Likes

  • Immensely fun all of the time
  • Proving to be reliable
  • Inexpensive to buy, own and maintain
  • 5-door practicality

Dislikes

  • Some examples have been abused and modified poorly.
  • One of the smallest boots for its class.
  • While very fun, not exactly fast.
  • Interior can feel a little on the cheap side.

Stuff you should know

The so-called ‘gen II’ Suzuki Swift Sport launched in Oz in 2012. It arrived off the back of complicated history of badge-engineered Holden Barinas, an early Noughties Suzuki Ignis Sport (known as Swift Sport in Japan), and a properly global ‘RS416’ Swift family, complete with a version of the Swift Sport light sport hatch as Aussies now know it, lobbing in January 2006.

To confuse matters for the contemporary used tyre kicker, a whole new (slightly) larger ‘AZG’ Swift family lobbed internationally in 2010 and locally in 2011, styled so similarly to its
predecessor to be almost unnoticeable if you didn’t pay attention to, say, its 50mm longer wheelbase and slightly rounder design.

Well, versions other than the feisty Swift Sport. Trivia suggests that the Swift Sport version made its global debut in concept at the 2011 Australian Motor Show as the S-Concept, with the production version surfacing in local showrooms in early 2012.

Buried in an era when ‘sport’ in small-stature motoring meant little more brash colour and stickers, the Swift Sport was the real deal and its frisky driving experience would catch the unknowledgeable by pleasant surprise. It grabbed the sporty groundwork of its similar looking forebear and, critically, ran with it in the right places if you were after a bit of cheap fun.

Known as the FZ series, it hit the market starting from $23,990 for the no-brainer six-speed manual, undercutting the older version’s 2005 debut by a thousand bucks. For the first time, you could also have the Swift Sport as an auto, with its paddleshifter CVT – marketed as a “seven- speed” – wanting for two-grand-higher outlay.

Power arrive via a version of the M16A 1.6-litre naturally aspirated four used in the rest of the range, tuned to 100kW at a lofty 6900rpm and 160Nm well up at 4400rpm. Reviews around the time of launch pegs performance at around the eight second mark for 0-100km/h. Driven sedately, it’s claimed to return 6.5L/100kms in manual or 6.1L in CVT guise.

The big drawcard, though, is the frisky chassis. The combination of low-profile 17s, firmer suspension and some extra body stiffness in a package tipping the scales at just 1050 kilograms kerb (manual), it’s been widely praised for its lithe dynamics, precision and grip. Strong braking, too, conspired to a package that begged to be spanked and reward handsomely once you did, making it something of a sporting bargain on a shoestring budget.

The Swift Sport also offered a decent features list for the dough. A subtle body kit separated it from the grocery-getter range mates, it fits bi-xenon headlights, leather sport seats, six-speaker audio with CD player, cruise control, climate control, a multifunctional leather wheel and power windows.

The extra wheelbase, too, paid dividend in second-row cabin space and being a five door it’s reasonably practical for its diminutive, sub-four-metre size.

Probably the pick of the generation are MY14 or latter examples that arrived from October 2013. It here that the five-cog manual was upgraded to a proper six-speeder, albeit with no extra herbs under the bonnet.

The ‘gen II’ FZ Swift Sport would continue in release until mid-2017, when it was replaced by an all-new Swift range, headlined by the current, angular-styled, 1.4-turbocharged Swift Sport successor, itself a barrel of laughs for what remains quite a sharp price point.

What goes wrong

  • There are the very odd sporadic reports of some minor rust but it is few and far between at most.
  • Like wise, there are some occasional reports of switches not working or the seat bolsters becoming overly squidgy.
  • We should note, some of the faults reported are also the result of abuse or dodgy modifications.
  • Engine wise, the 1.6-litre M16A engine is showing superb reliability.
  • There are the odd reports regarding minor oil leaks and timing chain tensioner issues but these are few and far between.
  • Even in terms of the transmission, the manual units are showing to be very reliable and even the CVT, which in other cars can come with a shocking reputation for reliability, in the Swift Sport is proving to be quite robust.
  • With a full service history and respectful previous ownership, mechanically the Swift Sport is excellent.
  • There are the very odd sporadic reports of some minor rust but it is few and far between at most.
  • Like wise, there are some occasional reports of switches not working or the seat bolsters becoming overly squidgy.
  • We should note, some of the faults reported are also the result of abuse or dodgy modifications.
  • Engine wise, the 1.6-litre M16A engine is showing superb reliability.
  • There are the odd reports regarding minor oil leaks and timing chain tensioner issues but these are few and far between.
  • Even in terms of the transmission, the manual units are showing to be very reliable and even the CVT, which in other cars can come with a shocking reputation for reliability, in the Swift Sport is proving to be quite robust.
  • With a full service history and respectful previous ownership, mechanically the Swift Sport is excellent.
  • There are the very odd sporadic reports of some minor rust but it is few and far between at most.
  • Like wise, there are some occasional reports of switches not working or the seat bolsters becoming overly squidgy.
  • We should note, some of the faults reported are also the result of abuse or dodgy modifications.
  • Engine wise, the 1.6-litre M16A engine is showing superb reliability.
  • There are the odd reports regarding minor oil leaks and timing chain tensioner issues but these are few and far between.
  • Even in terms of the transmission, the manual units are showing to be very reliable and even the CVT, which in other cars can come with a shocking reputation for reliability, in the Swift Sport is proving to be quite robust.
  • With a full service history and respectful previous ownership, mechanically the Swift Sport is excellent.

Should you buy it?

Find a good Swift Sport with a solid service history that you are confident has been cared for and it’s a huge yes!

The Swift Sport is just a superb little car that we really cannot recommend highly enough. It’s fun pretty much all of the time, affordable to own and run, offers great practicality and even after a few years, is proving to be ultra reliable.

Obviously be careful of badly modified or abused examples and there is no need to rush in to buy one as there are many available on the used market.

Find a good one, have it checked out by a mechanic and if it ticks the boxes, buy it.

Find a good Swift Sport with a solid service history that you are confident has been cared for and it’s a huge yes!

The Swift Sport is just a superb little car that we really cannot recommend highly enough. It’s fun pretty much all of the time, affordable to own and run, offers great practicality and even after a few years, is proving to be ultra reliable.

Obviously be careful of badly modified or abused examples and there is no need to rush in to buy one as there are many available on the used market.

Find a good one, have it checked out by a mechanic and if it ticks the boxes, buy it.

Should you buy it?

Find a good Swift Sport with a solid service history that you are confident has been cared for and it’s a huge yes!

The Swift Sport is just a superb little car that we really cannot recommend highly enough. It’s fun pretty much all of the time, affordable to own and run, offers great practicality and even after a few years, is proving to be ultra reliable.

Obviously be careful of badly modified or abused examples and there is no need to rush in to buy one as there are many available on the used market.

Find a good one, have it checked out by a mechanic and if it ticks the boxes, buy it.

Need help with finance?

What is the car's build year?

2020

Loan Amount

$5,000

Finance estimate ~

$30

Per week*

8.49%

Comparison rate p.a#

Models, pricing & features

Suzuki Swift Sport-1

Sport

Price when new: $23,990 - $27,990

Price used: $8,300 - $27,200

Equipment

  • 12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
  • 17″ Alloy Wheels
  • 6 Speaker Stereo
  • ABS (Antilock Brakes)
  • Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
  • Air Cond. – Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
  • Airbag – Driver
  • Airbag – Knee 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 – MP3 Decoder
  • Bluetooth System
  • Body Colour – Bumpers
  • Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Full
  • Body Kit – Lower (skirts
  • F & R Aprons)
  • Bottle Holders – 1st Row
  • Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
  • Brake Assist
  • CD Player
  • Cargo Cover
  • Central Locking – Key Proximity
  • Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
  • Clock – Digital
  • Control – Electronic Stability
  • Control – Traction
  • Cruise Control
  • Cup Holders – 1st Row
  • Cup Holders – 2nd Row
  • Diffuser – Rear
  • Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
  • Disc Brakes Rear Solid
  • EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Engine Immobiliser
  • Exhaust – Stainless Steel Dual System
  • Fog Lamps – Front
  • Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
  • Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
  • Intermittent Wipers – Variable
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
  • Metallic Finish Dash Board
  • Metallic Finish Door Inserts
  • Metallic Finish Interior Inserts
  • Metallic Finish Steering Wheel
  • Multi-function Steering Wheel
  • Pedals – Sports
  • Power Door Mirrors
  • Power Steering – Electric Assist
  • Power Windows – Front & Rear
  • Rear Wiper/Washer
  • Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
  • Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
  • Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
  • Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
  • Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted
  • Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
  • Starter Button – Key/Fob Proximity
  • Trim – Cloth
  • Trip Computer

MY14 update

  • GPS (Satellite Navigation)
  • Memory Card Reader
  • Multi-function Control Screen – Colour
  • Voice Recognition

Tech specs

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engine Specs

  • 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 100kW / 160Nm (Sport 2012 – 2017)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 103kW / 230Nm (Sport 2017 – 2022)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (Sport)
  • 7-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (Sport)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (Sport)

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.0 – 7.9 / 100km

Length

  • 3850mm – 3890mm

Width

  • 1695mm – 1735mm

Height

  • 1495mm – 1510mm

Wheelbase

  • 2430mm – 2450mm

Kerb Weight

  • 970kg – 1075kg

Towing

  • Not listed

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2011 (Sport)
  • 5 stars, tested 2017 (Sport)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engine Specs

  • 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 100kW / 160Nm (Sport 2012 – 2017)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 103kW / 230Nm (Sport 2017 – 2022)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (Sport)
  • 7-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (Sport)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (Sport)

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.0 – 7.9 / 100km

Length

  • 3850mm – 3890mm

Width

  • 1695mm – 1735mm

Height

  • 1495mm – 1510mm

Wheelbase

  • 2430mm – 2450mm

Kerb Weight

  • 970kg – 1075kg

Towing

  • Not listed

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2011 (Sport)
  • 5 stars, tested 2017 (Sport)

Body Styles

  • 5 door Hatchback

Engine Specs

  • 1.6 litre, 4-cylinder petrol, 100kW / 160Nm (Sport 2012 – 2017)
  • 1.4 litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol, 103kW / 230Nm (Sport 2017 – 2022)

Transmission

  • 6-speed Manual (Sport)
  • 7-speed Constantly Variable Transmission (Sport)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic (Sport)

Fuel Consumption

  • 5.0 – 7.9 / 100km

Length

  • 3850mm – 3890mm

Width

  • 1695mm – 1735mm

Height

  • 1495mm – 1510mm

Wheelbase

  • 2430mm – 2450mm

Kerb Weight

  • 970kg – 1075kg

Towing

  • Not listed

Ancap Ratings

  • 5 stars, tested 2011 (Sport)
  • 5 stars, tested 2017 (Sport)

Warranty & servicing

Warranty

  • 3 years / 100,000 km (Sport)
  • 5 years / unlimited km (Sport)

Servicing

  • 15,000 km / 12 months (Sport)
  • 10,000 km / 6 months (Sport)
  • 10,000 km / 12 months (Sport)

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