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  • http://caradvice OSU811

    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!

  • Sam 300TD

    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)

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      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.

  • Ethan

    My…my… What big eyes you have?

  • Yianni

    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.

    • Al Juraj

      Never mind if it were at least 5-speed or CVT, but no….

  • bryan

    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.

    • mac

      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!

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

        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.

    • TW

      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?

      • bryan

        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.

      • bryan

        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?????

  • Tiharne

    The rear is so bug eyed xD

  • c.o.

    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.

    • Philthy

      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.

    • bangel

      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 .

      • c.o.

        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.

        • G

          All Swifts have USB input now.

  • Valet Dabess

    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

    • Nicholas

      … or wait for the NEW Sport model to come out!

  • darkone

    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

  • Samr

    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.

  • Jacob Martyn

    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.

    • bryan

      And they all look uggggly!!!! if you think porsche has retained its shape then in no doubt can i comment -” so has swift”

  • Reckless1

    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.

    • Hung Low

      It will still outsell the Polo X3 regardless of your “expert” opinion!
      Running cost and reliability may have a lot to do with that!

      • Reckless1

        Well, your inexpert opinion carries no weight with me.

        Of course it will outsell the Polo – it’s half the price.

        • Hung Low

          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!

  • Toyota Guru

    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.

  • Warren

    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.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ Alborz Fallah

      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.

      • Warren

        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.

        • Andrew

          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)

          Weird much?

  • http://www.CarVideoSpot.com Muscle Car Videos

    Cool cars! Love to have this model.

  • Mikko

    This new model’s bigger and elongated headlights just looks weird. The current model still looks better.

  • Swifty

    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.

  • Tomi

    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?”

    • Madam

      Hopeless, gutless

  • Ana

    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?

    • Patrick

      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

  • Suzuki newby

    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!!

  • James

    Looks Like A Jellybean.

  • http://caradvice geofferson

    mmm yum, i like jelly-beans….and the new manual swift does have a tachometre as standard.

  • Dave Sapsford

    Hi guys,
    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.

  • tasha

    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..

  • Dillhole

    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.

  • Dann

    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
    later.
    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.

    • Bob Parsons

      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

Suzuki Swift Specs

1.5L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 4 SP AUTOMATIC - UNLEADED PETROL - 5D HATCHBACK
Car Details
Make
SUZUKI
Model
SWIFT
Series
EZ 07 UPDATE
Year
2011
Body Type
5D HATCHBACK
Seats
5
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
1.5L
Cylinders
INLINE 4
Max. Torque
133Nm @  4000rpm
Max. Power
75kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
74.5W/kg
Bore & Stroke
78x78mm
Compression Ratio
9.5
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
4 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
FRONT WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
4.1
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
45
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
6.7L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1007
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1500mm
Length
3695mm
Width
1690mm
Ground Clearance
140mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:1000  Unbrake:400
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
9.4
Front Rim Size
5.5x15
Rear Rim Size
5.5x15
Front Tyres
185/60R15
Rear Tyres
185/60R15
Wheel Base
2390
Front Track
1470
Rear Track
1480
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DRUM
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Conditioning
Control & Handling
Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Driver
Leather Steering Wheel, Power Steering, Trip Computer
Entertainment
Radio CD with 6 Speakers
Exterior
Power Mirrors
Interior
Power Windows
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Seatbelts - Pre-tensioners Front Seats
Security
Central Locking Remote Control
Optional Features
Exterior
Metallic Paint
Safety
Side & Head Airbags
Other
Service Interval
6 months /  15,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  100,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-J-6
Country of Origin
JAPAN