2019 Suzuki Swift SHVS 4x4 review: verdict

The Suzuki Swift SHVS 4x4 is an oddity in the small car class, offering a modicum of off-road ability thanks to four-wheel drive. We’ve driven it on and off road to find out what it’s like...

2019 Suzuki Swift SHVS 4x4 review

Four-wheel drive isn’t a necessity for many people, especially those shopping in the small car class. But the Swift SHVS 4x4 is an appealing prospect if it does suit your needs. It's a shame that it's only available in top-spec SZ5 trim, though.

It’s no surprise that the Allgrip system adds about £1000 list price, and it’s worth noting that the front-wheel-drive SZ5 has the far punchier 1.0-litre turbocharged Boosterjet petrol engine. Even so, it’s competitively priced against the Polo and Fiesta and claims better fuel economy and CO2 emissions than many versions of its rivals, including those with four-wheel drive. In fact, the SHVS 4x4 offers the second-best CO2 emissions of the whole Swift range.

The Swift 4x4 won’t match the off-road prowess of a Duster 4x4 or Panda Cross, but it’s better to drive on the road than either. Just remember, while the Swift 4x4 makes sense if you need a small car but live at the end of a farm track or somewhere that regularly experiences snow, there are conventional small cars that are cheaper, more comfortable, plusher inside and more spacious.

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What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5

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Suzuki Swift SHVS 4x4 Specification

Price £16,999 On sale Now Engine 4cyls, 1242cc, petrol Power 89bhp @ 6000rpm Torque 88lb ft @ 4400rpm Gearbox 5-spd manual Kerb weight 980kg 0-62mph 12.6sec Top speed 105mph Economy 49.7mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 101g/km, 24% (NEDC correlated)

Rivals Ford Fiesta, Dacia Duster 4x4

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