The Suzuki Swift has been named “Best Compact Hatchback” by a panel of 11 judges at the 2018 ST-Torque Awards.
The latest hatch is larger, roomier and more powerful than the previous one.
It also has a larger boot, making it more practical than before.
Key to the enhanced performance of the latest model is its punchier drivetrain.
Instead of a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre engine and 4-speed automatic, the new Swift has a turbocharged 1-litre 3-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
Torque‘s Dr Andre Lam was pleased with the Swift’s performance.
“Driving this diminutive hatch always brings a smile to my face.”
“It offers fun, fuss-free driving and reliability. Its best feature is its kart-like handling.”
“It just seems so eager to go wherever the steering is pointed, unlike many other cars.”
Lawyer Sarjeet Singh added: “Build quality is good and it should continue to sell in numbers like its predecessors.”
Dr Kong Yongyao thinks that the Swift will find plenty of fans, just like the previous models.
“Remember when these were everywhere? Cheap, exceptionally cheerful and with a large garnishing of spunk, they might just proliferate like rabbits all over again.”
Torque associate editor Jeremy Chua agreed.
“Light and punchy, this supermini is perfect for the suburbanite in a perpetual hurry. It’s priced attractively, too”