2006 Suzuki Swift GL 1.5 petrol VVT from Indonesia
Brilliant small car with good looks
Brake dust deposits on front brake pads - cleaned under warranty.
Hint of noises from somewhere within the dashboard. But these are intermittent.
Outside noise is quite noticeable from inside.
Loved it since first time I saw it. Suzuki made a wise decision to 'adapt' Mini's design cues, hence the funky & exceptional styling.
This car has great value for money. It's got power windows, remote central locking with immobilizer, MP3/WMA CD head unit with steering wheel remote, and a simplified trip computer which shows only the outside temp and average/real-time fuel consumption. There's no other car here within the same price level that provides as many niceties as it does.
Build quality is high, panel fits excellent and the cabin has a simplistic approach yet still shows a tasteful design. I love the gear lever movement, it feels just right in your palm and shifts easily yet firmly between gears.
And it's got quite some power for a 1.5L engine. Acceleration is quick from 3000 rpm upwards. Fuel consumption is excellent at 12.5 km / liter.
My complaint would probably go to the cramped rear seating. The seat backs are almost flat and they are too firm for long distance trips. Lucky I'm the driver and not the passenger.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th September, 2006