The latest Suzuki Swift has been totally redesigned and feels posher than the outgoing model. There’s a lot more space and technology, including a seven-inch touchscreen on the SZ5 and Sport models with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity. The Swift is also as good to drive as the Ford Fiesta or Mazda 2.
Read on for our dimensions guide to see if it’ll suit your lifestyle and find out how it compares to some of its closest competitors.
While many other small cars have swelled in size in the past few years, the Suzuki Swift is only slightly larger than the car it replaces. It’s only 3,840mm long – much shorter than the Skoda Fabia (3,992mm), Hyundai i20 (4,035mm) and the Ford Fiesta (4,065mm).
The shorter length means that interior space is unlikely to be on par with its rivals, but the Swift is taller so starts to make up for it that way. At 1,495mm high, it’s 7mm taller than the Fabia and around 20mm taller than both the i20 and Fiesta. Neither Suzuki nor Hyundai measures the width including wing mirrors, but the Swift is likely to be one of the narrower cars in its class.
|Width (excluding mirrors)||1,735mm|
|Height||1,495mm (1,520mm for 4×4 model)|
The Swift’s interior has 1,000mm of headroom in the front which beats the Fiesta by 8mm, but isn’t as much as you’ll get in either the Fabia or the i20, which has a noticeable 38mm more. In the rear, the headroom is the least here by 2mm in the Fiesta, 10mm in the Fabia and 25mm in the i20.
Suzuki doesn’t provide much information about other interior dimensions, but says that there’s 20mm more shoulder space than the previous car. Seating three passengers in the back will still be quite a squeeze, though.
As the Swift is the smallest car here, the boot space isn’t so generous. With the seats up you get 265 litres of space – an extra 50 litres over the old model. That’s not bad for a small car, but both the Fabia and i20 have more than 60 litres more.
Suzuki quotes 579 litres with the seats down, which seems like a huge deficit against its rivals. Hyundai, Ford and Skoda all say their respective small cars offer over 1,000 litres with the seats down, but it’s likely that the way boot space is measured differs between Suzuki and its rivals. The figure for the Swift is measured to the windowline, whereas the other manufacturers might measure to the roof – the Swift’s boot will almost certainly be smaller, but not that much smaller.
|Boot space (seats up)||265 litres|
|Boot space (seats down)||579 litres (quoted)|
Fuel tank and turning circle
Drive a Swift and you’ll probably get to know petrol station attendants more than drivers of the other cars. Its 37-litre fuel tank is the smallest here, compared to 42 litres in the Fiesta, 45 litres in the Fabia and 50 litres in the i20. However, the Swift is lighter than its rivals so if you’re light on the throttle pedal the Swift may be more economical.
The Suzuki also has the smallest turning circle, making it better for tight city streets and car parks. While the Swift will turn around in 9.6 metres, the Fabia takes 9.8 metres and both the Fiesta and i20 need more than 10 metres.
|Fuel tank||37 litres|
|Turning circle||9.6 metres|
Weight and towing capacity
It’s fair to say that the new Swift is something of a featherweight. The lightest model weighs an anaemic 890kg – less than some versions of the Lotus Elise sports car. In fact, the heaviest Swift weighs exactly the same 980kg as the lightest i20 and Fabia models. Buy the heaviest i20 or Fiesta and you’ll get another 200kg added on.
All of these cars can tow a braked trailer weighing up to a tonne, although towing capacity probably isn’t a reason to buy a supermini. The Swift can only tow an unbraked trailer weighing up to 400kg, some way short of the Fabia and Fiesta that can both manage around 600kg.