Suzuki Swift (2017) Review

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Suzuki Swift (2017) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
If you’re not so young, but you’re still young-at-heart, then there’s a lot to like about the Swift. It’s a very likeable car that’s bursting with character, and the people it suits will absolutely love it.

Revvy 1.0 Boosterjet engine, stylish with plenty of kerbside appeal, really good fun on twisty roads, engines are refined and economical.

Back seatbacks fold but not flat, ride is rather unsettled, interior plastics feel a bit cheap, small boot.

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

The 2017 Suzuki Swift isn’t perfect, with a small boot, a slightly unsettled ride, high insurance costs and an iffy safety record. However, it’s still a very likeable car thanks to its funky styling, thrill-a-minute handling and rev-hungry engines, and there’s much more to like besides. Granted, most supermini buyers will probably prefer the cocktail of attributes provided by a Ford Fiesta or SEAT Ibiza, but while the Swift is flawed, it’s most certainly charming.

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Fiesta. Polo. Corsa. There are some very familiar names in the supermini market, not least because they’re some of the best-selling cars in Britain. And for good reason. Smart to look at, comfortable and enjoyable to drive and practical enough for day-to-day use, they suit a very large number of drivers.

But what if you’re not like most drivers? What if you value different things? What if you could have a car that focused much more on fun and style than comfort and luxury, and you could have it for much less cash than you’d pay for one of the usual suspects?

If that’s what you’re after, then you’d be missing a trick if you didn’t consider the Suzuki Swift.

This thing really is lots of fun. First off, it looks great thanks to its sleek lines and its cutesy features. Secondly, it’s an absolute hoot on the road. The rev-hungry engines tempt you into thrashing them mercilessly, and when you chuch the car into a bend, it rewards you with good grip, meaty-feeling steering and really impressive balance. It’s virtually impossible to drive this car without smiling.

It’s good in other ways, too. The engines are smooth and quiet, and deliver good efficiency figures, there’s decent room for four in the passenger compartment, and all but the entry-level version come with a decent amount of kit.

However, doubling down on fun does involve a few sacrifices in other areas. Some drivers will find the ride rather unsettled, the boot is quite small and the cabin feels pretty plasticky. Still, drivers who are young and care-free are unlikely to care too much about that.

Sadly, the Swift does have one more rather serious - not to mention strange - achilles heel that makes it completely unsuitable for young drivers, and that’s its preposterously and catastrophically high insurance groupings.

Parents won’t much like the fact that the Swift has struggled in Euro NCAP crash tests, either. It’s such a shame, because otherwise, it’s absolutely perfect for that audience.

Ask Honest John

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