I found the ride to be slightly improved over the previous generation but the car still sends all bumps and irregularities from the road to the passengers. The only difference is that the bumps feel slightly more blunt or tamed. Overall the ride is still on the hard side.
The driver and co-passenger seats are nice , the front seats feel the same as in the older model which is to say they are still very good in the way they hold the driver in. The rear seats felt a little upright, they feel a bit more comfortable than the older model however. The Headrest doesn’t feel all that restful to my head the cushion is too hard, both on the front and rear seats.
Rear legroom has improved. Appears to be more spacious than before.
One of the joys of the previous generation swift was its wonderful engine. The new swift has the same engine as before but with VVT and slightly more HP as I understand it. I did not feel the engine was more powerful at all. If anything it felt more sluggish than the previous model, There was less immediacy to it. Simply put the fun is gone. As far as the fuel economy is concerned Suzuki gave the engine VVT which stands for Variable Valve Timing, apparently helps with mileage. I have noticed perhaps 0.5-1 more to the liter but I live in a city where bumper to bumper traffic is the scenario everyday and the car is very new so the fuel economy may improve after a few services. I will post an update after the 5000 Kms Service.
The Go-kart like steering response was yet another big plus for the previous model swift. The steering feedback in this car feels more numb and less responsive. Sluggish eve. Over all the driving feedback is a whole level down compared to its predecessor. There is clearly a disconnect between driver and car, that being said it is still better than other competing hatchbacks. This was a big and one of the few things that really disappointment me about this car.
Gears! Shifting is fun again! Much better than in the older car. The gears ‘click’ into position when shifted. A very nice gated feel. A definite upgrade from the previous car.
Suspension. As far as handling goes I can’t say it’s an improvement or a downgrade. The mentioned steering issue makes the handling feels a bit sluggish but I don’t think it has anything to do with incorrect suspension setup.
This is still the best all round hatchback for the money. Suzukis reliability coupled with a wide service network provides a sense of calm that no other manufacturer can provide. The car looses out on its Driving dynamics but more than makes up for in other departments, No longer the drivers car it used to be however. All in all this facelift feels more like a new car than just a facelift with cosmetic changes. If there are any questions anyone has please feel free to ask.
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