Read Caroline’s Suzuki Swift review for everything you need to know about buying the new Swift in Ireland.

The Suzuki Swift is one of the perennials of the small car class. It’s been around for years and it’s known for being simple, affordable and fun to drive.

Some manufacturers are moving their small cars to hybrid and full electric – adding the Euros in the process. Others are killing them off altogether, like the Ford Fiesta.

Suzuki is taking a more relaxed approach. The company is launching its new Swift in 2024 as a petrol mild hybrid with a starting price of just €21,495.

And this approach could pay dividends for the Japanese car brand, which has already been growing in Ireland over the last few years. As the race to electric gains pace, buyers seeking simple, affordable motoring need to look elsewhere – likely falling into the arms of Suzuki, among others, whose entire range of cars come under the €35,000 mark new.

The new Suzuki Swift
The new Suzuki Swift

Suzuki bestsellers include the Vitara and the iconic Swift. The new Swift is expected in Ireland in April and could be the perfect antidote if you’re fed up of crazy car prices.

Styling

The new Swift sees an evolution of its styling so it’s still very recognisable. The car hasn’t changed much in its dimensions and takes up a similar footprint to before. It looks a little more grown-up thanks to a new front end, gloss black grille and new lights with L-shaped daytime running lights. The Suzuki badge has been moved from the grille to the bodywork. There’s also a new bonnet that doesn’t appear to sit completely flush with the car leaving a slightly awkward panel gap.

The standard wheel size is 16-inch across the range. Like before, you can opt for a contrast roof. There’s a great selection of colours too including the new Frontier Blue and Cool Yellow. The Burning Red Pearl Metallic and Frontier Blue Pearl Metallic colours consist of a three-layer coating for a richer finish.

Around the back, there are more 3D-style light clusters and a wide rear bumper. The Swift’s classic sporty stance is complete. It’s lost a bit of its cuteness overall but this more mature look is what’s required of a global car that will sell in many markets around the world.

Interior

The cabin of the previous Swift was looking quite tired and basic. Thankfully this new one comes on in leaps and bounds. The new two tone pale grey and black interior makes this far more appealing. There are still lots of hard plastics but they are disguised well and don’t look as cheap. There’s a sporty steering wheel and old-fashioned analogue dials. A new 9-inch touchscreen comes with wireless smartphone connectivity and is a big improvement on the previous version. But no wireless smartphone charging option is a disappointment.

The cabin of the 2024 Suzuki Swift
The cabin of the 2024 Suzuki Swift

Otherwise it’s an exceptionally well equipped car. Just two trim levels, Motion and Ultra. Standard equipment includes a reversing camera, push button start, four electric windows, heated front seats, automatic air con and lots of standard safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and traffic sign recognition.

Practicality

The boot can only muster about 265 litres, which is a good way off the best in class. Still it will fit a few bags or suitcases and the rear seats can split fold. The Swift is surprisingly roomy in the back with decent headroom and legroom for adults from time to time, though children should be fine. It’s short on amenities or storage with just space in the doors for a bottle. However, in a smart move Suzuki has given the Swift conventional rear door handles rather than the hidden ones from the previous car, which makes access in and out easier – particularly for small children.

Engine

The engine in the Swift is brand new. It’s a 1.2-litre mild hybrid just like before, but it’s gone from four to three cylinders. It offers about 82hp and fuel consumption as low as 4.4 litres per 100 kilometres. A little more torque makes it more responsive to drive than before though 0-100 km/h is a leisurely 12.5 seconds. Motor tax is €180 per year for the manual or €190 per year for the CVT.

The new Swift is one of the most affordable cars on sale
The new Swift is one of the most affordable cars on sale

Driving

Still it feels a lot quicker on the road. That’s because the Swift is a true lightweight. It weighs less than one tonne. It comes with a five speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic and is an absolute hoot to drive.

Suzuki has reduced the roll in corners and the Swift is mighty fun out on the open road. It’s not too noisy thanks to a bit more sound insulation and offers a nicely cushioned ride for a small car.

We didn’t get to test it out on the motorway but it excelled on rural roads and in suburbia.

Pricing 

The 2024 Suzuki Swift 1.2 Motion goes on sale from €21,495 with a manual gearbox or from €23,495 with a CVT. The Ultra model with more equipment is available from €22,695.

Rear seating in the new Swift
Rear seating in the new Swift

Verdict

Suzuki sells the Swift in 169 countries and it has sold over 9 million units since it became a global model in 2004.

In Ireland it’s one of the brand’s bestsellers and has been for many years.

Suzuki is not in a hurry to go electric but its entire range now has some sort of hybrid assistance to boost efficiency. We are likely to see the brand’s first EV in 2025 but the Swift still satisfies a market looking for a simple, affordable fuel-powered car.

And let’s not forget the Suzuki Swift is still astoundingly good value for a small car in 2024. The interior and equipment levels are a massive improvement over the old car. It’s reasonably practical too.

Cheap to run and fun to drive, the new Swift is one of the surprise highlights of the year so far.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year

The 2024 Suzuki Swift is a fun and efficient small car
The 2024 Suzuki Swift is a fun and efficient small car