Used car of the week - Suzuki Swift

The previous-generation Suzuki Swift isn’t just surprisingly spacious and extremely safe, it’s one of the most enjoyable small cars to drive

Words By Claire Evans

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Suzuki Swift

The previous Suzuki Swift went on sale in 2010 and has stood the test of time remarkably well.

Initially it was available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which doesn’t look very swift on paper, but it’s fun to punt around town and it remains pretty quiet and smooth even at motorway speeds.

A diesel version was available for a couple of years, but it was replaced by a low-emission 1.2 Dualjet petrol in 2013.

The Swift isn't the perfect choice, though – if you want the biggest boot and best quality interior trim you should also consider the Ford Fiesta(https://www.whatcar.com/ford/fiesta/hatchback/used-review/) and Volkswagen Polo(https://www.whatcar.com/volkswagen/polo/hatchback/used-review/).

However, if you want an alternative to the most obvious small hatchbacks the Suzuki Swift is well worth a look. Read on to find out how much you should pay for a used Suzuki Swift and which model to choose.

What budget do I need?

Expect to pay around Β£4000 to get a decent 2011 Swift 1.2 petrol with around 40,000 miles and full service history.

Add another Β£1000 to your budget to get a high-spec, facelifted 2014 car with 25,000 miles under its belt, or add Β£2000 and you’ll get a 2012 example of the hot 1.6 Swift Sport. The rare 4x4 model that arrived alongside the facelift in 2013 is the priciest version – don’t expect to get one of these for less than Β£6500.

What version should I go for?

The 1.2 petrol Swift may be the most common model, but our top choice would be the 1.6 Sport because it’s fast and nimble but not overly thirsty on fuel.

The most basic SZ2 trim level provides a reasonable amount of kit, including traction control, remote central locking and a USB port. While SZ3 adds air-con and bigger alloys, we’d hold out for the SZ4 to get climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and automatic headlights.

Any problems to be aware of?

Although the Swift is mechanically robust its bodywork and interior trim are susceptible to the rigours of city life. So check the doors for parking dings and look for scratches and wear on the interior trim.

The boot has a high load lip so there may also be knocks and chips on the paintwork surrounding it. It’s also worth checking the headlights for damage because they are expensive to replace.

What next?

Read our used Suzuki Swift review, or click here to read our new Suzuki Swift review.

Want to buy a Suzuki Swift? Click here to buy a new car with What Car?.

Watch our video review of the Suzuki Swift Sport

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