Without being particularly showy, the previous Swift was generally pleasing to look at.
Much like everything else about it, the bodywork was a straightforward affair – but some shrewd, sharp lines and a sense of neatness kept it from seeming too upright and anonymous.
The new version does enough heavy lifting to make the nameplate’s transition recognisable, although perhaps not enough to prevent a little anonymity from creeping into the softer, more rounded profile.
Any trade-off in chic has been compensated in the model’s unseen belt tightening, though. Suzuki claims the latest Swift is more than 100kg lighter in its starter guise. Some 30kg of that has been lost in the switch to the cleverer, stiffer Heartect platform – despite the car being 40mm wider and 20mm longer in the wheelbase than its predecessor.
Even the all-wheel-drive version, with the presumably heftier four-cylinder petrol engine, is claimed to weigh less than one tonne.
That unit – the naturally aspirated 89bhp 1.2-litre Dualjet – is a carry-over from the previous Swift; ditto the optional four-wheel drive system, which uses a viscous coupling to deploy torque to the back axle in the event of wheelspin at the front.