FLEET WORLD RECORDS 81 MPG FOR SWIFT SZ5 4X4 SMART HYBRID
Long established magazine Fleet World recently entered a Swift in their annual MPG Marathon to monitor how the car would fare over a pre-determined route versus its officially quoted fuel consumption figure.
The editorial team chose a 1.2-litre petrol SZ5 ALLGRIP 4x4 model with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) which has an official combined figure of 62.8mpg. This is the heaviest Swift model in the range although it still weighs in at just 980kg. The driving team managed to make a 29 per cent improvement on the combined figure at 81.05mpg achieving 18.25 more miles on a single gallon.
Driver Richard Morcom comments “I was impressed by our Suzuki, 81mpg is not bad for a four -wheel drive car and that’s in the hands of an ordinary driver with a time limited route which shows that manufacturers’ figures can be improved upon. We didn’t do anything clever to achieve that figure either, our performance was down to following the satellite navigation and being very gentle when accelerating and braking”