Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Should you buy a Suzuki Swift Hatchback?

In a nutshell, this is a fun car to drive and one that promises reliability and dependability to complement its fine handling dynamics. Although it’s not as cheap as the model used to be, it’s still good value, and is available in a range of equipment levels, which are all generously appointed. If those factors tick your supermini-buying boxes, go ahead. 

However, the Ford Fiesta remains the better car in nearly every sector, while others like the Skoda Fabia and Vauxhall Corsa usually have keener finance deals – giving them a huge advantage. While cars like the Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1 remain much posher, but much more expensive too. 

It’s not quite in the same league as these cars, but the fact that it’s mentioned in the same breath reflects how serious a contender the Swift is – it would be unwise to overlook it if you’re supermini shopping.

What we like

We love the generous equipment levels, fine build quality and sensible pricing.

What we don’t like

The Swift is greatly lacking in choice. There’s only one engine option in the standard range, and only three trim levels. And while this does make things easier, it also means there are no diesel engines and no turbocharged petrol engines.

Which version is best for you?

The Swift’s engine line-up consists only of one petrol engine, plus the more powerful Sport model, meaning potential customers have an easy decision to make when it comes to which powerplant to plump for. The regular 1.2 is fine for driving around the city, but makes hard work of motorway or A-road jaunts. The Sport is better for such uses, though it also has a sportier character that won’t suit all. If you are sticking with the regular model, consider the mid-level trim, called SZ-T, the minimum.

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