Suzuki Swift: Five-door fortunes and boot bothers

  • Exploding TV uncovers the advantage of five-door Swift
  • Boot isn't huge, but we can forgive it as it's a small car
  • However, parcel shelf issue is a bit of a bugbear

My TV blew up. It wasn’t something I was totally distraught about but it happened nevertheless, and hours before a programme I’d been waiting all week to watch. I needed a new one in a hurry. The only problem is that in this age of big tellies and wide-screen viewing, my transport was the Suzuki Swift.

Now, let’s get this straight: the Swift isn’t a big car. You wouldn’t expect it to have a boot as large as a Transit. In fact, my little Suzuki’s official boot capacity figure is a paltry 211 litres.

The high boot lip and deep recess mean loading most luggage isn’t particularly easy, but I can forgive this since it’s a small car and isn’t designed with load-lugging in mind. As you can see from my picture, there’s absolutely no way the boot was going to shut with my (relatively modest by today’s standards) 32-inch TV propped up. For the first time since taking delivery of this car, having a five-door actually made sense.

I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to try and wrestle hundreds of pounds of TV over a folded-forward front seat, and having that extra pair of doors really did seem like a godsend in that cold town centre car park.

There is one more thing I’d like to comment on regarding the boot though. The parcel shelf. When you’re loading and unloading large items into the boot you quite often end up with a vertical shelf, which doesn’t come down when you close the boot.

You may not notice this has happened until you’ve already pulled off and check your rear-view mirror, at which point you’ll notice that you can see precisely nothing out of the back window. It conveniently blocks all view of what’s behind you. Sure, it’s as easy as trying to remember to put it down every time you get something out of the boot but that’s not something I’m used to, so I just don’t do it.

Current mileage: 3,243

Average mpg: 37


The TV fit beautifully in the back of the car.

When you get big things out of the boot you often knock the parcel shelf up...


...Which vastly obsucres the rear-view mirror's field of vision.