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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

    ben dalrymple Date: 09/02/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a real Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde car. I can understand why it receives rave reviews - it looks great, drives well, it's well specced and priced competitively. However, the long-term owning experience is not as good as the short-term impression.

    There are some really poor elements to the car: The paintwork is sub-standard, chipping very easily (it contained flaws from new too). The brakes are terrible being both snatchy and noisy, grinding at low speeds. The suspension geometry is flawed, leading to replacement tyres at very low miles, but the biggest problem by far is the fuel economy - it is nothing like the book figure and you'll be lucky to get anything over 30mpg even taking care.

    The plus points are a great gearshift, handling, safety and plenty of space, but the cost-cutting is evident in too many important areas. A great car to test-drive and I can see why they are popular, but the downside experienced through ownership should see you looking elsewhere. This is a car that you will enjoy at first but then begin to notice the unreliabilty and poor build quality as the months go by.

  • 1.5 GL 5dr

    Steve finch , kent . Date: 30/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    have been reading the readers reviews i am now compelled to write a review. As someone who drives these vehicles every day i am inclined to disagree with whats ben said. first of all as for the suzuki being better than a mini, no way hose'!!!! anywho first things first the drive and quality of manufacture. The clutch on these vehicles is absolutely disturbing, high biting point makes these vehicles impossible to drive well, often riding the clutch heavily. the gearbox feels extremely weak when hard driving is needed too. engine noise is a constant problem although i like to hear this so ill let that slide. on the road the handling is terrible cornering feels odd lumpy bumpy and unresponsive. looks are ok ill admit but cheap paint and panels spoil badly. reliabuility is good engine wise but brakes are rotten and be warned these little cars eat tyres for breakfast youve been warned. overall the cars are rubbish ok in smal areas and abbismal in most. how you can see these cars in the same league as the mini is scary...... avoid

  • 1.5 GL 5dr

    Tracey Phillips , Channel Islands . Date: 19/01/2008
    • 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

    Had my car now for four months, got the copper colour, automatic transmission and its the best car I've ever had. It runs smoothly and is quite a nippy little car. Wish I had bought the sport as I like the extras but all in all this car is a great car to drive. First time I have driven an automatic and never intend to turn back to manual. Love the shape of the car and inside is very spacious for its size. I can also get quite alot of shopping in boot. Well done Suzuki. Look forward to any new editions!!!

  • 1.3 GL 3dr

    Michael McCusker Date: 31/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    bought this car new as it looked superb, its white with white suzuki rally alloys and black stipes from bonnet to back, a real head turner but not over the top. the car has been in our possesion for 10 months now and hasn't even thought about breaking down. however for a 1.3 engine it isn't very good on fuel, the ride is overly firm on bumps, the cabin noise is high, the stereo and speakers aren't very loud, the interior plastics are very cheap looking and there are a lot of squeeks, i also think the exterior paint work isn't up to a high standard as there are small bumps which are visable and the boot space is no existant. the drive is a different matter however, it's very fast to 50mph, it sticks to the road like glue, the steering is incredible and visabilityis great. the car was cheap and has been great so far but if you want a comfortable small car, this is not the one for you, but if you want something different which is reliable and looks great from outside and is brilliant to drive then it is.

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