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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Ask Honest John
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.
Are there any drawbacks to buying the discontinued Suzuki SX4 at discount?
"My wife and I own Suzukis, a Splash and an SX4. It appears that a new SX4 is in the offing and that the current version is available VAT-free, presumably to clear old stock. Could you briefly explain the pros and cons of buying a discontinued line?"
“VAT free” is an obfuscation. You get a discount equivalent to VAT not being applied, which works out at 16.67 per cent including VAT. But now that the old model SX4 is being replaced by both a new SX4 and the bigger SX4 S-Cross, that's all the car is worth. Its depreciation will be from the reduced price, not the original list price. That said, it's quite a good car, particularly the 1.6 petrol. So buy it on its merits compared to other cars, and aim to keep it for a long time.