By ERIC PHIRI
SUZUKI has raised the bar for its medium-size sedans by introducing the Swift DZire. The model name
reads “desire”, which is what Suzuki hopes to infuse in the observers of the market for economy sedans.
The aim is even greater in the attempt to entice those who are impressed by the efforts of the highly
popular Swift hatchback.
So what does the Swift DZire offer? It’s a four-door sedan for starters, with added security features, a
roomy boot and more breathing space for backseat passengers. It is powered by a newer generation 1.2-
litre engine, which combines performance with excellent fuel economy. The four-cylinder 16-valve unit is
offered in conjunction with either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Swift DZire also comes with three models to choose from: a 1.2 GA and 1.2 GL manual and auto. The
entry level GA is attractive enough with its standard specifications, features and finishes.
The cabin in the three models provides comfortable seating for four or even five occupants, while the 300
litre boot ensures ample luggage space. The combination of the dashboard’s dark upper surfaces, linked
to the contrasting, tan-hued lower tier is a design trait unique to the DZire.
But a good car cannot just be the looks, hence the Suzuki efforts to beef up the DZire under the skin,
with a strong and rigid chassis and a suspension layout that combines independent McPherson struts up
front with a rear torsion beam. The front disc / rear drum braking configuration is linked to ABS anti-lock
control on GL versions.
The GL’s list of standard features also includes electric windows, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors,
remote central locking and keyless entry. The dual front airbags are retained, and augmented by ABS
anti-lock control for the braking system.
The DZire recognises that road conditions in South Africa aren’t always optimal, and features a slightly
raised ground clearance and high-profile tyres specifically for this reason, thus allowing the newcomer to
cope with rutted tar, potholes and gravel surfaces with aplomb.
“The new Swift DZire adds a further, important string to the Suzuki Auto bow,” says Francois van Eeden,
national marketing manager at Suzuki Auto SA.
“Our Swift range has already established itself as a significant player in the subcompact hatchback
segment, and now the DZire will extend that success formula into the small sedan sector.”
Van Eeden points out that factors such as spiralling fuel costs, rising interest rates and the impact of e-
tolling are placing an ever increasing emphasis on smaller, more affordable and more economical cars.
Dynamics and efficiency
Thanks to a minimum kerb mass of just 960 kg in the case of the manual version, and 990 kg for
automatic models, the new DZire achieves a favourable power-to-weight ratio, which in turn benefits
straightline performance, response and fuel efficiency.
The DZire 1.2 Manual is credited with a 0-100 km / h acceleration time of 12,6 seconds, and achieves a
top speed of 160 km / h. Combined cycle fuel consumption is a frugal 5,7 litres / 100 km, with an
associated CO2 emissions figure of 134 g / km.
In automatic trim, the DZire also achieves a 160 km/h top speed. Fuel consumption remains favourable at
6,3 litres / 100 km, linked to a CO2 emissions rating of 149 g / km.
Range and equipment
The new Suzuki Swift DZire is offered in two trim levels: the entry-level GA, and the more
comprehensively equipped GL.
The GA is aimed at value-conscious buyers on a restricted budget seeking a high-quality, economical and
compact sedan that remains true to the Suzuki ethos. The GL offers a more extensive list of luxury and
convenience features as standard.
All DZire models are equipped with 14-inch steel wheels, while the GL models are also available with 15-
inch alloy rims as a R4 000 option.
Suzuki Swift Dzire prices
Suzuki Swift Dzire 1.2 R128 900
Suzuki Swift Dzire 1.2 GL R138 900
Suzuki Swift Dzire 1.2 GL Auto R153 900
Prices include a two-year / 30 000 km service plan and a three-year / 100 000 km warranty.