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Suzuki Swift Hybrid GLX 2024 review: snapshot

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  • Nicely equipped and packaged
  • Fun to drive and cheap to run
  • Excellent space and practicality


  • Needs 95 RON premium unleaded petrol
  • Getting up there in price, yet a spare wheel costs extra
  • Not a full hybrid like the Yaris or MG 3 are at this price point

A true original amongst affordable and quality city cars and superminis, the first Swift arrived in 1983, and the latest version launched in mid-2024 is version number six.

Employing an evolved 'Heartect' architecture as per the previous Swift, the Hybrid GLX is the flagship for this generation, building on from the base Hybrid and mid-range Hybrid Plus.

A 1.2-litre mild-hybrid three-cylinder petrol engine drives the front wheels via a CVT auto, delivering 61kW of power at 5700rpm and 112Nm of torque at 4500rpm.

Being a mild-hybrid, the Hybrid GLX, like the rest of the latest Swift range, also has an ISG (Integrated Starter Generator) in its arsenal, providing a bit more power (2.3kW) and torque (60Nm), along with a 12-volt lithium-ion battery that's recharged only via regenerative braking.

As such, this powertrain never drives the front wheels on electricity alone for any of the latest Swift grades.

Still, the Suzuki is commendably frugal. The combined average fuel consumption figure is 4.0L/100km and 80g/km of carbon-dioxide emissions – but do keep in mind that this drinks from the more-expensive 95 RON premium unleaded bowser.

Safety-wise, the Hybrid GLX comes with AEB, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, a blind-spot monitor, driver-drowsiness warning, traffic-sign recognition, a reverse camera, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and LED headlights.

You’ll also score keyless entry and start, a wireless phone charger, folding exterior mirrors, steering wheel paddle shifters, climate control air-conditioning, a 9.0-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, digital radio, electrically heated/folding mirrors, heated front seats, a leather steering wheel, privacy glass, multiple USB ports, rear heater ducts and glossy alloy wheels. A proper little luxury runabout, then, with a price to match.

But don’t expect a spare wheel unless you’re prepared to pay extra for one – Suzuki only offers a tyre-inflation kit as standard.

Read the full 2024 Suzuki Swift review

Pricing Guides

Price is based on the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the lowest priced Hyundai I30 2024 variant.

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
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*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
Byron Mathioudakis
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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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