“New Swift is a Premium Hatchback” – First Look Review
Pak Suzuki has made an epic comeback with the new 4th generation Suzuki Swift. The company has introduced the new Swift with a houseful of features and a competitive price.
Our car experts had a close look at the car at its launch event to bring you a detailed First Look Review of the new Suzuki Swift. Here’s Swift’s journey from an economy to a premium hatchback.
Suzuki has launched the new Swift in three variants: Swift GL Manual, Swift GL CVT, and Swift GLX CVT. We’ll be reviewing the top-of-the-line GLX CVT variant.
Let’s first talk about the car’s looks. At first glance, the new Suzuki Swift looks beautiful with modern styling. Everything captures the eye from the front to the rear.
At the front, we have bi-projection LED headlights with integrated LED DRLs, bulb fog lamps, and a body-colored diffuser lip. The honeycomb grille completes the front look with a chrome lining at the centre and a Suzuki logo above that.
The driver can manually adjust the position of the LED headlights from the leveling buttons. The lights can also automatically adjust their brightness with the intensity of light.
The first thing you’ll notice about the side profile is the 16-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels in silver and black. The next thing will be the electrically adjustable and retractable side view mirrors with turn lights.
The front seat door handles are chrome, with a smart keyless entry button on the driver’s side door. The rear door handles are mounted on the glass windows, a really cool and modern touch. You may have seen the same styling in Honda Vezel and Toyota CH-R.
At the rear, we have the LED combination taillights, LED brake lamp, rear wiper, antenna, and GLX CVT badging. We also have rear parking sensors in the rear bumper, something we have never seen in a hatchback.
Overall, the new Suzuki Swift has a wide and bulky stance. The car looks more beautiful and futuristic than its previous generation model.
There’s 260 litres of boot space in this car, enough to fit three luggage bags. The rear seats have a 60:40 split, so you can fold them and increase the boot space to 700 litres. There’s a boot lamp to help you see in the dark.
There’s a puncture repair kit in the trunk. The spare wheel is optional, which means you can get it by paying a little extra.
The new Swift’s interior is just as beautiful and modern as its exterior. There’s hard, good-quality plastic everywhere, in the doors, the dashboard, and the centre console. Here is what else is inside the car’s cabin.
First of all, let’s talk about the leather-wrapped D-shaped steering wheel. That’s our favourite thing about the interior. It not only looks great but also enhances the driving pleasure and feel. It has 4-way tilt and telescopic adjustments, media controls, and cruise control buttons.
Beside the steering wheel, there’s an engine push start button, headlight leveling controls, and other buttons.
Our next favourite thing is the three-tier instrument cluster. We have an analog speedometer with a fuel gauge, an analog tachometer with radiator temperature, and a Multi-Information Display (MID). It shows all the necessary info for the driver, such as instant fuel economy, the currently engaged gear, average fuel consumption, average range, average speed, current digital speed, driving time, outside temperature, and time.
Coming to the dashboard, we have the AC vents and a 9-inch Android infotainment screen. There’s a single-zone automatic air conditioning system underneath it that looks beautiful with tactile knobs. Then, we have the 12V accessory socket for device charging. The charging and connecting cables are in the glovebox.
All the seats are made of high-grade fabric that feel soft and comfortable. The driver’s seat’s height is adjustable, a convenient option. There’s ample head and legroom for all the passengers.
An optional retractable centre console can also be used as an armrest for the driver.
Power & Transmission
All the Swift variants are powered with a 1.2L K-series DOHC 16-valve VVT engine that produces 81 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque. The upper two variants have CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The combination will have decent fuel economy figures, for sure.
The new Swift has a lot of safety features that will surprise you. It has ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), rear parking sensors, immobiliser, security alarm, HHC (Hill Hold Control), and six airbags.
The top-of-the-line Swift GLX CVT variant comes at a price of Rs. 2,899,000. We think that’s a reasonable price tag for all the features this car is loaded with. The new Swift is a better deal than the old model and even better than the sedans that come at this price.
Pak Suzuki has definitely upped its game. For years and years, we had the feature-less Swift model. But now, the new Swift is here with all the frills and fringes. It looks beautiful, is feature-rich, safe, and powerful. What else do we need to call it a premium hatchback?