For The Suzuki Swift is a smart-looking little supermini that handles well; plus, it’s well priced and well equipped for the money. Running costs will be affordable, too.
Against The 1.2 petrol engine is a little weedy, and the refinement leaves something to be desired. The car can’t match the class leaders on quality or practicality, either.
The Suzuki Swift offers sharp handling in a package that’ll be affordable to buy and run, but it’s some way behind the class leaders in a number of other areas.
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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 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, and a CD player with USB connection and steering wheel controls. That’s pretty good for the money, so this is the trim we’d recommend. SZ3 models add air-con and alloys, while the SZ4 and Sport models have climate control, Bluetooth, keyless entry, rear privacy glass and cruise control.
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…
Our favourite Swift delivers old school hot hatch thrills for a reasonable price. It’s well equipped, too.