Facelifted Suzuki Swift supermini launched

Ford Fiesta-rivalling Suzuki Swift gets subtle update, with tweaked styling, more standard equipment and a new 1.2-litre hybrid engine

Suzuki has launched a facelifted version of the standard Swift supermini, hot on the heels of the updated Swift Sport. The revised hatchback is on sale in the UK now, with prices starting from £14,749 for the entry-level SZ-L model, climbing to £18,749 for the range-topping SZ5 AllGrip variant.

Cosmetic upgrades for the facelifted Suzuki Swift include a new front bumper, a refreshed radiator grille and a revised headlamp design. The brand also now offers a choice of three optional two-tone colour schemes, which finish the supermini’s door pillars and roof in contrasting Black Pearl paint.

The Swift line-up is separated into three trim-levels. Suzuki has improved the level of standard equipment on the entry-level SZ-L model, which now features 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, front fog lamps and rear privacy glass. 

Inside, buyers get a leather steering wheel, air conditioning, front electric windows and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also an improved level of standard safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

The mid-range SZ-T model is priced from £16,249 and adds painted 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a host of extra safety equipment, including lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring and a traffic sign recognition system.

Suzuki’s range-topping SZ5 model has a starting price of £17,749. Improvements over the mid-range model include keyless entry and start, in-built sat-nav, automatic air conditioning, rear electric windows, door mirror indicators and a telescopic adjustable steering wheel.

Suzuki has also given the standard Swift’s engine a tickle. The entry-level 1.2-litre four-cylinder unit now features a host of efficiency-focussed extras, including a new 12-volt mild-hybrid system. The combustion element features a new dual injection configuration, tweaked variable valve timing, a variable displacement oil pump and electronic piston cooling jets.

Official WLTP economy and emissions figures for the standard model stand at 57.2mpg and 111g/km of CO2 respectively, which is slightly improved over the outgoing non-hybrid unit. However, the upshot of these improvements is that powertrain’s output has dropped to 82bhp and 107Nm of torque – 7bhp and 13Nm down on the outgoing model.

Buyers can also have the engine with a CVT gearbox and four-wheel-drive for an extra £1,000 each – although the latter option is only available with a manual transmission on the company’s range-topping SZ5 trim-level. The all-wheel-drive system also lowers the Swift’s economy and emissions figures to 51.7mpg and 123g/km of CO2 respectively.

What does the updated Suzuki Swift have to beat? Check out our list of the best superminis on sale in the UK now…

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