Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

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 previous-generation Swift, it’s still good value, and is available in a range equipment levels, which are all generously appointed. If those factors tick your supermini-buying boxes, go ahead. 

However, 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, no turbocharged petrol engines, and no automatic gearbox option. Unless, of course, you pick the 1.4-litre Sport.

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.

'It's no longer the bargain it once was, but the Suzuki Swift still represents a strong value-for-money choice among its supermini rivals'

Keith WR Jones, Deputy Editor

The standard Swift’s engine line-up consists only of one petrol, plus the larger 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. For those who rack up a lot of miles – or simply fancy a little more oomph - the 1.0-litre Boosterjet found in used models is the engine to go for.

Additionally, a four-wheel drive version was previously available, plus there's the Swift Sport, which adds to the appeal of the Swift.

There’s no escaping that with generous equipment levels, fine build quality and sensible pricing, the Suzuki Swift is a satisfyingly good small hatchback to buy.

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