The new infotainment system and more modern design has improved the interior tremendously.
The new Swift’s interior boasts a more pleasing, minimalist layout than the old car’s cabin. All but entry-level SZ3 models feature a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system while its neat trio of heating and ventilation controls and a gloss black centre console look much more upmarket than the old model’s rather dated design.
Try not to get too excited, but you can choose between black and very dark grey upholstery. Thankfully, a selection of contrasting white trim pieces dotted about the interior make sure it doesn’t look too bland or businesslike inside.
The steering wheel comes as standard with smart leather trim while a second digital display fits snuggly between a pair of bright, easy-to-read dials. Top-spec cars feature a high-definition 4.5-inch unit while cheaper models have to make do with a plain monochrome item.
There's a quality feel to the new Swift's interior that was missing in the old model
All but entry-level SZ3 models come with a large seven-inch touchscreen display that’s angled slightly towards the driver. It’s fairly easy to use and boast clear, colourful graphics on a high-contrast black background. Its glossy screen can sometimes be hard to read in bright sunlight, however.
We’d prefer it if the system came with physical buttons instead of dedicated touchscreen icons but the menus are fairly easy to navigate and respond reasonably quickly without any frustrating lag.
Unfortunately, the built-in sat nav on range-topping models is a little clumsy to use but Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity means you can always delegate these functions to your smartphone if you’d prefer.