Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS test: outstanding equipment and power to spare

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (side)

The new generation of Suzuki Swift maintains and even improves the virtues of its predecessor. It is still an agile, light car with very good dimensions to move around the city. In addition, its equipment is very complete in any of the available finishes: GLE and GLX.

The finish we have tested is the highest, the GLX, which is necessarily linked to the hybrid system SHSV. Thanks to this, the 1.0 turbo engine with 111 hp achieves much better consumption figures in the city and allows you to carry the ECO sticker, which has advantages in regulated parking areas such as the TO BE from Madrid or the Barcelona Area.

Suzuki Swift Design

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (front)

The new generation of the Suzuki Swift is available only with the five-door body, so the three-door version approved for only four people disappears. Their dimensions are practically the same. than the previous generation, although subtle changes give it a sportier look: 1 cm shorter, 4 cm wider and 1,5 cm lower.

As other brands have also done, such as Toyota with the Auris o Seat with the Arona, the Suzuki Swift is available with bodywork in two colors. The roof and mirrors in one color and the rest of the bodywork in another. The standard wheels are alloy. in both finishes and they differ in that in the GLX they are two-tone.

Inside, some aesthetic changes are perceived that give it a current look and well finished. The dashboard has a white trim, which in the finish we have tested has a pearl finish. The central touch screen includes smartphone connectivity features, radio and USB and Aux connection. The GLX trim also has another 4,2-inch instrumentation that offers information on the on-board computer, the driving aids and the SHSV system.

Habitability of the Suzuki Swift

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (interior)

Although the dimensions of the Suzuki Swift have barely changed, its interior roominess and the capacity of its trunk have improved. According to our measurements, in the rear seats there is room for two adults. The central plaza, although it is approved for a fifth occupant, does not allow comfortable travel to a person of average height. As for legroom, if we regulate the driver's seat for a person of 1,82 m, there is space behind for a person of practically the same height.

The trunk has a 265 liter cargo volume, which is 54 liters more than the previous generation. Despite this improvement, it lags behind cars like the fifth-generation Seat Ibiza. However, this difference is not due to a lack of space utilization. the suzuki swift It is one of those with the least trunk within its category because it is also one of the shortest, so it is a deficiency that is compensated with some better dimensions for parking and maneuvering in the city.

driving impressions

If the previous generation stood out for factors such as its agility and lightnessThe new Suzuki Swift further enhances these qualities. Thanks to a moron Firm suspension reduces rocking, has a very dynamic behavior, only showing some understeer if you drive well above what is reasonable for a car of this nature.

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (rear)

Naturally, this setting the suspension somewhat penalizes comfort when driving on broken roads or with speed bumps, although it does not become completely uncomfortable. Another important aspect for ride comfort is its soundproofing is reasonably good thanks to the double gumming of the windows. maybe it would be rolling noise can be improved, but in a car that seeks to keep weight at bay, it is understandable that it is noticeable a little.

The steering of the Suzuki Swift is very direct and moves effortlessly. The latter is something very good for maneuvers in the city, but when driving dynamically it does not accompany the capabilities of the car because it is too soft. In addition the Turning radius What does the car need to turn around? quite small (only 9,6 meters).

The 1.0 turbo engine and the SHSV hybrid system

Suzuki's small turbocharged triple offers a good performance which, together with the low weight of the car, allows it to move with ample ease on any type of road. Only it would lack some strength at low rpm, since its turbo does not allow it to offer its 170 Nm of maximum torque up to 2.000 rpm. Despite this, we really liked how it works in conjunction with the five-speed manual gearbox.

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (engine)

An improvable aspect, are the vibes typical of a three-cylinder, which are quite accused especially between 1.200 and 1.600 rpm. A range in which the car is precisely revolutionized by itself when it is idling and we have just started it. Even so, when this period passes and they stabilize at about 800 rpm, the engine is hardly noticeable.

We really liked the SHSV system by Suzuki. Thanks to him we have achieved very good consumption figures in town. Where it has remained around 6,1 liters per 100 km, tenths down tenths up depending on traffic conditions. A figure to which the Start / Stop system standard on GLX trim.

We have verified that to get the most out of SHSV of the Swift you have to move in the lower part of the rev counter. It is in these conditions that the system applies its 3 CV of power to support the gasoline engine. The battery with which it has to store energy is only 0,38 kWh, but despite making long journeys around the city, it has not been completely discharged at any time and has always offered electricity when it was required. A pity that you can not move the car only with the electric motor, since whenever it comes into action it does so as a support for the thermal engine.

Good equipment and driving aids

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (touchscreen)

The GLX trim carries driving aids such as predictive braking control, which brakes before an obstacle if we don't, lane departure warning, speed limiter and adaptive speed control. The latter maintains the distance with the car in front of it by acting on the brakes and the accelerator. It works fine, but something abrupt when it comes to keeping your distance, so it has taken us something to get used to it. It also has other aids such as anti-fatigue alert and high beam assistant.

Your equipment is very complete in the two finishes available. Both include LED daytime running lights, touch screen with mobile connectivity, heated seats and emergency braking. But in the GLX of our unit is where there is such useful equipment such as slope hold control, Start / Stop system or all driving aids mentioned before. In addition, the LED headlights, a pair of extra speakers, the electrically folding mirrors and a somewhat more complete music system are appreciated.


Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (rear)

The Suzuki Swift is a car practical, fun to drive and thanks to its dimensions it is perfect for city. The GLX finish, inseparable from the SHSV hybrid system, is especially interesting for the driving aids and represents an extra outlay of 2.500 euros. A price that is not bad at all if we take into account everything that it includes (below you can see all the equipment of the Swift.

The 1.0 turbo engine is amply capable of moving such a light car with agility e incluso our permite enjoy some joys when speeding up. Its combination with the SHSV is perfect, since its lack of strength at low revs is compensated with the little help offered by the hybrid system avoiding vibrations. it's an engine highly recommended above 1.2L, which is an atmospheric 90 hp that takes much longer to deliver torque.

Equipment Suzuki Swift

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (instrumentation)


  • Front electric windows
  • Central locking: Button (driver's side)
  • Manual air conditioning
  • pollen filter
  • 4 Speakers
  • touch screen with connection smartphone / Bluetooth / Rear view camera / DAB
  • Heated front seats
  • Three-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel
  • On-board computer
  • Automatic halogen headlights
  • Fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights: Standard
  • Electrically adjustable exterior mirrors
  • USB port and auxiliary input
  • 12V power outlet
  • brake assistance


  • Front and rear electric windows
  • keyless start button
  • Automatic climate control
  • 6 Speakers
  • touch screen with connection smartphone / Bluetooth / Rear view camera / Navigator / DAB
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Speed ​​limiter
  • Heated front seats
  • On-board computer 4,2-inch color LCD screen
  • Dashboard with pearl white trim
  • LED headlights
  • LED daytime running lights integrated into headlights
  • Headlight height adjuster: Automatic
  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Pearl White Front Door Interior Trim
  • rear center headrest
  • predictive braking control
  • Lane departure warning
  • anti-fatigue alert
  • High beam assistant
  • Slope retention control
  • Start / Stop system
  • SHVS system (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki)

Suzuki Swift prices

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS (front)

Motor Change Traction Finish Price
Motor Change Traction Finish Price
1.2L 90hp manual 5v Lead GLE 13.670 €
1.2L 90hp Automatic CVT Lead GLE 15.070 €
1.2L 90hp manual 5v 4WD GLE 15.170 €
1.2L SHVS 90 hp manual 5v Lead GLX 16.170 €
1.0T 111 hp manual 5v Lead GLE 14.870 €
1.0T SHVS 111 hp manual 5v Lead GLX 17.370 €

Editor's opinion

Test Suzuki Swift 1.0 GLX HSVS
  • Editor's rating
  • 4.5 star rating
13.670 a 17.370
  • 80%

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  • Exterior design
    Publisher: 80%
  • interior design
    Publisher: 80%
  • front seats
    Publisher: 80%
  • rear seats
    Publisher: 70%
  • Trunk
    Publisher: 50%
  • Spring Suspension
    Publisher: 90%
  • Consumption
    Publisher: 90%
  • Comfort
    Publisher: 70%
  • Price
    Publisher: 70%


  • SHSV hybrid system with ECO sticker
  • agility and behavior
  • Consumer goods


  • Low speed vibrations
  • scarce trunk
  • suspension comfort

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