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For The fizzy 134bhp petrol engine is backed up by thrill-a-minute handling. The Swift Sport is also keenly priced and well equipped.

Against It isn’t the quickest of hot hatches, and some buyers will prefer more extravert styling – both inside and out.

Suzuki Swift Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

Our favourite Suzuki Swift delivers old-school hot hatch thrills for a reasonable price. It’s well equipped, too.

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Key facts

8.7 secs
Top speed
121 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
406 miles
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Buyer's notes

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:

Suzuki Swift Hatchback 1.2 SZ2 3dr

Been driving this car for 3 weeks now, bought from new on VAT free offer. Suzuki customer service is one of the best I've ever received, certainly at…

Ross Britton

5 out of 5 stars

Suzuki Swift Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 5dr

Absolutely fabulous car, extremely cheap to run, fun to drive, good equipment and good looking. Highly recommended.

Nick Callaway

4 out of 5 stars

Suzuki Swift Hatchback 1.6 Sport 3dr

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…

John Clucas

4 out of 5 stars
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