Our Cars: Suzuki Swift 1.2

2 March 2012: Where has the Swift been?

The Details

Current mileage 2234
Claimed economy 56.5mpg
Actual economy 46.3mpg

When buying a car you'll consider your regular routes and the most common journeys you’ll make. This could be the school run, your commute to work and trips to the shop. Of course, this is best way to pick a car. There’s no point buying a two seater if you have three kids to take to school.

But there’s no accounting for the unexpected and so you’ll almost certainly make a trip to somewhere you weren’t planning on visiting, or you’ll use your car for something you didn’t initially consider, like carrying a large load or crossing a wet field.

So I’ve picked some of the journeys I’ve made in the Swift, both everyday and unusual, and plotted them on the map below. Click the coloured routes for a description of the journey and an overview of how the little Suzuki managed. 

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