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.