2012 Suzuki Swift Sport ZC32S Review | Owner’s Perspective

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Reviewing a rare manual 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport. The owner, Roy, shares with us alot about this car and Swift Sports in general. If you’re interested in Swift Sports, this is a video you definitely should watch before making your purchase !

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hey what’s up guys Syed here and today
I am in a 2012 Suzuki Swift Sport and I have

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the owner Roy beside me hello so this is
the manual Suzuki Swift Sport by the way

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so it’s a unique kind of car and just
give you some specs for this car this

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has a 1.6 liter naturally aspirated
four-cylinder engine producing 134

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horsepower and 160 Newton meters of torque

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ok so let’s get straight to the review
so Roy you know tell us why did you

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buy this car? okay so first of all when I just got my license I was

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actually quite privileged and I made my
first car my first car was actually my

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mom’s second car which is a Mazda mx-5
oh yeah so I was very privileged

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i’m very thankful for my mother
so unfortunately that car was automatic

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so that car was hell of fun to drive no doubt about it but you constantly feel like u are not at hundred

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percent fun you feel like you’re limited
by the power the gearbox then you go I

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think it’s the gearbox and I think that its not a powerful car also right? ya its not a powerful car so handling with this car is

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actually very similar I see very low power and agile cars

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but yeah so they come with the automatic and I think I had fun but not a lot of fun with

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that car so after that the car was scrapped
and my mom got a Honda Civic after

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that and she passed her then daily
driver coz the Mazda MX5 was a second car

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the daily drive was a lancer EX. she passed it on to me to drive so that lancer EX also was

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a 1.5 automatic no power no power its a
4-speed automatic and the gearbox

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was just.. it sucks so at the point when
i had the chance to buy my first car I look

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for a manual and no doubt it had to be a
manual so I look through sgcarmart

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quite a lot of times and honestly my
first car i couldn’t afford an Evo, STI. They are all expensive cars so

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the choices I was left with is very little. its either i get those

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manual cars in Singapore and fun to drive u dont have alot of choices. ya so its either those

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old lancer EX thats manual or the old lancer GLX those older manual cars thats not so

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powerful yep if not a swift sport. and I thought like okay fine I’ll go

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for a swift sport even though it’s not my
first choice

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as personally im not a fan of hot hatches but after owning this car my mind changed abit la

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so that time i was looking through suzuki swift sport

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I was looking through alot of the previous generation the ZC31S and.. i think this car looks better

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i think this looks better too. but my parents were against it because they were mostly COE cars

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so they said that your first car u shouldnt buy an old car. u will spend alot on maintenance blablabla .. not exactly true

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the typical older generation people their
thinking so they insist they i get a

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havent COE ended car and that was when my choices were so limited even more

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because most of the COE cars the manual
cars are mostly COE cars like the

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old fn2 type r that was also in one of my choices list

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but that was also too expensive la and the
Swift Sport all this so in the end this

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was the only car in sgcarmart thats in manual. this is the only swift sport

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this was the only one so I decided to check it out la. it was quite amazing maybe because the

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salesperson sold me but the day I saw
this car he brought me out for a test drive

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look at interior engine bay everything
was beautiful

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I placed the deposit straight away so I was sold the first time I saw it

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HKS exhaust revving

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so so far you’ve owned this for about one
and a half years right? correct one and a

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half was the ownership experience like
any your reliability issues?okay this car

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there’s not much reliability ya i didn’t think so but there isn’t

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no turbo no fancy electronics.. (tires screeching) and the
only time the only problem i had with this car was

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car was previous just few months ago my air con compressor died okay i mean wear and tear la

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yeah it’s normal wear and tear and then the
valve cover gasket also the engine was

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leaking oil at the side that’s the only
thing I’ve done to it its just wear and tear la basically

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ya wear and tear this car is very very reliable there’s really no issues with it. manual and you cant

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go wrong yeah then for fuel consumption
wise oh this car is actually very very

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friendly on fuel. When I just bought the car initially

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the minimum rating was 95 so I’ve just
used 95 when I just got the car and I

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just felt like I’m not sure whether its
in my mind or placebo or anything but I

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feel like after I use 95 it wasn’t as
fast and as responsive as when I did a

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test drive on the day when I tried this
car so and also I did calculations

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like every tank how much fuel i’ve pump how much mileage i’ve travelled

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I only managed to get like 10
to 11 km per liter for this car so after

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half a month half a year I started to
pump ninety-eight constantly

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I felt the difference so again not sure is it placebo but I did think that the response is a

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lot better and mathematically the mileage
increased i managed to a hit like 12km

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per litre but thats with like super spirit
driving I wrapped my engine to red line

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like quite often and then there was once I tried to be disciplined

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I did like just don’t get it above 2.5 k
rpm I managed to even get 14 km per litre

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on 98 Ron so if let’s say you
pump 98 and you drive normally for

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maybe 13 14 okay it’s not bad so yeah this car actually saves

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a lot of fuel and it’s a high compression
engine so I believe that 98 octane fuel is actually

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better for this car so you know what do you
like about this car? so first of all it has to be

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the manual transmission it’s very very
fun and like a lot of people say DCT is

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fast CVT is very smooth automatic is very
good Singapore you don’t need manual

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blah blah blah blah like I don’t care
manual is fun yeah it’s very very

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fun and the drive is really awesome like
I’ve compared it with my mx-5

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previously I just think that the drive
is very direct you can really feel

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everything the tires they are almost
like the each corner of the car so the

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the drive is very very amazing like
every go kart kinda feeling

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your every steering input is very very
direct

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ya that’s true you see I don’t know whether the camera can capture

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this but the car you can feel the car just swaying just moving

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with you with every little input so the drive is very fun and engine is the

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the throttle response is awesome I’m not sure if u have tried it just suddenly just step abit you

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can feel that the engines revving already.
there’s no lag there’s no transmission

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no turbo so no turbo lag its an NA engine so the drive is perfect. its decently powerful

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fast not say fast, slow not say slow. ya i know what you mean. compared to
your typical cars on the road but i have to point out it

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feels faster than it actually is. like it gives the impression that its very fast this car because maybe its small. and then

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the engine loves to rev so even if u are revving at like super high rpm you are not

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breaking the speed limit but you feel
that the car is going so that adds to the

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fun factor exactly is very very fun so
next like what do you dislike about this

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car? dislike not much la. a lot of people
they complain like the car is very small

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but my biggest complaint is the boot the
boot is ridiculous very small its very

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very small like you go for grocery
shopping u go to giant just one shopping

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trip you put it in the boot and the boot is filled you can’t put anything

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else. the rear seats? the rear seats is okay you can fit 2 people in the back fine three people a little bit

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squeezy but so far i havent had any people
complaining about

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yeah the biggest dislike I have is the
space. ya that space the boot size ok

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the performance like I’ve said fast not fast slow not slow.

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so yeah so there’s something to complain about the car also, it’s

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not fast enough yeah I think that one one of the just

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it’s not really a dislike just maybe a pet peeve. it’s not fast enough

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like for daily driving for normal roads
it’s perfectly fine its more than enough

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the power but like if you’re a car enthusiast and you

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want to go for spirited driving yeah
it’s not fast enough lah but well it’s

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also good enough because like I said you
can red line it and you’re still in the speed limit

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me that’s the fun thing about it. the spare parts for this car is very

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hard to find because there’s not alot of
this car in Singapore but the previous

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generation one there’s tons of it so like
that time my AC compressor spoiled I had to

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look for several shops to find whether
if they carry my car’s compressor. did u try going to a scrap yard?

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no I just went to direct air con workshop so most of them they had the previous

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generations swift sport but they didnt have mine. Its not compatible and it’s quite weird also Suzuki the way

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they do things is the previous
car and the current car some of the spare parts

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they really don’t fit even though they
are like the same engine the engine

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is only the same the same m16a engine but everything else they don’t fit so I had a

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lot of hard time looking for spare parts
and especially if u want to modify this

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car you know like sometimes u wanna look for hand me downs like body kits

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you couldn’t find in Singapore its just so rare and then if you wanna

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really wanna play with this car modified
you have this spend alot of money

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everything everything import from Japan
and then the COE of this car is a

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whopping $58,000 your depre for this
car if I’m correct is about 10k per year

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correct which is for what the car is is
quite on the higher side correct yeah so

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a lot of people I know that had this car
they have already scrapped it exported it

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they don’t have in Singapore anymore so this car is actually getting more and more rare

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because there’s no reason why you
wanna dealers dont wanna sell it because they cant make

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any money from it its very expensive

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nobody wants to buy coz its expensive so
its getting lesser and lesser

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its one of the things i dont like about it lah because u wanna find parts

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its getting harder and harder. thats quite alot of things. ok so just to sum up its boot space

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number one #2 not slow not fast #3 its the spare part #4

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price the price right but I mean you
already paid for it so paying for it

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yeah so not much u can do there ya not much i can do just keep driving it and paying for it so let’s say you

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know people are thinking of getting this
car what do you have any other comments

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or any advice for them? just one
sentence : go for the previous gen one

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the ZC31S. why? because it’s a lot
cheaper right now they are all COE cars

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depreciation is so cheap some are 5000 – 6000

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their depreciation is very cheap now and their spare parts are everywhere so let’s say you buy the car

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you want to modify the hell out of it
there are even people that are upgrading

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their Swift Sport and are dekitting their stuff u can just buy it straight away

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and then u have a fully built Swift Sport
that you can modify to your liking. why is the

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spare parts for the older generation
easier to find than this? because okay

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I think one of the biggest reason why this
car is so rare is because of the COE and because the

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previous generation one was CAT A
oh this was this particular one I have

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was also CAT A . 134 hp right? ya because the law the
came in 2014 but this was a 2012

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model so this car is still CAT A but
2014 onwards this car is CAT B oh so it

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became a bit too expensive correct then
the previous generation one is a

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lot cheaper the parts are everywhere if you really

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just want if its your first car and you want
a car to play the hell of it I think you

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should get a the previous generation one. and reliability wise like I said there’s not

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much reliability issues with this car
so you can just rest rest in peace not rest

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in peace peace of mind have a peace of
mind and just get the previous generation one

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i have a HKS exhaust and a HKS intake. its not too loud and not too soft and ya i think its just nice

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when you idle it doesnt rumble it
doesn’t go baboom it’s not that obnoxious and

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then when you rev it you can hear the
engine sound the exhaust sound I think just

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my thoughts overall yeah it’s a fun car
to drive

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yeah I mean I’ve just been driving for I
think a good maybe 20 minutes or

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something so far quite fun we’re gonna
be driving a bit more later on manual

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transmission which is excellent it’s
also very direct the steering it’s very

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sharp I think because the car is
like what u said the wheels are you know like at

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the corner yeah in a corner of the car
and the car is small and it’s quite

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light also its a thousand 1 ton, 1050 kg so it’s you can

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modify it to be lighter. so it’s very light and the fuel

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consumption also it’s not.. for
what it is I think it’s not bad lah

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but like what Roy mentioned the space
yeah even just looking at the space it

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doesn’t look like there’s a lot of space in the back

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it’s not very fast but it’s fast enough
yeah I feel like it’s I feel it’s very

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fast

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and with the exhaust.. its perfect. ya man this is fun

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so initally when i got this car i never liked the Swift Sport like i said i dont like the shape i dont like the size of it

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but I couldn’t figure out why there’s
such a huge cult following over Swift Sport

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in Singapore like there are like Swift Sport meetups there’s a lot of people modding their swift

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the hell out of it and that’s
why it’s a very small car why are people

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doing that? until i own one then i realize
aw damn now i know why they love

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their Swift so much yeah it’s like a WRX.. not say WRX, its value for money

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value for money for what you’re getting
la correct the ride

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is actually quite smooth as in
comfortable yeah its stock yeah it’s

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quite comfortable i have to say compared to the previous generation one from my understanding was

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this car is actually more tame oh it’s
more there’s a little bit more creature

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comfort and the previous generation is
much more raw feels like very race

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car kind of feel thats why alot of people tend to prefer that one

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yeah thanks Roy for sharing your ownership experience thanks guys so much for

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watching hope you enjoyed this owners
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