By Rebaneilwe Semakane
I had our resident Suzuki Swift, aka Rethabile, for almost a month and I must say, it was quite an exciting time. I created many memories with friends and family with this car and it really was a pleasure driving it everywhere. I frequented Johannesburg quite a bit as a lot of events and friends are there. Rethabile took on highways with ease, zipping through traffic like it was nothing.
The fuel consumption is one for the books. It really is not too thirsty and won’t require you to break bank to get to wherever you need to go. The fact that it is a manual can deter some motorists from it but in all honestly, the transmission is fantastic for a car of its calibre. The gear change is smooth and you can easily get the hang of this car, even if you are a new driver.
The Swift ticks all the right boxes. It is spacious, it sits 3 passengers in the back comfortably and with plenty of storage spaces. The door bins and cup holders held my bottled water quite well. The boot space managed to carry a massive load of bags that were ferried between friends’ houses when the car doubled up as our unofficial transport for December, and earlier this month, stationery and uniform for two scholars; so in essence, this car is perfect for almost anybody.
The Suzuki Swift may not be the best selling hatch in the country but it is a popular choice and a firm favourite. As testament to this, the Swift is nominated in both Cars.co.za Consumer Cars Awards and Autotrader South African Car of the Year. It actually stands a good chance to take home both these titles.
Truly speaking, my December would not have been the same without this car. The trips to Johannesburg, Soweto and various other places will always have a lasting impact on me. Rethabile has been my companion for weeks now and I’d love to have another run with her soon.
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