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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

All models have a sporty-looking three-spoke steering wheel with audio controls – the column adjusts for height only but it’s still easy to find a good driving position. Due to the upright windscreen, everything seems very close to you – in a good way. The clear, unfussy layout of the dashboard means all the controls are easy to find and it looks stylish too.

The simple stereo is a highlight, while the rest of the switchgear feels robust.

The fit-and-finish of the cabin is another area that’s greatly improved over previous Suzuki products. The seats are trimmed in quality materials and give good support while the interior has an attractive and stylish look – it certainly doesn’t feel like a budget car. Refinement is good too with wind and road noise well suppressed, even at motorway speeds – engine noise can be intrusive but this is only the case when the Swift is being pushed hard.

Rear legroom is acceptable for short trips in the three-door, though the centre passenger has restricted room because of the transmission tunnel. As you’d expect there’s slightly more space in the five-door.