I personaly have owned a 2005 Civic Exi, Gem of a car and got a Suzuki Swift a few weeks back , also a Gem. Maybe im in love with whatever car i own. BUT IF it was 2005 id have advised u to go for the Honda Civic, BUT as it is not 2005 and mid 2012 Id advise u to go for the suzuki swift. Why u ask? Cuz 1. 7 years is a LONG TIME, a long time in the sun, in the rain , under dust. A long time for people to sit on the seats to meddle with the knobs and locks and handles. A long time for a car to sit on its origional shocks. A LONG TIME for a engine to run, and being it Pakistan on substandard fuel and CNG . These are all the points against buying an OLD car not a CIVIC like i said the civic is a gem to own but when its new. And watever people say its thirsty on fuel . iv kept it for 4 years and thats enough to tell me its heavy on fuel :))
Whereas the Swift as much as id love to write about it the Electricity is gonna go in 5mins at my place, so heres a review i wrote a few days back so ill copy paste it heree.
A month back i had an option to Buy a car for myself. It could have been anything Gli, City, Vitz, Belta. Basicly anything with a small engine. . So after much thought i went for the Suzuki Swift. I had never driven it before, and sat in it once when it was newly launched. When i picked it from the showroom i was expecting it to be a typical Suzuki. BUT was in for a surprise. The 1.3 Dohc is one mean machine. The power Delivery is BIG, it simply goes crazy . I agree its not like Gli in terms of fuel consumption but it covers that with the fun factor when u floor the pedal. . The ABS does what it is supposed to do, the breaks are responsive. The ride compared to the City is MUCH better, City is known for its hard seats. But the Swift is comfortable on long drives and on bumpy roads.
When one thinks about SUZUKI the word BAD QUALITY instantly comes to ones head. But in the Swift its diffrent . The build quality is impressive. Suzuki has left no loose ends, both from the inside and out. The Air Conditioning is as they say CHILLLING The leg rooom happens to be excellent for a person of good build and height i.e 6Foot and 80kgs .
People may say that 12 Lakhs is TOO much for a Suzuki or rather a small car. But the thing is its not a small car, its a hatchback!!!! What car gives u Alloy Rims, Keyless Entry, Fog Lamps, Power Windows and Adjustable SideView Mirrors in 12 lakhs and that to Zero Meter. The tires supplied by suzuki are good Bridgestones, not the EURO STAR that come with Honda and Toyota. A good stereo Supplied by Alpine which complements the whole dashboard and completes its look. Impressive, no.?
You the reader might say im going on showering praises on the car cause i own it myself. No thats not the case , im telling from experience as i have owned or happend to drive its competitors and yes the Swift has its flaws. Its heavy on fuel. But it does give 11km/l and above with normal city driving. And i happend to notice it does have UnderSteer, maybe its the way i drive but it does tend to messup a bit in the corners. Another FLAW i noticed is that the car is low, when at full capacity driver has to be carefull on the speed breakers. The resale value on the other hand is considerd to be LOW when taking into account other cars.
Thats about everything i have to say about the car. In looks its small , Drives like a big car and goes like one aswel . I personaly do not promote rash driving but in times of need or emergncy the swift is perfectly capable of doing 170km/h on the Moterway . Tried and tested to 175km/h. I hope my article helps you in deciding on the car if your intrested :))