2012 Suzuki Swift Attitude review

  • Suzuki Swift Attitude special-edition
  • Based on SZ3 trim; available in 3dr and 5dr forms
  • On sale now, from £10,760
Suzuki Swift review
Suzuki Swift review
The Suzuki Swift Attitude is a special-edition model based on SZ3 trim. Production will be limited to 500 examples and there's a choice of 3dr or 5dr models.

The Swift Attitude gains a number of sporty cosmetic enhancements: front foglights, rear privacy glass, black 16-inch alloy wheels and carbonfibre-effect door mirrors and roof. It's available in white only.

It comes with a 1.2-litre, 93bhp petrol engine, and averages 56.5mpg and emits 116g/km of CO2, placing it in tax band C, at a cost £30 per year.

It's on sale now, at £10,760 for the 3dr and £11,220 for the 5dr - a £935 premium over the equivalent Swift SZ3 model.

What’s the 2012 Suzuki Swift Attitude like to drive? The Suzuki Swift Attitude is mechanically unchanged from the standard car, so it has the same excellent road manners. The steering is light and responsive, yet it weights up nicely at speed, so you feel connected to what's going on.

Rear privacy glass is one of a number of cosmetic upgrades.

The engine is quiet enough around town, but it needs to be worked hard and becomes loud at motorway speeds. Road and wind noise increase with pace, without becoming too intrusive.

Suzuki Swift review
Suzuki Swift Attitude is a sporty special-edition model; it's available in white only.

The ride is firm, but not uncomfortably so, and the Swift is enjoyably composed and nimble around corners. A smooth gearshift and well-placed pedals ensure that it's easy to drive, whatever the road.

What's the 2012 Suzuki Swift Attitude like inside? Additional kit over the SZ3 is largely cosmetic, so equipment levels are just as impressive; seven airbags, stability control, air-conditioning and USB connectivity are all standard, as are electric, heated door mirrors and steering wheel stereo controls.

The seats are comfortable, yet supportive, but the black fabric combines with an equally dark dashboard, roof lining and rear privacy glass to make the cabin rather dark and dour.

The dashboard is easy to operate, with simple, well organised controls. Finding the perfect driving position can be tricky; there's a height-adjustable driver's seat, but although the steering wheel moves up and down, there's no reach adjustment.

Boot space is limited - and there's has a deep lip to load things over - but the low floor is ideal for tall items. The rear seats fold in a 60:40 split, but they don't go flat.

Should I buy one? The Suzuki Swift Attitude has been designed as a stopgap for younger drivers who will potentially upgrade to the Swift Sport. You get a hot hatch look, but much lower costs.

The Attitude's group 9 insurance rating is 10 bands lower than the Sport's, which could make the difference. Unless you must have the cosmetic upgrades, we think you're better off saving £935 and sticking with the SZ3, which is just as good to drive, has all the kit you'll need, and is better value for money.

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Rivals:
Ford Fiesta
Volkswagen Polo

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