatch were both powered by a 1.5-litre double overhead camshaft four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing. At its peaks it was putting out 74 kW at 6000 revs and 133 Nm at 4000 revs, enough to inject the Swift with enough zip to make it a pleasant little driver, if not particularly breathtaking. When the Sport arrived it had a 1.6-litre engine that added some extra zip with its performance peaks of 92 kW and 148 Nm. The transmission choices were a four-speed auto and five-speed manual, the latter with a rather baulky shift, in the Hatch and S Hatch, while the Sport Hatch was only available with the manual box. Standard features in the base Hatch included air, remote central locking, power windows and mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player. An upward move to the S was rewarded with alloy wheels, fog lights, plus the added safety of side and curtain airbags. The Sport model boasted larger alloy wheels, a body kit, a sports exhaust and premium sound. on the lot The Swift Hatch can be had for $12,000-$16,000, the S Hatch $14,000-$17,000 and the 2006-2007 Sport Hatch $17,500-$20,000. in the shop Suzuki has a reputation for reliability, its jewel-like engines particularly renowned for their toughness and durability, and the EZ Swift is not showing any signs that has changed. No major problems are showing up, but its important that the Swift is well and regularly serviced, so check for a credible service record. Some owners have reported difficulties in getting replacement parts when needed; suggesting Suzuki's local stocks are not what they should be if you need anything more than the basic service items. on the road The Swift is a nice driving little car with decent road manners; the handling is nimble and predictable, while the ride is pleasantly comfortable over all road surfaces. While the engine is a willing performer through the middle and higher rev ranges, it lacks a little in torque and needs to be stirred along using the gears. Inside, while the cabin is a little narrow, there is good head and legroom, and the seats are both supportive and comfortable, but drivers need small feet. in a crash Solid construction, plus dual front airbags, made for a reasonable safety package in the base car, but the S was the better bet with its side and curtain airbags , which was enough for ANCAP to award it four stars. ABS anti-lock braking and traction control add to its safety. at the pump Small size says it should be a fuel miser, and it is. Contemporary road tests at the time of its launch had the Swift sipping regular unleaded at the rate of 7.5 L/100 km. look for Trendy looks; upright stance; good head and legroom; narrow cabin; nice driver; and good build quality the bottom line Well-built, well-equipped small car that's a pleasure to drive. 85/100 COMING UP What do you think of your Mazda2? Send your report to Graham Smith at Cars Guide or e-mail email@example.com. See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 6 February and 28 February 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. †10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. ‡4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended selling price. 2. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. MMR1019/TAS/HM To see all of the Start of Year offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11 $32,9901 DRIVE AWAY 2 EXCLUDES METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. 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