2021 Suzuki Swift Sport: Should you buy recond or brand-new from Naza?

Eric · Apr 9, 2021 07:32 PM

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Prior to the return of Suzuki in Malaysia, those who wanted to buy the fourth-generation (ZC33S) Suzuki Swift Sport had to resort to reconditioned units, as recond dealers have been selling that model since 2019.

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But that will soon change, as Suzuki has returned to Malaysia under Naza. In the process, the company has introduced the fourth-generation (ZC33S) Swift Sport in Malaysia.

So, the question is: now that potential buyers have the option of a reconditioned unit or a brand-new unit, which is a better buy?

Buy recond if you are an enthusiast that values a six-speed manual

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Unlike the last two Swift Sport generations that were sold in Malaysia, the officially-imported ZC33S-generation model can only be had with a six-speed automatic transmission. Sorry manual enthusiasts, no official units for you.

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Recond dealers typically offer plenty of options, but as usual, we generally temper such recommendations with caution as no two recond units are the same. Obtaining a genuine copy of the car's inspection sheet yourself from independent service providers is crucial (never trust the dealer's copy).

A quick check on several car listing sites indicate that there's only one recond dealer that offers the Swift Sport with the all-important stick shift and clutch pedal.

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The one dealer that offers a manual-equipped Suzuki Swift Sport is Yap Brothers Group - the very same dealer that first brought in the ZC33S Swift Sport back in 2019.

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In fact, recond units of the Swift Sport are better equipped than units sold by Naza, as they get larger 17-inch alloy wheels and some units are equipped with Suzuki's ADAS suite. 

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Being an enthusiast model, we believe that most of you would eventually end up modifying your Swift Sport anyway; we’re no exception here. Our colleague, Shaun, has fallen into that pit as well.

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Some of you will eventually do this. Photo credit: regolith_zc33s

As such, considering that the recond units come without a warranty, it might be a better idea for those who plans to squeeze more power out of the K14C engine, or further improve the handling aspects of the little hatchback.

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Recond cars will come with a Japanese multi-info display. Photo credit: Sankeibiz

Just remember that no two recond units are the same, so it’s crucial to buy a recond unit from the right dealer. In addition, you will have to deal with a Japanese multi-info display and infotainment system.

Buy brand-new for a better peace-of-mind

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However, if buying a recond car sounds like too much of a hassle and risk for you, then a brand-new unit from Naza might be a better option.

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After all, you are getting a brand-new car that has no prior owners (recond cars are essentially imported used cars), so there’s no sketchy history to deal with.

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Photo credit: webcg

Furthermore, units brought in by Naza are only fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission – bad news for enthusiasts, but good news for majority of car buyers in Malaysia. As a consolation, the automatic Swift Sport offers paddle shifters.

Buying a brand-new unit also means that the car is covered by a warranty – in this case a 3-year/100,000-km factory warranty.

Pricing – how much are you willing to pay?

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In Malaysia, a brand-new Swift Sport is priced at RM 139,900, while prices of a reconditioned unit hovers around RM 130,000.

While a reconditioned unit appears to be cheaper, keep in mind that it is still a used car and prices are reflected as such.

The cheaper manual version is a no-brainer option for potential owners to wants to modify their car.

Also Read: A recond Toyota Alphard/Vellfire is nearly RM 44k cheaper than UMW Toyota's official import, should you buy the recond?

Conclusion – Are you an enthusiast or just a regular buyer?

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At the end of the day, if you’re choosing between these two models, ask yourself if you’re alright with driving a manual transmission day in and day out, through traffic jams during peak hours. A true enthusiast wouldn't be bothered with crawling through traffic in a manual transmission. 

Buying a reconditioned Swift Sport is a bit like a lottery – you don’t know what stuff the previous owner fitted to the car. Maybe he fitted the car with an LSD or did a remap? Those kind of stuff won’t be visible to the recond dealers or auction staff.

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South African model shown

Or are you the type that just wants to stand out in a crowd and don’t care too much about a manual transmission? If so, then buying a brand-new unit offers the best peace-of-mind. 

For the former, the reconditioned Swift Sport is a much better proposition. Just remember to do your due diligences when buying a reconditioned car – get the auction sheet and remember that no two recond units are the same.

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