Diesel Swift whacks 3.4/100km

2012-05-25 08:32

It’s no secret that hybrid cars are battling to take off in South Africa (for a number of reasons, including a lack of government-backed incentives) but one New Zealand petrolhead has shown a little diesel car may be just as economical.

Motoring journalist Donn Anderson drove a Suzuki Swift DDiS from Auckland to Wellington on New Zealand’s North Island and back again (well, almost).


Anderson drove a total distance of 1340km on one 42-litre tank of fuel before needing a refuel just 60km away from his home. During the trip, the diesel Swift consumed an average of 3.36 litres/100km travelling at between 80 and 100km/h.

He added, though, that the fuel consumption could have been even lower had he not encountered strong winds and torrential rain on the journey.

Suzuki Auto South Africa has, however, confirmed it has no plans to launch the Swift 1.3 DDiS here.

  • tseliso.molukanele - 2012-05-25 11:53

    Why doesn't Suzuki Auto South Africa launch this car here. They don't want us to save fuel!! Don't they see how desperate we are?

      Rory Twincam Nasson - 2012-05-27 14:52

      Cause it will hurt petrol sales which carries a bucket load of governmental taxes

  • christo.stone - 2012-05-25 12:07

    I wish they would put that engine in the Suzuki Jimny. Make logical sense.

  • Artur - 2012-05-25 12:20

    Just get a VW BlueMotion, i get 1200km out of a 45L tank and i drive 100km-120km, and not 80km like this guy did. Much better car little pricey but worth every cent.

      st.oculus - 2012-05-26 08:52

      But not nearly as reliable...

      Mogo - 2012-05-26 12:20

      Meh the Swift looks better and is less common

      Trevor - 2012-05-28 14:01

      More reliable?? How do you come to that conclusion. Suzuki don't even FEATURE on any global sales yet VW is 1 or 2 at any given time, Suzuki's combined sales of EVERY model does not even reach just the POLO global sales. As for being common, well again, Swift just does not sell...say the same for an Alfa...looks great but, they don't sell. At the moment the Bluemotion Polo is an excellent car, it's sold on it's economy not style, when you buy these specific cars, style is last on the list.

      Thando - 2012-05-28 14:51

      @Trevor - speak to people in the motor trade , VW still has reliability problems. Turbo's going , DSG issues ( new gearbox 70k ) , sludge and carbon build up on FSI engines, diesel injector woes ( big bucks to replace ) , clutch going and then they blame your driving style ( even in motorplan ) , coils on FSI engines etc etc etc .....

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