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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 8.1 - 9.5 mpp
Hybrid petrol engines 8.5 - 8.9 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
  • SHVS mild-hybrid Boosterjet the most efficient...
  • But all Swifts sip petrol economomically
  • Suzuki servicing and maintenance is highly competitive

With low insurance ratings and frugal low-emissions engines, competitive running costs are its forte. While Suzuki may continue to push the its driving appeal, the truth is that the big attraction of this car is the low-cost motoring that it provides.

Fuel economy peaks at 54.1mpg for the SZ5 Boosterjet SHVS mild-hybrid under the more rigorous WLTP testing system that's better-designed to replicate real-world conditions. Swift Sport aside, the least efficient is the SZ5 Boosterjet automatic (with no mild-hybrid set-up), posting a figure of 48.6mpg. All the other mainstream Swifts fall between those two figures.

Red 2019 Suzuki Swift rear light and SHVS badge details

Least efficient overall is the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine in the Swift Sport, returning 47.0mpg, not at all bad for a performance-focused hatchback.

Low CO2 across the range

Whichever Swift you go for, the most polluting produces a maximum of 125g/km of CO2, meaning all of the range is good in this regard. However, it's worth noting that only one version, the SZ5 Boosterjet SHVS dips beneath the 100g/km threshold at 98g/km. Overall, road tax (VED) costs will be competitive rather than outstanding.

Other costs are kept in check, particularly those regarding servicing and maintenance, with Suzuki's dealer network offering competitive packages to keep you in-house rather than going to a good independent mechanic.

It's also fair to expect consumables such as tyres and brakes should be inexpensive, too and need replacing less frequently due to the Swift's inherent lightness. Temper that with the understanding that the Swift is an enjoyable car to drive enthusiastically, which might bode less well for the longevity of your tyres.

Strong reliability record

  • Swift offers excellent peace of mind
  • Don’t let cheap-feeling materials put you off
  • Brand has a reputation for longevity

For all the Japanese marque has a strong reliability reputation, the previous-generation Suzuki Swift was subjected to four recalls by the vehicle inspectorate, the DVSA.

So far, it's a similar story with the current-generation car - it's chalked-up three recalls to its name.

Remember, these recalls aren't to say something will definitely happen, more that there's a chance that they might and the work is undertaken to stop it - prevention being better than cure and all that.

Of the ones affecting the Swift, the three are limited to a tension belt on the mild-hybrid system potentially failing, the battery not charging properly and side airbags possibly being inflated if a rear door is slammed too hard. If you're buying a used Swift, ensure this remedial work has been undertaken. New models aren't affected.

Blue 2017 Suzuki Swift front three-quarter driving

Build quality feels first-rate, although admittedly some of the plastics feel harder to the touch than you’ll find in some rivals, but it should prove durable.

It’s a similar situation with switchgear: all of the buttons and controls feel as though they’re built to last but they do so without the satisfying damping action you find in other superminis.

Mechanically there’s nothing all-new for the Swift with all the engines, transmissions and AllGrip all-wheel drive systems already seeing service elsewhere in Suzuki’s range.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £135 - £145
Insurance group 22 - 35
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