Car buyers these days place a premium on size, whether it’s a function of passenger capacity, cargo space, or even ground clearance. Considering this trend, do subcompact vehicles still have a place in the market?
The Suzuki Dzire wants to answer that with a resounding ‘yes’. Despite having a smaller footprint, Suzuki’s signature subcompact sedan is practical and highly maneuverable, traits that make it ideal for city living. At the same time, its economical powertrain allows it to embark on highway cruises while requiring few stops at the pumps.
Best of both worlds. The all-new Suzuki Dzire.
Any automaker can turn heads with a small car, but to make eyes linger on it just a little longer is another story. Suzuki stepped up to the challenge with the Dzire, placing sleek and elegant lines on the model’s sedan body style that add depth to its space-efficient dimensions. Multi-reflector headlamps are prominently featured on the Dzire’s fascia, accompanied by foglamps on the top-spec trim.
The rear lends a touch of sportiness with the trunk’s angled trailing edge resembling a spoiler, accompanied by the rear combination lamps with LED. A set of multi-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels further add character to the car’s stance.
Large multi-reflector headlamps light the way in a variety of conditions
The Suzuki Dzire can accommodate up to five occupants, with features that ensure comfort within the cabin. Cushioned door panels make for good armrests, while drivers benefit from the increased legroom brought about by the flat-bottomed steering wheel. Second-row airconditioning vents cool down the rear passengers even on long drives. For utility, there’s an ample 378 liters of space inside the trunk, which should be enough for grocery runs or the occasional trip out of town.
The cabin strives to make journeys more comfortable for everyone
There’s hardly a dull moment on the road, thanks to the 7-inch multimedia audio touchscreen that offers Bluetooth hands-free communication as well as offline navigation. Controls mounted on the steering wheel make it easier to take charge of the audio systems functions without taking your eyes off the road.
A 1.2L 4-cylinder gasoline engine puts out 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque across the Suzuki Dzire’s three variants. There’s the entry-level GA that’s perfect for personal or fleet purposes, from field sales and taxi units to other transport requirements, with its low operating costs.
Meanwhile, the midrange GL is ideal for first-time car buyers looking for added features such as remote door locks and security alarm. Both the GA and GL deliver power to the front wheels through a 5-speed manual transmission.
Chase boredom away on long journeys with the 7-inch audio touchscreen
The top-of-the-line GL+ carries the most complete equipment loadout, including the Auto Gear Shift (AGS) feature that combines the control of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic. The Intelligent Actuating System provides precise gear shifts based on vehicle speed, resulting in smoother and more efficient drives.
Safety isn’t short on the Dzire either, with dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, 3-pt. ELR seatbelts, ISOFix anchors, and side-impact door beams. Brake assist function boosts stopping power in emergency situations, while a pedal release system limits the pedal’s movement towards the driver in frontal impacts. These are all underpinned by a light yet robust HEARTECT platform.
Dual airbags are just part of the Dzire's safety kit
The Dzire is priced at Php 549,900 for the GA trim, Php 698,000 for the GL, and Php Php 638,000 for the GL+. If you’re looking for a business or family car that’s small in size yet looms large in both savings and value, the Suzuki Dzire is a good option to consider.
Visit auto.suzuki.com.ph and give in to the Dzire of your choice.
This story was produced in partnership with Suzuki.
Know more about Suzuki Dzire
Another eye-catching, subcompact sedan worthy to be in your garage or driven on the road is the Suzuki Dzire, formerly known as the Suzuki Swift Dzire. Aside from its good looks and innovative features, it's surprisingly affordable. This subcompact automobile offers spacious cargo and cabin space making it a good passenger car for groups and families. The present model sheds the vibe of a typical hatchback, but essential features can still be enjoyed.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo
Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.
Apart from his role in Philkotse, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.
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