Likes

  • Perhaps the perfect blend of price, practicality and performance
  • Legitimately roomy back seat
  • Sport variant is very fun to drive
  • Loaded with features (if you buy the right one)

Dislikes

  • Sporadic reports of oil leaks
  • A few reports of oil leaks
  • Budget interior might be too ‘budget’ for some

Stuff you should know

Launched in 2017, the Suzuki Swift made its mark as a prominent contender in the Australian light car market. The model underwent various updates and revisions between 2017 and 2022, enhancing both its features and performance.

Offered a range of engine choices, including a 1.2-litre Dualjet and a 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine. Some models, like the sportier variants, were equipped with a more spirited 1.4-litre turbo petrol. Both manual and automatic transmissions were available, depending on the variant.

Recognised for its commendable fuel efficiency, the Swift averaged around 4.6 to 6.1 litres/100km, contingent on the engine and transmission configuration.

Featured an array of safety technology, such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control in select variants. It achieved a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, underscoring its reliability and safety on Australian roads.

It included a modern infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It has a practical interior layout with ample head and legroom, making it suitable for both city drives and longer journeys.

The exterior sported a contemporary design with distinctive headlights and a bold front grille and was available in various vibrant colours.

Positioned as an affordable option in the light car segment, the Suzuki Swift catered to a broad audience, from first-time car buyers to those seeking a reliable city car.

The performance-oriented Sport version, equipped with the 1.4-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine, offered sharper handling and a sportier aesthetic.

Between 2017 and 2022, Suzuki introduced a few revisions, primarily in terms of technological enhancements, safety features, and slight design tweaks, ensuring the Swift remained contemporary and competitive.

The 2017-2022 Suzuki Swift maintained its reputation as a reliable, stylish, and economical choice for motorists. It effectively combined modern features, safety tech, and commendable performance, making it a standout in the light car segment.

What goes wrong

From what we have been able find, there aren’t many ‘common’ issues with the Suzuki Swift. There are some reports of oil leaks, so if you’re looking at one, be sure to check the engine bay for signs of oil.

Besides that, there are some sporadic reports of the power windows not working, infotainment glitches and some interior materials deteriorating.

Recalls:

  • June 2019 – In the month of June 2019, a fault was identified in certain Suzuki Swift vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2019, involving side airbags, curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners being inadvertently deployed when the rear door is slammed shut, attributed to incorrect software in the airbag controller; a total of 1,987 units were affected, posing a risk of injury to vehicle occupants.
  • June 2019 – Faulty software in Suzuki Swift vehicles from 2017 to 2019 might lead to unintentional deployment of side airbags, curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners when the rear door is slammed shut, posing a risk of injury to occupants of the 1,987 affected units.
  • September 2022 – A manufacturing defect in certain Suzuki models produced between 2016 and 2022 has led to a swelling valve issue in the engine-vacuum brake booster system, potentially necessitating greater brake pedal force for expected braking, posing a risk of accidents, injuries, or fatalities to occupants and other road users; approximately 18,144 units are affected.
  • September 2022 – A manufacturing defect in certain Suzuki models manufactured between 2016 and 2022 has been identified, affecting 3,466 units, where the valve between the engine and the vacuum assist brake booster may swell, potentially requiring increased brake pedal effort and posing a risk of accidents leading to severe injuries or death to occupants and other road users; however, the brake system remains functional.

From what we have been able find, there aren’t many ‘common’ issues with the Suzuki Swift. There are some reports of oil leaks, so if you’re looking at one, be sure to check the engine bay for signs of oil.

Besides that, there are some sporadic reports of the power windows not working, infotainment glitches and some interior materials deteriorating.

Recalls:

  • June 2019 – In the month of June 2019, a fault was identified in certain Suzuki Swift vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2019, involving side airbags, curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners being inadvertently deployed when the rear door is slammed shut, attributed to incorrect software in the airbag controller; a total of 1,987 units were affected, posing a risk of injury to vehicle occupants.
  • June 2019 – Faulty software in Suzuki Swift vehicles from 2017 to 2019 might lead to unintentional deployment of side airbags, curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners when the rear door is slammed shut, posing a risk of injury to occupants of the 1,987 affected units.
  • September 2022 – A manufacturing defect in certain Suzuki models produced between 2016 and 2022 has led to a swelling valve issue in the engine-vacuum brake booster system, potentially necessitating greater brake pedal force for expected braking, posing a risk of accidents, injuries, or fatalities to occupants and other road users; approximately 18,144 units are affected.
  • September 2022 – A manufacturing defect in certain Suzuki models manufactured between 2016 and 2022 has been identified, affecting 3,466 units, where the valve between the engine and the vacuum assist brake booster may swell, potentially requiring increased brake pedal effort and posing a risk of accidents leading to severe injuries or death to occupants and other road users; however, the brake system remains functional.

From what we have been able find, there aren’t many ‘common’ issues with the Suzuki Swift. There are some reports of oil leaks, so if you’re looking at one, be sure to check the engine bay for signs of oil.

Besides that, there are some sporadic reports of the power windows not working, infotainment glitches and some interior materials deteriorating.

Recalls:

  • June 2019 – In the month of June 2019, a fault was identified in certain Suzuki Swift vehicles manufactured between 2017 and 2019, involving side airbags, curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners being inadvertently deployed when the rear door is slammed shut, attributed to incorrect software in the airbag controller; a total of 1,987 units were affected, posing a risk of injury to vehicle occupants.
  • June 2019 – Faulty software in Suzuki Swift vehicles from 2017 to 2019 might lead to unintentional deployment of side airbags, curtain airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners when the rear door is slammed shut, posing a risk of injury to occupants of the 1,987 affected units.
  • September 2022 – A manufacturing defect in certain Suzuki models produced between 2016 and 2022 has led to a swelling valve issue in the engine-vacuum brake booster system, potentially necessitating greater brake pedal force for expected braking, posing a risk of accidents, injuries, or fatalities to occupants and other road users; approximately 18,144 units are affected.
  • September 2022 – A manufacturing defect in certain Suzuki models manufactured between 2016 and 2022 has been identified, affecting 3,466 units, where the valve between the engine and the vacuum assist brake booster may swell, potentially requiring increased brake pedal effort and posing a risk of accidents leading to severe injuries or death to occupants and other road users; however, the brake system remains functional.

Should you buy it?

There’s so much to love about the Suzuki Swift. Hoards of owners praise the Swift as the perfect little city car. Obviously, if you need a car to tow, win drag races, or carry five adults and their stuff, it’s going to fall well short of that. But, buy it for the purpose it was made for, to zip around the city, and it could be perfection on four wheels.

Here at ReDriven, we think small city cars like this are criminally underrated. There’s something so charming about driving a car that has only the bare minimum to get the job done. That’s not to say it’s missing any crucial features, it’s still loaded with all the mod cons you’d want from a city car, plus, in some models, plenty of safety kit. The Suzuki Swift goes about its work with a such a sense of purpose, and if you can stretch the budget to the Swift Sport, if driving it doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s a good chance you’re dead inside.

There are one or two caveats, however. Be on the lookout for any signs of oil leaks, as there are some owners who have reported them, and check for any electrical glitches. Plus, try and get a post-October 2019 model, this is when Suzuki upped the warranty to 5 years, so depending when you’re reading this, you’ll have some factory support left on it. And, maybe avoid the base GL model if you want Apple

There’s so much to love about the Suzuki Swift. Hoards of owners praise the Swift as the perfect little city car. Obviously, if you need a car to tow, win drag races, or carry five adults and their stuff, it’s going to fall well short of that. But, buy it for the purpose it was made for, to zip around the city, and it could be perfection on four wheels.

Here at ReDriven, we think small city cars like this are criminally underrated. There’s something so charming about driving a car that has only the bare minimum to get the job done. That’s not to say it’s missing any crucial features, it’s still loaded with all the mod cons you’d want from a city car, plus, in some models, plenty of safety kit. The Suzuki Swift goes about its work with a such a sense of purpose, and if you can stretch the budget to the Swift Sport, if driving it doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s a good chance you’re dead inside.

There are one or two caveats, however. Be on the lookout for any signs of oil leaks, as there are some owners who have reported them, and check for any electrical glitches. Plus, try and get a post-October 2019 model, this is when Suzuki upped the warranty to 5 years, so depending when you’re reading this, you’ll have some factory support left on it. And, maybe avoid the base GL model if you want Apple CarPlay.

Also, given they’re a city runabout, that doesn’t cost the world to buy and maintain, some might have been thrashed around town, or have a few battle scars from shopping centre car parks, so go over the exterior with a fine-toothed comb to check for signs that it’s been abused.

Besides that, get a pre-purchase inspection done to make sure it’s mechanically sound and you’ll have a cracking little car.

 

Should you buy it?

There’s so much to love about the Suzuki Swift. Hoards of owners praise the Swift as the perfect little city car. Obviously, if you need a car to tow, win drag races, or carry five adults and their stuff, it’s going to fall well short of that. But, buy it for the purpose it was made for, to zip around the city, and it could be perfection on four wheels.

Here at ReDriven, we think small city cars like this are criminally underrated. There’s something so charming about driving a car that has only the bare minimum to get the job done. That’s not to say it’s missing any crucial features, it’s still loaded with all the mod cons you’d want from a city car, plus, in some models, plenty of safety kit. The Suzuki Swift goes about its work with a such a sense of purpose, and if you can stretch the budget to the Swift Sport, if driving it doesn’t put a smile on your face, there’s a good chance you’re dead inside.

There are one or two caveats, however. Be on the lookout for any signs of oil leaks, as there are some owners who have reported them, and check for any electrical glitches. Plus, try and get a post-October 2019 model, this is when Suzuki upped the warranty to 5 years, so depending when you’re reading this, you’ll have some factory support left on it. And, maybe avoid the base GL model if you want Apple CarPlay.

Also, given they’re a city runabout, that doesn’t cost the world to buy and maintain, some might have been thrashed around town, or have a few battle scars from shopping centre car parks, so go over the exterior with a fine-toothed comb to check for signs that it’s been abused.

Besides that, get a pre-purchase inspection done to make sure it’s mechanically sound and you’ll have a cracking little car.

 

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Models, pricing & features

2017-2022 Suzuki-swift – 13-header

GL

Price when new: $15,990 - $23,490

Price used: $10,000 - $22,900

Equipment

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
2 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt only
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – Input for iPod
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Audio Decoder – WMA
Bluetooth System
Body Colour – Bumpers
Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
Brake Assist
Brakes – Rear Drum
CD Player
Cargo Cover
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Chrome Interior highlights
Clock – Digital
Control – Electronic Stability
Cruise Control
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Daytime Running Lamps
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Engine Immobiliser
Handbrake – Fold Down
Headlamps – Halogen
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Independent Front Suspension
Intermittent Wipers – Variable
Leather Steering Wheel
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Power Door Mirrors
Power Steering – Variable Ratio (more lock faster)
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatback Pocket – Front Passenger Seat
Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 2nd Row(Rear Outer seats)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 2nd Row(Rear Outer seats)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Speed Limiter
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger
Tacho
Trim – Cloth
USB Socket(s) – Charging
Voice Recognition
Wheel Covers – Full

2020 Update

Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Hill Holder
Rear View Mirror – Manual Anti-Glare
Tail Lamps – LED
Trip Computer
4 Speaker Stereo
Digital Instrument Display – Partial

GL Navigator

Price when new: $16,990 - $22,490

Price used: $11,400 - $21,800

Adds:

16″ Alloy Wheels
Audio – AAC Decoder
Camera – Rear Vision
Fog Lamps – Front
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Grab Handle – Passengers Side
Grab Handles – 2nd Row
Memory Card Reader
Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Smart Device App Display/Control
Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Video – MPEG Decoder

2020 Update

Video Player

GL Navigator Safety Pack

Price when new: $18,990 - $19,690

Price used: $12,400 - $20,600

Adds:

Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Cruise Control – Distance Control
Lane Departure – with Passive Steer Assist
Lane Departure Warning

GL+

Price when new: $18,990 - $19,690

Price used: $12,400 - $20,000

GL Navigator Plus

Price when new: $21,490 - $23,990

Price used: $16,400 - $23,200

Adds:

Blind Spot Sensor
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Warning – Rear Cross Traffic (when reversing)

GLX Turbo

Price when new: $22,990 - $28,790

Price used: $13,700 - $26,700

Adds:

6 Speaker Stereo
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Cond. – Climate Control
Central Locking – Key Proximity
Chrome Door Handles – Interior
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel
Headlamp – High Beam Auto Dipping
Headlamps – LED
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
Power Door Mirrors – Folding
Starter Button

2020 Update

Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment

GL S

Price when new: $23,490 - $24,490

Price used: $17,200 - $23,800

GL Plus

Price when new: $23,990 - $24,990

Price used: $17,500 - $24,400

GL Special Edition

Price when new: $24,490

Price used: $16,300 - $21,900

100 Year Anniversary Edition

Price when new: $24,990

Price used: $17,400 - $23,000

Adds:

Decals
Decals – Stripes on body
Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted

Sport

Price when new: $25,490 - $31,990

Price used: $14,600 - $30,300

Adds:

17″ Alloy Wheels
Body Kit – Lower (skirts, F & R Aprons)
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Diffuser – Rear
Footrest – Drivers
Gauge – Boost
Gauges – Coloured Dials
Gloss Finish Inserts
Metallic Finish Instrument Surrounds
Pedals – Sports
Polished Wheels
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Seats – Embossed
Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Steering Wheel – Sports
Tyre Repair Kit
Warning – Driver Fatigue

GL Plus Special Edition

Price when new: $25,990

Price used: $19,500 - $25,300

GL S Plus

Price when new: $25,990

Price used: $19,500 - $25,300

Adds:

Control – Park Distance Rear

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engines

  • 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Power

  • 66kW – 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 82kW – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 103kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Torque

  • 120Nm – 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 160Nm – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 230Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Transmissions

  • 1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (GLX Turbo, Sport)
  • 6-speed Manual (Sport)
  • 5-speed Manual (GL, GL Navigator, GL S)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.6 – 6.1L / 100km

Length

  • 3840 – 3890mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

  • 1735mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

  • 1495mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

  • 2450mm

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engines

  • 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Power

  • 66kW – 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 82kW – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 103kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Torque

  • 120Nm – 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 160Nm – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 230Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Transmissions

  • 1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (GLX Turbo, Sport)
  • 6-speed Manual (Sport)
  • 5-speed Manual (GL, GL Navigator, GL S)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.6 – 6.1L / 100km

Length

  • 3840 – 3890mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

  • 1735mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

  • 1495mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

  • 2450mm (5 door Hatchback)

Tare Mass

  • 855 – 970kg (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

  • 870 – 990kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

  • 400kg (unbraked), 1000kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

  • 5  stars (tested 2017)
  • 4 stars (tested 2017) GL variant

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engines

  • 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Power

  • 66kW – 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 82kW – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 103kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Torque

  • 120Nm – 1.2 litre 4-cylinder aspirated petrol (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 160Nm – 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbo-petrol (GLX Turbo)
  • 230Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo-petrol (Sport)

Transmissions

  • 1-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (GL Navigator Safety Pack, GL+, GL, GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus, 100 Year Anniversary Edition, GL Plus, GL Special Edition, GL Plus Special Edition, GL S, GL S Plus)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (GLX Turbo, Sport)
  • 6-speed Manual (Sport)
  • 5-speed Manual (GL, GL Navigator, GL S)

Fuel Consumption

  • 4.6 – 6.1L / 100km

Length

  • 3840 – 3890mm (5 door Hatchback)

Width

  • 1735mm (5 door Hatchback)

Height

  • 1495mm (5 door Hatchback)

Wheelbase

  • 2450mm (5 door Hatchback)

Tare Mass

  • 855 – 970kg (5 door Hatchback)

Kerb Weight

  • 870 – 990kg (5 door Hatchback)

Towing

  • 400kg (unbraked), 1000kg (braked)

ANCAP Ratings

  • 5  stars (tested 2017)
  • 4 stars (tested 2017) GL variant

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

3 years / 100000 km

5 years / unlimited km (from October 2019)

Service Intervals

10,000 km / 6 months, 15,000 km / 12 months or 10,000 km / 12 months – depending on variant

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