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2024 Suzuki Swift NZ launch and first drive

Admittedly, flying to Whanganui in a propeller-propelled, less than modern plane was not my initial thought of how we should be introduced to the all-new Suzuki swift, however, as it turned out, Air Chatham’s good ‘ol fashioned charm and hospitality did in fact set the perfect scene for the day ahead. 

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

For those that haven’t been there, Whanganui itself is a small town boasting quaint and not-so epic attractions such as a playground and an ‘elevator in a hill’, but it’s also NZ’s home of car, bike and boat brand Suzuki, and although we weren’t there for the tour, HQ or township – we kind of got a bit of both.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

Firstly the Swift. The Suzuki Swift has a nameplate that dates back to 1984 and was used as an export name for the Suzuki Cultus, however, despite this four decade history, the popular  supermini as we know it today, was originally launched in 2005.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

The Suzuki Swift brought about a notable shift in design and driving performance. Developed with European tastes in mind, this model featured sporty yet refined styling that appealed to drivers seeking both style and substance. With various engine options, including the impressive 1.6-litre Sport model, the Swift swiftly gained popularity for its driving performance and design.

In 2010, Suzuki unveiled the second-generation Swift, focusing on fuel efficiency, safety, and improved handling. The advancements in chassis design and engine technology resulted in better handling and lower emissions compared to its predecessor. This iteration of the Swift successfully balanced performance and efficiency, appealing to eco-conscious drivers without compromising driving pleasure.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

The previous generation of the Suzuki Swift, launched in 2017, (and then facelifted in 2021), showcased enhanced safety features and a new 1.2-litre engine. Staying true to its commitment to innovation, Suzuki designed the Swift with a stylish exterior, a spacious cabin, and advanced technology as standard. The addition of a 12-volt hybrid option further optimised fuel economy and reduced emissions, aligning itself with current environmental trends.

As it stands, 9 million Suzuki Swifts have been sold since 2005, and that brings us nicely up to today, the launch of the fourth, all-new Suzuki Swift. 

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

Suzuki have launched with 2 spec model variants, the GLS and the RSC, and for those lovers of manuals. Joy of joys, the GLS comes with a stick option.

Visually, the 2024 Swift retains its iconic shape while sporting a more contemporary look. The front grille features a prominent piano black finish, complemented by sleek L-shaped LED headlamps. Meanwhile, the rear flaunts a new and distinctive slanting tailgate design with a wide rear bumper, integrated rear hatch spoiler, and blacked-out fillers, creating an overall sporty appearance.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

Inside the cabin, the Swift offers a dual-tone design with centre controls angled towards the driver and a prominent 9-inch infotainment display as standard equipment across the range. The infotainment system supports digital compatibility, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Android Auto, and wireless Apple CarPlay, allowing seamless smartphone integration. Additionally, real-time information, such as fuel consumption, driving range, and hybrid energy flow, can be accessed through the instrument panel.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

The front seats of the Swift have undergone a redesign, providing improved cushioning and a more sculpted look. The use of a geometric pattern on the upholstery surface adds a touch of modernity. The RSA model also comes equipped with seat heaters for added comfort during colder months. The Swift offers ample storage spaces, including a spacious glovebox, console storage, cupholders, and door pockets, while the luggage capacity of 265 litres provides sufficient room for everyday needs.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

Regardless of the model you opt for, the new Suzuki supermini comes armed with a 3 cylinder 1.2L, mated to a manual or CVT box. Together they provide 60.9kW of power and 111.8Nm of torque, neither of which is earth shattering, however, since it’s a mildish hybrid too, it sips fuel at 4L/100km (4.3L CVT) and emits 91-97g/km of CO2, so it’s damn good on the wallet and environment too.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

It doesn’t stop there, it’s damn good to drive too. We had all the options available, but targeted the manual GLS immediately, not only would it be a more involved drive, it looked great in flame orange. 

The route was a big one, that had us travelling all round the interesting rural roads of Whanganui, in ‘follow the leader’ fashion. As expected, the Swift didn’t live up to its nameplate in off the line speed, but I can honestly say that once it got near treble figures, it stayed there, showing great handling skills and minimal ‘nannying’ from its comprehensive ADAS suite. 

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

The GLS rode on 15-inch wheels, so had more work to do than its bigger-wheeled (16-inch) siblings, but (as I found out later), was just as stoic on the tarmac. The fit and finish is a big step up from before, and yet not so much as you forget what vehicle you’re in, and although the screens offer plenty of information, it’s not too overwhelming, even for someone with my older brain.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

Yes the refinement increases when you head into the RSC, but it’s subtle, so as not to appear pompous in comparison. There are paddles to play with, rear cross traffic/blind spot alerts and heated front seats, but the drive itself is remarkably similar, and both cabins are equally quiet – with just a 3-cylinder hum that can be faintly heard when poked.

And poke we did, leaning more on the right foot than many ‘normal’ users would, but the perky Swift continued to relay a 5.8ishL/100km message.

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

Since its initial launch in 2005, the Suzuki Swift has captured the hearts of drivers worldwide, becoming a preferred choice for those seeking a fun, functional, stylish, and affordable compact car. With each generation, Suzuki has taken steps to improve performance, fuel efficiency, and safety, ensuring the Swift remains competitive in a rapidly evolving market. 

2024 Suzuki Swift review NZ

The latest 2024 hybrid models continue to build upon the Swift’s success, combining a refreshed design, advanced features, and improved performance to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of modern car buyers, including those that still want to drive a manual!

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