Suzuki Swift – Eco Car
The Suzuki Swift is not the last word in economy, packaging, performance or comfort but the range of models offers plenty worth considering if you’re shopping for a good small car. The amount of room inside the Swift is definitely supermini and comparisons with the trendy (but more expensive) Mini can leave room for envy. Prices start from £9,500. The three door versions only have four seats, compared to the 5 door models that have five seats.
Suzuki Swift – Low Car Tax Band (VED)
Both the 1.2-litre petrol engine and the 1.3-litre diesel engine available for the Suzuki Swift put it in low car tax bands so owners needn’t worry about paying much for tax. This helps to keep the cost of motoring down. The Suziki Swift 5dr 1.3 DDis Sz3 falls into Car Tax Band C which is free for the first year and £30 a year thereafter.
Suzuki Swift – Low Co2 Emissions
Both the 1.2-litre petrol engine and the 1.3-litre diesel engine available for the Suzuki Swift produce relatively low CO2 emissions. The petrol engine generates 140g/km of carbon emissions. The diesel engine pumps out just 119g/km at the tailpipe. This helps reduce the Swift’s toll on the environment and means it is a relatively green form of motoring.
Suzuki Swift - Safety
Despite its tiny size, the new Suzuki Swift is rated as one of the safest cars out there. It holds a five-start Euro NCAP rating for crash safety. All models in the range come with seven airbags as standard. ABS (antilock braking system), EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) all come as standard and help to boost the Swift’s ability to avoid trouble.
Suzuki Swift – Miles Per Gallon
With the petrol engine, the Swift manages nearly 60mpg on the combined cycle. The diesel engine is rated at almost 70mpg (51.4 to 72.4mpg), so owners should be spared the pain of regular visits to the petrol forecourt―a major consideration as VAT and fuel prices continue to rise. Insurance and car tax should also be pleasantly low, (around group 8/9), meaning the Swift should be a solid partner for frugal motorists.
Suzuki Swift - Quality Supermini
The Swift really is a supermini. There is very little room in the back seats and the boot, too, is relatively cramped. The light weight that contributes to the car’s energetic feel and peppy handling comes partly from a lack of soundproofing, which means the car can get noisy.
Suzukis generally enjoy a good reputation for build quality, and the Swift looks like it should uphold this reputation well. Panel fit and exterior quality are good. The interior feels a bit cheap in terms of materials but otherwise is solid enough. Suzuki has plenty of experience building fine small engines so the car should be fine mechanically, too.
Suzuki Swift - Performance
Shoppers seeking a true performance supermini will want instead to check out the pricier Swift Sport but the ‘lesser’ Swift is still plenty of fun, whether you choose the petrol or the diesel engine. Both engines have plenty of poke for a frugal small car and the Swift’s low weight means the car feels peppy.
Suzuki Swift - Conclusion
The option of five doors helps boost the practicality of the Suzuki Swift but there is no getting around the fact that this is a very small car. No amount of clever engineering can squeeze more volume into the small cabin. Stick with this as a fun, cheap and superb city car and you should be fine. Just don’t expect to carry around too much furniture.
As an unpretentious and fun small car, the Suzuki Swift has long been a relatively secret gem. The latest version continues this tradition and brings motorists a cheap but entertaining supermini. The chassis is precise and engaging. The steering is quick and there is little mass to impede changes of direction. If anything, the Swift can at times be a little too eager to change direction, making standard fitment of ESP a relief.