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Suzuki Swift Australia

The Suzuki Swift was one of the original small Japanese hatchbacks, first debuting as a boxy micro-hatch back in 1985.

The 1988 model is likely when most Australians saw it first, possibly wearing a badge that said ‘Holden Barina’. Since then, the Swift has grown into a small, five-door hatch, gaining popularity thanks to its sharp looks and sharper pricing. Even though choices are fairly limited – only one body style, a choice of two small petrol engines and a handful of trim levels – it’s still a strong seller for Suzuki.

Current prices range from $18,990 for the Swift GL Navi to $29,990 for the Swift Sport Turbo (qld).

Suzuki Swift Colours

  • Burning Red
  • Speedy Blue
  • Premium Silver
  • Super Black
  • Pure White
  • Mineral Grey
  • Champion Yellow
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Suzuki Swift Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Suzuki Swift varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $12,200 and going to $29,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Hatchback 1.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $12,200 $29,040
2021 Hatchback 1.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $18,990 $29,990
2020 Hatchback 1.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $12,200 $29,040
2019 Hatchback 1.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $9,800 $27,390
2018 Hatchback 1.2L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $8,800 $25,190
2017 Hatchback 1.4L, ULP, 5 SP MAN $7,700 $18,920
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Suzuki Swift Accessories

For 2021, all model Swifts gain auto-up/down windows, heated side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, but we’re most excited over the newly-added digital speedometer.

Still, the safety/convenience roll call is long, with autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning with steering assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, four-wheel disc brakes, six airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake-assist, and stability/traction controls all present.

Keeping with luxury themes, the GLX Turbo also ushers in telescopic/tilt steering adjustment, paddle shifters, sat-nav, reverse camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support, Bluetooth audio and telephony connectivity, electric-folding/heated door mirrors, keyless entry/start, climate control air-con with pollen filter, six-speaker audio and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Suzuki Swift Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Suzuki Swift here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Why has my 2009 Suzuki Swift lost power?

    Modern engines like the Suzuki’s use literally dozens of sensors to keep the engine’s computer informed on the operating temperature, quality of the fuel, coolant temperature, ambient temperature, camshaft position and lots, lots more. If just one of those sensors starts to offer up false or misleading information to the computer, the whole operation of running the engine can be compromised. That’s when you’ll get rough running and/or stalling as well as the excessive fuel consumption you’ve noted.

    Rather than starting to change sensors on an ad hoc basis (which could take weeks and hundreds of dollars, and even then not arrive at a solution) the best advice is to have the car electronically scanned. At that point, the car’s computer is a good chance to tell the interrogating computer what ails it, and then you can zero in on that component and replace only the parts that are the problem.

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  • Suzuki Swift Bluetooth: How to Use Bluetooth in a Suzuki Swift?

    To connect your mobile phone to the Suzuki Swift’s Bluetooth, you must have the vehicle stationary and your phone’s Bluetooth switched on and set to Discoverable. The next step is to press the Setup button on the car’s media-control panel. The setup menu will be displayed and you can then turn the Tune knob to select Setup and then press the same knob to confirm that selection. Turn the Tune knob again to select Pairing and press the knob to confirm that selection.

    Select Car Audio from your phone’s menu and that should establish the pairing. Enter the passkey code displayed on the screen to your phone to confirm the pairing. Then press the On Hook and you’re good to go.

    For more instructions on how to play music through the system, more setup options, and troubleshooting problems, refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual.

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  • What car should I buy to replace my 2006 Toyota Corolla?

    There are still plenty of great small cars around within your budget, Agnes, and they all have good safety packages (or we wouldn’t recommend them). Look at offerings such as the Suzuki Swift Navigator (with the optional autonomous emergency braking) for around $17,000 (plus on-road costs) or the Kia Rio S at around $19,000 or Kia Picanto S (one size smaller than the Rio) at closer to $16,000. Both the Kias also feature the brand’s excellent seven-year warranty, capped-price servicing and free roadside assistance which is great peace of mind.

    The Volkswagen Polo is a classy drive but a little more expensive at closer to $21,000 for the 85TSi Comfortline. Actually, to be honest, you’ve missed the boat on bargain small cars by a couple of years. Firm favourites such as the Toyota Yaris and Mazda 2 have both been updated relatively recently and have recorded big price jumps in the process. The cheapest Yaris with an automatic transmission is now around $23,000 (it was less than $17,000 back in 2018) while the Mazda 2 Maxx went from being a sub-$17,000 proposition in 2018 to a $23,000 car by the time you add an automatic transmission in 2020.

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  • What is the best small car for under $30000?

    You don't need to spend $30,000 to get a great small car to run around town in. A Suzuki Swift GL Navigator from $17,690 plus on-road costs ($1000 more for the auto) makes for an excellent choice, with a surprisingly roomy interior, a refined, frugal and lively engine, great handling and superb reliability. Great value for money, in other words.

    Moving on from there, to the next size up and in our order of preference, are the Mazda 3, Ford Focus Active, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla Hatch, Honda Civic (turbo only) and Subaru Impreza. All are quality small cars that should fit the bill perfectly.

    There's also merit in considering a small SUV, chiefly because their higher roofline and loftier seating positions make them easier to get in and out as well as see out of. Our value pick is the Kia Seltos S with Safety Pack. The Mazda CX-30 and Toyota C-HR are also high-quality and refined choices, though they're right at the cusp of your budget so you may have to search for a discounted demo model. Going small SUV does  mean extra outlay, but they do generally offer better resale value, as their popularity seems endless.

    As you can see, there's lots of choice, so take your time, drive the ones you like the look of, and see which feels best. Out of scores of alternatives, these 10 are our top recommendations at under $30K.

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Suzuki Swift Fuel Consumption

The Suzuki Swift is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 4.6L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback 4.6L/100km 1.2L ULP 5 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 4.6L/100km 1.2L ULP 5 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 6.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 4.6L/100km 1.2L ULP 5 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 6.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 4.6L/100km 1.2L ULP 5 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 6.1L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.6L/100km 1.2L ULP 5 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Suzuki Swift Pricing and Specs for 2021

Suzuki Swift Interior

Swift’s stylishly upright squareness and wide-opening doors pay entry/egress dividends, big time. Most people can simply climb in and out, as per most compact SUVs. Easy.

Once sat ahead of a beautifully sparse dashboard, you’ll also appreciate the excellent forward vision that the near-upright pillars offer, as well as the generous headroom and vast degree of adjustability offered by the driver’s seat and tilt/telescopic steering column.

The centre console is dominated by Suzuki’s ever-present touchscreen featuring a colourful and logical quadrant of audio, telephony, sat-nav and vehicle-settings functions.

Beneath that, the single-zone climate control system brings effective cooling, heating and de-misting as required, though the fan adjustment isn’t intuitively sited where you may expect it to be.

The Swift may be style-savvy, but Suzuki’s thought of everything when it comes to packaging, with heaps of storage up front, including a small but useful glovebox size, decent bottle slots in the doors and room for bits and pieces in the lower-console area.

The same more or less applies out back too, though the faddish pillar-mounted door handles might be beyond the reach of smaller arms. Again, wide doors and a tall ceiling allow for easy entry, and once there, the amount of space is actually startling if you’re coming in from other superminis. Even long-legged riders can sit without their knees touching the front seats, with the added bonus of there being room for big feet under them. That’s something you could never say about older Swifts.

Some people may find the propensity of black plastic to be a bit cheap-looking, but the fact is that everything is extremely well screwed together, with no squeaks or rattles.

Further back, the luggage area is deep but not very long, offering up an adequate 242L, though of course the split/fold rear backrests do fold forward to extend that up to 556L. However, the resulting floor area is also stepped.

Suzuki Swift Dimensions

The dimensions of the Suzuki Swift Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Hatchback 1495x1735x3840 mm 120 mm
2020 Hatchback 1495x1735x3840 mm 120 mm
2019 Hatchback 1495x1735x3840 mm 120 mm
2018 Hatchback 1495x1735x3840 mm 120 mm
2017 Hatchback 1495x1735x3840 mm 120 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Suzuki Swift Dimensions

Suzuki Swift Wheel Size

The Suzuki Swift has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 185x55 R16 for Hatchback in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 185x55 R16 185x55 R16
2020 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5 inches
2019 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5 inches
2018 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5 inches
2017 Hatchback 175x65 R15 15x5 inches 175x65 R15 15x5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Suzuki Swift Wheel Sizes

Suzuki Swift Boot Space

The Suzuki Swift Hatchback has a boot space size of 242 Litres.
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Suzuki Swift Seats

The following Suzuki Swift comes with five seats, including 60:40 rear seat configurability. The GL, GL Navigator and GLX Turbo variants all comes with black cloth seat trim. The Suzuki Swift Sport includes cloth semi-bucket front seats with red stitching and embossed “Sport” logo.

Suzuki Swift Towing Capacity

The Suzuki Swift has maximum towing capacity of 1000kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Hatchback 1000kg 1000kg
2020 Hatchback 0kg 1000kg
2019 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 0kg
2017 Hatchback 0kg 1000kg
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Suzuki Swift Speed

Suzuki Australia does not quote a 0-100km/h sprint time, but in Europe the GLX Turbo equivalent can achieve that in 10 seconds flat, on the way to a 190km/h top speed.