Suzuki’s Swift might be considered to be somewhat of a left field offering in the segment, but my experience of the first generation locally in 2008 as well as subsequent models, such as the second generation that arrived in 2010, is of sturdy build quality, good standard equipment levels and thrifty engines.

They also offered exemplary driver enjoyment, thanks to the wheels being pushed further to each corner and the short overhangs, which made parking in tight spaces an absolute cinch. Now the fourth generation of the model has been launched in SA but instead of bringing the European spec models, the local outfit has opted to bring the Indian-sourced variant, which is available in entry GA and mid-spec GL trim levels. According to Charl Grobler, product planning and marketing manager at Suzuki Auto SA, the company could have considered the European specified model for our shores, but that would have meant a starting price of about R240,000, which is out of reach of most firs...

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