Suzuki Swift review

Category: Small car

Section: Costs & verdict

Suzuki Swift 2019 infotainment
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 front tracking shot
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 rear tracking shot
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 RHD dashboard and front seats
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 infotainment
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 static front 3/4
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 static right side
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 static left rear 3/4
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 front tracking shot
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 rear tracking shot
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Suzuki Swift
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 RHD dashboard and front seats
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 infotainment
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 static front 3/4
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 static right side
  • Suzuki Swift 2019 static left rear 3/4
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The entry-level Swift looks good value compared to its main rivals; it’s cheaper to buy than the VW Polo, and comes with more equipment across its range, too. If you move up through the trim levels, the prices start to climb but, spec-for-spec, it still undercuts an equivalent Ford Fiesta.

With such small engines, no version of the Swift is particularly thirsty, but it may come as a surprise that the 1.2-litre Dualjet is more economical than the 1.0-litre Boosterjet. The highest official fuel consumption comes when the 1.0-litre engine is paired with the automatic gearbox, but 46.9mpg is far from disgraceful, while the Dualjet returns up to 55.4mpg depending on trim and wheel size. 

The Attitude trim level comes with the same level of equipment as SZ-T but brings a bodykit that mimics the style of the more expensive Swift Sport. Top spec SZ5 comes quite well equipped but does push the price up. Highlights include climate control, keyless entry, adaptive cruise control and LED headlights plus the availability of four-wheel drive or an automatic gearbox.

Suzuki Swift 2019 infotainment

Reliability

Although the Swift itself wasn’t ranked individually, Suzuki outscored every other manufacturer in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, coming first out of 31 manufacturers, including premium brands such as BMW and Audi.

Overview

The Suzuki Swift majors on value for money; if you want a city runabout with decent interior space and a perky engine, it is far from a bad choice. However, it can’t match key rivals for interior quality or ride quality, and safety needs to be improved.

  • Cheap to run
  • Accurate steering
  • Refined engines
  • Cheap-feeling interior
  • Harsh ride
  • Road and wind noise
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