2018 Suzuki Swift First Look Review

2018 Suzuki Swift First Look Review

Following on from its launch in the Japanese domestic market in late 2016, Suzuki Motor Corporation unveiled the new Suzuki Swift for Europe at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show as its all new global compact supermini. The new Suzuki Swift represents an automotive advancement aimed at uplifting the driver through succession, evolution and innovation.

2018 Suzuki Swift Exterior and Interior

Physical updates are also significant. The new Swift sits 10mm lower than the current model resulting in a lower centre of gravity and better handling. It also has a bigger footprint – the wheelbase has been extended by 20mm and width by 40mm resulting in more interior space.

Visually it still has Swift characteristics such as the squat appearance and short rear overhang. Suzuki reckons it looks more masculine than before, but you could argue it actually looks more refined with a larger, more aggressive front grille, smaller taillights and headlamps with daytime running rights and a ‘floating roof’ that sits over blacked out pillars.

2018 Suzuki Swift First Look Review

Inside, four key themes were used as a guide for designers: ‘sporty’, ‘high quality’, ‘advanced’ and, ‘easy to use’, which resulted in what Suzuki calls a sophisticated and spacious interior. Infotainment includes a 7-inch touchscreen that works with smartphone apps via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2018 Suzuki Swift First Look Review

2018 Suzuki Swift Under the Hood

With emissions testing getting ever tougher, the company’s decision to fit the new Swift Sport with a turbocharged engine was all-but-inevitable even if purists will lament the loss of the old 1.6-litre engine’s lightning reactions and frenetic power delivery.

Those’ll be quickly forgotten when fans realise the new 1.4-litre Boosterjet will increase everyday performance significantly. Power rises from 136 to 140hp but torque jumps from an anaemic 118Ib ft at 4,400rpm to a much healthier 162Ib ft from just 1,500rpm.

That should be enough to drop the Swift Sport’s 0-62mph time to less than eight seconds (from 8.7 currently) and massively improve in-gear acceleration – transforming the Sport into a far more usable car as a result.

2018 Suzuki Swift First Look Review

The new Swift also features plenty of new advanced safety technology including lane departure warning, weaving alert function, high beam assist, adaptive cruise control and emergency braking.

2018 Suzuki Swift Prices and Available

The regular Swift is set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017, which means you can expect an 18-month wait until the new Sport hits showrooms. Away from the ramped-up styling, we anticipate the new Swift Sport will offer plenty of standard kit – including body-hugging front sports seats, sat-nav, auto lights and wipers, and cruise control. Prices are set to stay close to the current model that retails from £13,999.