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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 3dr

    Tracy Howard , Greater Manchester . Date: 30/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had swift for 3 months , loved the car till started having problems with gearbox, when setting of in 1st gear car actually engaging 3rd gear, not very good when trying to pull out of junction. In and out of garage with no joy until today when finally fault found (gear remote selector)apparently easy fix but could be problem for other drivers of the swift

  • 1.5 GLX 5dr

    Jonathon Luck Date: 28/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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

    I have owned my Swift for a month, so can't really comment on reliability yet, but so far ive been really impressed with it.

    Its a really good little car to drive, plenty of power, great gearchange and i personally think the ride quality is good considering its handling ability. It corners like its on rails.

    The 1.5 VVT is more than capable of dealing with motorways, although it does get a little noisy when you push on above 4000rpm. MPG doesnt seem to be too bad, i did a 200mile trip on £23 worth of fuel, and i wasn't driving light footed. The only downsides are the clutch and brakes. The clutch has a ridiculously long pedal travel, and bites very suddenly. The brakes meanwhile are very snatchy, seem to be either on or off.

    As for the cabin, it has much more space than you'd think. But build quality isn't great, theres nothing wrong with the dials or switches, but its all covered in cheap plastic that rattles.

    Overall i'm really happy with my Swift!

  • 1.3 DDiS 5dr

    David Thomson Date: 12/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    Have has the car from new and done 45K in two & half years.Its a good drive around town and on rural roads. I have had 3 electrical faults, turbo failure, leak in the fuel line, fault in key and am about to have the rear forks replaced - all under warrenty. I am also on my forth set of tyres - in short good drive but will fall apart & cost you.

  • 1.5 GLX 5dr

    Steve Clements Date: 11/09/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Overall a great little car. But let's start with the bad point. Yes like several other owners, the brakes appear to be a problem. We've owned the car for 2 mths which when we bought it was 1 year old and only done 3,000 miles. Within a week we returned it to the dealer due to noisey and juddery brakes. They were very good (Swift Heathrow) and changed the discs and pads under warranty. However, now a month later and only 500 miles done since their replacement, there is a 'graunching' noise at low speed and at final stop. To the good points. The ride is comfortable, firm but not unconfortably so. Plenty enough of interior room (we downsized from a Zafira!!). Sure the boot space is limited but what do you expect from a Supermini...enough for the weekly family shop! The engine response is great, very nippy, even with passengers in the back. The ride is quiet and smooth on the motorway. Fuel economy is good at around 38mpg based on mainly town driving. The car looks great and is stylish compared to others in its class and there are not that many on the road so it always gets a look! Can't comment on reliability yet but so far so good (except for the brakes). The keyless entry takes a bit to get used to but is a nice extra. Still very pleased with this car, again despite the brakes, excellent value for money and would recommend others to test drive before heading to the Ford (Fiesta) or Vauxhall (Corsa) garage...

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