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Suzuki Swift review

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Suzuki Swift
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10 Apr 2017 22:00 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:29

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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

Suzuki Swift hatchback driving position

Getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Swift isn’t necessarily as easy as you might think. Although all models get plenty of movement in the seat, only SZ5 models get fore and aft adjustment for the steering wheel. Go for SZ3 or SZ-T and the wheel only moves up and down. Regardless of model, you won’t be able to get adjustable lumbar support, something that’s common for this class of car. At least all major controls fall to hand and the heater is simple to use.

Suzuki Swift hatchback visibility

Forward visibility is very good in the Swift; the windscreen pillars aren’t too thick and it’s very easy to place the front of the car. Thick rear pillars and a rising window line make the rear view less impressive, but mid-spec SZ-T and top-spec SZ5 models do get a reversing camera that helps a lot.

Suzuki Swift

Suzuki Swift hatchback infotainment

All Swifts get a DAB radio and Bluetooth although we’d say it’s worth going for at least SZ-T if you value connectivity. Jump up to this grade and you add a 7.0in colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, all of which allow you to control certain smartphone functions safely and legally through the infotainment system.

At the top of the range, SZ5 also adds sat nav. Connectivity may impress, but we did find that there was noticeable lag when inputting an address into the sat nav. The graphics also look dated and of low resolution and many of the on-screen icons are small enough that they become tricky to hit when you’re trying to focus on driving too. However, the system is at least easy understand thanks to a logical menu system.

Suzuki Swift hatchback build quality

Interior quality has never been one of Suzuki’s strong points and the new Swift is no exception. Everything may be solidly screwed together, but the plastics are all hard, shiny and unattractive. Sure, hard plastics are common in this class, but we’ve come to expect nicer textures and a little more of the soft stuff in places you touch regularly.

 

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