2013 Suzuki Swift Extreme Review
Initial Impression6
Target Market8
Practicality 8
Drivability7
Liveability7
Cost8
What we liked
  • Good value model
  • Fuel Economy
  • Colours
What we didn't like
  • Extreme name is misleading
7.3Overall Score

The Suzuki Swift…a vehicle which we have reviewed before, but this time a different configuration. Last time it was the outstanding Swift Sport variant which blew us away and left us wanting to keep it for longer than what we had it, whereas this time around we’re looking at one its stable mates, the Swift Extreme.

Suzuki Swift Extreme

Before we kick off with the 2013 Suzuki Swift Extreme review, it’s worth nothing that it takes a different tack compared to the Swift Sport (despite what the ‘Extreme’ part of the name would imply).

However, for buyers the value included in the Swift Extreme packs some extras including fog lamps, alloy wheels, and leather steering wheel with silver stitching. Other standard features also include keyless entry, 7 airbags, USB socket, and a 5 Star ANCAP Safety Rating.

Starting from $17,990 for the Swift Extreme with a 3 year/100,000km warranty it seems that this is quite the package for a young driver or for a run about. To find out if it is all of that though, let’s get on with the review!

Initial Impression

When picking the car up from Suzuki Queensland HQ it was a miserable and overcast day, however when this Extreme was brought around; a bright green/yellow with obvious styling elements from the Swift Sport, the day brightened up.

The rear spoiler, and silver highlights really add to the presence of the Extreme, even when parked even though they’re relatively small aspects.

Suzuki Swift Extreme

On the inside as the driver you’ll immediately notice the steering which has been borrowed from the Sport and highlighted with a great contrasting silver stitch. Space in the cabin is surprisingly large for what is a compact looking car from the outside. Fitting four adults isn’t a problem and in Brisbane it’s awesome to have air-conditioning which works fantastically well.

Target Market

If you’re in your late teens or early 20’s and looking for your first or perhaps upgrade car, this is certainly worthy of consideration. It has all the bells and whistles you come to expect and with the Swift Extreme coming standard with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, it won’t leave you short with regards to your multimedia and phone access…which for our generation are quite important aspects.

Suzuki Swift Extreme

Just like the Swift Sport, this version has done well to not make itself gender bias and to not forget who it is appealing to. The Swift Extreme, whilst the name implies it brings a lot of attitude, does tend to sit on the fence. When it comes to the styling there isn’t any macho aggressiveness nor are there any overtly feminine aspects…which may not be appealing to some in the age bracket we are talking about as they’ll want a car which is either one or the other but cue choices in the Suzuki stable and that’s where I feel the Alto and Swift Sport come in to the mix.

Practicality

A hatch like this, as we’ve mentioned in other reviews, is really a vehicle which you expect to do a little bit of everything. It needs to have the ability to ferry friend or family around as well as the odd bit of shopping whilst still being relatively comfortable.

The Swift Extreme, as mentioned earlier, really doesn’t look huge from the outside. The sloping roof line and neat styling suggests that it would be a hatch on the smaller end of the scale. Granted it isn’t the biggest hatch on the market, but it is very deceiving to those who enter the vehicle. Head room in the front is excellent and viewing angles are awesome. Mirrors are fantastic and tend to have a very small blind spot as well as awesome electric adjustments.

Thanks to no spare wheel and the inclusion of a repair kit, you’re given a little ‘hidden’ compartment which worked out great as a place to hide valuable items or if you’re trying to carry an item which is a little taller, the deeper space provides that extra room to fit in the item easily.

The Swift yet again, proved to be the vehicle which didn’t give you a reason why you shouldn’t hop in and drive.

Drivability

The Swift Extreme, whilst still not providing any hint to what makes it extreme, proved itself to be a very capable car in the most extreme of driving conditions. The time which we had the vehicle it was one of the heavy rain fall and flooding in Brisbane during late January. When we thought it was safe enough to take to the roads, we ventured to some places which we thought would test the vehicle and how it handled in wet conditions with debris lying on the road from the carnage of the night before. It did well.

the Swift never gave me, as the driver or my passengers, a reason to feel uneasy

The climb up Mt Coot-tha was effortless and despite tree branches and other items strewn across the road, the Swift never gave me, as the driver or my passengers, a reason to feel uneasy or unable to think that it might not be able to react to the changing conditions. The 70kW engine wasn’t a ‘beast’ but it wasn’t severely lacking with the beautiful high revs which made it seem at lot more impressive to the ears. Which in the scheme if things, let’s be honest, isn’t a bad thing.

Throughout the week, with varying types of driving, fuel economy came in as expected, with a slightly above the stated 6.2litres/100km, at 7.1litres/100km. In the age of European fuel efficiency it comes in at the higher end of fuel economy, however when you’re wanting to drive conservatively we saw numbers as low as 5.8litres/100kms.

Liveability

There are cars which whilst boasting the looks on the outside, are lacking on the inside or for whatever purpose the car just isn’t something you could live with. The Swift Extreme comes in the spot of being, if I was looking to purchase a Swift (and not the Swift Sport), this would be the spec that I would look at straight away. The major comforts are there…except for cruise control…and the car is one that you’re happy to volunteer to do the pick-ups on a Friday night.

Suzuki Swift Extreme

Whilst we still haven’t found anything ‘Extreme’ about this Swift, we could certainly see ourselves being very comfortable whilst having something which you could enjoy fully when you have a chance.

Cost

The Swift Extreme starting at $17,990 sits in a pretty good place. There’s no breaking of banks here to achieve this car and again it packs Bluetooth & USB connectivity, alloy wheels, great air-con and a leather steering wheel.

I was a little nervous again to see that the alloy wheels did have Continental tyres on them. Not because of the quality of the tyre (I see them as one of the best), but because of the replacement cost for each individual tyre. When we got a quote at the time of the Swift Sport review they came in at $365 each fitted and aligned, which when it comes to replacing four tyres is $1460 which is just over 8% of the vehicles value when new. That is expensive and hopefully you won’t have to replace all four tyres at once. Don’t get us wrong though, these are excellent tyres and no doubt contributed to the excellent handling performance.

Conclusion

The Suzuki Swift Extreme name when we got the invitation to test hinted that it would be a model which sat above the Swift Sport. You know, being called ‘extreme’ and when we got our hands on the car we struggled to really find what was so extreme. Though when comparing to other models in the Swift line up you start to see that you do get some good value in this vehicle. It is a good mix of bits from the whole range from the GA all the way through to the Sport models.

The car itself didn’t disappoint and as we mentioned before, this would be the Swift of choice for us as the value presented versus the price point for a Swift it gives the right amount of functionality and performance.

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AshMan, aka Ashley, has had a passion for cars since playing with Matchbox cars as a youngster. Currently working on World Domination and looks foward to seeing you on the small screen soon. He also likes people following him on Twitter: @ashmansays

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