I bought my Suzuki Swift 1.3 GLS brand new from a Suzuki dealer. It is the first time I have bought a car myself from new, and was only able to do so this time due the excellent price that was being offered at the time. When viewing other cars, before deciding to buy a Swift, I looked at many different models, each with different characteristics. My lifestyle is such that I use my car daily for communting to work on my own, while at the weekends I often travel greater distances up and down the country to see my friends. When doing this I regularly have a car full of friends with me. Due to my daily commuting, the economy of the car was a very important factor to me, as was low running costs for the vehicle. However, the greater distances, travelled on the motorway at the weekend, with a car full of people, demanded that I have a suitably powerful engine. In the past I have driven a 1.0 litre car, which, although perfectly adequate for my own use, struggled with 4 or 5 adults in it. The suzuki 1.3 engine in my swift is a single overhead cam (SOHC) fuel injection and it's actual capacity is 1297cc. I've found that it delivers good power and has excellent torque for a car of it's class. The general performace of the car is very good and is achieved by well setup gear ratios (5 speed), which provides a good balance between power and economy. The car copes fine when loaded down with 4 or 5 adults on a long motorway haul, with the only problem being a lack of space in the car, which would be a problem with any car of this size. The car also has an excellent set of features for the price. The 1.3 GLS 3 door (2001 X reg) comes with electric windows, power steering, electric mirrors, rear window heater and washer wiper, RDS EON radio casette player (removeable front), rev counter, clock and two cup holders. The car has good amount of boot space and the rear seats are collapsable to provide even more room. The radio cassette player is ex
cellent, providing good sound to the 4 speakers in the front and back of the car. The general design of the car is excellent for driving, with a very tight turning circle. The shape of the car also gives good rear visibility via both the mirrors and looking through the rear window. A bad point about this car is that it has a small fuel tank, which limits the Swift's range. I manage approximately 280 miles on a full tank of Unleaded (but not going into the red - which I think still has another 2 gallons remaining). This works out at about 40 miles per gallon when being driven on uneconomical, hilly, windy roads. I think I got a good deal when buying this car, and I don't know if the following features that I got are standard for Suzuki's sold through UK dealers, or whether it was a once off offer. Firstly, I have got a 3 year warrantly on the car, which is important for worry free motoring. This is backed up by a 3 year recovery service which applies to both roadside and driveway breakdown. I cannot comment on the quality of this service as the car has fortunately not let me down. It appears, however, that a hire car is provided if you suffer a breakdown and the recovery service can't fix it in situation. The only other thing to really mention is the insurance which is quite low (maybe helped by the car having a factory fitted engine immobiliser), considering I was 24 at the time when I bought this car. To summarise, I am very happy with this car and it has met all the criteria that were important to me when buying a car, especially the price and provides a good set of features too.