Good family fit

GORDAN HALL

WE subconsciously think of Suzuki’s DZire as a booted Swift, although the company recently decided to market the ranges separately. The sedan will be more family focused.

Similarities include the Heartect build platform, 1197 cc engine, five-speed manual and automated manual (AMT) gearboxes and basic spec levels. But there are differences that make DZire somewhat more than just a Swift with caboose.

It is 155 mm longer, for example, but still measures just short of four metres so it can catch an Indian government tax break based on size. And although the new DZire’s overall length is what it was in the previous version, its wheelbase grew by 20 millimetres to 2 450. That, and design tweaks, increased most internal measurements noticeably, with knee room the biggest winner. The only factor still causing discomfort for tall back-seat riders is headroom — our 6’1” tester had either to slouch or bend his neck uncomfortably.

Warranty: five years/200 000 km with three years’ roadside assistance

Service plan: two years/30 000 km.