All-new 2017 Suzuki Swift is an alluring blend of technology, style and driving dynamics. And it could be one of Australia’s best value cars.
The third-generation reborn Suzuki Swift is hugely important to Suzuki Australia. As such, they’ve designed the 2017 Suzuki Swift very carefully indeed – it adds unprecedented technology such as autonomous braking and adaptive cruise, a more premium interior, a hugely entertaining driving experience, fun new colours and owner customisation options, all at a very affordable prices.
Suzuki says that the new 2017 Suzuki Swift is aimed at young couples aged between 25 to 34 years of age as well as empty nesters in the 49-64 years age bracket.
Suzuki believes it has got the formula right, and the 2017 Suzuki Swift will dominate the light car sales charts.
How much is it?
Well, there are four specification levels: the base GL, the GL Navigator, GL Navigator Tech Pack and the fully laden GLX.
Prices start at $15,990 for the GL manual. Standard equipment includes six airbags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes and brake assist. Bluetooth and iPod connectivity help you listen to your favourite tunes on the move. There are also steering wheel mounted buttons and cruise control.
Step up to the GL Navigator which is priced from $17,990, and you also get Suzuki’s touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, fog lights and 16inch alloy wheels.
Next up is what Suzuki believes will be their volume seller, the Suzuki Swift GL Navigator with Safety Pack, priced from $18,990. The Swift Navigator with Safety Pack adds a reversing camera, Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and something called “Weave Alert” to the deal. Suzuki proudly boasts that this is the only new car in Australia under $20k that is fitted with adaptive cruise control.
Finally, at the top of the tree you have the 2017 Suzuki Swift GLX. This adds keyless entry with push button start, digital climate control, LED headlights with automatic high beam, tinted windows and prettier alloys. The Swift GLX can be yours from $22,990.
Customers can also accessorise their Swift with optional coloured mirror caps, and the Mineral Gray paint work has a contrasting black roof. Burning Red Pearl Metallic and a vibrant Speedy Blue Metallic are the hero colours of the 2017 Suzuki Swift range.
A new Swift Sport has been unveiled overseas along with hybrid and all-wheel drive versions, but Suzuki Australia cannot comment on future product releases locally.
What’s it like inside?
Good. And where Suzuki has stuck to a tried and trusted formula on the exterior, they’ve gone for a sportier and more upmarket look inside. There’s a flat-bottomed steering wheel to reflect its dynamic aspirations, classy dials make up the instrument cluster which are also easy to read.
While everything looks relatively premium and well screwed together, some plastics do feel a little cheap and scratchy, but it’s a Suzuki, not a Lexus, so it’s all relative. Suzuki Australia told The Motoring Guru exclusively that they’ve switched production from Thailand to Japan for the 2017 Suzuki Swift.
Everything falls easily enough to hand, and you’ll be able to accommodate four adults without any real complaints. The 2017 Suzuki Swift is actually shorter than the previous model as it rides on a new platform – the same as the Baleno – but the front seats are raised so rear passengers can slide their feet underneath. The seats are comfy too.
The boot is still tiny at 242 litres – 32 more than the current Swift – and those rear seats fold down, freeing up more luggage space.
What’s under the bonnet?
All non-GLX models – it’s easier to write it that way – are powered by a naturally aspirated 1.2 litre four-cylinder engine that produces 66kW @ 6,000rpm and 120Nm @ 4,400prm. Customers can have this engine with either a five-speed manual, or a constantly variable transmission. Power is sent to the front wheels. This is the same motor found in the Ignis.
The 2017 Suzuki Swift GLX is fitted with a 1.0 litre three-cylinder turbo charged engine that makes 82kW @ 5,500 rpm and 160Nm from between 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. This model is only available with a new six-speed automatic, with steering wheel mounted paddles. The three-cylinder lump is also found in the Swift’s sister car, the Baleno.
Average combined fuel consumption is 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres for the 1.2 manual, 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres for the 1.2 CVT and 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres for the GLX Turbo.
How does it drive?
Brilliantly, if we’re honest. Swifts have always been great to drive, but this model really raises the bar. We drove the GLX on launch through the Yarra Valley and up through the challenging roads of the Black Spur. The steering is communicative, and the front end just grips and grips. And that new flat-bottomed steering wheel is great to hold whilst threading through the twisty bits. It’s the sort of stuff that makes you grin and giggle like an idiot. We like that.
The 1.0 litre turbo is fantastically eager, and feels like it has a lot more to give than the numbers on the spec sheet suggest. The new six-speed auto is slick and quick, and certainly our preferred choice over a CVT.
The adaptive cruise control was excellent in maintaining vehicle speed and the preselected distance. There were no gripes to be had with the new safety tech, either.
Our only complaints? Quite a lot of tyre roar filters through to the cabin, and the ride can be choppy at times. But those two things aren’t deal breakers.
Should I buy one?
Well, that’s up to you. But we think the 2017 Suzuki Swift is worth a long, hard look. The Swift’s blend of value, style, technology and fun factor means it’s a small car that could have a Goliath impact.