2017 Suzuki Swift Review: Simple But Clever


The Suzuki Swift is the centre point of the Japanese manufacturer’s current range of compact, affordable cars. It slots in between the micro-SUV Ignis and the larger, value-oriented Baleno hatchback. The Swift, though, for all this multi-model marketing, remains a straightforward supermini – it comes in just a five-door body style, with a choice of two engines, two gearboxes, and the option of four-wheel drive. There’s even mild hybrid assistance and a range of safety assist systems, although it should be noted that the most impressive of these is limited to the top specification of a three-grade line-up. Rivals to the Swift are multitudinous and varied, from budget supermini fare like the Dacia Sandero through comparable Korean and Japanese rivals to the leading European lights such as the Ford Fiesta, Seat Ibiza, and Volkswagen Polo.

Body Style: Hatchback Seats: 5                   

MRP: £10,995-15,849


Did you know? Tracing the Swift’s lineage can be hard as the nameplate hasn’t always been used globally – it was known as the Cultus in Japan.


Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★★☆☆ (7.6/10)

Suzuki’s growth from being a quirky, ‘alternative’ brand to the mainstream into one of the leading Japanese contenders has been gathering pace in recent years, built on the back of credible, quality products like the Vitara, Baleno, and Ignis. The Swift is the marque’s longest-serv...