Suzuki Swift Upgraded for Summer 2014

The Popular Suzuki Swift Supermini Upgraded

In Manufacturers, Suzuki by Jonathan Humphrey

The Suzuki Swift is one of the cleanest petrol engined supermini’s on the market. The small car with low emissions of 116g/km and just a £30 annual road tax for the manual car.

The global supermini boasts sales of over 95,000 cars since 2005 in the UK. More than 3.4 million have been sold Worldwide.

The Swift specs for the UK are pretty comprehensive as standard.  The Swift is available in four clearly defined specification grades, SZ2, SZ3, SZ4 and Sport with 1.6-litre engine. In addition to seven airbags and ESP as standard, SZ2 has front passenger airbag deactivation facility, electric front windows, remote central door locking with deadlocks, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, MP3 / WMA compatible CD tuner with USB port and steering wheel mounted audio controls. SZ3 adds air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, integrated audio unit and bluetooth connectivity with music streaming facility.


As part of the minor change specification upgrades from June 2014, all Swift models (except Sport)are now fitted with LED DRL (Daytime Running Lights) and front fog lights. A gear shift indicator has now been added to help aid fuel efficiency as well as Tyre Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) for added driver safety.  These two features have also now been added to the 1.6-litre Sport model.

Also from June 2014, SZ4 adds navigation and DAB digital radio as standard to the already high specification that includes automatic air conditioning, electric rear windows, rear privacy glass (five door models), push button keyless start, automatic headlamps, cruise control and heated mirrors with integrated turn indicators.

Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic has now been added (except for Sport models) which totals eight colours in the range – six metallic* and two solid – these are:

Cool White Pearl metallic Bright Red
Silky Silver metallic Superior White
Galactic Grey metallic
Cosmic Black Pearl metallic
Boost Blue metallic
Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic
*Metallic paint is a £430 option

Pricing for the revised Swift range with current VAT free offers running is as follows:

Model OTR Price VAT Free Price
3-door 1.2 SZ2 manual £10,799 £8,999
3-door 1.2 SZ3 manual £12,359 £10,299
3-door 1.2 SZ4 manual £14,039 £11,699
5-door 1.2 SZ2 manual £11,399 £9,499
5-door 1.2 SZ3 manual £12,959 £10,799
5-door 1.2 SZ4 manual £14,639 £12,199
5-door 1.2 SZ4  auto £15,649 £13,041
5-door 1.2 SZ3  manual 4×4 £14,159 £11,799
5-door 1.2 SZ4 manual 4×4
3-door 1.6-litre Sport
5-door 1.6-litre Sport

4×4 model for added flexibility.

Following good sales success in Japan and several European Countries, Suzuki took the positive decision in mid-2013 to launch the 4×4 model in the UK. This model is available as a five door 1.2 petrol model with manual transmission and equipped as either an SZ3 or SZ4 grade.

Thanks to the use of small and lightweight components Swift 4×4 is just 65kg heavier than an equivalent 2WD petrol model and emissions are only 10g/km higher at 126g/km. Apart from 4×4 badging and a slightly increased body ride height of 25mm the SZ3 grade appears identical to an equivalent SZ3 five door.

The SZ4 model has a more rugged appearance and offers extra protection over rough ground by adding front and rear skid plates, black wheel arch extensions and black side skirts.

1.6-litre Sport.

The flagship Sport model was launched in the UK in January 2012; befitting its status as the performance flagship of the Swift model range it reflects the pursuit of even better handling, driving performance, environmental compatibility and an uncompromising focus on quality. Overall, it offers a rewarding experience of Suzuki’s sporting DNA.

Suzuki launched the Swift Sport in a growing number of Countries and sales in the UK are around 1,100 units per annum, representing 10 per cent of total Swift sales. The Sport model has a bespoke exhaust system with twin tailpipes, one on each side of the rear diffuser.

The Swift Sport’s M16A engine offers power combined with low emissions. The engine has a variable intake system and an optimised intake VVT (Variable Valve Timing) for increased valve lift, maximum output is an impressive 100kW (136PS) and maximum torque is 160Nm at an engine speed of 4,400 rpm. The engine’s high output is combined with excellent fuel economy of 44.1mpg on the Combined EC Cycle and CO2 emissions are 147g/km.

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