The new Swift’s slick styling – there’s certainly a hint of Jaguar F-Type about its nose – is mirrored inside. It not only looks more modern than the old car but it comes with more kit, a bigger 265-litre boot and a far more spacious cabin, too.
There are a few scratchy plastics on the dashboard and doors but it feels airy and, in top-spec SZ5 trim, comes with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity as standard.
Don’t think this cheap and cheerful supermini is dull to drive, however – the Swift’s handling is right up there with the class leaders. Its lightweight chassis helps it carve through tight corners with ease while its pair of perky 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre engines will help you make the most of an abandoned B road.
Settle into a motorway cruise and you’ll find both units are frugal and fairly refined – both the 1.2-litre Dualjet and 1.0-litre Boosterjet mild hybrid can return a wallet-friendly 65.7mpg.
The Swift is a genuinely capable little car
Unfortunately, the Swift doesn’t ride quite as well as some rivals – hit a speed bump a little too fast or fail to spot that monster pothole until too late and you’ll feel a jarring thud through the cabin. Thankfully, wind noise is kept to a minimum and tyre roar only really makes an appearance when you’re travelling at motorway speeds.
Suzuki offers top-spec 1.2-litre mild hybrid models with a grippy all-wheel-drive system, too – perfect if you’re looking for a sure-footed supermini that won’t be flummoxed by an icy driveway in winter. Unfortunately, it can’t quite match its two-wheel-drive sibling’s fuel economy or outright performance.
Far from being a jack-of-all-trades, the Swift is a genuinely capable little car. Not only does it cover all the important cheap car bases – it’s efficient, comfortable, good looking and well equipped – but it’s just as fun to drive as the class-leading Ford Fiesta.
For a more detailed look at the Suzuki Swift, read the interior, practicality, driving and specifications sections of our review over the following pages. Or, to see what kind of offers are available on the Suzuki Swift, click through to our deals page.