The new Suzuki Dzire is an equable, well-balanced and hard-working little car. With smoother edges, rounder contours, and more aerodynamic than that of its predecessor – it features a brand new built-from-the-ground-up design.

On-point engineering that includes a new generation platform called the HEARTECT platform: stronger, lighter, and more rigid. Using a single-mould high-tensile steel body-on-frame chassis configuration with significant lower numbers of spot-weld joints – optimally disperses energy-transfer away from vehicle occupants in the case of a collision. The new platform also benefits the cabin’s interior dimensions: increased luggage space, 378l, as well as more head-and-leg room: crucial improvements in passenger comfort and reduced driver restlessness on long-trips. Suzuki’s new product line-up: they have redefined function-over-form design. A concept, which conjures up images of the Toyota Tazz or Corolla of the 1980’s: dull, unsophisticated and plastic. Alas, a new paradigm, the Suzuki Dzire’s stylish complementary interior converts driving space into living space – the updated media infotainment unit boasts Bluetooth, AUX/USB audio functionality with integrated steering-wheel mounted controls. Somewhat fancy in comparison to its predecessor, along with updated safety equipment, this includes dual airbags, two sets of ISOFIX baby chair anchors, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist. Considering the new HEARTECT platform is 95kg lighter, gives it excellent power-to-weight ratio. The 1.2l, 4-cylinder engine produces 61kw of power and 113nm of torque sent to the front wheels via a slick shifting 5-gear manual transmission – “iffy” performance figures on paper. However, on the road it demonstrates sufficient take-off and in-gear acceleration – thanks to a light hydraulic clutch and bottom-end throttle response. Complemented by its pliant suspension, the Dzire remains settled over uneven and scarified road imperfections.

The rising cost of fuel certainly makes small cars like the Suzuki Dzire and the Swift extremely appealing – and cost effective. Discernibly low on fuel, Suzuki claim 4.9l/100km – which is achievable under short distance point-A to point-B driving scenarios – but realistically speaking you can expect around 5.6l to 5.8l/100km. The Suzuki Dzire offers high levels of reliability, easy maintenance and cohesive styling. A bit of extra boot space, 378l also means it is quite suitable for short family holidays, and would respectably qualify as an Uber rental. Moreover the Suzuki Dzire GL’s relative price point of R177 900 implies value-for-money but with a higher degree of sophistication.

By Dean Joseph