Suzuki Swift 1.4 GLX 5DR Review
Home improvement

Story and photos by Raymond Lai
30 Apr 2011

It looks uncannily similar to the car it replaces so then, what’s new about the new Suzuki Swift. Raymond Lai finds out.

Introduction, styling

Car makers are a rather predictable bunch - when it comes to replacing a model that has been hugely successful for the brand in its last incarnation, the new generation model will typically look very much the same as its predcessor with most of the improvements focused on other aspects of the car like its drivability, interior, refinement etc. The Volkswagen Golf has been one of the greatest examples of this ‘if it ain't broke, don't fix it' philosophy. Other cases in point include the Honda Jazz as well as recent generations of the venerable Toyota Corolla Altis.

The latest model to join the abovementioned list is the new, fourth generation Suzuki Swift. The last generation has been a roaring success for Suzuki around the world since its debut seven years ago in 2004. Together with the Honda Jazz, the Swift is the compact hatchback of choice for many Singaporean car buyers. While the Jazz's strengths has always lie in its utility and practicality, the Swift has always appealed to those who are looking at a compact hatch that is more engaging to drive and more refined. Moreover, the Swift has always been more affordable than the Jazz, which is a rather important factor for many buyers of such cars. With the outgoing Swift garnering so many fans and owners over the past seven years, it'll be interesting to discover how Suzuki can further improve its best selling model.

Outwardly, the new model looks rather familiar indeed - the overall silehouette and styling features of the new car are pretty much similar to its popular predecessor. It is still that familiar Swift face up front and you'd have to squint to notice the new, wider radiator grille and the curvier upswept headlamps. Along the flanks, it's the hardest to note that this is the new model even though at 3850mm in length, it is almost 100mm longer than its 3755mm predecessor. Correspondingly, wheelbase on the new car is up to 2430mm from 2390mm. While the height of the new model is similar to its predecessor's, the former is 5mm wider than the old Swift. At the rear, the tail lamps have been enlarged and just like the headlamps, are curvier while the numberplate surround on the bumper is larger. The cut out for the latter apes the one on the previous Renault Megane hatchback and hence makes the Swift's rump look a tad clumsy and fat when compared to the old model's backside.

The styling of the outgoing third generation model was highly lauded around the world, so much so that Skoda's designers somewhat adopted some of the Swift's styling features and proportions for the second generation Fabia. The new Swift's looks are an evolution of the old model's, which does give it an identity that is unmistakably Swift on the outside.

Sell Fast With Ease - SwiftQuote

With SwiftQuote, you get:
  Best value for your car    A peace of mind when selling    Fast sale from start to end


Best offer with no obligations.
Start Now!

I agree to the collection, use and disclosure of my personal data by Carousell and/or such other third party (as may be necessary) and to be contacted (via email, phone call and/or text message) for any purposes in connection with the application of and transaction of the vehicle, in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 and Carousell's Privacy Policy.

Justin was super helpful and helped me really pushed for a better price. His hardwork, prompt replies and dedication was ultimately what pushed me over to swiftquote compared to other bidding websites.

Gabriel Tang - 3 hours ago

Super fast transaction and Angie has done a good job in knowing what I want and checking this out with her dealer.

Lynn - 1 day ago

SwiftQuote is amazing! Pick up my ad on carousell and got me the highest offer from a dealer. Try them and you will sell quick with the best quote. Happy seller. 😁💪🏻

Josh Theoh - 1 day ago

Hi SwiftQuote Team, You guys brought in the deal that I was looking for. The right buyer came along too for my Toyota Wish. The whole process was swift and smooth. I will highly recommend SwiftQuote to all my friends. Keep up the good service you are providing we motor owners. Mathews M

Mathews Mathen - 1 week ago

I had a wonderful experience dealing with Swiftquote. They were very prompt in their arrangements. Within a day, appointment was arranged for dealer to view my car. Deal settled insistently and all documents are done . Thank you Renai for your quick help.

Tang Siew Eng, Janice - 1 week ago

I receive response within a few hours. Contact person is professional. The dealers are honarable . Transaction is so smooth that everything is settled in 2 working days

Tan Choon Kee - 1 week ago

Great platform to sell cars , I had my car viewed by 3 agents and decided on the sale , which was fast, smooth and efficient. Simply Love it .... great job keep it up .

Mohamed ali gafoor - 2 weeks ago

Very efficient, reliable & prompt services. Offered a better price from the rest of the buyers. Thanks SwiftQuote.

Shankar S/O Ramachandram - 2 weeks ago

It\'s a good deal indeed and I am very happy with the service rendered by your team n the dealer. Well done and good job guys!!

ROSLEE - 2 weeks ago


Engine Capacity 1372cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 10:1
Bore x Stroke (73.0x82.0)mm
Power 95bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 130Nm @ 4000rpm
Power to Weight 94.5 bhp per ton


Acceleration 12.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 165 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 4 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF


Body Type 5 Door Hatch
(L x W x H)
(3850 x 1695 x 1510) mm
Wheelbase 2430 mm
Turning Circle 5.2 metres
Kerb Weight 1005 kg
Boot Capacity 210 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 42 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs