Suzuki Swift (2017 - present)

Suzuki’s Swift is fun to drive, economical, and good looking. But rivals have better interiors and more room

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Economical engines
Cheaper than rivals
Fun to drive

Weaknesses 

Lacklustre interior
Lacking in boot space
Hybrids are pricey
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Suzuki is hoping to recreate the successes of the previous Swift with this new one. The old one was revered as a slightly more fun competitor of the Ford Fiesta, Skoda Fabia, and Seat Ibiza, and the new one is even more fun.

It also goes toe to toe with the likes of the Hyundai i20, Kia Rio, and Toyota Yaris. It’s a lot more appealing than either of those three cars to start with. As long as you don’t get a car in base spec, without alloy wheels, the Swift is modern looking with an almost playful-looking front end. It can be optioned in bright colours too - helping to make it look new and vibrant. It doesn’t quite have the whiff of Werther's Originals about it like some of its rivals.

Engine choice is limited, but that’s no bad thing. The 1.2-litre is a leftover from the previous car, but doesn’t feel that outdated. However, we’d opt for the 1.0-litre Boosterjet option. This is more expensive but is faster and more economical in the real world, and, is genuinely fun to use. You need to press the accelerator hard down, and keep revving it to get the most of it, but it never feels strained and it feels like it wants to be revved more. This engine is nearly on par with Ford’s award winning Ecoboost engine, as found in the Fiesta. The Swift is slightly up in mpg in real world testing (48.8mpg v Fiesta's 45.3mpg) but the Ecoboost can be had with 125hp, where as the Suzuki's makes do with 109bhp.

The little Swift is a hoot to drive too. The steering provides more feedback than the likes of the Hyundai i20 and it’s definitely more fun to drive down a country lane than a Toyota Yaris. The Swift’s new underpinnings are lighter than the old one, and it feels more agile when going around corners because of it. Road noise is slightly more noticeable than in rivals though. The Sport takes things to another level, feeling agile and quick in every situation. Although, notably, the Sport is certainly no Ford Fiesta ST rival. The Ford has an additional 60 or so bhp plus a 0-62mph time of 6.7 seconds, a full 1.4 seconds quicker than the Swift.

Mid-spec Swifts start at around £15,000 - which undercuts rivals like the Fiesta (£17,165 for Titanium). And you can really begin to feel where the money has been saved inside. While the design is logical and neat, and the driving position holds no problems either, it can be a bit underwhelming in here. There’s plenty of scratchy black plastic, and very few colours. The ambiance of the interior in the Seat Ibiza is much nicer.

Practicality is another point where the Swift falls down too. Passengers in the rear will feel cramped on long journeys, especially those above 6ft, and the ride is more bouncy than some rivals. The boot size is a meagre 264 litres with the seats up. While this is an improvement over the old car, it falls way behind the likes of the Kia Rio (325 litres) and the boot also has a quite high lip, making getting heavy objects more arduous. 

The Swift makes a great left-field choice for those who are looking for something other than a Ford Fiesta, but find the Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20, and Kia Rio a bit unfashionable.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:45

Key facts 

Warranty : 
Three years/60,000 miles
Boot size: 
264/579 litres
Width: 
1,735mm
Length: 
3,840mm
Height: 
1,495mm
Tax : 
£115-165 in the first year, £130-140 thereafter


Best Suzuki Swift for... 

Suzuki Swift SZ5 1.0 Boosterjet
Although the 1.2-litre and the 1.0-litre look similar on paper in terms of economy, we’d recommend the 1.0 as it’s a much better engine all together and is much more usable in day to day driving.
Suzuki Swift SZ-T 1.0 Boosterjet
All Swifts come with five doors, and all have pretty small boots. So go for the 1.0-Boosterjet in SZ-T spec. This trim level gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as built in sat nav.
Suzuki Swift Sport
The fastest of the Swifts is the sport, which has a turbocharged 1.4-litre making 138bhp, propelling it from 0-62mph in just over 8 seconds. It’s not as fast as some hot hatches, but it is more fun than others.

Suzuki Swift History 

  • March 2017: Suzuki introduces all-new Swift
  • June 2017: Swift goes on sale in UK
  • September 2017: Swift Sport makes first public appearance at the Frankfurt motor show
  • April 2018: First cars delivered in UK

Understanding Suzuki Swift car names 

  • Swift
  • Engine
    1.0 Boosterjet
  • Trim level
    SZ5
  • Gearbox
    Manual
  • Engine
    There are three engines available, a 1.0-litre, a 1.2-litre, and a 1.4-litre. The 1.0-litre and 1.4-litres have turbos to make them faster and more efficient, while the 1.2-litre does not have a turbo.
  • Trim level
    There are four trim levels - SZ3 is the most basic, SZ-T is a mid-spec, SZ5 models are top spec for non-sport models, and the Sport gets its own spec, but can only be had with the most powerful engine.
  • Gearbox
    All cars come with a five-speed manual gearbox, or a six speed automatic 


Suzuki Swift Engines 

1.0 Boosterjet, 1.2 Dualjet, 1.4 Boosterjet Sport

The Swift is currently available with three engines, all of which are petrol powered.

The entry level is the 1.2 Dualjet. This is a 1.2-litre engine which was also available in the previous generation Swift. The most basic trimline, SZ3, comes with this engine as standard. It’s clean and frugal enough, but it’s beaten in pretty much every department by the, admittedly more expensive, 1.0 Boosterjet.

This 1.0 Boosterjet is available in SZ-T spec upwards, and Suzuki reckons this is what most buyers will be putting their money into. It’s frugal and also good fun but has three cylinders rather than a conventional four. It makes a nice noise when you rev it hard and has enough poke for most situations; it never feels like ‘just’ a 1.0-litre engine. This can be had with the SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) which is a mild hybrid system. In a traditional hybrid, the electric power is used in conjunction with a petrol or diesel engine to power the car. Mild hybrid systems are generally unable to power a car through electric power alone. Instead, these systems are used to assist in accelerating in order to help fuel consumption. Mild hybrid systems also assist stop/start systems.

The final engine is a 1.4 Boosterjet Sport. It makes a 138hp, and feels much faster than the figures would suggest. Fuel consumption (officially) is just over 41mpg, which is pretty impressive for a hot-hatch. This engine can only be had with the Swift Sport.

 

Fuel

Fuel economy

Power

Acceleration (0-62mph)

Top speed

1.2 Dualjet

petrol

65.7mpg

88hp

11.9s

111mph

1.2 Dualjet SHVS 4x4

petrol

62.8mpg

88hp

12.6s

105mph

1.0 Boosterjet

petrol

61.4mpg

109hp

10.6s

121mph

1.0 Boosterjet SHVS

petrol

65.7mpg

109hp

10.6

121mph

1.4 Boosterjet Sport

Petrol

47.1mpg

138hp

8.1s

130mph

Suzuki Swift Trims 

SZ3, SZ-T, SZ-5, Sport

The Suzuki Swift range consists of four models.

The cheapest of the range is the SZ3, which is only available with the 1.2-litre Dualjet engine. It has DAB radio, Bluetooth, and electric front windows.

Moving up to SZ-T spec only gives you the option of the 1.0-litre Boosterjet engine. This trim also adds a seven-inch touchscreen entertainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink smartphone connectivity. It also has a reversing camera. This model also gets 16-inch alloy wheels and front foglights, which really lift the car’s exterior.

Top of the (non-Sport) range SZ5 models can be had with either engine. This level also brings in the option of a mild hybrid system known as SHVS. If you want four-wheel-drive you have to plump for this spec, as well as the 1.2-litre engine, with the hybrid bits. SZ5 models have sat nav, climate control, LED headlights, electric front and rear windows, plus, reach adjustment on the steering wheel. Adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, and auto dipping headlights also feature.

The last model is the Sport. The main difference is that this car gets a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine with 138hp on tap. It’s a warm hatch (as opposed to a hot hatch) but it’s the swiftest Swift on offer. This Swift also gets sportier suspension, larger brakes, 17 inch alloy wheels, sports seats, and a sports exhaust.

Suzuki Swift Reliability and warranty 

Suzuki’s three-year/60,000 mile warranty is pretty standard, and is nothing to really write home about. It’s on par with the Ford Fiesta but is dwarfed by Kia’s seven year warranty in the Rio and Hyundai’s five year warranty with the i20.

Suzuki does tend to score well in the Auto Express Driver Power reliability survey though. The company placed 11th out of 26 in 2018, with a good seventh place finish overall for reliability.

Used Suzuki Swift 

Despite the car not being on sale for that long, used cars at cropping up regularly on the used market.

Mid-range SZ-T models with the 1.0-litre engine are regularly selling for around £11,000 for a 2018 registered car with around 2,000 miles. That’s a useful £4,000 saving over buying brand new.

The desirable Sport isn’t showing any worthwhile savings just yet, but buying pre-owned does at least negate waiting lists.

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