Suzuki Swift (2005 – 2010) At A Glance
This car surprised me.
I'd driven a Swift before at an SMMT test day and not been particularly impressed. But maybe that's because I drove twenty other cars the same day.
I really liked the 1.5GLX Suzuki sent me this week.
I knew readers had the hots for it because of all the e-mails I received from the Suzuki Swift fan club. So I thought I'd better make a longer acquaintance with the car.
Suzuki Swift 2008 Road Test and Video
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Best used small car for my 18-year-old son?
"What are your suggestions for the best used car for my 18-year-old son? Also, what is the best insurer for affordable cover for him?"
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Best car? I'd recommend a Suzuki Swift 1.2 petrol, Ford Fiesta 1.25 petrol or Toyota Yaris 1.3 petrol. All are easy to drive, plentiful on the used market and have a good reputation for reliability.
What's the best first car for young driver on a £2000 budget?
"My daughter, who is 17, is currently learning to drive. What cars would you recommend for her as a first car? Reliability and safety are paramount, I have a budget of £2000.
I'd look for a Suzuki Swift - they're very reliable and cheap to run, while also being a bit bigger than something like a Toyota Aygo. A Ford Fiesta with the reliable 1.25-litre engine would be another good option.
Best warm hatch for under £5k?
"I am 18 and have just started on an apprenticeship course. I currently have a 2001 Renault Clio 1.2 petrol and am looking to upgrade. Ideally I'd like something that's relatively powerful and can sit on the motorway comfortably but also have good handling, body control and preferably a manual as I enjoy driving very much.
I have considered a Renault Clio RS which are supposed to be great fun but the only thing I'm concerned about is the price of insurance. Is there anything that I may have missed?"
Insurance is going to be a problem. Instead I'd look at a Mazda 2 1.3TS2. Bit of a raw ride but handle better than a Fiesta, don't use too much fuel and should be more insurable than something with an RS tag on its name. Alternatively a Suzuki Swift 1.5.
New driver in need of a used car - what should I buy?
"I'm looking to buy my first car but I'm undecided as to whether to get a 2009 Seat Ibiza 1.4 SE, 2009 Volkswagen Polo 1.2 S, 2008 Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec or a 2010 Suzuki Swift 1.3 SZ2. My favourite out of these is the Ibiza and judging from your review it seems pretty reliable but the same can be said for the Swift although I'm put off by it's small boot.
Which car should I buy?"
Not the Ibiza because it has a horrible old engine prone to problems. Fiesta 1.25 82PS okay and very reliable. Swift probably the most fun to drive. Polo not great.