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Suzuki Swift Review


  • Fun to drive
  • Ultra-reliable
  • Improved practicality
  • Efficient engines


Arval’s pick of the range:

Suzuki Swift 1.0 SZ5 SHVS manual


Suzuki Swift – Overview

The Suzuki Swift is a popular supermini hatchback with distinctive and stylish looks plus a reputation for reliability whilst also being a fun drive. The latest version, launched in 2017, is only available as a five-door hatch but, as before, there is an all-wheel drive version alongside the regular front-drive car.


What is the Suzuki Swift like to drive?

The Suzuki Swift is a characterful car to drive. It offers lots of fun at a very attractive price. The car is exceedingly light, weighing in at well under a tonne, which means the car is agile and efficient and doesn’t need high-power engines to put a smile on the driver’s face. The suspension in the latest model gives a more grown-up feel to the way the car rides. This means a more comfortable ride, which is aided by high-quality seats. The seating position is low, which helps the fun-factor without impacting comfort. The Swift is well able to hold its own on the motorway too, thanks to a strong engine line-up. The three-cylinder 1.0 is a particularly excellent engine, which strikes just the right combination of being characterful without being noisy.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.2 90hp, 98-101g/km CO2 (20-21% BIK), 62.8-65.7mpg
  • 1.0 111hp, 97-114g/km CO2 (20-23% BIK), 56.5-65.7mpg



  • 5-speed manual
  • 6-speed automatic


Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


Suzuki Swift trim levels explained

There are three trim levels for the Suzuki Swift that mirror those on offer in other models from the Japanese brand; SZ3, SZ-T and SZ5.


  • 15” steel wheels
  • Driver’s seat height adjustment
  • Powered front windows
  • Manual aircon
  • Auto headlights
  • Powered & heated door mirrors
  • CD player
  • DAB radio
  • Bluetooth
  • USB & aux sockets


SZ-T (in addition to SZ3)

  • 16” alloys
  • Rear parking camera
  • Front fog lights
  • Smartphone link


SZ5 (in addition to SZ-T)

  • 16” polished alloys
  • Sat nav
  • Upgraded stereo
  • Power-fold door mirrors
  • LED projector headlights
  • Automatic aircon
  • 4.2” LCD info screen
  • Speed limiter
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Keyless start
  • Hill hold
  • Lane departure warning

How to spec the Suzuki Swift

With the Suzuki Swift being such excellent value it’s easy to recommend the top specification SZ5 model, which comes with a huge array of driver comforts and tech. Of note, in particular in the SZ5, is the standard sat nav, adaptive cruise control, colour screen and lane departure warning – and these are on top of items such as DAB radio, Bluetooth and auto headlights that are standard across the range. We’d select the 1.0-litre engine, which is the more powerful of the two, but also the more modern engine and the cleanest – particularly when the clever SHVS mild-hybrid is selected. The SHVS system uses a larger battery to provide a small amount of additional power when pulling away or accelerating hard. Suzuki doesn’t claim the cars with this system are any quicker, although they feel it, instead Suzuki says the system improves efficiency and the SHVS equipped 1.0 litre engine comes in at 97g/km for CO2, which means it sits in the 18% benefit in kind tax band.

Suzuki Swift Interior – what’s it like?

The latest Suzuki Swift has seen a welcome increase in interior space. The rear seats now have room for two adults to fit in easily as leg room is improved. There’s also a larger boot which, at 265 litres, makes it a competitive car in the supermini sector. The rear seats also 60:40 split fold if more boot space is required. The design of the dashboard is simple and neat with, on the higher specification cars, some neat styling and colour coded inserts.


Suzuki Swift Alternatives

Rivals include the Alfa Romeo Mito, Audi A1, Citroen DS3, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208, MINI, SEAT Ibiza, Fiat 500, Renault Clio, Vauxhall Corsa and Volkswagen Polo.



In a sector where buyers are spoilt for choice, the Suzuki Swift offers a great value breath of fresh air. There’s always been a lot to love about the Swift and now it also has decent boot space and more efficient engines.


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