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2021 Suzuki Swift review: price, specs, information

The recently arrived #Suzuki #Swift #Sport #Series II boasts improved safety and more equipment.

#Lightweight, fun and relatively affordable at $29,990 drive-away (manual) and $31,990 (auto), this sharp-looker is an ideal starting point for those people looking for a “proper” driver’s car.


IAIN: #Back when we were young and beautiful a #Suzuki #Swift was the first new car we bought.

JULES: #We couldn’t afford the spritely #Sport sadly, so I’ve got a soft spot for the model.

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IAIN: I reckon this #Swift #Sport looks a bit more grown-up than the one from last decade. #No giant roof spoiler or mad multi-spoke alloys. #It doesn’t differentiate itself from a standard #Swift as much as I’d like.

JULES: #This new one’s extrovert enough. The rims are classily sporty, there’s a hint of a rooftop spoiler and I like the twin exhaust exits through the black bumper.

IAIN: #Jazzy colour too. #Flame orange with a black roof, though this adds $1095 to our auto version’s $31,990 drive-away price.

JULES: #It stands out, but for a hero colour it should be more vibrant. #It’s quite a muddy orange.

IAIN: The #Swift’s always been a cute-looking thing. The #Sport’s LED headlights, 17-inch alloys and black exterior trim add the required aggression to appeal to boy and girl racers of all ages.


JULES: I forgot how cosy it is in a #Swift.

IAIN: #It’s small inside, but pretty well laid out. #It has sporty touches including red stitching for the seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, red dash dials and a boost gauge.

JULES: #Sorry, it feels a bit aftermarket-add-on in here. The faux metallic red trim looks cheap, and there’s lots of hard plastic.

IAIN: I don’t care. #When it comes to warm or hot hatches, I want manufacturers to focus on improving performance, handling, steering and braking, not add luxury features making it too expensive. #More power please, less leather.

JULES: I remember our 2006 #Swift having a cleaner cabin design.

IAIN: #That’s because there was nothing in it except a steering wheel and AM radio.


JULES: The front seats are well sculpted and supportive, but quite narrow.

IAIN: #You wouldn’t want to be big of bum in these seats. #It’s for the more svelte warm hatch pilot.

JULES: I loved it in town. The #Swift is made for city life, and once the engine is firing it’s got so much zip.

IAIN: #Agreed. #Really manoeuvrable too. #It’s not the best for regular highway kilometres as wind noise isn’t kept out as well as some rivals, but I’ll forgive the #Swift #Sport as it weighs just under a tonne. #And lightweight equals fun.

JULES: #It has some decent kit: #Apple #CarPlay/Android #Auto, built-in sat nav, a digital speedo and adaptive cruise control.

IAIN: The safety suite includes a forward collision warning which I found too sensitive. I could be going around a corner and a parked car would set off alerts.

JULES: #Much like me, the car probably thinks you’re about to crash most of the time.

IAIN: #It’s a warm hatch, it should expect some spirited driving!


JULES: #It’s a tiny yet deep boot, but as most owners won’t use the rear seats, just fold them for more cargo space.

IAIN: #It’s a flash looking thing in #Coles carpark too – it attracts plenty of attention. #It could hold its own on a fancy boutique shopping strip.

JULES: #Hard to bingle too with parking sensors and rear camera, although the resolution is pretty crummy by today’s standards.


IAIN: I have to say it. #If you spend an extra $2000 on an auto gearbox you’re massively missing out. #If ever a car was crying out for a nice, short-throw six-speed manual, the #Swift #Sport is it.

JULES: #Stop it grandad. #Most youngsters these days can’t drive a manual. #It’s excellent an auto’s offered when rivals such as the #Ford #Fiesta ST are three-pedals only.

IAIN: #As it should be. I only grumble because manuals add so much driver involvement and reward. The #Swift #Sport’s handling and steering are delightful and you change direction with such speed due to its 995kg kerb weight. #Brilliant grip too.

JULES: #It is a funster. #And if you use the steering wheel paddles you get similar control over the gearbox as you would in a manual.

IAIN: #Tiny paddles aren’t they? #It helps to have long fingers to reach them. #As it’s a four-cylinder turbo — other #Swifts use a three-cylinder — you don’t need to red-line the whole time. There’s plenty of low-down torque to pull this pocket rocket along.


JULES: #Our kids are young enough to be comfy in the back seats, but adults were cramped in the back. #No vents or USB either.

IAIN: The family budget won’t be stretched too much. #Service costs aren’t high as long as you travel less than 10,000km per year. #It used just 7L/100km on our trip despite the twisty road fun we had. #It needs pricier 95 fuel, though.

JULES: #It does well for safety kit too. A blind-spot monitor, lane departure warning and rear cross-traffic alert are appreciated by this mum.


IAIN: The #Swift #Sport is well equipped and bags of fun, but for me, it’s only worth the money with a manual gearbox.

JULES: I love its looks and zippiness, but for the money I’d want a classier interior — I guess you can’t have everything.

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