The Suzuki Swift is a firm South African favourite, in fact, it’s Suzuki's best-selling model. It’s not hard to see why this fierce little car captured the hearts of thousands of drivers around the world - with its stylish looks and cheeky personality, what’s not to love? The floating roof design, solid shoulder lines, and rich side body sculpting unite to give you a driving experience that thrills.
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) - The electronic stability programme (ESP) prevents the vehicle from losing traction by controlling the engine output and braking wheels separately when it senses danger.
Hill-Hold control on (GL & GLX- AMT models only) - The hill-hold control keeps the brake pressure, holds the car stationary on the slope and enables moving off without the need to use the hand brake.
Luggage shelf on GA and Luggage area light on the GLX only – The GA now comes with luggage a shelf, while the GLX model now includes a light to illuminate the luggage area.
The Suzuki Swift GA is the entry level model, and it is equipped with a manual air conditioner with simple and convenient controls, remote central locking, electric windows (front & rear), body coloured door handles & bumpers. Safety features include ABS brakes with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and BAS (Brake Assist System) – as well as dual front airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the rear.
The Swift GL is equipped with all the features of the GA, PLUS a bluetooth-compatible audio system for wireless connectivity. The audio system has a USB port, in addition to having AM/FM radio and a CD player which uses a high-contrast LCD panel for easy recognition. In addition, the audio system has audio control switches on the steering wheel and front fog lamps as standard. The GL is available in two transmission options – A 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT.
The Swift 1.2 GLX model comes with everything from the GA and GL. It is equipped with extraordinary features that makes the car the ride of your life. It boasts keyless entry with push-button start, a 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity and reverse camera. The 7-inch infotainment system supports Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity. The GLX also boasts a leather covered steering wheel and 15-inch polished alloy wheels. The GLX is also available in two transmission options – A 5-speed manual or a 5-speed AMT The 7-inch touchscreen display enables intuitive operation of multimedia features including audio, hands-free phone, reverse camera and smartphone integration. The GLX model comes with automatic climate control enabling a comfortable atmosphere and driving experience
The Swift’s exterior underwent a massive makeover. The new Swift is bolder, sleeker and sexier than ever before.
The third generation Suzuki Swift sports a chunky grill, hidden rear door handles and updated tail lights. The floating roof design, solid shoulder lines, and rich side body sculpting give the new Swift a fierce look - this little car means business!
The interior of the car is decked with a modern D-shaped steering wheel (GLX only), accompanied by an updated instrument cluster and centre console. The cockpit was designed for drivability - with lowered seats that are more supportive than its predecessor, and bolstered sides that were designed for maximum comfort.
The lowered seats have also opened up more head space, giving taller drivers room to breathe. The new Swift boasts a far superior boot capacity, with 268 litres of luggage room and a 60/40 back seat split in case you need to create some additional space. You’ll also find numerous easy-to-use storage compartments in the interior, which are handy for those holiday road trips.
Your safety is our top priority. The new Swift is based on the HEARTECT platform (also found in the Baleno, Ignis and the brand new S-Presso) which is made from tensile steel. The HEARTECT platform is lighter and more rigid than the third generation model, improving the vehicle’s overall safety and NVH performance.
The lighter platform shaved 85kgs off the Swift’s weight - which contributes to its exceptional fuel efficiency (at only 4.9L/100 km) and remarkable performance.
Suzuki’s light, impact-absorbing TECT body has evolved with the use of the new platform and computerised structural analysis. The Swift’s body was cleverly designed to absorb and disperse energy. The impact-absorbing bonnet, front bumper and wiper system protects pedestrians’ heads and legs from injury in the event of a collision.
The new Swift also features updated front and rear suspension, providing more linear steering control for a comfortable ride. With sharpened stability and improved tracking performance, the Swift negotiates turns and curves like a pro, giving you even greater driving pleasure.
“Here are four reasons I’d want to continue living with this bright red little number, and one little niggle that annoyed."
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"Some cars tick all the boxes in their category. The Suzuki Swift is one of them. In the light and compact budget class, the Swift is perhaps the benchmark."
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