The least costly Swift, the GL, comes with fabric covered seats, manually controlled air-con, 15-inch steel wheels with plastic trim, a manual gearbox (only), and the 1.2-litre engine described above. The GL is the only Swift to supply a CD player.
It’s worth noting that the GL will be deleted from the range around October 2018, and replaced as the cheapest Swift model with a manual version of the GL Navigator. Currently, if you spend more for a Swift GL Navigator you get CVT auto transmission as standard. You also gain a 7.0-inch touchscreen, a reversing camera, and built-in satellite navigation. The radio receives digital (DAB+) signals, and the screen can play movies from the USB port or an SD card.
There is support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which lets you display smartphone apps on the touchscreen and control them from there (or by voice).
Daytime running lamps are illuminated by extremely long-lived, and energy-efficient, LEDs. Hill-hold control makes it easier to take off on uphill slopes, by operating the brakes automatically. And your wheels will be an inch bigger, shod with sportier looking tyres with a marginally lower profile, and made from aluminium alloy – which does not need plastic trim.
To the GL Navigator you can add, at extra cost, a Safety pack that brings you Adaptive cruise control – it will slow you to the speed of a car in front on the highway, resuming your pre-set speed when the way is clear. In addition, the Safety pack provides you with three active driver aids: autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a weaving alert.
Spending more again for a Swift GLX Turbo gets you the more powerful, turbocharged, engine, and a six-speed conventional auto gearbox. Climate-control air-conditioning maintains a set temperature, and you can unlock the car and drive away without removing the smart key from your pocket or bag.
The steering wheel adjusts for reach as well as height. Headlights use very bright LEDs, which light up by themselves when it’s dark, and switch between high and low beam when required. Tyres are slightly wider and lower again in profile, for more grip and sharper steering. And the GLX Turbo comes with all the features of the GL Navigator, as well as those of the Safety pack.
Upgrade to the Suzuki Swift Sport and you gain a huge boost in performance and handling thanks to the more powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged engine, improved suspension and electronic power steering over the conventional mechanical rack and pinion set up.
It is styled accordingly with a sports body kit, bolstered sports seats, bigger 17-inch alloy wheels and a three-spoke leather sports steering wheel.
The air-conditioning can be set to maintain a particular temperature.