By Car Central Editor

Prince Phillip once said that “When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.” Nothing beats the feeling of steering the wheel of that new car on the beautifully laid out tarmac road underneath. A feeling so good that our feminist friends might forgive Prince Phillip for the comparison he makes between a car and a wife. The sheer joy of buying and driving a car is something that reminds us that life is worth LIVING! At CarCentral, we are more than happy to go along for the ride☺.

Here at CarCentral, we make it our business to help you buy or sell a car. We set out to create a marketplace for the exchange and purchase of world-class automobiles here in our little corner of God’s green earth called Uganda. From our ever-increasing catalogue of cars on the site to our leading user-friendly online interface, we can confirm to you that we are your best bet in your quest to buy or sell a car in the region.

As Uganda and the rest of the world come to grips with the new economic reality brought about by the Coronavirus outbreak, we are reminded of the immortal words of hip-hop icon Lupe Fiasco, “The show goes on.” In this spirit, we have decided to run an informative car series analysing the newer brands and types of cars flaunting their metal on the streets of Kampala. The series dubbed, “Show on the road”, and here we shall spill the tea on the characteristics of each car giving you their respective pros and cons, fuel economy and price range.

SHOW ON THE ROAD: Super Mini Edition.

This week, we start with the Suzuki Swift.

Various car enthusiasts and commentators have viewed the Suzuki Swift as the new boy on the block. It has managed to break out and distinguish itself from the crowd of diverse car models roaming the streets of Uganda. Having been around for a while, Suzuki has an instant name and brand recognition from even the most aloof merchants plying their wares in downtown Kampala.  Suzuki has been the go-to car for security companies because of its expansive boot space and pocket-friendly fuel consumption.

From the famous Suzuki family comes the teenage Suzuki Swift which has been billed as a next-generation car. If you’re looking for a small hatchback that’s fun to drive, affordable to buy and spacious enough to carry adults for short trips, the Suzuki Swift is worth a look. With the 15 year limit on imported cars imposed by the Government of Uganda, it’s safe to say that the newer models (2010-2013) of the Swift are a sure shot. The Suzuki Swift is efficiently powered by 1.3, 1.4, 1.6cc engine variants you can choose from depending on your love for power (we all have that soft spot for speed, you know!). Then, to those who always want to be in control while driving there is a 5- speed manual transmission that smoothly delivers power to the drive train. 

The fuel consumption of the 1.3cc version in combined mode (combining urban and highway driving) is 5.6 litres per 100km (distance between Kampala and Jinja plus Kampala and Entebbe combined) The Suzuki Swift 1.3cc is one of most economical Suzuki Swift (2010 – 2013) versions. Its fuel consumption in the city is estimated at – 6.8l/100km and 4.9l/100km on the highway. The capacity of the fuel tank is 45 litres. To put this into perspective, it means that you’ll be able to drive up to 800 kilometres without refueling in an urban cycle and up to 900 kilometres on the highway.

The Swift’s fabric seats aren’t particularly posh, but they’re nice and supportive, leaving just enough space to stretch out if you’re tall or fit a ten-inch screen under the front chair!

Interior of Suzuki Swift 2010.

The Swift’s boot is comparatively small with just enough space for a couple of small suitcases and some extra soft bags. 

Spare Tyre?

Interestingly, most new car models lack a spare tyre. This is attributed to the massive shift in the auto world (notably over the past five years or so) from safety and reliability; to quality and technology. Spare tyres have been rendered obsolete and replaced by some magic foam to fix the tyre and a compressor to pump it up. However, much to the delight of classic men and women, a Suzuki Swift still features a spare tyre.

The average cost of the Suzuki Swift is 22million Uganda shillings (Tax inclusive). For more information on the Suzuki Swift, feel free to contact us at CarCentral.

Demand for small cars has dwindled globally (perhaps because their slots in automakers’ lineups have been taken over by SUVs), but this Suzuki refuses to let that get it down. I don’t know about you, but how can you say no to something this cute?