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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.
  • 1.5 GLX 5dr

    Eric Smith Date: 24/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Bought this car a couple of months ago and I remain very impressed.

    For a small car the interior space and comfort are excellent. Its good to drive, with a super gearshift action and precise steering. Handling is very good and the car comes into its own in town or on winding roads. Gearing is relatively high (23mph/1000rpm in 5th gear) so a 70mph cruise does not feel at all stressful.

    Downsides include a rather high clutch bite point and a rather useless digital MPG meter on the dash. These are minor issues though. Overall Suzuki have a winner.

  • 1.3 DDiS 5dr

    George Gundry , Cambs . Date: 12/04/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car since Sept 2005 and so far it is one of the best cars I have had. I love it's "cheeky" exterior coupled with a grown-up interior, and the spec ticks all the right boxes.

    I average just over 50mpg, which is less than the official 61.4 combined figure, but I do mostly short A-road journeys - so you might be wondering why I bought the diesel in the first place. This was because of the excellent reputation of the Fiat MultiJet unit, and the flexibility & pulling power during a road test.

    I have been unfortunate/fortunate enough to have had direct experience of the Suzuki Assistance program - the inlet manifold pressure (MAP) sensor failed after 6 months but within 3 hours the Swift had been transported to the nearest Suzuki dealer (who fixed it in 1 day) and there was a replacement hire car on my drive - and this was at the weekend - impressive.

    I ran a '98 Merc E280 just before the Swift and honestly don't feel short-changed - only miss the cruise control & leather steering wheel from the Merc - I see, however, that you can now "accessorise" your Swift with a red & black leather steering wheel that retains the audio controls - hmmm, early birthday present to self ?!

    In summary, great car and reassuring backup.

  • 1.5 GLX 5dr

    Danirl Theuma Date: 27/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car for a week now, and have found the car to be fun to drive and easy to use.

    The dash is nicely laid out and the car is very quiet on the motorway, but fuel consumtion is a little less desirable than expected - however, I assume that this will change when the engine wears in.

    Overall it is a great little car.

  • 1.6 Sport 5dr

    christopher Hutchcraft Date: 25/03/2006
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We love this car, but we have had two problems. One is an audio speaker rattle in the front doors. It was fixed in five minutes.

    Also the 1.6 uses more petrol than I would like - a trade for speed, I guess. We will buy another Suzuki.

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