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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Passenger room is competitive with its supermini rivals
  • Boot larger than last model, but still not the biggest
  • Noticeably lower seating position than before 

Although this generation of Swift is shorter than before, it’s also roomier inside, thanks to having a longer wheelbase. So you get more legroom, and thanks to lower-mounted seats, which leave you a more reclined driving position than before, there’s more headroom front and rear.

Journeys with three adults in the back are best kept short, but there’s enough legroom and overall cabin width to offer rear passengers a surprisingly comfortable environment. Note however that rear electric windows are only available on the top-spec SZ5 and Sport models.

2019 Suzuki Swift rear seats

There’s an impressive assortment of cubbies and cupholders in the front cabin, too, even if the materials surrounding them does feel a little cheap. 

Otherwise the Swift has all the hallmarks of the supermini genre, being compact and easy to manoeuvre in confined spaces.

2019 Suzuki Swift boot

The boot capacity is 265 litres, which is 54 litres up from before – but it’s no class leader. It has a high loading lip, which makes putting heavy objects in more difficult than it needs to be. If you want the roomiest, grab a Skoda Fabia, Dacia Sandero or Kia Rio.

Safety not the strongest of points

  • Only a three-star Euro NCAP crash test result
  • Rises to four on SZ5 and Sport versions
  • Even more equipment fitted since 2017 test

When tested by the crash-tested by the experts at Euro NCAP, the Mk5 was split into two levels of competence: SZ3, Attitude and SZ-T versions, which do without much of the more advanced safety kit only scored a disappointing three stars. Plump for an SZ5 or Sport, where much of it is standard, and that situation improves to a more acceptable four-star rating - still lagging behind many of its tougher supermini rivals, though.

That lack of kit makes it difficult to recommend anything other than an SZ5 or Sport on safety grounds, particularly when you consider how much extra you get for your money. Those Swifts come with:

More commonplace safety kit such as six airbags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control is standard across the whole Swift range.

For additional security, the SZ5 is also available with AllGrip, an intelligent four-wheel drive system that diverts power to the rear wheels when it sense the front ones don't have optimum traction. In reality, few people in Britain live in areas where this is a vital addition, so it's not a package we'd recommend - a set of winter tyres would be significantly less expensive.

WATCH: Suzuki Swift Hatchback Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Suzuki Swift Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Attitude equipment

Attitude standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
Attitude optional equipment
  • CD
  • Steel wheels

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
Sport optional equipment
None available

SZ3 equipment

SZ3 standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric mirrors
  • Steel wheels
SZ3 optional equipment
None available

SZ5 equipment

SZ5 standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Climate control
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
SZ5 optional equipment
None available

SZ-T equipment

SZ-T standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
SZ-T optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 3 stars

The Suzuki Swift Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 3 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

3 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 83%
Child Occupant: 75%
Pedestrian: 69%
Safety Assist: 25%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.