Suzuki Swift 1.4 5-DR Special Edition - Premium Review
Living up to the name

Story and Photos by Alvan Sio
26 Feb 2016

Introduction, special features

The last Suzuki Swift we tested was quite a number of years ago and it was in the blazing Sport guise.

Almost 5 years ago Suzuki launched the current generation Swift, which hit the market at a time when COEs decided to go on strike. Or at least were forced into it as all strikees would have you believe.

Despite being priced out of most logical buyers’ brackets for reasons out of Suzuki’s control, the Swift remained a staple offering here because its predecessor was something of an icon. And because it’s fast forward 5 years, Suzuki has taken the liberty to re-iconise the Swift as COEs begin their descent back to Earth.

So named the Swift SE for special edition, the car now comes with an uber stylish two tone exterior paintjob. You can now choose from a variety of five colours that come with a black or white roof depending on which base colour you fancy. And no you cannot mix and match.

Tested here in Boost Blue Pearl Metallic with a white roof, the car features a twin-slat front grille in chrome instead of the black hexagons you get on a normal car as well as a set of 16-inch gun metal grey alloy rims that should save you some money on the inevitable black rims all Swift owners are obliged to retrofit.

Elsewhere you get silver stitching on the steering wheel and gear lever as well as suede/leather combination seats that give expensive Alcantara options from Germany a real run for the money. More importantly they are factory fitted, which is another tick in our books.

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Engine Capacity 1372cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (73.0 x 82.0)mm
Power 94bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 130Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 89.1 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.3s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3850 x 1695 x 1510) mm
Wheelbase 2430 mm
Turning Circle 5200 metres
Kerb Weight 1055 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Drums