Suzuki Swift SE gets extra pizazz

Suzuki has added what it calls a Special Edition to its line-up of Swift compact hatches - actually it's an inspired bit of parts-bin engineering, adding some of the sporty trim of the top-of-the-range Sport to the standard 1.4-litre chassis and giving it a bit of extra pizazz for not much more money.

What you get are the Sport's roof spoiler and cylinder-type tail-light clusters, special 16” alloy rims, satin-finished aluminium door handles and neat foglights let into the front bumpers.

Swift SE adds some of the Sport trim to a standard 1.4-litre chassis to give it a bit of extra pizzazz for not much more money.

Inside, Swift SE pilots get an integrated CD receiver with MP3 capability and a USB port, as well as a thick-rimmed sports steering wheel trimmed in leather with silver stitching and satellite controls for the audio system.


The rest of it is standard Swift issue, with the same 1.4-litre engine as in the rest of the line-up (except the Sport), rated for 70kW at 6000rpm and 130NM at 4000, using a claimed 5.5 litres per 100km and emitting a creditable 132g/km of CO2 thanks to fly-by-wire throttle control.

Maximum power output is rated at 70 kW, achieved at 6 000 r/min, while the torque peak of 130 Nm is reached at 4 000 r/min. Technical highlights include optimised variable intake valve timing, numerous friction reduction measures, and advanced electronic throttle control.

The SE comes with your choice of either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission; Suzuki quotes 0-100 in 10.9 or 12.7 seconds and top speeds of 170 and 165km/h respectively.


Swift 1.4 SE - R169 900

Swift 1.4 SE A/T - R184 900