- Boosterjet engine is the star for low fuel consumption
- Suzuki servicing and maintenance is highly competitive
- SHVS hybrid system provides extra frugality
With low insurance ratings and new, frugal low-emissions engines, the Swift's 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 65.7mpg in the front-wheel drive 1.2-litre Dualjet and 1.0-litre Boosterjet SHVS models. The former drops to 62.8mpg when specced with four-wheel drive.
Least efficient is the 1.4-litre Boosterjet engine in the Swift Sport, returning 50.4mpg.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£954 - £1,164 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Servicing every 12,000 miles or 12 months|
|Warranty||Warranty is three years or 60,000 miles|
|Road tax (12 months)||£130 - £140|
22 - 35
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
- Petrol engines hugely improved over last model
- Mild hybrid engines available
- No longer the option of a diesel engine
The most eco-friendly engine in the line-up is the mild-hybrid 1.0-litre Boosterjet SHVS, producing just 97g/km of CO2. This is closely followed by the 1.2-litre Dualjet on 98g/km of CO2. At the other end of the scale is the regular 1.0-litre Boosterjet automatic with emissions of 114g/km of CO2 and the Swift Sport at 125g/km.
Bear in mind however that while the SHVS mild-hybrid technology brings down CO2 emissions from the tailpipe, it could, like other hybrid vehicles, cause other environmental damage through the production of lithium batteries.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|1.0 Boosterjet Hybrid||98 g/km (Min)||£130|
|1.4 Boosterjet Petrol||125 g/km (Max)||£140|
- Swift expected to offer reasonable reliability
- 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.
How well the all-new model will perform is difficult to say at this early juncture, but the ingredients for a trouble-free life seem right at least.
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 small hatchbacks.
Mechanically there’s nothing all-new for the Swift with all the engines, transmissions and AllGrip four-wheel drive systems already seeing service elsewhere in Suzuki’s range.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No reported problems.|
|Engine / gearbox||No reported problems.|
|Other||No reported problems.|