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Used test: Hyundai i20 vs Suzuki Swift: verdict

The Hyundai i20 and the Suzuki Swift are two sparkling small cars, but which one makes the most sense when bought used? Read on to find out...

Used test: Hyundai i20 vs Suzuki Swift

Our Verdict

This is a close call. There’s no doubting that the Swift is great value at this age, and it would seem to continue Suzuki’s tradition of offering generously equipped cars for not a lot of money. Added to that, it has a strong, frugal engine, and it’s good fun to drive and reasonably roomy in the back. Suzuki’s reliability record is top-notch too. In short, if you bought a Swift we think you’d be very happy with it.

However, it’s the Hyundai that in the end takes the laurels, as it beats the Swift in a number of key areas. It’s more spacious, for one, has a more practical interior and its overall quality inside is in a different league. It’s also more comfortable to ride in and has a much better infotainment system. True, it’s not quite as cheap to buy as the Swift, but it should be cheaper to run, and for us that just clinches it the narrowest of victories.

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1st – Hyundai i20

New Suzuki Swift vs Hyundai i20

For More comfortable ride; better infotainment; classier interior

Against Noisier engine; numb steering; less safety kit

Verdict More generous space, a higher quality interior and lower running costs just give it the edge here

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Suzuki Swift

Used Suzuki Swift 17-present

For More agile handling; more standard kit; stronger engine

Against Cheaper-feeling interior; fiddly infotainment system; smaller boot

Verdict  A really decent small car that just misses out to the classier i20

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Hyundai i20 1.0 T GDi 100 Turbo Edition

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol

Power 98bhp

Torque 127lb ft

0-60mph 9.8sec

Top speed 116mph

Fuel economy 62.8mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 104g/km

Specifications: Suzuki Swift 1.0 Boosterjet SHVS SZ5

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol

Power 110bhp

Torque 125lb ft

0-60mph 9.4sec

Top speed 121mph

Fuel economy 65.7mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 97g/km