1999 Suzuki Swift

  • 1999 Suzuki Swift GA Hatchback

    GA Hatchback

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1999 Suzuki Swift Review

Bottom barrel, even for the budget buyer.

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The 1999 Suzuki Swift classifies as a subcompact car manufactured by Japan-based Suzuki. It debuted at the 25th Tokyo Motor Show and launched into the Japanese market in 1983.

The car entered in the North American market as a captive import by GM as the Chevrolet Sprint in 1985. At the same time, Suzuki sold the car as the Forsa, and continued to do so until 1988, when the nameplate changed to the Suzuki Swift.

The Range

Body Styles: three-door hatchback
Engines: 1.3-liter I-4
Transmissions: three-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Suzuki Swift

What's New

The 1999 Suzuki Swift remains unchanged from its previous year, except for some minor changes to the exterior color options. The previous year witnessed some changes to the front and rear fascia of the car, along with some revisions to the engine to improve power output.


The design of the 1999 Suzuki Swift echoes that of the contemporary Pontiac Sunfire and Chevrolet Cavalier. Both the Swift and the Chevrolet Sprint have almost identical exteriors. The car sits on a wheelbase of 89.2 inches and measures 147 inches long overall. The width of the 1999 Suzuki Swift stretches to 62 inches, and it stands 53.1 inches tall.


The 1999 Suzuki Swift offers quite a bit of space inside, considering the small exterior dimensions of the car. The front bucket seats offer plenty of headroom and a decent amount of legroom. The rear bench provides a good amount of space too, with adequate headroom and legroom, but only for those of average stature. Taller passengers find it next to impossible to fit themselves in the rear seats.

Entry and exit to the rear bench also proves very problematic, and the bench itself feels a little too firm and flat for comfort. On a positive note, the slim roof pillars and tall windows provide excellent visibility all around. Moreover, the dashboard has all the controls laid out in a simple and intuitive setup. All the controls seem easy to reach and operate.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Suzuki Swift houses a 1.3-liter, 16-valve, overhead-cam, four-cylinder engine rated at 79 horsepower and 75 lb-ft of torque. The engine mates with a five-speed manual gearbox or a three-speed automatic transmission. In any case, the 1999 Suzuki Swift, expectedly, does not move swiftly. Acceleration is dismal and the engine proves more noisy than powerful. Still, the performance becomes even more problematic with the automatic transmission.

The 1999 Suzuki Swift offers modest cornering grip at best, and the body lean remains very high as well. Nevertheless, the car does offer easy maneuverability around town and a relatively fun ride, especially with the manual gearbox installed. However, road and wind noise reach troublesome levels.

One of the few positive aspects of the 1999 Suzuki Swift concerns its fuel economy. The car delivers more than 30 mpg at the least, even with the automatic transmission. If you want one reason to buy the Swift, this is it.


Data remains unavailable on government crash tests conducted on the 1999 Suzuki Swift.

EPA Fuel Economy

Suzuki Swift manual: 39/43 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Extremely low price
  • Fun to drive with the manual transmission
  • Easy to maneuver around the city
  • Great fuel economy
  • Relatively spacious interior

You Won't Like

  • Poor build quality
  • Cheap interior
  • One of the weakest engines available

Sum Up

Bottom barrel, even for the budget buyer.

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