The Suzuki Swift is a subcompact hatchback and one of Suzuki Philippines’ notable nameplates since it was initially launched. The Swift has seen several generations abroad and two in the local market. It’s also one of the popular cars of the automaker, along with the Ertiga and the Jimny.
The current iteration of the Swift is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that can be coupled to either a 5-speed manual or CVT. it rides on Suzuki’s TECT chassis making the vehicle safer and stiffer. Other notable features include its LED lights and its 8-inch infotainment system for the highest trim.
The current-generation of Suzuki Swift was launched on June 28, 2018along with its sedan counterpart, the Dzire. Compared to the older model it was replacing, the new Swift features a new design language and got rid of the boxy design of the model it was replacing. It was launched with three variants – the first being a 5-speed manual and the rest being CVTs. Trim levels came in the GL and GLX, the GL had the option for a manual transmission while the GLX only came in a CVT.
The Swift was launched with a price tag that ranges from P755,000 to P899,000.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The Suzuki Swift is powered by a 1.2-liter gasoline engine that produces 82 hp and 113 Nm of torque. While this engine is smaller than what could be had with previous models, it promises to be more fuel-efficient. With that in mind, the 1.2-liter mill is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT to further add emphasis to efficiency.
The Japanese hatchback sits on a light and highly rigid body which uses Suzuki’s Heartect platform. On top of this new chassis, the Japanese car manufacturer has added its TECT technology making the vehicle safer in the event of a crash. For stopping power, the hatchback comes with ventilated disc brakes in the front and solid disc brakes in the rear.
Supermini (B Segment)
Front-Engine, Front-Wheel Drive
Suzuki Heartect Platform
1.2L K12B Dualjet I4 Gasoline Engine
113 Nm torque
Continuously Variable Transmission
Powered by the K12M gasoline power plant that shares with its sedan version, the Dzire, the Swift is an effective city cruiser as it is outside the Metro. The CVT won't do you any favors if you’re after straight-line speed but what lacks in power it will more than make up for in fuel efficiency. The Swift can easily get up to 11.5km/l in the city, depending on traffic and 21.5 km/l on the highway. Note that these figures are what we got during our tests and results may vary depending on route, driving habits, and traffic conditions.
The Suzuki Swift can either be had with a 7 or 8-inch touch screen depending on the variant. The touchscreen head unit features Bluetooth, USB, and AUX input. All these features help make your daily commute a little less boring. Sound is sent through 4 speakers, two in the front and two in the rear. Air condition controls can either come in manual or automatic depending on the variant chosen. It also comes with a push-start ignition depending on the variant choice.
The Swift features a softer and sultrier exterior compared to the model it replaced. The hatchback features LED projector-type headlamps which are paired with LED daytime running lights. LED lights can also be found in the fog lights as well as in the taillights.
The interior of the Swift features black fabric seats all around, matched with the general black aesthetic of the car. Those who will want to carry little children around will be happy to know that the seats of the Swift come with child seat anchors. It also comes with automatic air conditioning depending on the variant. In case more cargo space is needed, the rear seats can easily be folded with one touch.
For safety, the Suzuki Swift carries two airbags, one for the passenger and one for the driver, coupled with standard ABS and EBD. It also features electronic locks and central locking to add more convenience to the vehicle. Standard in the vehicle is 3 point seatbelts for all five passengers.
The Swift also comes with a pedestrian injury mitigation body. It helps prevent major injury to pedestrians in case of a crash. In addition, the swift is equipped with an impact-absorbing body design that utilizes Suzuki’s Total Effective Control Technology (TECT). The technology helps disperse and absorb the energy from a crash.
The Suzuki Swift got a 4-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP testing.
Tested Variant: Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL CVT
Child Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Adult Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Head Protection Score
Front Passenger Airbag
Seat Belt Retractor Driver
Seat Belt Retractor Front Passenger
Safety Assist Technology
Effective Breaking & Avoidance
Seat Belt Reminders
SBR for Driver
SBR for Front Passenger
SBR for Rear Passenger
Blind Spot Technology
Advanced Safety Assist Technologies
Intelligent Rear View Mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Forward Collision Warning System
Lane Keep Assist
Pros & Cons
What you'll like about the Suzuki Swift is its lighting as it features LED lights for the headlights. These give the vehicle excellent vision during the night or during rainy weather conditions. The vehicle also has an impressive fuel economy and the dashboard design was executed nicely.
On the other hand, the cons for the subcompact hatch are that it lacks speed-sensing door locks as well as it has a relatively weak air conditioning system that may struggle to keep you cool when the weather gets hot. The overall handling of the vehicle is one of its weaker points.
Our Verified Buyer Reviews come from confirmed customers that have had their purchase registered on the AutoDeal platform.
Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL CVT
Purchased from Suzuki Auto, Makati
January 07, 2021
Got great looks inside and out. Driving ergonomics need improvement though. Aircon is cold, not sure if it being brand new is a factor and windows get too moist because of it, too......
Got great looks inside and out. Driving ergonomics need improvement though. Aircon is cold, not sure if it being brand new is a factor and windows get too moist because of it, too bad it doesn't have a rear defogger. Power is adequate for city driving but there's "hesitation" if you push it on the highway. If you want spirited driving, use the sport mode on the highway but the revs exceed 3k rpm, not sure though how the fuel economy gets affected.
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Is the Suzuki Swift Sport coming to the Philippines?
Suzuki Philippines has previously mentioned that the Swift Sport won't be making its way into the Philippine market anytime soon.
Does the Suzuki Swift have airbags?
Yes, the Suzuki Swift has driver and front passenger airbags for its entire range in the Philippines.
Is the Suzuki Swift fuel-efficient?
In our tests, the Swift returned an impressive fuel economy. Within the city, it was able to clock in 11.5 km/L, while highway drives returned 21.5 km/L at an average speed of 90 km/h.
Where is the Suzuki Swift made from?
The Suzuki Swift is assembled in four countries: Japan (Sagara, Shizuoka), India (Ahmedabad), Thailand (Rayong), and Myanmar (Thilawa).
Is the Suzuki Swift a good car?
The Suzuki Swift is a great city slicker as well as an occasional weekender. It has balanced handling but power delivery isn't its best trait.
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