When push comes to shove, who will come out on top? 

The range-topping GT variant is the ultimate Mazda2 that brings all these improvements together with a classy interior, and nifty additions such as a head-up display.

And in the red corner, the fourth-generation Suzuki Swift – one of the newer kids on the light hatch block. Completely redesigned and re-engineered, compared with the previous model, growing in size, performance, efficiency, safety, and value. 

The GLX Turbo is most expensive and best-performing Swift, with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo that will bring pure joy to anyone who enjoys’s their driving. The Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo is also equipped with a six-speed auto, like the Mazda 2 GT.

Both are similarly equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, climate controlled air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, push-button start automatic emergency braking. The Swift does win points for its infotainment system, though, largely down to its smartphone pairing that Mazda stubbornly refuses to install.

On the road, the Mazda2 starts to show its age. Despite improvements to noise levels via a recent upgrade, there’s still quite bit a bit of road and wind noise at higher speeds. Even though the Suzuki’senginee is 30% smaller than the Mazda, the Suzuki’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo is more powerful, pushing out 82kW and 160Nm, with the extra torque providing more than enough shove for the spunky little hatch to eat up hills.

WINNER: Suzuki Swift GLX Turbo

Both cars represent excellent value, and while the Mazda is nicely presented its ageing powertrain and underpinnings are shown up against the Swifts fresher and taurer platform designed with driving dynamics in mind.

While the Swift’s interior isn’t as classy as the Mazda’s, it’s still a nice place to be and the upright windscreen has an original Mini Cooper feel about it that’s matched by its playful exterior design.

To find out more about the Suzuki Swift, call us on  (02) 8545 8888.