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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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105 reader reviews for Suzuki Swift Hatchback.
  • 1.3 GL 5dr

    Ian Topper , Cornwall . Date: 07/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    I have a bought a three year old SZ4 and have had it for nearly a month. I must say I am delighted overall with this car and the only real fault I can mention is the lack of torque. You do have to rev the engine to get it to perform but I have been used to more powerful cars and I do ride a motorcycle so perhaps I am being harsh. The interior is well finished and easy to use with no fiddly little buttons. A very pleasant, comfortable cabin with adequate space and the equipment level is excellent with a general feel of a more expensive vehicle. It handles very well, has good all round visibility and thus far is returning 46 mpg, although I have not yet driven it on a motorway. The boot is on the small size due to the good size cabin but there is just the two of us so that is not a problem. I think it is a good looking well made car that is very pleasing to live with and, if this is what a three year old with 26,000 miles on the clock is like then I would not hesitate to buy a new one. £30 road tax ,5 star NCAP rating, keyless entry, push button start, climate control, cruise control, privacy glass, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, automatic lights,alloy wheels, front fog lights, power assisted steering, driver seat height and steering wheel adjustment coupled with a decent sound system makes for a terrific value for money package. If you want more power, I would but my wife wouldn't so that's that, then go for the Sport version.

  • 1.3 GL 5dr

    Richard Woolven , Worcestershire . Date: 22/11/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      35

    My car

    I've just parted with my beloved Swift after a 3 year love affair in which, despite my pushing her hard, she never once missed a beat. The first time I test drove a Swift I fell in love. The design, the comfort and the go-kart like fun of the drive had me smitten from the outset. Not being a fan of buying cars new I found one that was 3 years old with only 3300 miles on the clock and in the 3 years that we shared we jointly added another 37000 miles to that total. In the last year that we were together we did 18000 miles in just over 6 months and, although on the motorway the cabin was a little noisy, even on a 6 hour journey from hell I was never once uncomfortable.

    Above all, the Swift is a drivers car. It has endless grip - mine never once got close to misbehaving no matter how much I threw it around - and although the little 1.3 engine had to be worked hard, it always brought a smile to my face. The feedback through the steering is exactly right and the chassis is tight and balanced. Yes it has it's quirks. The rear seats are not great for adults, and the boot is not exactly vast (although was amply big enough for a weekend away with a family of 4). But apart from that it is the perfect town car.

    My only complaint, and what ultimately led to us parting ways, was that at high speed the fuel consumption was just too high. But it's not a fair complaint. She wasn't built for that kind of life, and I hope her new owner can give her the life I never could.

  • 1.5 GLX 5dr

    SIMON HUGHES , KENT . Date: 11/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    This is the best car that I've ever had. I've had my Swift for nearly 18 months and covered 15,000 in that time. Above all it's great fun to drive, with a very good driving position (the only downside is the lack of a footrest for the left foot), and excellent steering. The brakes are very good, if a bit noisy, and the gearchange is very positive. Acceleration is also good - it still surprises me sometimes!

    The car is also very refined and comfortable, although I agree with other owners that space in the back is a bit tight. A bigger boot would also be welcome, but if I fold the seats down I can fit my five-piece drum kit in! I have no problems with squeaks or rattles from the interior and the car generally feels well built, with the possible exception of the tailgate that often needs a good slam to shut.

    I see that others haven't found the Swift to be very economical. My only issue with running costs is the 9,000-mile service intervals - rather short for a modern car. Insurance costs me not much more than for the W-reg Fiesta that I had previously, and fuel economy is very good - I average 45 mpg but on a long motorway run exceed 50mpg quite often, which I consider excellent for a petrol engine of this size.

    The car has done 16,000 miles now and the only reliability issue so far has been excessive rear tyre wear and likely to be a warranty claim (axle fault).

  • 1.6 Sport 3dr

    sim Kit , . Date: 17/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We've only owned the Sport for a week so it's early days yet but have to say it's a great little car. Before buying we test-drove the mainstream offerings, Fiesta/Corsa/Punto/Polo...the Swift even in GLX guise was a much better driving experience..the new Fiesta has lost that famous driveability, we know as we owned the previous model.

    The Swift Sport comes extremely well equipped, has decent build & best of all drives superbly. o.k the ride is a little firm, it is a Sport after all and whilst it's firm it handles potholes & the typically awful british roads without a problem.

    I read reviews about the noise at motoway speeds but compared to our previous 04 1.4 Zetec Fiesta actually find it quieter so no problem for us.

    The only negative I can find is that the standard stereo isn't the best, speakers are very poor and it suffers a couple of rattles, drivers door & dash, both of these are easily sorted by the dealer according to car forums though

    I highly recommend the Sport, for the money it's impossible to beat...make sure you test-drive one before going with the obvious mainstream choices !!

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