Its styling may be evolutionary, but this Suzuki Swift rides on an all-new, Suzuki-designed platform and is usefully bigger than its predecessor. The wheelbase is 50mm longer than before and overall length is up by 90mm, but width and height have increased only fractionally.
Despite its familiarity, the Swift remains an attractive design, subtly modernised by lamp clusters that stretch further along the length of the car, tidier detailing and, inside, a swoopier dashboard that’s arguably less distinctive than that of the old car.
The new Swift’s nose is remarkably similar to the old car’s. The subtle identifiers are a grille that cuts into the leading edge of the bonnet, more shapely foglight surrounds (SZ4 only), a more prominent lower intake and bigger headlights. The radiator is one of many components to have had weight removed. The assembly is now 1.5kg lighter because the cooling fan shroud is made of plastic rather than steel.
Black A-pillars are standard on all Swift models and are key to the success of the tall, boxy shape. Contrasting roof colours aren’t available. Privacy-blackened, electric rear side windows come with top-of-the-range SZ4 trim, and all models get tinted glass.
The rear end is distinguished by a tailgate overhanging the numberplate plinth, a rear foglamp flush with the faux diffuser and a rear wiper that, curiously, now parks on the offside rather than nearside.
The rear lights are the most distinguishing detail of the new-generation Swift, with the clear inset panel differentiating them from the all-red clusters of its similar predecessor.
16in alloy wheels are standard from the SZ3 trim level upwards and ride on 185/55 R16 rubber. The entry-level Swift SZ2 gets steel wheels and 175/65 R15 tyres.