Swift safety

Famously fun and seriously safe

It's a hectic world out there so prevention and protection are essential in the car you drive. With the highest independent 5-star safety rating from ANCAP, the new Swift auto is one of the safest places to be. Together, Swift's sound structure, effective passive features, and advanced safety assist technologies provide the best chance of survival in a collision or avoiding one altogether.

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For more information on the safety specifications for each Swift model, click here.

Safety assist technologies

Designed to avoid accidents altogether and minimise the severity of the crash, autonomous or semi-autonomous safety features such as Dual Sensor Brake Support, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning assist you as the driver. In the Suzuki Swift, you will find the following safety assist technologies under collision warning and avoidance, braking and stability, speed alert, and advanced lighting.

Collision warning and avoidance

Dual Sensor Brake Support

The Swift's monocular camera ‘sees’ mid-to-long distance and can detect pedestrians. The laser sensor is for short-distances and at night. Using information from these sensors Swift can detect a potential collision and act in any of the following ways depending on the situation:

  • Alert the driver with an audio and visual warning.
  • Deploy brake assist to increase the braking force if the risk of collision is high and the driver panic brakes.
  • Apply strong automatic braking if the risk of collision increases further.

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Adaptive cruise control

When there is a vehicle in front of you, Swift’s adaptive cruise control system uses millimetre-wave radar to automatically maintain your following distance depending on the setting selected and vehicle speed.

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Cruise control

Swift's cruise control enables the vehicle to automatically maintain a set speed without the need to operate the accelerator pedal. This reduces driver fatigue when driving at open road speeds or over long distances and also improves fuel efficiency by eliminating unnecessary acceleration and braking.

Lane departure warning

At 60km/h or faster this system predicts the path of the vehicle and if you are drifting, vibrates the Swift's steering wheel and gives you a visual warning.

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Weaving alert

This system in the Swift calculates your driving pattern and issues audio and visual warnings if it detects you’re ‘wandering’ due to driver fatigue, for example.

Hill hold control

Hill starts are easy as the Swift's brake is automatically applied until you move forward, preventing you rolling backwards. Available on auto models only.

Reverse camera

Swift’s 7-inch touchscreen display comes with a built-in reversing camera to help you park and increase safety when backing-up.

Rear parking proximity sensors

Parking is safer and easier with ultrasonic sensors in the rear bumper that detect obstacles and send you a warning you can both see and hear (RS).

Rear cross traffic alert

This assists the driver to manoeuvre more safely out of parking spaces where vision is obscured. When reversing, at speeds of up to 8km/h, the vehicle uses two rear mounted side radar sensors to assist the driver by alerting them of approaching vehicles on either side. The driver is given both a visual alert on the multi information display and a warning sound (RS).

Blind spot monitoring

Lane changing at speeds above 15km/h is made safer by two rear mounted side radar sensors capable of detecting vehicles located in or approaching the rear blind spots on either side of the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected a warning LED icon is illuminated in the exterior mirror. If the driver indicates to change lanes, a flashing LED icon is accompanied by a warning sound alert (RS).

Braking and stability


Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) helps you stay in control when you are cornering by counteracting understeer and oversteer. It also improves traction and reduces skidding – whatever the road surface conditions.

ABS with EBD

Braking force on each wheel is automatically adjusted in relation to the available grip to provide the right amount of pressure to bring the vehicle to a safe, controlled stop. Swift features dynamic ventilated front disc brakes and rear drums.

Brake assist

Brake Assist adjusts braking force when the brake pedal hasn’t been fully depressed in an emergency braking situation. Based on the speed at which the brake pedal is depressed, the onboard computer determines whether it is an emergency braking situation and adds brake force to achieve optimum deceleration.

4-wheel disc brakes

To cope with the increased demands of the Swift RS’ performance, the braking system has been optimised with larger ventilated front discs. Combined with the solid rear discs, the Swift has superior braking power and fade resistance.

Speed alert

Speed limiter

The speed limiter function allows you to set a maximum speed for safe driving in the Swift .

Advanced lighting

High beam assist

At 40km/h or faster, Swift’s high beam assist automatically switches the headlamps between high and low beam depending on the presence of other vehicles and the lighting environment.

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Daytime running lamps

Built into the headlamps (RS) or above the fog lamps (GL), the energy-saving LED daytime running lamps automatically turn on with the engine, emitting an even line of light to remain noticeable to oncoming traffic.

Auto levelling headlamps

The Swift's auto levelling system automatically adjusts the direction of the beam from the headlamps so it is continually pointing at the road no matter the position of the car.

Auto light-sensing headlamps

Depending on the level of ambient brightness, the Swift's auto light-sensing headlamps automatically turn on and off.

Fog lamps

The Swift's front fog lamps help maintain forward vision and noticeability in dense fog.

Structural integrity

In the event of a crash, a sound structure is vital to protecting you and your passengers. The Swift's structural integrity is designed to provide enhanced passenger safety by absorbing and dispersing crash energy, maintaining the cabin's shape, and preventing parts of the car from causing injury.

HEARTECT platform

The Swift’s HEARTECT next-generation platform features a state-of-the-art, high-rigidity frame using 'Ultra & advanced high tensile steel’ (UHSS & AHSS). Its smoothly curving continuous shape effectively disperses impact energy in the case of a collision. The crumple zones are carefully designed to fold, absorb and dissipate collision energy and fewer joints mean less reinforcements are required, dispersing this energy more efficiently.

The new-generation platform also advances fundamental automotive functions like cruising, turning and stopping to the next level.

Pedestrian protection

To mitigate impact on a pedestrian in the event of contact, the Swift's energy-absorbing structures are adopted in areas such as the front bonnet, cowl top, wipers and front bumper.

Occupant protection

The steering column, dash, roof pillars, pedals and floor panels will not move excessively, where they are more likely to injure the occupants. Doors will remain closed during the crash and will be able to be opened after the crash to assist quick rescue.

Pedal release mechanism

The pedal release mechanism in the Swift prevents the brake (and clutch) pedal from being pushed back towards the driver and mitigates impact on the leg during a frontal collision.

Passive safety features

Passive safety features activate as required during an accident, working to minimse damage and reduce the risk of injury during the time of impact.

SRS advanced airbags

Extra protection in a collision is provided by the Swift's Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) front, side and curtain airbags.

The front air bags for the driver and passenger deploy when a moderate or severe frontal impact is detected, minimising the impact to the head and chest. Curtain and front side air bags are provided for side impact collisions, mitigating the impact to head and chest areas of the occupants. SRS airbags are designed to work in conjunction with properly worn seatbelts.

Electronic Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts

The Swift combines three-point ELR seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters to prevent or limit the forces of a collision.

Three-point seatbelts incorporate both a lap and sash belt spreading the load over the chest, pelvis and shoulders. Pretensioners allow the seat belt to freely extend and retract with occupant movement, locking the belt during a sudden stop or upon impact. The force limiter works in conjunction with the pretensioner, gradually releasing the force applied to the chest of occupants.

Seatbelt reminders

A warning light on the Swift's instrument panel and a buzzer remind the driver and front passenger to fasten their seatbelts. A warning light also informs the driver when rear passengers have not fastened theirs.

Head restraints

The Swift's adjustable head restraints attached to the top of each seat limit the rearward movement of an occupant's head in a collision.

Child seat tether anchorages

Top tether anchorages in the Swift are upper anchorage points over the back of the seat enabling child restraints to be adequately secured to the vehicle.

Please consult with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) for the latest requirements for using child restraints in New Zealand and follow the instructions provided by the child seat manufacturer.

Child seat ISOFIX anchorages

The ISOFIX child seat attachment anchorages makes it easier to securely install a compatible child seat by pushing the connector, mounted underneath the child seat, into the attachment point on the vehicle side.

Please consult with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) for the latest requirements for using child restraints in New Zealand and follow the instructions provided by the child seat manufacturer.

5-star ANCAP safety

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ANCAP or the Australasian New Car Assessment Program is Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority. Using a rating system of 0 to 5 stars, ANCAP ratings indicate the level of safety a vehicle provides for occupants and pedestrians in the event of a crash, as well as its ability — through technology — to avoid or minimise the effects of a crash.

The Swift Auto range has the highest 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

ANCAP safety ratings are determined based on a series of internationally recognised, independent crash tests and safety assessments – involving a range of destructive physical crash tests, an assessment of on-board safety features and equipment, and performance testing of active collision avoidance technologies.

All vehicles rated by ANCAP are evaluated and scored against four key areas of assessment:

  • Adult occupant protection
  • Child occupant protection
  • Vulnerable road user protection
  • Safety assist

For more information on Swift's ANCAP safety assessment, click here.