Suzuki Swift vs. Suzuki Alto Comparison: Which Suzuki Hatchback is Best?

The Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Alto are both common hatchbacks in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia, and Africa. These cars have one thing in common in that they are both small hatchbacks made by Suzuki. However, the similarities end there.

While the Swift looks broader, more compact and nicely styled with a large grill, the Alto is narrower and more rudimentary in structure. Both are great urban family hatchbacks, and since they have very economical fuel consumption, you can be sure the running costs are low. But what are the features that set them apart? Let’s take a closer look at both of these popular Suzuki hatchbacks to get a better idea, in this used Suzuki Swift and Suzuki Alto used car review.

The Suzuki Swift

A used 2009 Suzuki Swift from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

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Now in its 4th generation (2017 to present), the Suzuki Swift has undergone many changes over its generations since its introduction in 2000. It was first produced to replace the Supermini Cultus, coming in either 1.3-liter or 1.5-liter engines with 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmissions.

How Much is a Used Suzuki Swift?

A used Suzuki Swift can be bought on BE FORWARD for between around $600 to $5,000.


The Suzuki Alto

A used 2007 Suzuki Alto from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

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Compared to the Swift, the Suzuki Alto has been around much longer, with the 1st generation having been in the market from 1979 to 1984 until its current 8th generation (2014 to present). In Japan, the Alto is categorized as a ‘kei car’ (a small personal car) and it therefore looks more like this style of car than the Swift.

How Much is a Used Suzuki Alto?

A used Suzuki Alto can be bought on BE FORWARD for between around $500 to $1,200*.

*Based on average July 2018 BE FORWARD pricing


Interior Comparison

Suzuki Swift

The Swift is considered to be a subcompact hatchback, which comes in different styles including a 4-door sedan, 5-door hatchback, a 2-door convertible as well as a 3-door hatchback, similar to the Mini Cooper from the UK.

The interior of a used 2003 Suzuki Swift from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Interior of a used 2003 Suzuki Swift

The interior is large enough for four passengers, there is good cabin space and enough room for tall passengers to sit with comfort. For families traveling with luggage, there is a comfortable 268 liters of boot space in the later models.

Suzuki Alto

One thing that you may notice about the interior of the Alto is that its dashboard and cabin have an overall appealing look. The instrument panel is nicely positioned and is easy for the driver to reach.

The interior of a used 2008 Suzuki Alto from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Interior of a used 2007 Suzuki Alto

The windows are electric, and there is manual air conditioning, but the cabin storage is a bit more minimal than the Swift as the Alto has smaller door pockets, and no glove compartment. It is designed to seat 4 passengers and the boot space is 129 liters to 177 liters.

Swift vs. Alto - Interior


Exterior Comparison

Suzuki Swift

To some, looks are everything when it comes to their car and the Swift does not disappoint in design. The most common features include the sleek grill, slanted roof, LED headlights and backlights and it mostly comes with alloy wheels.

The rear of a used 2005 Suzuki Swift from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Rear of a used 2005 Suzuki Swift

All of these features make it quite visually appealing. As a five-door hatchback, it is a common model for families thanks to its good boot space and low ground clearance.

Suzuki Alto

On the exterior of the Alto, you will see its stylish headlights, and a slightly boxier look to it compared to the Swift. It also features a tighter, rounder look around the wheels that emphasises the sense of this car being small and compact.

The rear of a used 2008 Suzuki Alto from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Rear of a used 2009 Suzuki Alto

It is a compact-sized car and it looks like one whether you view it from the inside or the outside. It is also available in many different colors to suit different tastes.

Swift vs. Alto - Exterior


Engine & Fuel Consumption

Suzuki Swift

As mentioned earlier, the Swift comes with larger engine sizes than the Alto, with the majority featuring 1.3-liter engines and some models with 1.5-liter engines. This means the fuel consumption is also higher, but then it can handle slightly more difficult terrain faster than the Alto.

The engine of a used 2007 Suzuki Swift from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Engine of a used 2007 Suzuki Swift

Earlier models of the Swift also came with smaller 1.0-liter and 1.2-liter engines, which are mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox and 2-wheel or 4WD drivetrain. The Suzuki Swift’s fuel consumption starts at around 27.9km/l (but could be higher for models with bigger engines), with the fuel tank size being 42 litres.

Suzuki Alto

The Alto is mostly available in a 68bhp, 3-cylinder 1.0-liter engine. This is not a very powerful engine, but then the Alto is not designed for power or long-distance drives. It is much better suited to running urban errands or as a small family car.

The engine of a used 2007 Suzuki Alto from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Engine of a used 2007 Suzuki Alto

Its fuel consumption averages at roughly 21.5 km/l for the manual transmission and 20.0km/l for the automatic transmission. with a fuel capacity of 35 liters for both types.

Swift vs. Alto - Engine


Suzuki Swift vs. Suzuki Alto: Which is Best for You?

Both of these cars are incredibly economical when it comes to fuel consumption and the buying price for used models, however there are some slight differences that may make one a better choice over the other.

Suzuki Swift

The side of a used 2011 Suzuki Swift from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Side of a used 2011 Suzuki Swift

The Swift offers a variety of trims, a larger amount of boot space, and a more attractive interior. This hatchback is recommended for young people who love a balance of style and performance at an affordable cost or for young families with one or two kids.

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Suzuki Alto

The side of a used 2013 Suzuki Alto from online used car exporter BE FORWARD.

Above: Side of a used 2013 Suzuki Alto

The Suzuki Alto is more compact, has a slightly boxier exterior, and offers a smaller engine compared to the Suzuki Swift. If you are looking for a small car that is easy to zip around in or to use as a taxi for your local business, the Alto is also a great choice.

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