Ask any motoring journalist to suggest a great budget car and the Suzuki Swift will no doubt be on the list. The reason being is that it is just that, a great car! Over six million have been sold since it originally launched and the Swift with a boot, which used to be called the Suzuki Swift Dzire but is now only called the Suzuki Dzire, sells 28 000 units a month over in India. That is a massive number of cars to sell so it is no wonder that this little pocket-sized car makes it on to every suggested buying list.
This new Suzuki Dzire’s boot is bigger than its predecessor at 378-litres, which would be one of the main reasons for buying it, right? It is, after all, about practicality. And the Dzire does not disappoint when it comes to standard features. If you opt for the top trim level, namely the GL, you can expect air conditioning, all-round electric windows, electrically adjustable side mirrors, a radio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, power steering, adjustable steering with audio controls and a trip computer. It also boasts driver and passenger airbags, ABS and Isofix child anchorage points for the kiddie seats. There is even a rear foldable armrest with integrated cup holders. Space for rear passengers has also been increased by a massive 55mm which means no more cramping behind the driver seat.
Under the bonnet sits a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated engine which puts out 61 kW and 113 N.m of torque. It’s not going to get you anywhere particularly quickly, but these budget buys aren’t so much about performance as they are about fuel economy. And the Dzire boasts a claimed figure of just 4.9l/100 km. With that said, this car is certainly nippy enough for city driving and even out on the highway, cruising is pleasant. You’ll only really feel the struggle if you try and overtake, especially if your car is loaded with other passengers or luggage, or worse, both! Overall, it is a comfortable drive and the suspension system ensures that most road imperfections are hidden well. You will be quite happy behind the steering wheel.
The Dzire competes with the likes of the Ford Figo sedan and the Honda Amaze and it is quite clear that budget sedans are not the best-looking cars on our roads. But like I mentioned, these cars are about the practical side of life – family life, if you will. For a price tag of just R178 900 for the Dzire GL manual, you will not be left wanting anything more. Unless you want an automatic transmission that is. Well, thankfully, you are in luck because for R14 000 more you can opt for the Dzire 1.2 GL AMT.
The Suzuki Dzire offers brilliant value-for-money and when you add a standard two-year/30 000 km service plan and a five year/200 00 km warranty in to the ring, the Dzire will continue to make the top of recommended lists.