Used Suzuki Swift Hatchback 2005 - 2012 review

Category: Small car

Section: Our recommendations

2005 - 2012 review
Suzuki Swift Hatchback (05 - 12)
  • Suzuki Swift Hatchback (05 - 12)
  • Suzuki Swift Hatchback (05 - 12)
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Our recommendations

Which used Suzuki Swift hatchback should I buy?

The 1.5-litre petrol engine strikes a good balance between performance and civility, and comes in GLX trim only. This provides keyless entry, alloy wheels, air-con, four electric windows and a CD player.

The 1.3 is perky, but is more raucous at speed than the 1.5. This engine was available in GL trim only, so it misses out on the alloy wheels and air-con of the GLX, while the keyless entry system is replaced by remote central locking.

The 1.3DDiS diesel feels quick, but it's also efficient and refined. Equipment levels are the same as the GLX, but with the addition of traction control. However, it's rare on the used market and expensive to buy.

If its fun you're after, then search out the Swift Sport. The 123bhp 1.6-litre engine isn't scorching, but, allied with the Swift's nimble chassis, it's a hoot to drive.

In early 2010, new trims, the SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4, were announced. The first is a little too basic and comes without alloys or air-con, while SZ3 gets air-con and SZ4 adds climate control and alloys.