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Suzuki Swift Hybrid 2024 review: snapshot

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EXPERT RATING
8.5

Likes

  • Great value pricing as a manual or auto
  • Excellent efficiency – especially from manual
  • Superb packaging

Dislikes

  • Needs 95 RON premium unleaded petrol
  • Lacks a few creature comforts
  • Spare wheel not standard (but available)

The Suzuki Swift Hybrid is the company’s first electrified passenger vehicle sold in Australia, and coincides with the sixth-generation of the long-lived supermini series since 1983.

Slightly longer and taller than before, it boasts an all-new body and interior, sat upon a carryover but modified platform.

Under the stubby bonnet of the Hybrid is a chain-driven, 1.2-litre mild hybrid three-cylinder petrol engine, making 61kW of power at 5700rpm and 112Nm of torque at 4500rpm.

It is mated to an integrated starter generator (ISG) that Suzuki claims works like an electric motor, adding an extra 2.3kW and 60Nm, as well as a 12-volt lithium-ion battery that is charged via kinetic energy through regenerative braking.

Driving the front wheels is a choice of two transmissions – a five-speed manual or (10 per cent more expensive – ouch!) Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) auto.

The former returns just 3.8 litres per 100km, against 4.0L/100km for the latter, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions ratings of 78 and 80 grams per kilometre, respectively. Note, though, 95 RON premium unleaded is required.

On the safety front, it includes LED headlights, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, a driver-drowsiness warning, traffic-sign recognition, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and an alarm.

You’ll also find keyless entry and start, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, digital radio, heated mirrors, power windows and air-conditioning.

However, the base Hybrid is missing a few items you might expect to be fitted, including a driver’s seat-height adjuster, alloy wheels and multiple (rather than just one) USB port on the dash.

You’ll need to step up to the mid-grade Hybrid Plus for those and more. And, as with all Swift models nowadays, you’ll need to pay extra for a spare wheel, as only a tyre-inflation kit is provided.

Read the full 2024 Suzuki Swift review

Pricing Guides

$29,412
Price is based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the lowest priced Hyundai I30 2024 variant.
LOWEST PRICE
$22,490
HIGHEST PRICE
$33,490

Range and Specs

Vehicle Specs Price*
GLX (qld) 1.0L, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $29,790
GLX Shadow 1.0L, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $32,490
GLX Turbo 1.0L, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $29,790
See all 2024 Suzuki Swift in the Range
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
Byron Mathioudakis
Contributing Journalist
Byron started his motoring journalism career when he joined John Mellor in 1997 before becoming a freelance motoring writer two years later. He wrote for several motoring publications and was ABC Youth radio Triple J's "all things automotive" correspondent from 2001 to 2003. He rejoined John Mellor in early 2003 and has been with GoAutoMedia as a senior product and industry journalist ever since. With an eye for detail and a vast knowledge base of both new and used cars Byron lives and breathes motoring. His encyclopedic knowledge of cars was acquired from childhood by reading just about every issue of every car magazine ever to hit a newsstand in Australia. The child Byron was the consummate car spotter, devoured and collected anything written about cars that he could lay his hands on and by nine had driven more imaginary miles at the wheel of the family Ford Falcon in the driveway at home than many people drive in a lifetime. The teenage Byron filled in the agonising years leading up to getting his driver's license by reading the words of the leading motoring editors of the country and learning what they look for in a car and how to write it. In short, Byron loves cars and knows pretty much all there is to know about every vehicle released during his lifetime as well as most of the ones that were around before then.
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