What used Suzuki Swift hatchback will I get for my budget?
How much does it cost to run a Suzuki Swift hatchback?
Even as a new car, one of the best things about the Swift is its value for money factor. Although it's held its value better than expected, it's still far from expensive as a used car, too.
The diesel averages 61.4mpg, improving to 62.8mpg after April 2008. The petrol engines are respectable, too, with the 1.3 at 45.5mpg and the 1.5 capable of 43.5mpg. The 1.6-litre Sport does 39.8mpg, but if you intend to enjoy the car's performance you'll struggle to achieve that. Given the higher purchase price of a diesel Swift, you'll have to cover a considerable amount of miles before you save on fuel.
Road tax shouldn't be a concern, with CO2 emissions ranging from 140g/km up to 171g/km for the Sport. The diesel is cleanest of all, at 124g/km, but from early 2008 that fell to 119g/km, making later cars slightly cheaper to tax.
The1.3-petrol is group 16 for insurance, the diesel in group 14, and the 1.5-litre in group 20. The Sport is highest of all, in group 23. You'll pay more to maintain a Swift than you will for most superminis, not least because the service intervals are only 9000 miles apart.