Background The term micro-car implies a vehicle that is cheap to own, but short on creature comforts. A low price and lack of luxury however, shouldn’t mean poor engineering. The 2014 Suzuki Alto is economical and Spartan, with a handful of design traits that leave us wondering whether the engineers ever spent a day cruising around in their own product.
Driving Experience Naturally, a mirco-car comes equipped with a tiny engine, and in the case of the 2014 Suzuki Alto, you’ll find a 1.0-litre petrol. The single litre is shared among 3-cylinders, and is equipped with variable value timing, producing 67bhp and 90Nm maximum torque at 4,800rpm. Those figures sound skimpy, but the Alto is a lean 855kg, allowing it to do the 0-60mph sprint in 13.5 seconds before topping out at 96mph. If you want to be more adept at eating while driving, you can also order your [...]
Here is a great car that is creating big smiles for a very small cost. Suzuki’s Swift Sport 1.6 won the “Carbuyer.co.uk” best 2012 Hatchback Award impressing judges with its agile handling, sparkling performance and affordable prices.
The Swift Sport 1.6 has a 136bhp VVT engine. It’s not the quickest on acceleration at 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, but the maximum speed of 121mph is more than adequate. It will give you a combined fuel consumption of 44 mpg and emissions are just 147 C02g/km.
For £13,449 you may have expected a bare bone selection of extras however the Suzuki has cut no corners. Included are seven airbags, auto air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and USB port, rear privacy glass, 17 inch alloy wheels and a metallic paint finish. The HID projector headlamps for both high and low beam are included as standard. This is normally unavailable or a costly extra amongst its competitors.
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