Traditionally, the Suzuki Swift has been a so-so competitor in the small car market. Despite offering buyers low running costs and lots of equipment, it’s thus far failed to steal the limelight from big-selling alternatives, such as the Skoda Fabia, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta.
This brand new Swift has a mountain to climb, then, but thankfully it’s been given all the tools for the job, including a bold new look, more powerful engines and less weight. Suzuki is on something of a roll at the moment, too, with both the Baleno and new Ignis being fairly well received, so expectations are high.
What's new on the 2017 Suzuki Swift?
The new swift is slightly shorter, lower and wider than the current car, and has more space between its front and rear axles, which should translate to more space inside for people and luggage. In fact, the car's boot has grown by 25% and now has space for 254 litres which should be enough for a couple of small suitcases, although it's worth remembering that a Ford Fiesta will still carry more.
Carrying a more muscular, grounded look, the new Swift features a bold front frille and new headlights, all designed to make the car appeal to younger buyers. There's also no three-door model this time around, so only the five-door hatchback will be available.
What engines can I get in the 2017 Suzuki Swift?
As you might expect for a small car, both of the Swift's two engine choices are petrols. Entry-level cars get only one option: a 1.2-litre petrol with 89bhp that is claimed to return 65.7mpg and emits 98g/km of CO2. Upgrade to a mid-range car and you'll also be able to choose from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 109bhp. CO2 emissions for this engine are rated at 104g/km, with combined fuel economy of 61.1mpg.
If you go for a range-topping Swift, you get the option of a mild hybrid as well. In this case, braking energy is used to provide more pulling power at low speeds which is perfect when accelerating away from junctions. In these high-end Swift models, you can also opt for four-wheel drive.
What equipment does the 2017 Suzuki Swift come with?
We've never had any complaints about the Swift's driving position, and in the new car you'll sit lower down.
The old entry-level SZ2 trim level has been dropped for the new Swift, meaning the range starts with the SZ3 specification. That means that, as standard, every Swift will come with six airbags, air conditioning, a DAB radio with Bluetooth connectivity, 15in wheels and front electric windows.
The mid-range SZT cars add a rear-view camera, 16in alloy wheels and a Smartphone linking in the form of Mirror Link, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Range-topping SZ5 specification adds climate control, satellite navigation, a 4.2in screen in place of traditional dials, automatic emergency braking and keyless entry and start.
How much will the 2017 Suzuki Swift cost?
With a starting price of £10,999, the new Swift is exactly £2000 more expensive than the old car. Despite that increase, though, the Swift is still one of the cheapest cars in this class. The Skoda Fabia, by comparison, costs from £11,555, while the cheapest five-door Vauxhall Corsa is £12,960.
See more of the new Suzuki Swift in the video below.
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