Suzuki Swift information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the fun supermini. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Suzuki Swift range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
The Suzuki Swift is a former CAR car of the year winner. It’s an honest, attractive supermini that drives really well – especially in warmed-up Sport spec. The Swift was refreshed partway through its life, with the addition of a six-speed gearbox on the Sport and, later, a five-door model. For more information on the Suzuki Swift, click on our further stories on the links below.
60sec road test
Originally launched in 2005, the Swift was thoroughly overhauled in 2010 but since the newer ones look pretty much the same as the old ones, not everyone noticed. Overlook it at your peril, because it’s a sweet-handling, value-packed supermini that’s good enough to embarrass pricier rivals. All models are a decent steer, but the Sport version is a warm hatch bargain. A revvy 1.6-litre engine, snappy gearshift and not much weight to lug around makes it more fun than you might give it credit for. Downsides? Lots of hard plastics in the cabin, buzzy engine and road noise at speed and not a whole lot of space in the back (or the boot). Build quality is solid though, and the good news is that as well as being affordable to buy the Swift’s cheap to run. It’s the best car Suzuki makes.
The one we’d buy
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Rivals to consider
Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, Peugeot 208, Renault Clio, Skoda Fabia
Fun to drive, good value, low running costs
Feels cheaper than rivals, small boot, can be noisy at speed