Well – what a surprise this little car is. Still slightly outdated in its exterior styling, but with a new sporty version, it looks great and the Suzuki Swift is a fun car to drive. With prices from just £10,799 for the basic model, it certainly gives the Mini a run for its money.
There is a very solid feel to the car while at the same time it gives an effortless drive. The steering is well-defined and a good chassis allows it to respond accurately. There is a choice of engines; from the 1.2 litre to the 1.3 diesel which is perfect if you travel extensively. Averaging out at 44 to 51mpg, fuel economy is not something to worry about, although the most economical is the diesel engine.
One problem is sound, especially when the engine is working hard. Road noise and vibration can be quite annoying, but then you are not buying a luxury vehicle. The interior is predominately plastic, but looks solid and hard-wearing. The dashboard layout is neat and functional with easy to read dials. There is plenty of room in the front for two adults, however the back is cramped, but no more than you would expect from this size of car.
At the price it is well worth considering the Sports version. It comes pretty much fully loaded with automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth, 17”alloy wheels, keyless entry and HID projector headlights, all for around £13,700. Even the rear passengers have electric windows.