Suzuki Swift (2010-present)

Economical and fun to drive, the Suzuki Swift is also great value

Strengths & Weaknesses


Low prices
Fun to drive
Good equipment levels


Small and awkwardly shaped boot
Outdated and plasticky interior
Poor owner satisfaction levels
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Suzuki Swift Hatchback 1.0 boosterjet sz5 5dr auto

Total RRP £16,849

Your quote £15,495

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If you're looking for a small city car that will put a smile on your face every time you start its engine, then the Suzuki Swift fits the bill for less than £10,000.

It's light and agile, so it darts into corners, and has plenty of grip, keeping the driver in control. That makes it fun to drive - on a level with the excellent Ford Fiesta.

Even the least powerful petrol engine is smooth and quick to rev, which makes the car feel zippy, despite the relatively slow 12.3sec it takes to accelerate from 0-62mph. That's not a problem with the Suzuki Swift Sport, which is a quicker version of the car, taking 8.7sec to hit the same speed, and zooming around with a puppy-like eagerness.

It's a good job that the Swift has so much charm and appeal because it's needed to disguise a fair few negative points. While the car's boxy shape makes it easy to get into - whether you choose the three-door or five-door version - it doesn't translate into the spacious interior that you'll find in a Vauxhall Corsa or VW Polo, and certainly not a Honda Jazz, although that car is £4,000 more than the cheapest Swift.

It doesn't get any better when you open the bootlid either. At 211-litres, the Swift’s boot is one of the smallest in the supermini class, far from the 300-litres in the Renault Clio or 330-litres offered by the Skoda Fabia. Squeezing a buggy in there is a struggle. All models have split-fold seats to boost luggage capacity and fit a passenger in the back, but they don't fold completely flat, so some bulky loads may not fit.

The seats are comfortable but the interior is not as stylish as the clear and simple designs of the Corsa or Mazda 2. The materials are a bit low-rent in places too, with plastics on the dashboards and doors that feel hard and brittle - a far cry from the VW Polo and Audi A1. The Swift does come well-equipped, though, with Bluetooth for wireless phone connectivity and air conditioning on all but the cheapest model. Mid-range cars get sat-nav. All Swifts have an adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel, as well as seven airbags.

The Swift was independently tested by Euro NCAP in 2010 and got a full five stars. That means it's still a safe car, but not necessarily up to the standards of the latest five star cars, such as the Honda Jazz and Skoda Fabia, as current tests are tougher than those six years ago.

Because of its sporty feel, the Swift isn't as comfortable as the smoothest superminis like the Peugeot 208, but the trade-off is that it's more fun to drive.

Last Updated 

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 11:00

Key facts 

3 years / 60,000 miles
Boot size: 
Road Tax (min to max): 
£0 to £110

Best Suzuki Swift for... 

Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet SZ4 5dr
The Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet SZ4 5dr has an official fuel economy figure of 65.7mpg. It emits 99g of CO2, meaning it attracts no road tax.
Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet SZ4 5dr
The Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet SZ4 5dr has automatic air-conditioning, a sat nav and a digital radio. Like all Swifts, it has Isofix child-seat mounts.
Suzuki Swift Sport
The Suzuki Swift Sport is the quickest model in the range and the sportiest looking. It can accelerate from 0-62mph in a reasonably quick 8.6 seconds but more importantly, always feels eager.
Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet 4x4 SZ4 5dr
The Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet 4x4 SZ4 5dr is expensive, while the extra weight dents performance and economy. Few will need the extra control of the four wheel drive system.

Suzuki Swift History 

  • September 2010 The current version of the Suzuki Swift is launched
  • June 2011 The Swift is now available with a 1.3 DDiS diesel engine
  • January 2012 The Swift Sport goes on sale as a three-door model only
  • July 2013 The Swift is updated with a new bumper, LED daytime running lights and new alloy wheels. Swift Sport models are now available with five-doors and the Swift 4x4 is launched in July in SZ3 and SZ4 trims.
  • February 2014 A special edition SZ-L, based on the 1.2 SZ3, is launched in February.
  • April 2014 Swifts built between February and March 2013 are recalled for possible brake fluid leak.
  • June 2014 Suzuki announces that the DDiS diesel Swift will no longer be sold
  • October 2014 All 1.2-litre Swifts built between September and November 2013 are recalled for possible engine failure. 
  • February 2015 Another update to the Swift introduces the more efficient Dualjet engine to the range. Sat-nav becomes standard on SZ3 cars.

Understanding Suzuki Swift car names 

  • Swift
  • Engine
    1.2 Dualjet
  • Driven wheels
  • Trim
  • Engine
    You can tell which engine is in your Swift because the size is given in litres. There are two 1.2 litre engines. The most efficient and expensive version is called Dualjet. The Swift Sport has a 1.6 litre engine.
  • Driven wheels
    In most Suzuki Swifts, the power from the engine is only sent to the front wheels. In the 4x4 version, it goes to all the wheels for better control on slippery surfaces.
  • Trim
    The higher the trim level, the more equipment is fitted to your Suzuki Swift. The cheapest is SZ2, it then goes up through SZ3, SZ-L and SZ4.

Suzuki Swift Engines 

1.2, 1.2 Dualjet, 1.6

There are just three engines – all of them petrol – in the Swift line-up. The standard 1.2-litre engine is reasonably economical and inexpensive. You can get it in most of the trim levels, with either two- or four-wheel drive. Its performance doesn't provide any excitement, but neither will it leave you struggling to keep up with traffic on a motorway, although you do have to rev it hard to accelerate at higher speeds. An official fuel economy figure of 56.5mpg is fairly average for the category; you can expect that to drop closer to 45mpg in normal driving. The engine is available with a manual gearbox as well as an automatic, whichmakes the car feel slower and is best avoided.

You’ll pay around £500 more for the more advanced 1.2-litre engine called Dualjet. Although it’s slightly less powerful than the 1.2 petrol, it sprints from 0-62mph just as quickly (12.3 seconds) and is crucially more economical, with an official mpg figure of 65.7mpg (again, that’s likely to drop by at least 10mpg in real-world driving) and carbon dioxie emissions of less than 100g per km, which makes it exempt from road tax. 

The 1.6-litre engine is only available in the Swift Sport. And as the name suggests, it’s not focused on duel economy. It will accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds, but it’s not the time that makes this a great choice, it’s the energetic, smooth and eager way that the engine delivers its power. Just the slightest touch on the accelerator is all it takes for the engine to rev with a rasp: encouraging you to drive it with enthusiasm.


Fuel economy



Top speed





0-62mph: 12.3s


1.2 Dualjet




0-62mph: 12.3s






0-62mph: 8.7s


Suzuki Swift Trims 

SZ2, SZ3, SZ4, Sport

Choosing the right trim level with the equipment you want is important if you're buying a new Suzuki Swift because there are only a limited number of options that you can specify individually. If you want cruise control, for example, you should avoid the SZ2 and SZ3 cars because it can't be fitted to them.

The details below are for the latest brand new cars. If you're buying a used car, check its equipment carefully, as the options included with different trim levels have changed throughout the car's life. 

The Suzuki Swift SZ2 is the cheapest model in the range with a fairly basic level of equipment. It's fitted with steel wheels and no Bluetooth phone connection but it does include a height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric windows, remote central locking and front foglights. The steering wheel only adjusts up or down. It also has nearly as much safety kit as the other trims including tyre pressure monitoring that will warn you if a tyre is deflating, Isofix mounts for child seats and seven airbags. This car is only available with the cheapest and engine.

The SZ3 trim level is only available on cars with four-wheel drive. It adds air conditioning, 16in alloy wheels and Bluetooth for wireless phone connectivity on top of the SZ2 equipment.

At almost £2,000 more than SZ2, based on official pricing, the Suzuki Swift SZ4 no longer looks like the bargain offered by the entry-level model. You do get quite a bit more, though. A DAB digital radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, sat-nav and fully adjustable steering wheel, that can be moved closer or further away from the driver, are all included as standard. You get keyless entry, so the doors unlock automatically if the key fob is nearby, and the engine is started with a button on the dashboard. Automatic air conditioning allows you to set the temperature inside the car. Tinted rear windows and automatic headlights, which turn on when it's dark are also included. You can choose an SZ4 with either of the 1.2-litre petrol engines and four-wheel drive.

SZ-L trim offers much from the SZ4's equipment list for around £700 less. You still get sat-nav, cruise control and DAB radio, as well as some sporty-looking additions, including black 16in alloy wheels and a rear spoiler above the back window. However, there's no keyless entry, automatic headlights or automatic air conditioning, and it's only available with the least economical 1.2-litre engine.

The Suzuki Swift Sport has all the features of the SZ4 and adds chunky additions to the bodywork to make the car look more sporting, brighter headlights and big 17in alloy wheels.

Suzuki Swift Reliability and warranty 

Owners report few reliability concerns with the Suzuki Swift. They may not be impressed with its build quality, but rarely encounter anything actually going wrong. This helped to lift the car to 21st place out of 150 in the 2016 Auto Express Driver Power satisfaction survey. The car's warranty is fairly standard for the industry, covering the Swift for the first three years or 60,000 miles, whichever arrives soonest.

Used Suzuki Swift 

The Suzuki Swift is already good value for money as a new car so doesn’t lose value as quickly as some rivals. This means that you won't save vast sums by buying a car that's a year or two old.

Buying used does give you the option of a diesel-powered Swift, though. These were built between 2011 and 2014, badged DDiS. The diesel car actually emits more CO2 than the petrol Dualjet engine, so it's not exempt from road tax, and fuel economy is similar. However, it feels much quicker because the power is more readily available: you can accelerate up a hill quickly without having to change down a gear, for example. Sound insulation was improved too, so the diesel Swift isn't too noisy inside.

Prices below show typical BuyaCar discounts for our pick of new and used models. Scroll down further for the very latest new Suzuki Swift deals or search for all new and used Suzuki Swift offers.

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Suzuki Swift 1.2 Dualjet SZ4 5dr








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Suzuki Swift Prices

Suzuki Swift SZ-T

1.0 boosterjet sz-t 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 61.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £12,858

You could save up to: £1141

Suzuki Swift SZ3

1.2 dualjet sz3 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £11,859

You could save up to: £140

Suzuki Swift SZ5

1.0 boosterjet shvs sz5 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 65.7mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £14,243

You could save up to: £1256

1.0 boosterjet sz5 5dr auto

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 56.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £15,495

You could save up to: £1354

1.2 shvs sz5 allgrip 5dr

  • Doors 5
  • Fuel petrol/electric hybrid
  • Economy 62.8mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £15,669

You could save up to: £830.01