Juliet reviews…the Suzuki Swift

The Suzuki Swift is hands down my most recommended car to anyone who is on a budget but wants incredible value for money. It is an all-round excellent car. 7.5 million have been sold around the world so that should give you an idea of just how good it is. Suzuki as a whole is doing really well. It is a manufacturer that I love based on their excellent product offering as well as their after-sales reputation which is excellent.


The Swift hit the South African market in 2008 and has remained a top seller for many years. The current generation Swift was introduced in 2018, but has now received an update for its mid-life cycle.


It has only received some minor changes, but they are still quite effective. The front grille has been redesigned and now sports chrome accents and a chrome line that divides the frill in to a section with the large Suzuki emblem and a lower section that holds the front number plate. The grille itself has a more distinct mesh pattern and the GL and GLX models now have front fog lights.

The Swift is offered in three trim levels, the GA, GL and GLX. This updated Swift now comes standard with rear parking sensors across the entire range, including the entry-level GA model. The GA also now boasts full wheel covers. The GL adds a new dual-tone colour scheme and the range-topping GLX gets a high-resolution reverse camera that is displayed on the touch screen infotainment system. You can specify any of the tone-colour options on the GLX and you get 15-inch polished allow wheels as standard.

Just a recap on the standard features offered on a Swift, all models get electric windows, air conditioning and central locking, with the GL models adding an audio system with USB and AUX inputs, a tachometer and electrically adjustable mirrors. The GLX models replace the standard air conditioning with climate control, and adds keyless access with a Start/Stop button, electric folding mirrors and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


The new dual-tone option comes about thanks to the popularity we have seen on the new Vitara Brezza. And so now, the Swift gets this special treatment in the form of three unique dual-tone colours. These are Fire Red with a Black roof, Midnight Blue Pearl with a White roof and Arctic White Pearl with a Black roof. These are available on the GL and GLX.

The standard colour palette is also awash with paint options, those which include Fire Red, Midnight Blue Pearl, Lucent Orange Metallic, Arctic White Pearl, Silky Silver Metallic, Magma Grey Metallic and now also Midnight Black Pearl.


The increase in price is only around R5 000 and when you consider there are more features on offer as well as it being a safer car all round. The most significant addition to the Swift range is Electronic Stability Control (ESP), it remains a really good deal.

Every Suzuki Swift is sold with a 2-year / 30 000 km service plan and a 5-year / 200 000 km promotional warranty.

  • 1.2 GA Manual            R180 900
  • 1.2 GL Manual             R199 900
  • 1.2 GL AMT                 R214 900
  • 1.2 GLX Manual          R218 900
  • 1.2 GLX AMT               R234 900

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