The Suzuki Swift is a stylish, good-to-drive, fun and economical small hatchback. Owners of the previous Swift – who on the whole have very good things to say about the car – will be pleased that there’s no radical departure from what the old car was doing. The looks may be familiar, but this is actually an all-new design, with a wider track and longer wheelbase, which makes for more space inside.
The styling is also slightly more sophisticated than the old model and there’s a bit more room inside too. the Swift is a likeable and fun small car, that has a workmanlike simplicity to its interior, with excellent infotainment options that put some luxury car makers to shame. The Swift also excels in the urban environment, with nimble handling and a punchy range of engines.
It’s safe too, featuring seven airbags and earning a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. But, most importantly, it’s cheap to run. The benefit of a clean petrol engine is that you won’t find yourself paying a premium for diesel – either on the list price, on the forecourt or for fuel at the pumps.
Out on the road, it retains the character that made the previous Swift such a success. The steering is quick, it relishes corners and has a snappy, pleasing gearchange. In short it’s fun – not something that can be said of every small hatchback.