Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Suzuki Swift GL.
Suzuki hasn’t changed the design of their Swift all that much in the past few years. It still retains that recognizable, compact shape that is small but not too cutesy. As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Affordability is another aspect that has stayed the same. I had the automatic base model GL version of the 2015 Suzuki Swift for the week which comes in at $16,490 while the manual version has an even more attractive price of $15,290.
On the road and the Suzuki Swift was manoeuvrable thanks to its size but he steering was quite vague and I would go as far to say a little oversensitive. I found it hard to keep it steady at times with any slight movement causing it to waver off course.
Aside from this steering issue, braking was exceptional as was the fuel economy.
The listed combined fuel economy is 6.2L/100km and after a week of urban driving I came in close at 6.3 litres which rarely occurs. In fact, I barely used half the tank.
To the interior and legroom up front is surprisingly adequate for its size and freedom in the back isn’t too confined either.
But as you can imagine, judging from the side profile of the car, boot space is at a minimum.
There is a removable floor but even with the expanded room you’d be lucky to fit one large suitcase in there.
Gauges and driver info are simple and easy to read however there is only tilt adjustment in the steering wheel.
The A/C controls were disappointingly average.
But the standout in the centre console by far is the touchscreen. Quick and responsive, the 6 inch screen may look basic and non-descript but operation was logical and there was no delay when selecting buttons.
Definitely one of the best I’ve come across in this price bracket.
The sat nav was also easy to use. Of course just as responsive to the touch, using the map and finding addresses was quick and painless.
The Swift is also equipped with Bluetooth and voice command function and in the safety department 7 airbags and a 5-star rating.
Storage spaces are a bit sparse in the cabin but one of my favourite features is the hook on the back of the passenger seat and can be swivelled back into the seat when not in use. Every car should have one of these.
All in all the Swift GL is what you expect from it. A small car for a small price that is good for getting around town. Suzuki knows what works and there isn’t much reason to change that.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Suzuki Swift GL
Engine: 1.4 litre petrol producing 70kW and 130Nm
Transmission: Four-speed automatic or six-speed manual
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $15,290