Suzuki Swift (2017) Review

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Suzuki Swift (2017) At A Glance

Great steering and handling. Revvy 1.0 Boosterjet engine. Excellent 6-speed auto. 97g/km mild hybrid. A joy to drive.

Back seatbacks fold, but not flat. Room for a spare but not standard. 5-speed manual gearlever has long throw. Satnav does not show speed limits.

New prices start from £11,993, brokers can source from £17,529
Contract hire deals from £126.34 per month
Insurance Group 12
On average it achieves 102% of the official MPG figure

With agile handling, eager yet economical engines, generous levels of equipment and sensible pricing, the Suzuki Swift is a great car. It’s practical and well made, but it doesn’t feel quite as plush or substantial as a SEAT Ibiza. Even so, it’s still one of our favourite hatchbacks.

It might look chunkier than the old Swift, but the new car is actually more or less the same size – so it’s at home on tight city streets and in multi-storey car parks. But it’s just as happy on a country road, with precise steering loads of traction and great handling, thanks in part to its very lightweight design.

There are two engine options – a 90PS 1.2-litre DualJet petrol, as seen in the previous Swift, and a 111PS 1.0-litre BoosterJet petrol. The 1.2 is revvy and enjoyable, but the BoosterJet is even better, with the same free-revving character plus an added injection of punchy, mid-range torque and excellent fuel economy.

Rear head and leg room is surprisingly decent, with room for a pair of adults if the front seat occupants aren’t too tall. The 265-litre boot capacity isn’t huge, but it’s plenty for shopping and the rear seat backs fold down for some extra space – although not completely flat.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, Bluetooth and DAB radio, but we’d go for a mid-spec SZ-T to gain alloy wheels, better infotainment, a reversing camera and the excellent BoosterJet engine. But even top-spec SZ5 models are well priced and come with the option of an automatic transmission and even all-wheel drive.

The Suzuki Swift is easily one of the best small hatchbacks around. Forgive some slightly cheap looking interior plastics and a slightly small boot and there’s really nothing else to pick fault with – the driving experience, running costs, price, and equipment levels make it a superb buy. 

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Real MPG average for a Suzuki Swift (2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance


Real MPG

42–80 mpg

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Is there a city car with a decent automatic gearbox?
Is there a city car with a decent auto box left?
Dual-clutch transmissions are expensive while torque converter gearboxes aren't great for emissions which is why manufacturers are increasingly offering automated manuals in small city cars (or not providing an automatic gearbox at all). You might have to look at cars a size up for a decent automatic gearbox - consider a Suzuki Swift or Hyundai i20.
Answered by Andrew Brady
I'm buying my first car - what small hatchback would you recommend?
I'm buying my first car, new or used I have no preference. I would like a five-door, manual transmission, small run around hatchback. My budget is around £10,000, although I could go higher if needed. What would you suggest?
I'd recommend a Kia Picanto. You'll get a nearly-new one in a desirable specification for your budget, with plenty of warranty remaining. It's a really good little car that'll be very cheap to run. Also consider a Suzuki Swift.
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What car would you recommend for a young lady who has recently passed her test?
What would you recommend for a young lady who has recently passed her test and has a budget of £7000 to £8000? Reliability is important.
I'd recommend a Kia Picanto. It should be very reliable and your budget will get one with plenty of its original seven-year warranty remaining. It will be very cheap to run, too. Also, consider the very similar Hyundai i10 or, if she'd prefer something a little bigger, a Suzuki Swift.
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What's the best small car for someone with back problems?
I've got back problems and need a car seat that doesn't tilt backwards, needs to be automatic and have cruise control with a budget of up to £7k. Big ask for that price but any suggestions? What about a Fiat 500?
If you find a Fiat 500 comfortable it might work for you, although there are better small cars on the market. A Honda Jazz would be my choice - your budget will get you a high-spec model from 2014 with cruise control. Also consider a Suzuki Swift.
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What does a Suzuki Swift (2017) cost?

Buy new from £17,529 (list price from £15,009)
Contract hire from £126.34 per month
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