Vehicles don’t get much more economical than the no-frills 2000 Suzuki Swift. More than a decade after its debut, the compact hatchback coupe continues to offer one of the lowest price tags and best fuel economy ratings around.
The two-door, front-drive Swift shares a design with the Geo Metro and Chevrolet Metro. For 2000, the Swift comes in two trim levels: the GA and GL. In exchange for their frugal prices, both models come with few amenities and minimal power. But, while the Swift doesn’t offer any extras, it offers a solution for budget-oriented buyers priced out of the market by other compact cars.
Body Styles: hatchback
Engines: 1.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, three-speed automatic
Models: Suzuki Swift GA, Suzuki Swift GL
Previously available in just one trim, the 2000 Suzuki Swift now comes in two variations. In addition to the base Swift GA, a new Swift GL trim level adds standard air-conditioning, a two-speaker audio system with a cassette player, and a rear window defroster. A new exterior paint color, brilliant blue metallic, has been added to the Swift’s paint palette.
At just under 150 inches in length, the 2000 Suzuki Swift and its sibling cars, the Chevrolet Metro and Geo Metro, seem short even by compact standards. Drivers easily distinguish the Swift by its bubble-shaped cabin, curtailed hood, and toy-sized tires. Standard exterior features on the base 2000 Suzuki Swift GA include 13-inch steel wheels, curved side contours, intermittent windshield wipers, a rear window wiper, black bumpers and door handles, and an upward-opening rear liftgate. The GL adds a rear window defroster.
The Swift measures 149.4 inches in length, 62.6 inches in width, and 54.7 inches in height. It has a ground clearance of 6.3 inches, a wheelbase of 93.1 inches, and a curb weight of 1895 pounds. For 2000, the Swift comes in four exterior colors: polar white, victory red, mercury silver metallic, and brilliant blue metallic.
With the exception of cup holders and front airbags, the entry-level compact doesn’t offer much in the way of modern conveniences. While the Swift’s seats seem relatively comfortable for a compact, its cabin suffers from a bland design and an abundance of cheap-feeling plastic.
Base GA models come with cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a rear bench seat with a folding seatback, front cup holders, a tachometer, and power steering. In order to enjoy a standard audio system and air-conditioning, you need to upgrade to the top-level GL trim. Suzuki offers no individual options for either model. The 2000 Suzuki Swift only offers one interior color scheme: a mid-toned gray.
Space inside the Swift’s cabin feels limited, but about average for a small compact. Front occupants receive 39.1 inches of headroom, 42.5 inches of legroom, 47.2 inches of hip room, and 48.9 inches of shoulder room. Rear passengers get 36 inches of headroom, 32.2 inches of legroom, 43.9 inches of hip room, and 48.9 inches of shoulder room. The Swift’s cargo capacity totals 8.4 cubic feet with all of the seats in place, and it gets slightly larger with the rear seat folded forward.
Performance & Handling
With a standard 1.3-liter, inline-four engine that produces just 79 horsepower and 75 lb-ft of torque, the 2000 Suzuki Swift doesn’t exactly live up to its name. Though the Swift cruises at highway speeds, getting there can take well over 10 seconds. Drivers hoping to boost the Swift’s briskness may want to stick with the standard five-speed manual transmission rather than upgrading to an available three-speed automatic.
What the Swift’s four-cylinder engine lacks in juice it makes up for in fuel efficiency. One of the Swift’s main selling points is its great gas mileage.
As might be expected, the Swift’s small size lends itself to nimble maneuvers in tight city streets and parking lots. However, the Swift’s cheap construction remains quite evident on the road. The suspension system does little to smooth out bumps and potholes, while the tiny tires seem prone to screeching around corners.
The 2000 Suzuki Swift comes standard with front airbags for a driver and passenger and daytime running lights. The bare-bones compact noticeably lacks several common safety features, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, and side-impact airbags. Crash test data remains unavailable for the 2000 model.
EPA Fuel Economy
Suzuki Swift, manual: 31/38 mpg city/highway
Suzuki Swift, automatic: 26/31 mpg city/highway
- Frugal gas mileage
- Budget-friendly price
- Easy to park
You Won't Like
- Tiny engine
- Few amenities
- Zero options
- Miniscule dimensions
Laughably low-powered, but gets great fuel economy.
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