CAR REVIEW: Suzuki Swift

In need of a city slicker, take note!

Launched in 2011, Suzuki’s popular Swift hatchback underwent a number of changes and updates for the 2014 model year. Most of the improvements are focused on fresher aesthetics, but some of the standard specifications have also been enhanced.

The new Swift offers Bluetooth connectivity in the GLS model’s list of standard features. Another welcome addition is cruise control, which has also been added to GLS models, and can be conveniently operated using switchgear located on the steering wheel.

Perhaps the most eye-catching update is the 2014 Swift’s redesigned grille, accompanied by a new bumper. The full wheel caps of the GL model have been redesigned, while the GLS sports a brand new alloy wheel design. A new exterior colour, dubbed Luminous Blue Metallic, has also been introduced to the updated Swift model range.

The 2014 Suzuki Swift is available in two specification grades- the Swift GL and the Swift GLS.

The Swift GL matches affordability and boasts standard features such as power steering with height-adjustable steering wheel, electric windows front and rear, remote-controlled central locking for the doors and tailgate, and air-conditioning.

The Swift GLS offers a more upmarket execution with a choice of manual or automatic. Visually, the main distinguishing features are the new 16-inch alloy wheels and the front fog lights, now framed by LED daytime running lights. Safety standards are enhanced in the GLS by the standard fitment of dual front, side and curtain airbags. Additional features include automatic climate control, and a USB socket for playing music from flash drives or portable media devices. A keyless operation system that allows keyless starting and stopping, as well as unlocking and locking of the doors, is also included.

The 2014 Swift range retains Suzuki’s efficient, four-cylinder engine with a maximum power output of 70 kW. Fuel economy is a stand-out attribute across the Swift range, with the five-speed manual gearbox-equipped models achieving a combined-cycle consumption figure of just 5,5 litres/100 km, linked to CO2 emissions of 132 g/km.

The GLS Automatic, with its four-speed auto transmission, posts a combined-cycle figure of 6,2 litres/100 km, with a commensurate CO2 emissions rating of 147 g/km.

Suzuki also added a more affordable and efficient 1.2 model to the line-up with a maximum power output of 63 kW. The new Swift 1.2 is offered in two specification levels. The Swift 1.2 GA is aimed at budget conscious, entry-level buyers seeking the agile dynamics, quality and efficiency the Swift nameplate is renowned for, while also benefiting from the added frugality of the K12 engine. The 1.2 GL offers identical dynamic attributes, but links those to a more comprehensively equipped interior that adds further comfort and convenience to the 1.2 package.

We got this 1,2 model to test for a week and found it to be comfortable, easy to drive, and of course, fuel efficient. The best thing for me about a car of this size is that it nips through traffic with ease. If you need a city car that zips from A to B with no fuss, the Swift is worth considering. I drive through the centre of town daily on my way to and from work and found this car to be exactly what is needed when traversing through hordes of cars.

And with a price starting at R126 900…it’s a steal!


1.2 GA Manual R126 900
1.2 GL Manual R136 900
1.2 GL Automatic R151 900

1.4 GL Manual R165 900
1.4 GLS Manual R186 900
1.4 GLS Auto R201 900
1.6 Sport R223 900

The purchase price includes metallic paint, as well as the Suzuki Complete programme, which covers the full spectrum of after-sales support. The Suzuki Swift is covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty. A three-year/ 60 000 km service plan is standard, as is a three-year AA roadside assistance plan.

For more info go to Suzuki’s website.