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PRICE The run-out model was $15,990 drive-away with auto. The new model starts at the same price but as a man­ual (and with­out sat­nav, re­vers­ing cam­era or Ap­ple Car Play/An­droid Auto). The GL auto is $17,990 drive-away, $500 more than the Toy­ota Yaris and Kia Rio and $1000 less than the Mazda2. TECH Radar cruise con­trol, au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion (up to 50km/h), ac­ci­dent mit­i­ga­tion from 50-100km/h and lane wan­der warn­ing are now stan­dard on the $22,990 drive-away GLX and a $1200 op­tion on the GL auto. PER­FOR­MANCE The GL’s en­gine drops from 1.4 litres to 1.2 but Suzuki has coun­tered the drop in power and torque by slash­ing the weight by 135kg to 900kg. The 1.2 gets off to a slow start but ac­cel­er­a­tion is com­pa­ra­ble with the GLX with 1.0-litre three-cylin­der turbo. DRIV­ING In ei­ther spec, the Swift’s 16-inch wheels are shod with Bridge­stone tyres so it steers sharply in cor­ners and has plenty of grip. Over­all, it has im­pres­sive quiet­ness (for a city car) and com­fort over bumps. The GL has rear drum brakes and the GLX has discs all-round. The brakes feel good in both cars but the GLX pulls up shorter in an emer­gency stop from 100km/h (39m ver­sus 40m). DE­SIGN The new body is shorter, wider and lower than the pre­vi­ous model. It has a big­ger foot­print but a tighter turn­ing cir­cle. Other good news: the boot is big­ger, al­though it houses a space-saver rather than full-size spare. Both mod­els get LED tail-lights but the GLX gets more dis­tinc­tive LED head­lights and is fur­ther dis­tin­guished by pol­ished al­loys.

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