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Suzuki Swift: Everything You Need to Know

10 January 2022 AutoMarket, Tips & Advice

The Suzuki Swift has long been a popular buy from the Suzuki brand in Australia, and the current Series II version of the third-generation pint-size hatchback features mild restyling and some enhancements.

The Swift GL Navigator starts at $20,490 plus on-road charges, followed by the GL Navigator Plus, GLX Turbo, and top-of-the-line Swift Sport version.

The Suzuki Swift comes in four trim levels, with three distinct engines and four transmission options.

A deeper look will help you find the variant with the necessary equipment.

The entry-level Swift 1.2-litre GL Navigator with a five-speed manual transmission costs $20,490 plus ORCs and comes equipped with the following features:

  • 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels.
  • Satellite navigation.
  • Camera for reverse parking.
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available.
  • Cruise speed control.
  • steering wheel upholstered in leather.
  • Glass for privacy.

Swift Options

There is only one standard colour option in the Suzuki Swift lineup, with a metallic finish costing an additional $595.

Driver Aid and Safety

All current Suzuki Swift vehicles include six airbags, as well as the required electronic aids such as anti-lock brakes with braking assist and stability control.

A rear-view camera is also included to make reversing easier, and hill-start assist ensures trouble-free escapes in the vehicles.

Upgrade to the Swift GL Navigator Plus for the peace of mind that comes with AEB, forward collision warning, and low- and high-speed forwards collision prevention.

This model also includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and a weaving alert.

Rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert are also included with the Swift GL Navigator Plus. This model's door mirrors even have a heating function.

The Swift GLX Turbo includes the same collision warning and mitigation technologies as the Swift, as well as LED auto-levelling projector headlights with automatic high beam and dusk sensors, high beam assist, and body-colour external mirrors with integrated turn indicators.

The GLX Turbo and Sport models have disc brakes all around for increased braking effectiveness.

If you want driver fatigue alert, the Swift Sport is the car for you.

Information, entertainment, comfort, and convenience

A 7.0-inch colour infotainment touch-screen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone, music streaming, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are standard across the Suzuki Swift lineup.

Voice recognition for the majority of functions is now available on all models. A partly digital instrument display is now required on all vehicles.

While the Swift GL Navigator and Navigator Plus have four speakers, the GLX Turbo has two tweeters to improve sound quality.

A leather-clad steering wheel with radio, phone, and cruise control controls is also standard on all Suzuki Swift models, however, tilt and telescopic adjustment is only available on the Swift GLX Turbo.

The Swift GLX Turbo additionally has a push start/stop button, central locking, and set-and-forget automatic air-conditioning, but the GL Navigator and Navigator Plus models only have manual air-conditioning.

The Swift GLX Turbo has chrome interior door knobs and highlights, as well as keyless entry/start, to enhance the cabin. The paddle shifters on the steering wheel give a touch of sportiness to the driving experience.

Swift GL Navigator versions ride on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the GLX Turbo's wheels have the same size but are polished for a different look.

If you want to make a statement with your Swift, go for the Sport model, which includes 17-inch polished alloy wheels, carbon lower body panels on the sides, a rear diffuser, chrome exhaust tips, and a roof spoiler in addition to a more powerful engine.

The Swift Sport features sports seats, a sports steering wheel and pedals, a driver footrest, a trip computer, and a metallic finish encircling the coloured instrument displays and a boost gauge on the inside.

Except for the Sport, all variations receive a space-saving spare, with the Sport depending on a puncture repair kit.

Options for engines and transmissions

The Suzuki Swift lineup provides many options in this category.

The Swift GL Navigator is powered by a 66kW 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and is available with either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Swift GL Navigator Plus features the same engine but only a CVT auto transmission.

If you want something more exciting, the Swift GLX Turbo, as the name implies, has a turbocharger attached to its 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine (generating 82kW), but the sole transmission option is a six-speed automated.

The Swift Sport is the range's powerhouse, with a 103kW 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Verdict

The Suzuki Swift offers a unique and delightful driving experience, and the entry-level Swift GL Navigator model in manual form offers a great assortment of equipment for a reasonable price.

That said, there's no disputing the added dimension the Swift Sport provides, particularly in manual form, and if the purse strings were to be freed, that's the one you’ll choose. Maybe Motor Matcher can help you land and drive yours now! With our wide selection of cars, one of them could be the one that fits your ideal ride. Check it all out here at