Suzuki has introduced the next-generation Swift compact hatchback to South Africa. Here's how much the hatchback costs and what features it has. Will it be able to compete in the popular B-segment?
The Suzuki Swift has been a good seller for the brand locally and hopes are that the third generation model can pull off a repeat performance. “The all-new Swift has big shoes to fill. It follows on two generations of our most popular model, which had sold over 19 000 units to date. In fact, the previous Swift was so popular that it reached its peak sales volume of 2 966 units in 2017, the last full year in which it was sold.” says André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto South Africa. Globally, over 6 million units have been sold.
The 2018 Suzuki Swift is characterised by a new fresh look and an all-new platform. Physically, it is 10 mm shorter, but 40 mm wider. Both tracks have been widened; the front by 40 mm and the rear by 35 mm. The entire wheelbase has been extended by 20 mm to 2 450 mm, making the new Swift almost as long as the Suzuki Ciaz sedan. These dimension changes mean interior space has been increased and Suzuki claims that rear passengers now have a bit more headroom in the back. Front passengers benefit from more shoulder room and everyone sits a little lower down, giving it a sportier feel.
One of the criticisms of past Swifts was the small luggage capacity. This has been increased to 268 litres (a 58-litre increase) and the seats fold down in a 60/40 split. Furthermore, one of the biggest benefits of this all-new platform is weight reduction and Suzuki claims its new Swift is 95 kg lighter than the outgoing model.
The Swift is powered by the same 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine as the outgoing car. It has built a reputation of punch and fuel consumption, and we quite like it. On paper, it produces 61 kW and 113 Nm, fuel consumption is rated at 4.9 L/100 km. It has a fuel tank capacity of 37 litres. You have the choice of either a 5-speed manual gearbox or an Automated Manual Gearbox (AMT). An AMT behaves much like a manual gearbox except the operation of the clutch is controlled by the vehicle.
The interior of the new Suzuki Swift. Note: European-spec model shown. SA spec may differ.
Inside the new Suzuki Swift, you'll find a sporty steering wheel, driver-focused speedometer/rev counter, while GL specific models feature chrome accents and chronograph-design to the driving cluster. Every Suzuki Swift comes with air conditioning, front/rear electric windows, power steering and remote central locking. There's also a tilt-adjustable (rake) steering wheel and trip computer.
GL models feature an audio system with Bluetooth/USB connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel and electrically adjustable side view mirrors. The GL model also throws in colour-coded side mirrors, front fog lamps, and a rear luggage cover.
In terms of safety, all Swift models offer two airbags, ABS with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and ISOFIX seat anchors.
Suzuki Swift (2018) Price in South Africa
The new Suzuki Swift is available in six colours and is sold with a 5-year / 200 000 km mechanical warranty and a 2-year / 30 000 km service plan.
Suzuki Swift 1.2 GA Manual R159 900
Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL Manual R175 900
Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL AMT R189 900