I would personally buy a current model Swift SPORT
as the look better, handle better and go better,
they are a very surprising all round package!
It amazes me what great cars we can buy for under 20k these days. The really incredible part is that for every 1000 bucks or so extra you can find over 13k, the car of choice changes, such is the depth of choice.
These new swifts certainly seem like quality buying. The big question I suppose, for me is, would you Alborz buy one over a VW polo? Same segment, same price band too. (with the exception of Gti)
It’s hard to say. The base model Polo is still a good $700 more than the Swift, but they are both brilliant cars. Volkswagen has the advantage of many engine choices including diesel engines mated to DSG gearboxes and a more refined interior, however I suspect the Swift will appeal more on a styling front to the masses, and that’s half the war already won.
My…my… What big eyes you have?
The cheapest auto is $18,390? What are they thinking…
Excellent city car overall but we’re in Australia and no doubt having a good/cheap automatic transmission upgrade option would go a long way to selling more cars.
Never mind if it were at least 5-speed or CVT, but no….
CA why not put up a comparison between swift and the fiesta. will the fiesta with more power 89kw and space be a better buy.. i also would like to know if the swift handles better than the fiesta.
The polo on the other hand is much more expensive and underpowered (1.4). the 1.2T can not be brought into comparison with the swift and fiesta because its costs over 23k to own which is in the range of a civic or Mazda 3.
Yes, I’d like to see this comparison also because Alborz claims in this review that “the new Swift now contends with the Volkswagen Polo for the award of best ride and handling in its class”. Everybody’s entitled to change their opinion but I swear that he wrote that Fiesta’s ride and handling was at the top of it’s class when he reviewed it late last year. Will look forward to a full supermini comparo!
You are indeed correct, I did write that, and yes the new Swift does beat the Fiesta for ride & handling (the old one didnt). However the Fiesta does have a six-speed dual-clutch transmission which puts it in a different league.
Polo 77TSI (M) $19850 not over $23k
Swift GLX (M) $18990
on the base model
if you meant plus on road
how much for the swift glx?
Ya what i was saying is that polo wont be available for less that 22-23k but a swift will certainly be available for around 17k. my info is based on carsales.com
i really dont think there is any point in talking about showroom pricing.
Just checked the site again. a swift GLX is available for as low as $16,900 and the polo i could not find for less than $23000. so there is a huge difference.
even a civic can be found for $22,000 then why the polo?????
The rear is so bug eyed xD
its ok if ur a girl but if i was then id wait for a bit and get the new Holden Barina when it comes out or save a bit of money and get the Barina Spark. my cousins got one and its a bit slow but its got a good interior and she reckons it looks cute. suzuki only have a few months to sell as many swifts as they can coz when the new Barina comes out it will cream it. if i only had that much to spend on a car id get a VY SS Commodore and work it a bit. for 15000 you could get 300rwkw.
The upcoming Barina (Aveo whatever) still looks like a tacky crappy daewoo sorry and will probably handle like one. This little suzuki looks quite classy.
Spark the ugliest small car on the market , looks very cheap , but that suits the holden image .
Another average daewoo effort , the suzuki would run rings around it .
yeh mate it is cheap. its got all the gear and its safe so for 12000 i dont know why you would buy anything else. the swift costs a lot more than the Barina Spark and misses out on a lot of gear like a tacko and usb input.
All Swifts have USB input now.
Yeah is buy a current swift sport over the new swift too. Driving a swift sport long distances, you just want to overtake everyone that’s in your way. Its fun
… or wait for the NEW Sport model to come out!
these are great cars,I had a 97 swift 5 door,never broke down once,the new generation is much better but I still regret selling the one I had.Just on the Holden spark,my parents just bought a suzuki alto over a spark,they reckon the holden was too expensive and crappy
Great car but to drop the tacho on the base model is unforgivable.
I would not buy a car without one (I drive manuals).
Reminds me back in the 80’s when Ford would only sell the base model Laser with a 4speed box instead of a 5speed.
Basically they want the car to be cheap but force everyone to pay $700 more for Tacho.
Problem they may buy something else.
The previous model looked better.
Why cant u keep making the same shape?
Look at Porsche, Land Rover, Beetle, Jeep Wrangler…they manage to keep making the same shape alright.
And they all look uggggly!!!! if you think porsche has retained its shape then in no doubt can i comment -” so has swift”
Well, Suzuki hasn’t really learned anything from VW with this release (other than perhaps following the engine downsizing trend).
Form some angles it looks like it has the disgusting Renault Butt (if it was so wonderful why has Renault dropped it?) and it’s just got a bit bloated for no real gain. Like a teenager on too much Maccas, complete with pimples……
I like the proportions of the old model, they are perfectly balanced, which is why so many people liked and bought the car.
Smaller, less powerful engine and still a crappy 4 speed auto, when even Ford had to follow VW with a DSG to remain near the leader of this class.
All in all, this revamp is a n attempt to keep a great little car selling with a pretend upgrade. I think sales will decline as all the cars around it are improving dramatically. Sorry, Suzuki – it’s a FAIL from me.
It will still outsell the Polo X3 regardless of your “expert” opinion!
Running cost and reliability may have a lot to do with that!
Well, your inexpert opinion carries no weight with me.
Of course it will outsell the Polo – it’s half the price.
HAlf the price? The Polo starts from $1k more, base model vs base model dullard!
Also Suzuki could teach VW a thing or two on how to build proper aspirated engines!
CA says: “shame that Bluetooth technology doesn’t come standard across the range”
Probably won’t matter anyway, since our nanny state govt is talking about banning all mobile phone use in cars.
Good review Alborz. I note your comment that the new Swift is heavier – “Although it weighs a tad more than the old one (1025kg)”. Far be it from me to question your accuracy, but from what I can glean, the 2011 Swift is in fact lighter than the previous (1060kg). Depending on the model, this improvement in weight appears to be up to 65kg. When this is factored against the 4kw power reduction and the 3NM less torque, the weight reduction seems to well negate the power drop – whilst reaping 5.5L/100kms.
Interesting to note also, that Suzuki once again appear to be one of the few manufacturers where test driving (5.2L/100)can produce better economy than the labelled consumption. By memory you had the same experience in their Alto.
Warren, the old Swift weighs around 1007kg (variant specific) – I am measuring Kerb weight here. What figures are you looking up?
Yes I am always curious as to why Suzukis dont perform well on the official ADR fuel economy figures as their real world figures are always better. Meanwhile the Prius has a claimed 3.9 which, after spending three months with the car, was still incredibly hard to achieve.
The Brochures and statistic information that I have, has the previous Kerb Weight at 1060kg. With the GA & GL being 995kg and the GLX being 1025kg, the new Swift appears lighter.
Are the ADR fuel figures a result of their testing or merely what’s provided by the Manufacturer. If it’s the latter, it would appear an attempt to be conservative – although perhaps doing themselves a disservice. Nice economy on the Prius – but at a price!
Saw one on the weekend. They look great.
Every review I’ve read has said the new one is heavier but according to Suzuki’s own brochures the new version is lighter (Kerb weight to kerb weight comparison)
Cool cars! Love to have this model.
This new model’s bigger and elongated headlights just looks weird. The current model still looks better.
Suzuki trying to hide price increases, the new “mid spec” GL manual is basically the same spec as the old base model.
The styling is a bit wonky, especially from side on – check the second picture of that teal coloured Swift.
The chunky design doesn’t lend well to being stretched, like the Mini Clubman.
I’ll keep the current EZ model and see what else Suzuki can do with a Kizashi series 2.
What I really want to know is “What’s the new Swift auto like going up a steep hill with the air-con on full blast?”
Did you happen to find out why cruise control is not even offered as an option to Australian buyers whereas in the UK and Europe it’s included as standard on the top-of-the-line model?
The UK and Europe model uses a 1.2 litre petrol engine, while the Australian one has a 1.4. Hopefully Japan is developing a cruise control for the 1.4 soon
Purchased the GL manual on Saturday afternoon after being a VW family for years. Drive the Polo 77 tsi man in the morning only to be told I have wait 4 months and pay a retail price (some $6000) more for the privledge. I needed a car this month so ended up at Suzuki out if frustration.
I drove the car and was shocked at how good it was in terms of value for money. Interior is nice, similar to VW, and drives in my mind almost identical to the Polo.
They’ve come a long way to deserve my hard earn cash!!
Looks Like A Jellybean.
mmm yum, i like jelly-beans….and the new manual swift does have a tachometre as standard.
I’ve just bought a new base model GA FZ Swift. This is a fantastic little car & really does embrace the fact that Suzuki knows how to make great quality small naturally aspirated engines. This is also very evident in their motorcycles of which a lot of the technology filters down. The absence of a tachometer is a little disappointing although really, is it totally necessary? I say this is not really an issue. The ride is as good, if not better than any car in it’s class, the interior finish is fantastic and the handling is amazing. The car has plenty of power heavy laden, even up hills with the aircon on & the finish, ride, options & performance bang for bucks are what sold me this car in the end. You really do need to drive this little Suzuki before commenting.
want to buy suzuki swift glx.. want to know the maintenance and interior.. i know the handling is good.. if we compare with ford fiesta / mazda 3 which better..
Great hip car.. Love to drive it in the city and just leave big cars behind. When some douche with a Honda SiR tries to tailgate me, zoom, eat dust baby.
2013 – Suzuki Swift – GL (Be carefull as below what’s happend to me)
Suzuki Swift with the VIN number VIN: MMSHZC82Sxxxxxxxx
purchased new on 7/6/13. This was the 2nd Suzuki Swift we bought as we love the
1st one. Unfortunately since the day 1 I have noticed that when the vehicle
changing the gears automatically it’s not smooth and REV of the vehicle going
up and down without the gear changed and this making whole driving experience
horrible and also given the vehicle not changing gears properly it introducing
safety concern when overtaking as vehicle not giving require torque as REV is
increasing without gear change.
Given the above experience I called the dealer on
20/06/2013 (Preston Motors Epping) and he asked me to wait and bring the
vehicle for a test drive. Then I took the vehicle for a test drive with Tip and
he also confirmed that it got a problem and asked to book a service call when
it’s due for 1000 KM service. When I took the vehicle for 1000KM service on
17/07/2013 dealer said that they ordered a part and asked to bring the vehicle
During this time they gave me a similar model replacement
CAR for 2 days and I confirmed that above mentioned issue wasn’t present. After
2 weeks dealer service manager informed that someone from Suzuki want to take
the car for a test drive and asked me to bring the car again and after the
drive that person also confirmed that Suzuki received similar complaints from
other dealers and they investigating the issue.
Day by day / week by week and Month by month passed and I
called the dealer every week Friday to get an update and every time I received
the response “Waiting to hear from Suzuki Australia” and after 3
months I finally gave up calling them and called Suziki Australia directly and
customer service manager (Irene Price) informed that this is the way vehicle
designed and nothing they can do.
This is very disappointed as I would like to 1) Fix the
issue or 2) Replacement Vehicle or full refund as vehicle I purchased new on
7/6/13 do have a transmission issue and as per above 2 people (that I know of)
confirmed this and now Suzuki not accepting this issue thinking they might need
to recall all new Suzuki model with this transmission issue.
We picked up the latest champion yellow 7 speed auto Swift Sports 19-11-13, build date October 13. I have always liked the shape of this model for years and finally we made the choice to go from my wife’s 2002 V8 Statesman to a car that has absolutely blown us away, it is fast, and holds on corners like no other car I have driven, and is unbelievably quite and a comfortable ride on the 17″ tyre’s.
This is my wife’s car and I am finding it hard to go back to my Pajero, I am looking for any excuse to get behind the wheel of this pocket rocket.
This model has the Satnav as standard and we had front and rear parking sensors installed to make it easier for my wife as she finds it hard to judge the distance when parking.
Suzuki has nailed it with this one