Suzuki introduced its current generation Swift to the market in 2018, and the budget-friendly car has gone on to become a success both locally and abroad. Now, halfway through its lifecycle, the Japanese brand has given the sassy hatch a mild facelift in 2021.

Styling changes

In the aesthetics department, the new Swift receives a fresh coat of paint – or two. The GL and GLX specs can now be had with a two-tone colour combination, which gives the vehicle a ‘fresh out of the box’ look. Other styling changes are minor and come in the form of a revised front grille, a different set of 15-inch alloys on all four corners (only available in the GLX), and the entry grade GA now has wheel covers on its steel wheels.

New tech & features

Surely this is the part most car buyers look forward to, the “goodies”. Tech and features will make any car exciting, and thankfully, even entry-level vehicles like the Suzuki Swift come fitted with a decent amount of goodies. As standard equipment, the Swift has full electric windows and electronically adjustable mirrors. The GLX variant takes things a step further as the top-spec, with climate control, keyless entry and keyless start for your convenience as well as electric folding mirrors. Features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can also be found here through a touch screen that offers a quality resolution. Through this display is where live images from the reverse camera will be displayed when backing up in the compact Swift.

In addition to the above features, the 2021 Suzuki Swift now has Electronic Stability  Programme (ESP) for a layer of safety. Rear Park Distance Control (PDC) is now standard across the entire range, while Hill-hold assist is a feature available in AMT models. For those of you wondering what “AMT” is, it stands for Automatic Manual Transmission – a transmission option that is still relatively new to us as it might be for you. We’ll get into its nuts and bolts in a separate article.

Engine

Suzuki hasn’t laid a finger on the Swifts engine in this facelift, meaning the frugal 1.2-litre is still present on all models. With 61 kW and 113 Nm, the Suzuki Swift isn’t the sprightliest car out there but it gets you where you need to go without hassles or feeling underpowered. It offers just enough shove to get the job done. Striking this blend between performance and economy from such a small engine is what makes this 1.2l so economical, with a claimed average of 4.9l/100km. 

2021 Suzuki Swift price

1.2 GA Manual                        R 180 900

1.2 GL Manual                         R 199 900

1.2 GL AMT                             R 214 900

1.2 GLX Manual                      R 218 900

1.2 GLX AMT                           R 234 900

By Gugu Masuku