Economical, practical, comfortable and low depreciation

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By AdFeatures | Monday, February 04, 2013, 07:54

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‘’The Swift is fast becoming the must-have Suzuki car, and with it currently beating its main opponents (such as the Mini and Audi A1) in numerous reviews, it’s easy to see why it is so popular.

The Mini has been referred to as having ‘go-kart-like’ handling, and the low seat and difficult steering can put some drivers off; like go-karts, the mini doesn’t handle rough road surfaces very well, whereas the Suzuki Swift has been praised for its relaxing and comfortable drive. While both the Mini and the Swift have a 5 star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, the safety of the Swift is clearly showcased with its six airbags and solid cabin structure. The main downside to the Mini – in terms of practicalities – is the interior space. While the Swift boasts comfortable seats and plenty of legroom, the Mini’s rear seats have very little legroom, causing the Swift to win on both handling and comfort.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Suzuki Swift, however, is its remarkable fuel economy (especially with city driving). Both its 1.2 litre petrol engine and its 1.3 litre diesel engine options allow for better acceleration, low CO2 emissions (meaning it’s cheaper to tax) and cheap fuelling (56.5mpg with the 1.2 litre petrol engine).

Other than the difference in price – the Audi A1 is much more expensive than its competitors – the main distinction between the Swift and its Audi rival is the driving experience. While the A1 has been praised for its handling round corners, the ride has also been described as ‘stiff’, with potential buyers often preferring to opt for a smoother, more comfortable ride. With its precise steering and ability to handle rough road surfaces, the Swift definitely fits the bill. The Audi A1 is also a four seater – missing out the middle seat in the back – making it less practical than some of its opponents.

A big plus for the Suzuki Swift is its depreciation value. This is the amount of money the car loses as its mileage increases, indicating the potential cost of ownership. This factor should be considered by all new car buyers, and it can be found by inputting the car details into an online evaluator, or by looking up your chosen vehicle in a depreciation list.

The Suzuki Swift came in at number 25 on a recent 2011 list compiled by Parkers, putting it ahead of most of its rivals in terms of the money lost over one year (the Swift lost just £2,936, which is 26.4% - an impressive amount considering some cars lost over 50% of their value in that year alone).

The price of the Suzuki Swift is one of its most obvious advantages. New and used Suzuki dealers Tracks – who have showrooms in both Exeter and Taunton – are currently offering the Swift 1.2 SZ2 3DR for £8999 VAT Free, giving you a saving of £1800. This offer is on until the 31st March 2013, so contact the Suzuki car dealers, for more information.’’



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