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I have been recommending the Suzuki Swift for as long as I can remember. It is a budget car that doesn’t feel all that budget. It is also such great value for money with its long list of standard features. Pre-2018, we used to get the sedan version which was called the Suzuki Swift DZire, but in 2018, Suzuki dropped the Swift name from the badge so that the DZire would be a stand-alone product. It shares the same platform and mechanical underpinnings as the Swift, but then obviously offers more in terms of space when you consider it has a boot.
It is such a fab little car to drive, and in fact, doesn’t feel all that little. It has become ever popular as a fleet car or for something like Uber. Which makes sense. It is budget-friendly and offers a spacious enough cabin and boot. It also drives well. It feels solid and doesn’t feel like a budget car as such.
This latest generation Suzuki DZire has just had a little update to make it even more appealing. The most noticeable changes to the exterior are the grille and front bumper, which combine the grille and flared lower air intake into one double-volume hexagonal grille with black number plate mounting.
The new grille is finished in silver on the GA specification level and in chrome on the GL models, with the latter also offering similar chrome highlights in the new, larger foglamp bezels on a remoulded new-look bumper. The GL specification also gets new 15” alloy wheels in place of the wheel covers that are still found on the GA specification level and which were standard across the range before the upgrade.
There is a new-look upholstery going on in the Dzire’s cabin, which creates a more premium feel. It is also hard-wearing and durable. Both specification levels have a long list of features, but the most exciting is that both have Electronic Stability Programme or ESP as standard.
And speaking of safety, you’re also getting two airbags, ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assistance (BA).
To give you an idea of the extensive standard features list, both models boast electric windows, power steering, an immobiliser and alarm system, air conditioning and remote central locking. The GL adds chrome detailing, front fog lamps, an audio system with auxiliary input, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and a tachometer, as well as adjustable rear air vents with an additional 12V socket, and a rear armrest with integrated cup holders.
There is a 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine powering this the DZire, producing 61 kW and 113 Nm. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. It is a fantastic little engine. It feels solid and refined. You might need to give it a bit more when you want to go up a steep incline, but that is not unusual when it comes to these budget-buys.
The fuel economy is a highlight with a claimed figure of 4.9l/100 km.
DZIRE 1.2 GA 5MT: R178 900
DZIRE 1.2 GL 5MT: R196 900
DZIRE 1.2 GL AMT: R210 900