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  • Launched in 2017
  • Small hatch
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2017
  • Body type
    Small hatch
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Stylish hatchback, fun to drive

Best bits

  • Stylish, with plenty of kerbside appeal
  • Really good fun on twisty roads
  • Engines are refined and economical

Not so great

  • Ride is rather unsettled
  • Interior plastic feel a bit cheap
  • Small boot

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Overall verdict on the Suzuki Swift

"The Suzuki Swift isn’t perfect, with a small boot, an unsettled ride, high insurance costs and an iffy safety record. However, it’s 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. Utterly charming."

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Fiesta. Polo. Corsa. There are some very familiar names in the hatchback 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, 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. There's even a performance(esque) version in the form of the Suzuki Swift Sport.


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 it’s 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.


Still, 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.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our Suzuki Swift (2010-2017) review.

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1.0 Boosterjet SZ-T 5dr

  • 2017
  • 33,744 miles
  • J&J Motors - Suzuki Crosshands
  • Llanelli, SA146RB
Price:£9,495
PCP: £193.17/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 39 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £193.17, Customer Deposit: £1,424.00, Total Deposit: £1,424.25, Optional Final Payment: £2,900.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,783.37, Total Amount Payable: £11,278.37, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.16%, Excess Mileage Charge: 3ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

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1.0 Boosterjet SHVS SZ5 5dr

  • 2018
  • 21,848 miles
  • J&J Motors - Suzuki Crosshands
  • Llanelli, SA146RB
Price:£10,395
PCP: £209.57/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £209.57, Customer Deposit: £1,559.00, Total Deposit: £1,559.25, Optional Final Payment: £3,251.00, Total Charge For Credit: £1,750.20, Total Amount Payable: £12,145.20, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.43%, Excess Mileage Charge: 4.8ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Suzuki Swift right for you?

Are you a fun-loving type, but you need to buy a reasonably sensible car on a budget? If you are, then the Suzuki Swift might well be the perfect compromise. 


The sensible box is checked by the fact that it’s roomy for four, it’s solidly built, it’s impressively economical and it costs thousands less to buy than many rivals. It also has the fun bit covered thanks to its stylish looks, its chuckable handling and its raucous, rev-hungy engines. 


It’s not the comfiest car of its type, and not the best on interior quality, either, but many buyers won’t mind too much about that. You’d think that all this would make the Swift great for young drivers, then, but hold your horses. Unfortunately, the Swift costs a comparatively huge amount to insure, which will rule it out for many. Parents won’t like its iffy performance in Euro NCAP crash tests, either.

What’s the best Suzuki Swift model/engine to choose?

There’s merit in both the engine choices. The 1.2 is cheaper and more efficient, and its rev-hungry nature really suits the Swift’s fun-loving character. However, if you can, we’d recommend spending the extra on the 1.0-litre turbo. Not only is it faster, it’s more flexible, giving you an easier life for more of the time.


Trim-wise, entry-level SZ3 trim will be a little basic for some: it has steel wheels rather than alloys, and it only has a basic stereo. Our favoured trim is the next rung up the ladder, SZ-T, which gives you glitzier wheels and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple Carplay/Android Auto, as well as front foglamps and a reversing camera.

What other cars are similar to the Suzuki Swift?

Despite the incessant rise of the SUV, the supermini is still the most popular type of car there is, so there are loads and loads of familiar names here. The most familiar include the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Toyota Yaris, Nissan Micra and SEAT Ibiza. However, the Swift sits at the more affordable end of the scale, so it’s closer in price and feel to rivals like the Skoda Fabia, Citroen C3, Kia Rio, Hyundai i20 and Dacia Sandero.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is there a Suzuki Swift diesel?

Previous generations of the Swift were available with a very frugal 1.3-little DDiS diesel engine, which was capable of returning close to 70mpg. However, due to changing buyer tastes, this version is only available on the used market (and in India as the Maruti DZire).

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Do I really need a Swift with four-wheel drive?

Honestly? Probably not, but the four-wheel drive Swift is very popular in places which regularly get very snowy winters, and it’s nice to have the option for extra peace of mind.

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What is the difference between the Swift and Swift Sport?

The standard Swift is a sensible small car, but the Sport model has its own engine (a 1.4-litre turbo), firmer suspension for better cornering, and aggressive styling to help it stand out.

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Is the Suzuki Swift reliable?

Inside, the little Suzuki can feel a bit rough and ready, but the brand has an exceptional reputation for building robust and dependable cars. Take care of it, and it’ll take care of you.

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Can I buy a Swift with an automatic gearbox?

Yes, but only on the SZ5 trim level. It’s decently smooth and quick when changing gear, but it has a negative impact on fuel economy and costs quite a bit more than the manual version.

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Where is the Suzuki Swift made?

All over the world, including in Japan, India and (for the previous two generations) Hungary. However, if you buy a new one here in Europe then it was almost certainly built in Japan.

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