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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.

Suzuki Swift Hatchback
33 5stars

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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There are 11 Suzuki Swift versions available

Hatchback 1.2 SZ2 3dr £10,799
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ2 5dr £11,299
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 3dr £12,119
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 5dr £12,619
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 3dr £13,439
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ3 4x4 5dr £13,819
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 5dr £13,939
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Sport 3dr £13,999
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 Sport 5dr £14,499
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.3 DDiS SZ4 5dr £15,139
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 SZ4 4x4 5dr £15,739
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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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