Suzuki has launched the 2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid in Australia, showing off its latest small car alongside some very keen pricing. Every model in the range now features mild-hybrid technology designed to reduce fuel consumption and aid performance, while the Swift also gains a fresh look, both inside and out. Best of all, the base model manual Suzuki Swift Hybrid kicks off the range from just $24,490, and no model in the range exceeds the $30,000 mark.

Speaking to DiscoverAuto at the model’s local launch in Melbourne, Suzuki Australia General Manager, Michael Pachota said, “The new Swift is the perfect car under $30,000, with amazing styling, value and a fun to drive feel that is so quintessentially Suzuki, with a ton of the features our customers have told us they want. I’m so proud of it.”

Pachota continued, “The new Swift is the best light hatch on the market – no one else matches the feel of this thing, or the value we’ve managed to pack into it.”

Suzuki expects to sell around 1,000 Swifts per month and will pitch the Swift to fleets by the end of the year, too. It seems that on first glance, Suzuki’s new Swift is a winner, with its funky looks set to win over plenty of first car buyers and those after a small city dwelling set of wheels.

Visually, the Swift maintains its classic short, low, and wide look, while key styling elements such as the wraparound window, vertical headlamps, and solid shoulder lines remain. Inside, Suzuki has designed an all-new interior with a centrally mounted 9-inch touchscreen dominating the view which also featured Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Under the bonnet of the 2024 Suzuki Swift is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine making 61kW of power (at 5,700rpm) and 112Nm of torque (at 4,500rpm) – 7kW/8Nm less than the current model, but that’s with one less cylinder and no mild-hybrid system. It’s boosted by a 12V mild-hybrid system making 2.3kW of power and 60Nm of torque, which incorporates an integrated starter generator that functions as both a generator and an electric motor to aid both performance and fuel consumption.

Thanks to the small engine and MHEV system, the 2024 Suzuki Swift is one of most fuel-efficient cars in Australia, rated at just 3.8L/100km for the manual and 4.0L/100km for the CVT automatic – an improvement of 0.8L/100km on the current Swift auto. Its claimed CO2 emissions are rated at just 85g/km for the manual and 90g/km for the automatic.

Measuring 3,860mm long, 1,735mm wide, 1,520mm tall and riding on a 2,450mm long wheelbase, the 2024 Suzuki Swift is 20mm longer, the same width, 25mm taller and riding on an identical wheelbase to the last-generation model. Suzuki has also worked hard to make the Swift a better car to drive, with revamped suspension front and rear, new steering and braking systems and improved noise insulation.

With a manual, it weighs 919kg (kerb) and with the auto, it weighs 957kg – that’s 57kg more than the current model, which is smaller and lacks a mild-hybrid system. Its boot measures 265-litres with the rear seats up and 980L with the rear seats folded – 23L/62L larger than the last-generation model.

2024 Suzuki Swift standard equipment:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Dusk-sensing automatic LED headlights
  • Rear fog light
  • Intermittent manual wipers
  • Keyless entry and push button start
  • Electric front and rear windows with auto up/down functionality for the driver
  • Electric mirrors with heating
  • Urethane steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • LCD driver’s display with a trip computer and digital speedometer
  • 9.0-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite navigation
  • Wired Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • AM/FM/DAB+ digital radio
  • Bluetooth calling and audio streaming
  • 12V and USB-A charging ports

Swift standard safety equipment:

  • Six airbags
  • Auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian, cyclist and intersection assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Lane keeping assistance
  • Auto high beam
  • Traffic sign recogntion
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera
  • Alarm

Swift Hybrid Plus adds:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • ‘Premium’ seat fabric
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustment for the driver’s seat
  • USB-A and USB-C charging ports
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • CVT automatic transmission

Swift Hybrid GLX adds:

  • Polished 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Electric-folding mirrors
  • Paddle shifters
  • Single-zone automatic climate control with rear heater ducts

2024 Suzuki Swift colour options:

  • Pure White Pearl
  • Premium Silver Metallic (+$645)
  • Mineral Grey Metallic (+$645)
  • Super Black Metallic (+$645)
  • Flame Orange Metallic (+$645)
  • Burning Red Metallic (+$645)
  • Frontier Blue Pearl with black roof (+$1,145)

2024 Suzuki Swift pricing (drive away):

  • Hybrid manual: $24,490
  • Hybrid CVT: $26,990
  • Plus hybrid CVT: $28,490
  • GLX hybrid CVT: $29,490

The 2024 Suzuki Swift is now on sale in Australia, with local deliveries due to commence soon. Stay tuned to DiscoverAuto for the latest automotive news and reviews.

About The Author

Jake is the veteran automotive journalist in the DiscoverAuto team having been in the industry since 2017. His first word was Volvo, he nitpicks every piece of practical design and has an unhealthy obsession for cars that feature rain-activated headlights.

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