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.

What Car? readers say


Key facts

8.7 secs
Top speed
121 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
406 miles
See all running costs


View the whole Suzuki Swift Hatchback range

Read in full

The full Suzuki Swift review

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Suzuki Swift buyers have the choice of two engines. The 93bhp 1.2-litre petrol is a little on the sluggish side, but it gives good fuel economy and has pretty low CO2 emissions. The 1.6 Sport has 134bhp, so it's more of a junior hot hatch, but it needs plenty of revs to do its best work.

Entry-level SZ2 cars come with electric front windows, remote central locking, 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, alloy wheels and Bluetooth.

If you regularly drive on slippery surfaces, the four-wheel-drive versions could be exactly what you're looking for. They're a lot more expensive than the front-wheel-drive models, though, if pretty cheap for a 4WD car.

Reader test team says:

Suzuki Swift Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 5dr

I picked up my SZ4 Duratec last week and I have absolutely loved it, great kit as standard, satnav is excellent (very similar to Tomtom) Bluetooth is…

Simon Wilkey

5 out of 5 stars

Suzuki Swift Hatchback 1.2 SZ2 3dr

Have owned the SZ4 (1.2) for a month now after previously owning a Suzuki Swift 1.5 GLX for eight years, which never let me down. Was a bit dubious…

S Hughes

4 out of 5 stars

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
Post a reader review for your car View all reader reviews

Swift rivals

Swift used car reviews

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2016