The Mazda Demio was released in 1996 with global sales of about 2.5 million units in about 20 years. The Demio has consistently evolved with the 1st generation delivering a functional and spacious interior, the 2nd with exhilarating driving performance, the third offered sporty styling, while the 4th features some innovative technologies and design philosophy.
The Suzuki Swift was officially released in 2004 selling over a million units in a decade in Europe alone. The Swift now on its 3rd generation has proved to be an appealing competitor to the Demio, and like the Demio, the Swift has evolved delivering good fuel economy and a young, attractive, and solid design.
In this article, we are briefly going to compare the interior, exterior, safety, engine, and transmission of the Mazda Demio and the Suzuki Swift. We hope that this can help you make an informed decision if you’re planning to buy either of the two.
Mazda Demio vs Suzuki Swift Side-By-Side Comparison
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricing as of February 2021)
Mazda Demio Suzuki Swift
Generations 4 (DW, DY, DE, DJ) 3 (ZA, ZC, ZD)
Production Year 1996 - Present 2004 - Present
Performance 84 HP - 108 HP 83 HP - 140 HP
Fuel Consumption 11.90 KM/L - 38.2 KM/L 14.29 KM/L - 23.26KM/L
Drivetrain FWD and 4WD FWD and 4WD
Key Features CD Player, Power Steering, Airbag, Power Window,
Radio, A/C, ABS, DVD, Back Camera, Keyless Entry
Keyless entry, ABS, DVD, Airbag, Back Camera, Power
Steering, Power Window, A/C, ABS
Seating Capacity 5 passengers 5 Passengers
BE FORWARD price US$ 570 - US$ 15,950 US$ 720 - US$ 22,380
The Demio has a nice cabin spacious enough for its size. At the front, the seats are comfortable and there is enough room even for the tall to sit comfortably. At the rear, the seats are a bit tight, two adults will sit comfortably, three is a crowd unless they are medium-size adults. For a 150 cm tall or more, the rear seats are not for you as you may struggle for space. The Demio is not short of storage space, at the front, it comes with two cup holders, a deep and wide slot that can hold your phone (even the larger ones). Underneath the aircon controls, there is a tray that can hold keys, small phones, or anything similar, and next to it are the USB port and 12-volt power outlet. The Demio has a 250-liter boot that can accommodate a modest amount of shopping or a few medium-sized suitcases. If you utilize the option of the 60/40 split rear seats, the boot size increases substantially.
Other interior options include power windows, a four-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and USB, air-conditioning, keyless start, Mazda’s G-Vectoring steering feel and response technology, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen running Mazda’s Human-Machine Interface (Mazda Connect) that connects mobile devices with the functionality of making calls, sending messages, listening to music and getting directions.
The Demio has some nice and gorgeous exterior styling that is sharp and compact. At the front, it features a wide and flattened grille with headlights that mimic eagle eyes to the sides. The rear is well-conceived and neatly designed with a spoiler at the top of the tailgate. The Demio comes fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels
Mazda has incorporated several safety features on the Demio to ensure a stress-free ride, a good driving feel, and excellent handling stability is attained. The Demio’s seat, pedal positions, and instrument layout have been completely redesigned enabling the driver to sit correctly, comfortably, and drive safely. The recent Demio models feature Mazda’s “i-ACTIVSENSE” – an advanced safety technology that uses milliwave radar and camera for detection. The i-ACTIVSENSE can help to reduce the severity of collisions or help to avoid a collision, and can also help the driver to identify potential hazards. The Demio has also adopted Mazda’s safe and rigid SKYACTIV-BODY that mitigates damage caused by accidents but also makes the cabin resistant to deformation.
The i-ACTIVSENSE incorporates the following safety features: the Lane Departure Warning System, Smart City Brake Support, High-Beam Control, Acceleration Control for Automatic Transmission, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The latest Suzuki Swift has a stylish, functional, and refined cabin. From behind the steering wheel, you get a glimpse of what the Swift is all about with the clean elegant lines and the little details that give the driver and passengers a comfortable and efficient driving experience. The cylindrical gauges, a sporty D-shaped steering wheel, and the cockpit-like center console are tantalizing.
The cylindrical binnacle with a glimmering satin chrome highlights the black-toned interior of the two small-scale meters that are stylish and laid out featuring red and white highlights. Within the meters, you find the coolant temperature and fuel gauges that look like chronograph watches. Between the meter cluster, there is a 4.2-inch advanced multi-information color TFT LCD that displays intuitive, accurate, and understandable information on vehicle operation and behavior. Some of the information displayed are G-forces, accelerator and brake use, and engine output and torque.
At the center console, you find the audio system with a touch-panel display that’s intuitive as a smartphone. You can mirror your smartphone via Bluetooth or USB cable and access your phone via the audio display which also functions as a radio, rear-view camera, and navigation screen. Underneath the audio system are a trio of heating and ventilation rotary dials followed by two USB ports and a tray beneath them that can accommodate small phones, keys, coins, and the likes.
The Swift offers plenty of storage space that allows you to take more. Some of the storage places include a glove box, two cup holders, a console box tray, a passenger seatback pocket, front door pockets and bottle holders, rear cup holder, and rear door bottle holders. The Swift has a 265-liter boot that can expand to 579-liters by utilizing the 60:40 seat configuration.
The latest Swift has an exterior design that stands out. At the front, it features a bold chrome-accented grille with well crafted and polished alloy wheels, this is a real head-turner. Its body lines give it a muscular look with a powerful presence, and the extra details such as the floating roof and pillar mounted rear door handles make the Swift unique.
The Swift has been fitted with Suzuki Safety Support. This safety technology comes with several smart safety features that assist and make driving safer, easier, and every journey enjoyable. The incorporated safety technologies include Dual Sensor Brake Support, lane departure prevention, lane departure warning, high beam assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensor, weaving alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Engine and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
The 1st generation Demio came with:
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.3-liter B3-ME petrol engine produces 84 HP with average fuel consumption of 17.54 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.5-liter B5-ME petrol engine produces 99 HP with average fuel consumption of 12 KM/L.
These engines transferred power to the wheels via 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission.
The 2nd generation Demio came with:
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.3-liter ZJ-VE petrol engine produces 90HP with average fuel consumption of 18.87 KM/L.
- The 4-cylinder 1.5-liter ZY-VE produces 111 HP and an average consumption of 14.08 KM/L while maintaining the same transmission from the first generation.
In addition, Mazda introduced e-4WD that utilized an electric motor that operates like the one installed in hybrid cars to power the rear wheels when that extra traction is needed.
The 3rd generation Demio came with:
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo-diesel S5 SkyActiv-D engine produced 103 HP and average fuel consumption of 11.90 KM/L.
In addition, the inline 1.3-liter ZJ-VE and the 1.5-liter ZY-VE engines were still used.
These engines transferred power to the wheels via a 4-speed auto, 5-speed manual, or CVT transmissions.
The 4th generation Demio came with:
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.5-liter SkyActiv-G F-P5 petrol engine produces 108 HP and average fuel consumption of 18.18 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D S5-DPTS diesel produces 104 HP and average fuel consumption of 26.44 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.5-liter SkyActiv-Hybrid F-P5+ engines produce 90 HP and average fuel consumption of 18.87 KM/L.
These engines transferred power to the wheels via 5-speed SkyActiv-MT manual, a 6-speed SkyActiv-MT manual, or six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.
The 1st generation Swift came fitted with one of the engines below:
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.2-liter K12B petrol engine produces 94 HP with average fuel consumption of 20.41 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.3-liter M13A petrol engine produces 92 HP with average fuel consumption of 17.24 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.6-liter M16A petrol engine produces 103 HP with average fuel consumption of 14.29 KM/L.
These engines transferred power to the wheels via 5-speed manual, 5-speed auto-manual, or 4-speed CVT transmission.
The 2nd generation Swift came fitted with one of the engines below:
All of the 1st generation engines were still used with the addition of the engines below.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.4-liter K14B petrol engine produces 94 HP with average fuel consumption of 18.18 KM/L.
These engines transferred power to the wheels via 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, 4-speed automatic, and CVT with 7-speed manual mode transmission.
The 3rd generation Swift came fitted with one of the engines below:
- The turbocharged inline 3-cylinder 1.0-liter Boosterjet K10C petrol engine produces 111 HP with average fuel consumption of 21.74 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.2-liter K12C petrol engine produces 90 HP with average fuel consumption of 23.26 KM/L.
- The turbocharged inline 4-cylinder 1.4-liter K14C Boosterjet petrol engine produces 140 HP with average fuel consumption of 18.52 KM/L.
- The inline 4-cylinder 1.2-liter K12D Dualjet hybrid (MHEV) produces 83 HP with average fuel consumption of 20.41 KM/L. There are also hybrid versions that feature the K10C Boosterjet (MHEV) and the K12C Dualjet (MHEV and HEV).
These engines transferred power to the wheels via 5-speed manual, 5-speed clutchless manual, 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and CVT transmission.
The Mazda Demio and Suzuki Swift are likable hatchbacks that are cheap to buy and own, offer a great driving experience, cute, and reliable. These two cars are intelligently built with a combination of techniques that yielded great style and a host of equipment. Both cars offer a combination of manual and automatic versions. Almost all versions of these cars offer excellent fuel economy and comfortability.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya