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For The Suzuki Swift is a smart-looking supermini that handles neatly, is well priced and has lots of equipment for the money. It's cheap to run, too.

Against It can’t match the class leaders for refinement, practicality or interior quality. The 1.2-litre petrol engine is a little weedy.

Suzuki Swift Hatchback
33 5stars

The Suzuki Swift offers sharp handling in a package that’s affordable to buy and run, but it’s some way behind the class leaders in a number of other areas.

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There are 10 Suzuki Swift versions available

Hatchback 1.2 SZ2 3dr £10,799
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ2 5dr £11,399
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 3dr £12,359
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 5dr £12,959
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Sport 3dr £13,999
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 3dr £14,039
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 4x4 5dr £14,159
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Sport 5dr £14,499
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 5dr £14,639
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 4x4 5dr £16,439
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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 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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