The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
Although all its major controls fall to hand and the gearlever’s location feels natural, getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Swift isn’t quite as easy as you might think. All models offer plenty of movement in the driver’s seat and steering wheel, with height adjustment for both. It’s only on the range-topping SZ5 model that comes with reach adjustment for the steering wheel, though. Most alternatives, including the Ford Fiesta, have this facility as standard across the range.
Satellite navigation is standard on top-spec SZ5, but an app-based one on your smartphone will be quicker to use and more up to date with traffic conditions.
Interior quality has never been one of Suzuki’s strong points and the new Swift does little to change things there. Everything inside is 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 soft-touch surfaces at common contact points, such as the top of the dashboard.