The Swift is the Japanese small-car expert Suzuki's entry into the growing demand for a reliable subcompact hatchbacks. For the Philippine market, the Suzuki Swift 2021 has two variants; the Swift .1.2 MT, and the Swift 1.2 CVT. They then come with a price of Php 755,000 and Php 819,000 respectively.
Powering the Philippine-spec Suzuki Swift is a 1.2-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. This four-banger can make up to 82 horsepower and 113 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a five-speed manual gearbox or a continously variable transmission (CVT). Power is then sent to its front wheels.
Locally, the Swift competes against the likes ofthe Toyota Wigo, Mitsubishi Mirage, Honda Brio, Kia Picanto, and the Mazda2 Hatchback.
The Suzuki Swift was released on June 28, 2018, together with the Suzuki Dzire. The revamped model got more curves, letting go of its previous boxy built. This helps Suzuki make its entry to the local market more competitive as other rivals such as the Toyota Wigo comes with great hatchback styling.
Suzuki offers the hatchback in the Philippines with two main variants, namely the base GL 1.2 MT which starts at Php 775,000 and goes up to Php 819,000 for the top-of-the-line GL 1.2 CVT. A special edition version is also offered by the Japanese carmaker for a more sportier appeal which comes with exclusive orange trims, distinct grille, and more.
The Swift is an affordable hatchback with great handling capabilities
The overall look of the Suzuki Swift is clean, athletic, and mature in a good way. Its sporty-looking grille, LED headlights, and daytime running LED light complements each other, creating a strong front fascia look. Meanwhile, the body lines on the sides going to the rear are sleek, connecting with the taillights that are wonderfully incorporated which give a fluidity throughout.
One of the best-looking hatchbacks at its price
A noteworthy update is the hidden rear door handle. It makes the Japanese hatchback look like a two-door sports car from afar. Another well thought detail is the black accents below the roofline that goes all the way to the back. It gives a snazzier styling on the side.
Dominating inside the Suzuki Swift is mostly sturdy plastic beneficial to the car’s weight capacity, as well as for cost-cutting measures. Interior panels are black and shiny providing a solemn vibe. As for the head and legroom, these are pleasant for adult-size passengers, while the cargo compartment can carry 242 liters and can be further expanded by folding the rear seats. The driver and passenger seats at the front and back are plush, making near or long drives enjoyable.
Interior view of the Japanese hatch
The standard features Suzuki Philippines incorporated in the hatchback include fabric seats, a sun visor for passenger's side with a vanity mirror, two cup holders for the front and one for the rear passenger, two bottle holders upfront and two at the back, chrome parking brake release button, and white door trim ornaments with a dimple pattern.
For something that’s affordable, the 2021 Swift Swift five-seater hatchback looks like it could do well on twisty roads. Specifically, Suzuki gave it a planted look that has some degree of sportiness to it. To further give flavor to its design, there are six Suzuki Swift colors to choose from.
That said, the Suzuki Swift can come in silver (Metallic Star Silver). One can also have the Suzuki Swift in red (Pearl Ablaze Red 3). There’s also the Suzuki Swift grey (Metallic Mineral Gray 2), Suzuki Swift black (Pearl Super Black 2), and Suzuki Swift in Blue.
Technology & Safety
All variants of the Suzuki Swift are equipped with a 7-inch infotainment screen as standard that supports audio offline navigation, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. The said system is complemented by two front and two rear speakers for the entertainment of all passengers on the road.
Both the GL variants come with a multimedia screen
As for safety, the Japanese hatchback was accredited with an outstanding four-star by the ASEAN NCAP and three-star by the Euro NCAP for its safety performance. It is designed with a lot of safety features such as an anti-lock braking system paired with electronic brakeforce distribution, crash and reversing sensors, and front dual airbags.
Platform & Chassis
The Suzuki Swift is a five-door hatchback with a front-engine, front-wheel layout considered as a Supermini (B segment) type. Though small compared to other vehicles in the Philippines, it generally functions like a sedan. Its platform is the Suzuki HEARTECT, known for its reliable metal strength, innovative design, and body structure that can absorb impacts. Meanwhile, the chassis was designed to equally distribute force, ensuring a small amount will be felt inside the vehicle in case of a collision.
The special edition version
Engine & Drivetrain
The Suzuki Swift is powered by a 1.2-liter K12M gasoline engine that makes 82 hp at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque 4,200, providing a fuel-efficient vehicle for Filipino car buyers. The engine can be paired depending on the chosen variant. A 5-speed manual transmission is used for the base GL variant, while the top-spec GL variant uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
A reliable and practical option with great styling