Suzuki Swift Refreshed, Bye Bye Diesel

 

What’s this then?

A gently updated take on Suzuki’s supermini, the Swift.

Doesn’t look that new to me…

It isn’t, really – it’s the same Swift we know and very much respect, given a few tweaks and some specification improvements.

All 1.2-litre models now get front fog lamps, and SZ2 models and above now gain LED daytime running lights. The 1.2-litre 4×4 is now available in SZ3 and SZ4 trim lines, and if you pick the SZ4 model with any engine, satnav and DAB radio are now standard. The quirky 4×4 model remains in the range – it’s worth a look if you live out in the sticks.

There’s now a gear-shift indicator on every model to coerce you into driving more economically, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. A new paint shade – Amethyst Grey Pearl Metallic – has also joined the palette, but isn’t available on the cheeky Swift Sport.

Suzuki Swift satnav

What’s under the bonnet?

One fewer engine than before. Due to slow sales, Suzuki has dropped the 1.3 DDiS diesel. 1.2 petrols and the 1.6 petrol in the Sport are all that remains.

The former offers up 94 horses and a respectable 56.5 mpg combined figure, and CO2 is low at 116 g/km. The Sport’s figures are more enticing – 136 PS and a 0-60 sprint of 8.7 seconds. Reviewers have always loved this model, and that’s not likely to change any time soon.

How much?

At its cheapest, you’ll pay 10,799 for a Swift, in 1.2, three-door, SZ2 trim. Actually, you’ll pay a little less right now – Suzuki is doing a VAT-free offer which drops the basic Swift to a highly tempting 8,999. At that price, snap it up.

Sadly, the Sport isn’t available VAT free, but it’s still good value, starting at 13,999. Head over to our Suzuki Swift stats page for full pricing details – it’s already been updated.

Suzuki Swift 4x4

Any alternatives?

The Suzuki is a deft handler, often likened to the Ford Fiesta. So the Blue Oval’s offering is perhaps the closest match, albeit blessed with a much wider engine range and an even hotter hot model. What Ford can’t offer is a 4×4 model – Suzuki has that market pretty much sewn up.

In a line:

Supermini dark horse deserves your attention before the price cut disappears.

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