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Suzuki Swift 2021: hatch packs more tech from under $19k driveaway in Australia


Suzuki has updated its much-loved Swift hatchback here in Australia, kitting it out with a slew of upgrades – but the faithful hatchback still starts well under the $20,000 barrier.

The facelifted 2021 Suzuki Swift has landed in Australia, with the updated hatchback offering an appealing amount of safety and tech upgrades with a starting price of just $18,990 driveaway.

The second in-house generation of the Suzuki Swift first launched in Australia in 2017 and will continue to be offered in a choice of three grades known as the GL Navigator, GL Navigator Plus and GLX Turbo.

Suzuki Swift 2021 rear
The Suzuki Swift has been updated for 2021 with more safety and tech

Kicking off the range is the Swift GL Navigator at the headlined $18,990 driveaway price point with a five-speed manual hooked up to a 1.2-litre four-cylinder putting out 66kW/120Nm, with the CVT automatic option bumping up the price to $19,990 driveaway.

A sub-$20,000 driveaway price point with an included automatic is becoming rarer in this segment, with the Mazda 2 and Toyota Yaris moving considerably more upmarket in the last twelve months.

Suzuki Swift 2021 interior
The Swift comes with a seven-inch touchscreen as standard along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Suzuki has added a digital speedometer and automatic windows to the Swift as standard for 2021. Building on existing features included with the base model such as a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Buyers opting for the automatic-only Swift GL Navigator Plus grade pay slightly more at $21,490 driveaway, but gain a slew of new safety features including blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Suzuki Swift 2021 front
The Swift is available in three grades, with the base model GL Navigator starting from just $18,990 with a manual transmission

The top-spec Swift GLX Turbo bumps to price up to $25,290 driveaway and adds niceties such as LED headlights, keyless entry and push button start but the real standout feature is the turbocharged one-litre three-cylinder engine.

The smaller engine delivers slightly worse claimed fuel economy – at 5.1L/100km compared to 4.8L/100km – but packs 82kW of power and 160Nm of torque, alongside a more inspiring torque converter six-speed automatic transmission. 

The Suzuki Swift now wears a slightly sharper exterior, with revised front bumper and grille along with new 16 alloy wheels. Metallic paint is a $595 extra across the range.

Suzuki Swift Sport 2021
The Suzuki Swift Sport is a potent hot hatch that can do 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds

Suzuki also offers an entry-level hot hatch in the form of the Swift Sport model.

The Suzuki Swift has gained a reputation for being an affordable city hatchback but for also being incredibly good fun and seriously rapid in the Sport variant.

Under the bonnet is a potent little turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine putting out 103kW of power and 230Nm of torque. That might not seem like a lot but when the entire car weighs just 970kg that tiny engine can propel the Swift Sport from 0 to 100km/h in around 7.5 seconds.

Suzuki continues to offer the Swift Sport with a six-speed manual ($29,990 driveaway) alongside a six-speed automatic with wheel-mounted paddle shifters ($31,990 driveaway).

All Suzuki models are offered with a five-year unlimited-kilometre warranty with capped price services also offered for five years or 100,000kms.

2021 Suzuki Swift price list:

All the prices listed below are the estimated driveaway price.

  • Suzuki Swift GL Navigator (manual) – $18,990
  • Suzuki Swift GL Navigator (automatic) – $19,990
  • Suzuki Swift GL Navigator Plus – $21,490
  • Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo – $25,290
  • Suzuki Swift Sport (manual) – $29,990
  • Suzuki Swift Sport (automatic) – $31,990