2020 Suzuki Swift update includes new trim level

Suzuki’s rival to the Toyota Yaris now features more standard equipment

  • Minor styling revisions
  • All models get mild-hybrid assistance
  • New SZ-L trim level

The Suzuki Swift has been given a range of minor updates, including a mild styling refresh and a new SZ-L specification that replaces SZ3 as the entry-level model. All new Swifts are powered by a mild-hybrid petrol engine, and a new CVT automatic gearbox is available as an option on higher-spec cars. SZ-L models start at £14,749.

Suzuki Swift SZ-L

The new SZ-L trim brings extra standard equipment over the SZ3, which carried all the essentials but little in the way of luxuries. All models now feature front and rear LED lights, front fog lights, alloy wheels and adaptive cruise control. The cheapest Swift also benefits from the seven-inch touchscreen fitted on higher-spec models, with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB radio and a reversing camera display.

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SZ-T adds extra safety technology like lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and traffic sign recognition, plus rear parking sensors and grey alloys. Top-spec SZ5 brings sat nav, keyless entry and start, rear electric windows and auto air conditioning.

Engine and gearbox

The mild-hybrid 1.2-litre petrol engine was introduced earlier this year. A 12-volt system acts as the starter motor and a generator, and the energy normally lost when braking is stored in a small battery. The energy is then deployed to help with either acceleration or fuel economy, by allowing the stop-start system to cut in sooner. In the Swift, the 82bhp engine enables a 0-62mph time of around 12 seconds, along with fuel efficiency figures of 57.2mpg and 111g/km of CO2.

Opting for either SZ-T or SZ5 trims opens up the choice of a CVT automatic gearbox, while Suzuki’s ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system is available on manual SZ5 cars. It provides extra grip in slippery conditions, so will appeal to buyers in rural areas who don’t want an SUV or large car. Fuel economy suffers slightly, but you’ll still manage 51.7mpg in normal driving.

Prices and rivals

The extra equipment is welcome but it’s reflected in the price; SZ-L cars start at £2,000 more than the outgoing SZ3. SZ-T and SZ5 cost an extra £1,500 and £3,000 respectively. The CVT gearbox is a £1,000 option, meaning you can spend £18,749 on a top-spec Swift. The new Suzuki Swift Sport is the flagship model at £21,570.

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