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Suzuki Swift (2010-13)

Overall Rating

4 stars

Cheap to buy and run with good mechanical reliability, however it's sparsely equipped, cramped inside, so-so to drive but has added safety features in crash tests.

For
  • Cheap to buy and run
  • Reasonable boot space
  • Engine upgrades
Against
  • Cramped interior
  • Heavy body roll
  • Engine noise
Road Test

Both three- and five-door models are cramped and there's very little head- or legroom in the back. Seats are thin, spongy and lack support. Bootspace is reasonable, but a high lip makes access difficult. The narrow shape means that three-door models only seat four. The majority of Swifts lack power steering, which can make hard work of parking. Replacing the previous GL and GLX models, the new grades are SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4 with engine choices of 1.3-litre petrol and 1.3-litre DDiS; the 1.5-litre petrol model continues to be available with automatic transmission only. The SZ4 model now includes automatic air conditioning and alloy wheels as standard; The 1.6-litre Swift Sport remains unaffected in the range. There's heavy body roll through corners, the gearchange is stiff and there's lots of engine and wind noise. Although mechanically sound, and unlikely to break down, the budget-spec interior is easily damaged.

Need To Know

NCAP: 5 Star EuroNCAP

Replacement: 2013


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Suzuki Swift (2010-13)
Star Ratings

Handling

3 stars

Comfort

3 stars

Quality & Reliability

4 stars

Performance

3 stars

Roominess

3 stars

Running Costs

3 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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