Gareth Butterfield is knocked out by the Suzuki Swift Attitude
IF you’re a fan of a sporty supermini but you’re on a tight budget then I have some good news. Suzuki has a treat in store for you.
It’s fun and fiesty Swift is now offered as a special edition “Attitude” version and it means if you can manage to find around £13,000 for the normally entry-level SZ3 trim, by choosing an Attitude, you’ll be given a range of free goodies.
To fit with the name, the add-ons on this edition give it a nice, sporty look over the rather conservative model upon which its based.
By choosing this version your car will be fitted with carbon-effect splitters, skirts and diffusers around the bottom of the car, a mesh grille at the front and a big spoiler at the back.
You’ll also get bigger 16″ wheels, front fog lights, rear privacy glass, special badging and a range of striking paint options.
Inside the Attitude feels more akin to the SZ3, so you’ll find air air conditioning, Bluetooth and front electric windows are included. You do, however, get the touch-screen infotainment system thrown in now, which has Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
There’s only one engine choice, and it’s the basic 1.2-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit. This has just 89bhp but in such a light car it’s actually enough to make it feel sprightly and help you enjoy its fun driving dynamics and sharp controls.
Suzuki’s Swifts have always been under-rated little bundles of joy in the bends. On a country road its lightness at around 900kg means you’ll be rewarded with wonderful agility and its lack of body roll means it responds well to keen inputs.
This lightness will also help with fuel economy. The engine might lack a turbo and require plenty of revs to wake it up properly, but driven sensibly you should manage 50mpg and CO2 emissions are also tax-friendly.
But it’s the price that really makes the Attitude stand out. Sure, you could have a Ford Fiesta or a Volkswagen Polo for that money, but they’d only be the very basic version.
Here’s a car which delivers every bit as much fun as its rivals, but also throws in some goodies you certainly wouldn’t normally expect for such a small amount of money.
It’s as much of a bargain as it is a hoot. Grab one while they last.