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Suzuki Swift (2010–2017)

Last updated 11 May 2017

Cheap road tax and economical. Base-model is well equipped. Five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. Swift Sport is great fun.
Plastic overkill in the cabin. Noisy on the motorway. Four-speed auto saps power.
Updated 20 February 2017

Report that Suzuki Swifts, Vitaras and S-Cross built in Hungary are being recalled for rear axle problem. Alert number: A12/0399/16. Countries affected so far: Greece, Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Malta,...

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Introduction

The Suzuki Swift is a stylish, good-to-drive, fun and economical small hatchback. Cheap to run, the Swift will return up to 65.7mpg and features one of the cleanest petrol engines in its class in the shape of the 90PS 1.2-litre Dualjet that emits just 99g/km of CO2.

Owners of the previous Swift - who on the whole have very good things to say about the car - will be pleased that there's no radical departure from what the old car was doing. The looks may be familiar, but this is actually an all-new design, with a wider track and longer wheelbase, which makes for more space inside.

The styling is also slightly more sophisticated and there's a bit more room inside too, although a small boot and a lack of rear legroom means the Swift will not fulfil everyone's needs. Likewise, the plastic heavy cabin lacks the refinement of its upmarket rivals, while poor soundproofing make the Suzuki a noisy motorway companion.

Yet, despite its shortfalls, the Swift is a likeable and fun small car, that has a workmanlike simplicity to its interior, with excellent infotainment options that put some luxury car makers to shame. The Swift also excels in the urban environment, with nimble handling and a punchy range of engines.

It's safe too, featuring seven airbags and earning a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. But, most importantly, it's cheap to run. The benefit of a clean petrol engine is that you won't find yourself paying a premium for diesel - either on the list price, on the forecourt or for fuel at the pumps.

Out on the road, it retains the character that made the previous Swift such a success. The steering is quick, it relishes corners and has a snappy, pleasing gearchange. In short it's fun - not something that can be said of every small hatchback.

What's different this time is that the Swift is a bit more at home at the motorway, with improved steering and high speed stability. The 136PS 1.6-litre Swift Sport injects some high octane fun into the Suzuki formula, while the option of four-wheel ensures rural drivers will never get stranded at the bottom of a wintery road in the hills. Overall, it's a great small car that appeals to a wide range of buyers.

Suzuki Swift Sport 2011 Road Test

Long Term Test Suzuki Swift 1.2

Suzuki Swift 4x4 2013 Road Test

Owners' reviews

3
Surprising roomy for passengers, but let down by road noise and firm ride
4
Really quite good
5
Great fun, cheap, well spec'd and a joy to own and drive
4
Fun, fun, fun!
alw
4
excellent value for money with top rate handling
5
A great all-rounder with a sense of fun.
 

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