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.
What Car? says
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 9 Suzuki Swift versions available
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:
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…