The Suzuki Swift is VAT-free until the end of 2019

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki has announced a raft of new car discounts, including a VAT-free offer on the Swift.

It means that from now until the end of the year, the Suzuki Swift is available from just £10,867. This undercuts the cheapest Ford Fiesta by around £5,000.

Even the top-spec Swift SZ5 costs £13,778, which represents a saving of £2,721.

For that, you get 16-inch alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, automatic air conditioning, smartphone integration, satellite navigation, DAB digital radio and keyless entry/start.

The Swift Sport isn’t part of the VAT-free offer, but a flat £2,000 discount takes the price down to £16,999. This provides some much needed breathing space between the price of the Swift Sport and the excellent Fiesta ST-2.

Suzuki Swift Sport

The Suzuki Swift deals in summary:

  • Suzuki Swift SZ3: £10,867 (£2,132 discount)
  • Suzuki Swift SZ-T: £12,533 (£2,466 discount)
  • Suzuki Swift Attitude: £12,617 (£2,482 discount)
  • Suzuki Swift SZ5: £13,778 (£2,721 discount)
  • Suzuki Swift Sport: £16,999 (£2,000 discount)

To make the discounts even more appealing, Suzuki is offering PCP deposit contributions on selected models. The company will contribute £750 on the Swift SZ3 and £1,250 on the Swift Attitude.

The Swift Attitude is arguably the range sweet spot, offering a hint of the styling of the Sport with a generous level of standard equipment.

Ignis, Vitara and S-Cross offers

Suzuki Ignis offers

Meanwhile, the Suzuki Ignis is available with a £1,000 discount, lowering the price of the entry-level SZ3 to £11,999.

A 49-month 0 percent APR PCP offer is available on the Suzuki Vitara. For example, a Vitara SZ-T powered by a 1.4-litre engine costs £179 a month after a deposit of £4,625. This is based on 10,000 miles a year, with an optional final payment of £7,382.

Finally, the oft-forgotten Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is £3,000 cheaper between now and the end of December. This means the entry-level SZ4 costs £14,999, while the flagship SZ5 costs £22,249. These prices are based on cash purchases and those bought on finance.

Sadly, there are no discounts available on the in-demand Suzuki Jimny. This just goes to prove that you can’t always get everything you want for Christmas.

Suzuki withdraws ‘car that’s cheaper than an iPhone’ from UK

Suzuki Celerio off sale in the UK

A moment’s silence, please: the Suzuki Celerio is being withdrawn from the UK market. New examples of the Celerio city car, along with the larger Suzuki Baleno hatchback, will no longer be supplied to Suzuki showrooms after August. 

‘Suzuki GB PLC is refocusing its model range to cater for the high popularity of its best-selling UK models, which are Ignis, Swift, S-Cross and Vitara,’ said a statement.

‘This has resulted in sales of Celerio and Baleno being discontinued for the UK only.’

So long Celerio, bye bye Baleno

Suzuki Celerio off sale in the UK

Sales of the Celerio and Baleno have been disappointing compared with other cars in the Suzuki range. In addition, the move also helps the company meet future emissions targets: ‘Suzuki is also preparing its range line-up for future emission regulations in 2020, of which details will be confirmed and announced in the future.’

If you simply must have a Celerio or Baleno, dealers should have pre-registered and nearly-new stock into September 2019.

Neither will break the bank, particularly the Celerio, which was touted as ‘the car that’s cheaper than a smartphone’.

Suzuki Celerio off sale in the UK

The Celerio had a difficult life from day one. Vegetable-related jokes about its name aside, there was a well-known brake failure issue soon after its launch.

Suzuki acted swiftly to fix this, but the car’s reputation never fully recovered.

Resale values for new Suzuki Jimny ‘in the supercar league’

Suzuki Jimny residual value

As if we needed another reason to justify wanting a new Suzuki Jimny, it seems the financial argument stacks up, too. Suzuki reports that the residual (resale) values for its retro-styled off-roader should be unusually strong.

The figures come from industry specialist CAP Automotive, which predicts that the fifth-generation SZ5 Jimny should retain 52 percent of its value after three years and 60,000 miles.

Suzuki Jimny residual value

However, based on prior ownership trends that suggest owners cover less than 40,000 miles over three years, it could retain 61 percent of its value.

That’ll be a residual record for Suzuki if it holds true. “This figure places the new Jimmy up in the supercar league of cars for retained value,” says the company.

What could this mean for buyers? It certainly leaves scope for some great value PCP and finance deals. It also offers peace of mind that their money is safer in a Jimny than it might be elsewhere.

Suzuki Jimny residual value

At present, the Jimmy is joined by the stratospherically expensive Mercedes G-Class in the properly old-school off-roader market. Like the G-Class, the Jimny name has been around since the 1970s. It’ll be 50 years old in 2020.

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Super-cool Suzuki Jimny pick-up stars at Tokyo Auto Salon

Suzuki Jimny concepts

If you thought the Suzuki Jimny couldn’t get any cooler, you are sorely mistaken. Meet the Suzuki Jimny Sierra Pick Up Style – a concept car due to debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon on January 11-13.

Suzuki Jimny Sierra

Built by an aftermarket company, this petite pick-up looks ready for a safari, with wooden side panels, towing loops and chunky side steps. Note the classic Suzuki rhino logo and retro body-coloured snout, too. As for that dull sandy yellow colour, we can’t decide whether we hate to love, or love to hate. Still, there’ll be no going dark on your adventures across the desert, thanks to four chunky LED spotlights up-top.

The rear seats and boot have obviously gone in favour of the pick-up load bed; no huge loss given the standard Jimny isn’t exactly commodious. The ride height has also been jacked up, and the white/chrome wheels have bigger tyres for boosted off-road chops.

Suzuki Jimny Survive

The Sierra isn’t alone. A ‘Jimny Survive’ concept will also join it in Tokyo. This isn’t quite as extreme a transformation as the Sierra, but features some cool toys befitting its name: jacked-up suspension, front and rear skid plates, bigger tyres, a protective rollcage and light guards. Get it stuck (unlikely) and it looks like there’s also provision for a winch.

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LB Works G mini

New Suzuki Jimny gets G-Class treatment: meet the Liberty Walk G Mini

LB Works G mini

If you’ve heard of Liberty Walk, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the polarising things they do to the world’s fastest and most expensive cars. Aventadors, 458s, even a Miura – all with wide-body kits, wings and air suspension to ‘slam’ them to the ground. Their next project? Chiron? 812 Superfast? Nope.

Say hello to the Liberty Walk Suzuki Jimny – the G mini.

As you might have worked out from images and from the name, they’re making no secret of the fact this kit is designed to bring out the baby G-Wagen in the Jimny. Both are the last bastions of body-on-frame design, yet are at polar opposites of the market.

Hollywood Boulevard meets the Lake District. What could be more fun than giving farmer boy Jimny a G-Class suit jacket?

That’s exactly what they’ve done, with very last-gen G bumpers and arches that echo LB Works’ own G-Class modifications. A new grille, carbon bonnet as well as lashings of carbon elsewhere, G63 style side-exhausts (!) and Brabus-style wheels complete the transformation.

Your sense of humour has to be lacking if you don’t think the G mini is hilariously brilliant. What we don’t know is what’s going on underneath (if anything) or indeed what the price is. Hit “Buy now” on the website and you’re invited to sign up to enquire.

The new Jimny was already definitely one of the coolest new cars you can buy. Whether Liberty Walk’s kit makes it cooler is down to specific taste. We’re just happy it exists – clever name, too.

2019 Suzuki Vitara

Updated Suzuki Vitara ditches diesel, gains new Boosterjet petrols

2019 Suzuki VitaraHot on the heels of the roaringly successful launch of the new Jimny, Suzuki has followed up with an update of its family-sized SUV, the Vitara. The firm has announced initial details of the refresh, ahead of ordering opening in September. 

The current Vitara has been a real hit for Suzuki: impressively, it has been the marque’s best-selling model in Britain since the launch of the fourth-generation in 2015.

2019 Suzuki Vitara

For 2019, new wheels, updated bumpers with a redesigned grille and new LED light graphics feature outside, while the cabin features a new instrument cluster and a new, higher-quality, soft-touch material on the upper instrument panel.

The big news for the updated Vitara, however, is its new engines, with the ageing 1.6-litre petrol ousted in favour of Suzuki’s critically-acclaimed Boosterjet 1.0-litre (111hp) and 1.4-litre (140hp) turbocharged engines.

Both are said to deliver reduced emissions and increased economy, although precise figures aren’t available just yet.

2019 Suzuki Vitara

What about diesel?

Interestingly, no mention is made of diesel in Suzuki’s release, with no new engines announced or, indeed, any word on whether the existing line-up continues unchanged. We called up Suzuki to get the lowdown.

“The 1.6-litre diesel engine will no longer be available in the Vitara. We found in other models that, once the Boosterjet petrol engines had been introduced, that demand significantly dropped for the diesel unit.

“It made sense to discontinue the diesel for the Vitara update as the Boosterjet engines were introduced.”

Long story short, then. Great new petrols, updated cabin, no more diesel! Are you tempted away from the Jimny? All will depend on prices: expect to find out more ahead of the 2019 Vitara’s introduction this autumn. 

As a reminder, the current Vitara starts from £15,999 (or £19,499 in diesel guise). Here’s hoping Suzuki keeps it close to that, and doesn’t make the mistake of hiking prices by too much, as it did with the 2018 Swift Sport

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Roll up and hop on at Suzuki motorcycle pop-up

Suzuki motorcycle pop-up

Suzuki is inviting residents of Milton Keynes to experience “the joys of motorcycling”, as it prepares to open a pop-up shop at the town’s Intu shopping centre. It’s not so much get on your bike as get on their bike – for free.

Aimed at new riders, the Japanese company is offering free rides to Saturday shoppers, which sounds like a good opportunity for you to make your excuses and escape the drudgery of clothes shopping with your better half.

Helmets will be provided – so you might want to delay your appointment with Toni & Guy – along with protective clothing, with test rides expected to last around 20 minutes. Anyone aged 16 or over can take part and there’s no need to book in advance. Simply roll up and hop on at Suzuki’s pop-up.

Suzuki is also offering £100 towards the cost of compulsory basic training (CBT) or riding kit for anyone who purchases a new GSX-R125, GSX-S125 or Address, all of which are available on a three percent finance deal.

As part of the offer, the 134mpg Suzuki Address could be yours for just £62.20 per month, after a £33 deposit. Alternatively, if you have some spare cash leftover from your time in one of Intu’s coffee shops, the 113cc Address costs £2,099.

The question is: how many of the town’s 130 roundabouts could you circumnavigate on a 20-minute test ride? With a 5.2-litre fuel tank capable of delivering up to 153 miles of range, running out of time is more likely than running out of fuel.

The free test rides will be available at the Intu shopping centre on Saturday 12 May, from 10am until 5pm.

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Opinion: Why buying a Suzuki Jimny on PCP is a brilliant idea… isn’t it?

Opinion: Why financing a brand new Suzuki Jimny is a brilliant idea... or is it?

The Suzuki Jimny is a flawed, outdated 4×4 that has barely changed since 1998 and is well overdue the axe. Suzuki knows this, which is why it’s finally going to bring out a new model next year.

But, despite its faults, we quite like the outgoing Suzuki Jimny. It’s got character, in a way the Defender had (remember that?), yet its dinky dimensions make it a funny thing to drive. Being Japanese, it’s less likely to break down than a Defender, too.

So much so that, when taking my parents to a Suzuki dealer to convince them of the merits of a new Swift, I found myself convincing myself that buying a Jimny would be an excellent idea.

Of course, the sensible thing to do would be to hit Auto Trader and spend as little as £1,000 on a secondhand Jimny. The earliest examples may be nearly 20 years old, and possibly led a hard life, but they’ll fundamentally be the same as a brand new one. And the £12,000-plus saved would go a long way towards upgrading a ropey example.

However, that’s like saying a pair of secondhand hiking boots are identical to a brand new pair bought from Millets. They might look similar, and do the same job, but buying new gives you more choice and the chance to wear them in yourself. The boots will be yours from day one – never having been soiled by someone else’s smelly feet. So, if I buy a Jimny, I want a brand new one.

Unfortunately, a brand new Jimny starts at £12,999, and I’ve not got that kind of cash to spend on impulse on a Jimny. So I did what the majority of new car buyers do – and started looking into PCP deals. With 0 percent finance stickers plastered over the Swift, I was hoping that offer might extend to the Jimny. It doesn’t. But let’s not write it off as a mad idea just yet.

How does PCP work?

The majority of new car purchases are now made using some form of finance – usually Personal Contract Plan (or PCP). PCPs are usually split over three years (occasionally slightly more or less), and are made up of three main factors:

  • The deposit. This is often around 10 percent of the car’s value, but does vary a lot between manufacturers. It can be as little as £0, other times it’s a third or even half the car’s value. The bigger the deposit, the less you’ll have to pay each month.
  • The monthly payment. You’re essentially paying off the car’s depreciation here – not its value. If, for example, you buy a £15,000 car that’ll be worth £5,000 when your PCP is up, you’ll pay £10,000 during your time with the car. If your PCP runs for 36 months, and you pay a £1,500 deposit, that’ll equate to monthly payments of around £235.
  • The balloon payment. Also referred to as the ‘guaranteed future value’, this is how much the finance company thinks the car will be worth when the PCP is up. If you wish, you can pay this figure and buy the car outright (this could be worth doing if the balloon value is rather conservative… i.e. lower than what the car would be worth on the private market). Alternatively, you can hand your car back to the dealer at this point, without any extra fees to pay unless you’ve gone over the mileage allowances or there’s more damage than reasonable wear and tear. Most buyers decide to ‘swap’ their car for another new model, extending their PCP.

Based on the entry-level SZ3 (the one I want – no privacy glass, alloy wheels or leather seats on my Jimny, thank you very much), Suzuki’s offering a 6.9 percent APR PCP deal based over four years. That’s with a £2,273 deposit – not outrageous, even if it could buy you a secondhand Jimny outright – and 48 monthly payments of £195. That starts with a ‘1’, so is good enough for me.

What would I do after four years? Hand back the Jimny with nothing to show for my cash? Not a chance. By then, Suzuki reckons it’d be worth a meagre £4,372. So, if I divide that figure over the 48 months I’ll have ‘owned’ the Jimny so far, it works out at just £91.08 per month. If I stick that money into a savings account each month, after four years I’ll be able to buy my Jimny outright. And by that point, Suzuki will have replaced the Jimny and mine will be well into future classic status. It’s practically an investment.

It’s worth noting that there’s a 6,000-mile limit on this deal – no good for most if you want to drive a Jimny every day. But as it’d share a garage with a Toyota MR2 and I’d be planning on buying it outright anyway, the mileage limit wouldn’t be a huge concern for me.

There’s a ‘but’ though, and it’s a big one. Assuming I can afford the £2,273 deposit, and I’m definitely planning on keeping it after four years, I could just get a bank loan for the remaining £11,000 and buy the Jimny outright in the first place. With banks offering low interest rates on loans at the moment, that means I could buy a brand new Jimny for around £240 a month. More than the PCP alone, but less than the PCP plus the extra £91 going into a savings account allowing me to keep hold of it.

The moral of the story, I guess, is that it’s worth doing some research if you’re looking into car finance. PCP deals often work out if you want a new car every three years, but do your homework first. There are often cheaper ways of buying a new car.

Will I buy a Jimny? Watch this space…

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