For This is the version we’d recommend, because it keeps the Swift affordable and still provides standard kit including alloys and air-con. The engine gives good running costs.
Against The petrol engine is a little noisy and a little gutless, and it costs a bit more than the entry-level car.
What Car? says
Our recommended Swift. It costs more than the SZ2, but we think it’s worth paying the extra cash for alloys and air-con.
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Target Price team says:
Suzuki Swift buyers have the choice of three engines. The 93bhp 1.2-litre petrol is a little on the sluggish side, but it gives good fuel economy and has pretty low emissions. The 78bhp 1.3 diesel, meanwhile, has a good slice of low-end pull, so it feels a lot perkier than the petrol. Trouble is, it comes only in SZ3 trim and is quite a bit dearer than the equivalent petrol-engined model. The 1.6 Sport has 134bhp, so it's more of a junior hot hatch, but it needs revs to do its best work.
The most basic SZ2 cars come with powered front windows, remote central locking, electric door mirrors, a CD player, USB connection and steering-wheel-mounted controls. That’s pretty good for the money, but we'd still go for SZ3, which adds air-con and alloys. SZ4 and Sport models have climate control, Bluetooth, keyless entry, rear privacy glass and cruise control.
Reader test team says:
Absolutely fabulous car, extremely cheap to run, fun to drive, good equipment and good looking. Highly recommended.
I nearly gave it 5 stars overall. I like it a lot. My wife and I wanted to serve several purposes, a practical shopping car, but one which was…