Editor: Jason “The Bok” – Date: 21 May 2019
Suzuki is a Japanese automotive marque that has been doing it for so long. Building affordable, reliable, practical and perhaps most of all fun-loving compact cars. Riding off the back of the top-selling Suzuki Swift hatchback, this is the latest-generation Suzuki Swift with a boot, this is the Suzuki Dzire.
As is common with the brand, Suzuki has ensured that the Dzire, much like the latest-generation Swift is very well feature packed. Remaining more black with silver ascents than the sportier red of the Swift, the Dzire GL features everything from a tachometer, rear air vents, an extra 12V socket, an easy to opperate audio system with USB and Bluetooth support, steering wheel-mounted controls and colour-coded side mirrors.
A high roofline as is common with Suzuki products also helps make for what is a sense of true spaciousness and comfort and an easy way to forgot that this is still a compact vehicle. Suzuki claims that the new Dzire’s boot can hold 26% more luggage than before, with a very generous 378-litres of luggage loading space. The rear bench doesn’t fold down, however, I found boot space to be more than ample for a compact city slicker such as the Dzire.
The Dzire is powered by Suzuki’s tried-and-tested 1.2-litre 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which produces 61 kW and 113 Nm of torque. Owing to a lightweight body (under 900 kg), the Dzire feels nippy and light to drive. Suzuki also claims fuel economy figures of as low as a combined 4.9 L/100 km.
Conclusion & SA Price
The Suzuki Dzire follows the floorplan of the excellent new Swift. Combining larger dimensions with further space while retaining some fun driving characteristics and an affordable price point helps quickly sum it up. If you are in the market for the Dzire, you probably have also looked at the Toyota Etios, Ford Figo and Honda Brio which it closely rivals.
While so many compact city slickers are doing an overall great job, I can particularly commend the Dzire for its ability to offer space, great fuel economy and present a civilised yet fun drive.
Suzuki Dzire 1.2 GL – R178,900
includes Suzuki’s 5-year/200 000 km mechanical warranty and 2-year/30 000 km service plan.